Her long tenure as an Assistant Athletic Director and coach made her a mentor and inspiration to multiple generations of Hopkins students.
For many years, Cindy Chase scheduled games, organized transportation, and registered students for their sports each term. Throughout all of her professional duties, it is her student relationships that distinguished her role at Hopkins.
Chase’s affinity for closely guiding her advisees is well known. Jeffrey Gu ’18 said, “When I had to make a big decision in my life about pursing my ice hockey career, I spent a lot of time talking with Mrs. Chase. She really was like that mother figure that you hear about from her softball players.”
Chase’s close relationships with students paid dividends on the softball field as well. Sarah Roberts ’20 said, “Going to practice never felt like we were just going to play softball. Even though it was my first year on the team, after just two days I felt like I’d known her forever and could talk to her about anything.”
Sara Chung ’19 is a four-year veteran of Chase’s team. Chung said, “She’s truly been a mother figure to me and the rest of the team. When I started playing in seventh grade, she really made me feel welcome. As the years have gone by, it has been an incredible experience watching our team mature and solidify. This past season, we won the Fairchester Athletic Association Championship, which Mrs. Chase inspired.”
Athletic Trainer and colleague Jill Gleason offered this comment: “Above all, Cindy leaves behind the legacy of her ‘Team Fam.’ She created amazing friendships for her softball teams, impacted the lives of her players, and gave them memories that would last a lifetime.”
Cindy Chase and her husband, Tyler ’69 have their first grandchild on the way this month. She’s clearly not planning on a quiet retirement!