Colleen Linhart


Growing up in Calumet Park made
it very easy to be sports orientated.
The town and schools were ahead
of their time by offering several
sports opportunities for girls.
Attending Seven Holy Founders
Grade School, Colleen competed in
both softball and volleyball leagues.
She graduated from Dwight D.
Eisenhower High School in Blue
Island where she played twelve-
inch softball (and helped them win the conference title her senior year) and volleyball. She continued her education at SIU-Carbondale on a volleyball scholarship where she lettered all four years and played two years of fast pitch softball for the Salukis.

Colleen credits her two older sisters for the beginning of her softball career. At the age of seven she would tag along with her sisters to their practice and shag balls. Once she turned eleven, she was able to officially join the Calumet Park Girls Rainbow Softball League. The Logans made softball a family affair with their four daughters playing the game and their parents Roy and Gerry coaching the game. Colleen played eight years in the Calumet Park league as a short stop, made the all-star team all eight years, and received several MVP awards. She played for the Greens during most of her younger career and helped them win several teen tournaments at Hart Park in Blue Island.

While attending Seven Holy Founders Grade School, she also played in the West Pullman Park School League, winning championships both seventh and eighth grade. Along with her long time friend, Pam Michalski-Vidovic, Colleen moved into citywide tournaments, playing with Chicago’s West Pullman

Park and winning the Chicago City championship twice.

Colleen started her women’s career playing for Ray’s Pizza who stormed the Blue Island league by beating the Pets (a very dominant women’s team) at Hart Park their first season in the league. Their next accomplishment was winning the 1st Woman’s Windy City Championship.

Ray’s continued on their winning streak by winning several championships in the Ethel Stevens Tournament at Hanson Park. Eventually Ray’s Pizza became Silky Inn Favorites who were considered one of the top teams in the Blue Island and Calumet Park leagues.

Like most leadoff hitters, Colleen was known for her consistent base hits and excellent speed. She spent the majority of her time as a defensive player at shortstop. One of her greatest highlights was an unassisted triple play. She ended her career playing for the Diamond Girls who won numerous championships in the Tinley Park League and won the ESPN Miller Lite Windy City Championship at Grant Park.

Colleen earned a degree in physical education and drivers education. She teaches and coaches at Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights. She lives
in Mokena with her husband, Greg, and their three children: Neil, Melanie and Ashley and their golden retriever, Phoebe.