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HODGE, Connie Bandy

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HODGE, Connie Bandy. (Dubuque, IA, May 5, 1959-- ). First woman inducted into the LORAS COLLEGE Athletic Hall of Fame (1987). A 1977 graduate of DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, Hodge had the distinction of serving as captain in each of the four sports in which she participated. She lettered in tennis, softball, volleyball, and basketball. As a student at Loras, she was a member of the volleyball team that won the state tournament in three of the four years she played.

After serving as an assistant coach for the women's volleyball team at the University of Iowa and being a teaching assistant, Hodge returned to Dubuque where she coached volleyball and softball at Loras for six years. From August 1991 to December 1995, Hodge was the Head Volleyball Coach for the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. Beginning in 1993, she served as its Director of Athletics.

Hodge joined the Loras College Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1994 she was named to the Dubuque Senior High School Hall of Fame and Central Region Volleyball Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. In 1991, 1993, and 1995 Hodge was named Volleyball Coach of the Year in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. She also served as president of the board and board member of the Thunder Hills Country Club. She began her own business (CBHINC) in fitness consulting, personal training, and motivational speaking. Participated the challenging sport of adventure racing, she competed in many races including the 2002 Raid Gauloises in Vietnam.