ST. LOUIS - A local Bethalto native - Christy Connoyer - a Civic Memorial grad and Saint Louis University head softball coach, was recently honored as one of three to throw out a first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.

Coach Connoyer was selected 2023 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year. She recently concluded her 12th season with the Bills.

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"Being the head coach of the Bills is a fantastic opportunity," Connoyer said. "There is a tradition in academics and athletics at SLU, and I am excited for the opportunity to build on that tradition. I'm from the area and still have family close, so I am thrilled to be in such a great city. I am passionate about softball and academics and there is an amazing combination of those at SLU."

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Connoyer spent five seasons as an assistant head coach at Southern Illinois prior to her position at SLU and also was a head coach of Tulsa prior to SIU.

The Bills were 30-25 overall this past season under Coach Connoyer.

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