Debbie Chin…A Pioneer In the World Of Sports

By Lori Riley
The Hartford Courant

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) For several decades Debbie Chin has been a leader in opening up doors for women in collegiate sports. After 42 years, Chin retired as the associate vice president and director of athletics and recreation of the University of New Haven. To mark her years of dedicated service, the university named the basketball court “Deborah Chin Court” in her honor.

The Hartford Courant

In 1973, Debbie Chin and two other female physical education teachers filed a Title IX lawsuit to get the schools in New Haven to add girls sports.

“They asked, ‘Where do you expect the city to get the money to fund this?'” Chin said last week. “I said, ‘Well, if you can afford to get the money to support the boys sports, then I guess the city could find the money to support girls sports.'”

Two years later, the city did. And New Haven College came calling to Chin, who had been a physical education teacher at Hillhouse for four years.

How would she feel about starting a women’s sports program at the college?

Actually, Chin had never heard of it. But she ended up accepting the job. The first fall, she coached tennis in the afternoon and volleyball at night and then basketball and softball in the winter and spring.

Forty-two years later, in February, Chin retired as the associate vice president and director of athletics and recreation of the University of New Haven and both women’s sports and the university have come a long way.

The New Haven women’s basketball team won the state’s first national championship in women’s basketball, in Division II, in 1987.

In 19 years of coaching volleyball, Chin had a 578-179 record and was inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2006.

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