Connie Coster-Bruegmann’s softball career began with a bang at the age of twelve, in 1958. She received a special exemption to play shortstop in an adult women’s 12” fast pitch league. She went on to Thornton Fractional South High School, where she earned multiple awards and letters, culminating in her winning the prestigious Senior Athlete Award for excellence in academics and athletics. After graduating from Western Illinois University with a degree in education, Connie was introduced to 16” softball. In 1972 she co-founded a team from Ray’s Tavern that won numerous league championships. She then moved on to join the Rebels, and the legendary Angels, playing shortstop and short center until 1987. Her many batting and MVP titles helped her teams win championships at the league through national levels. In addition to excelling at softball, Connie and her teams have won titles in women’s power volleyball, and have won two national championships in touch football. Connie has coached at the junior high and high school levels, and has worked with the Boy and Girl Scouts as a waterfront director and sports coordinator. In 2000, she and her husband Vic lived in Iron River, Wisconsin.