Kathy Monteleone Franklin, daughter of Donald and Betty Monteleone of La Cañada Flintridge, has recently been inducted into the University of Hartford Hall of Fame in Connecticut.
Franklin, led the Division 1 university's women's volleyball program as head coach from 1986 to 1998.
Under her helm, the team registered the most victories in a season at Hartford with 27 in 1993 and 25 in 1990.
Franklin also led Hartford to its' first national post season appearance in 1993 with a trip to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship. She also earned North Atlantic Conference and ECAC championships that season.
In 1993, Franklin was named North Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year and the team was also named Team of the Year.
Franklin grew up in LCF, attending St. Bede's Catholic School and graduating from La Cañada High in 1969. Continuing her education, Franklin received her bachelor of science degree in St. Charles, Mo. in 1973 and her master's degree in education from the University of Hartford in 1992.
She remains active as a teacher and coach and continues to play volleyball in the USA Volleyball League 50's Division. Franklin was honored as an All American at Denver, Colo. in June 2005.
Franklin also played at the World Masters in Edmonton, Canada this year and received a silver medal.
She continues to referee PAC 10 volleyball along with teaching physical education at Wilson (kindergarten through eighth grade) School in Tucson, Ariz. where she now resides with her husband Walter Franklin.
The couple have three grown children, Andrea Franklin, who lives and teaches in Charlotte, N.C. and Anthony and Kristopher Franklin who live in Plainville, Ct.