Marie Heady’s distinguished high school basketball coaching career at Fairfield’s Roger Ludlowe High School spanned 24 seasons. Her teams posted a 239-154 won/loss record from 1964-1988.
Heady received the Connecticut High School Coach of the Year Award in 1984. Her teams competed in eight state tournaments, two state quarterfinals, four league play-offs, and her 1965 team was undefeated.
In 1987, Heady received the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association 200 Victory Club Award, as well as the National High School Coaching Award with Scholastic Coach Magazine’s Basketball Coach Gold Award. She served on the FCIAC and CIAC Basketball Committees, chairing the latter. As CIAC chair, she was responsible for starting the MVP Award in each division of the State Basketball Tournament. Heady also helped initiate the first CHSCA All-Star Basketball Game.