Being fair and being a winner epitomizes Donna Eckert-Fields. As a child with eight brothers and sisters, the only doll she played with was a sports figure. She grew into such an outstanding teen athlete that St. Mary's University offered her a three-sport scholarship in 1983 for volleyball, basketball, and softball. Following graduation from St. Mary's, she continued her winning ways as a coach at Taft High School for 10 years, and is now head Softball Coach - and senior woman administrator - in the St. Mary's Athletic Department. She is the only St. Mary's Rattler to earn a national championship as both a player (1986) and coach (2002). In 2008, she posted her 500th career win as the head softball coach. She was inducted into the St. Mary's Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Holmes High School Hall of Fame in 1999 in recognition of her dedication to increasing opportunities for women.
Oliver Wendell Holmes High School
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