East Stroudsburg’s loss was Dowling’s gain in the case of Ellen Moorehead. Ellen grew up in Sound Beach and graduated from Miller Place High School, where she played on the tennis, basketball and softball teams. She went to East Stroudsburg University, but didn’t play sports. She transferred to Suffolk Community College, where she earned her Associate’s degree. She played basketball and softball at Suffolk and was then recruited by Jim Kiernan, who had just started those two teams at Dowling College. She came to Dowling in 1987 to play both basketball and softball, and by the time she graduated in 1990, she had left her imprint on Dowling athletics.
On the basketball court, Ellen played point guard and started every game in her three years on the team. She was the first player in Dowling women’s basketball history to score 1,000 points. During her years on the basketball team, the squad only consisted of seven to eight players, many of whom were just learning the game. Ellen served as a leader and role model on and off the court.
On the softball diamond, Ellen played mainly at shortstop. Her strong arm and solid fielding skills made her a defensive standout. At the plate, she also excelled. She batted .335 for her career with 5 home runs and 60 RBI. She led the team in batting in 1989 and 1990 and was always among the team leaders in RBI and stolen bases. Her willingness to help her team was also evident when she stepped in to pitch on several occasions. During her three years, the softball team averaged nearly 20 wins per season. Ellen was the captain on both the softball and basketball teams.
Ellen, who graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in finance, is still active in athletics. She plays on three different softball teams, including a coed team that features many former Dowling College players and coaches. In addition, she bowls in two leagues and has bowled two perfect games. She is currently working as a senior contracts administrator at Grumman and resides in Holbrook.
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