Dee Conway
Dee Conway
Title: Assistant AD, Compliance/Head Softball Coach
Phone: 540-654-1885
Through three decades, the University of Mary Washington has been fortunate to call Dee Conway its head coach for softball.

On the softball field, her Eagles finished with 27 wins in 2006, just one shy of the school record, and defeated CAC rival Salisbury University for the third straight season. The Eagles also topped eventual NCAA Tournament team Lynchburg College on the road at the end of the regular season. In ’07, the Eagles raced to 24 wins and again topped Lynchburg as part of its 15-2 home field record, and won 25 games en route to an appearance in the CAC Championship and counted Salisbury, Virginia Wesleyan and Messiah among its wins in 2008. In 2009, the Eagles repeated with 25 wins in a repeat trip to the CAC title series.
UMW has picked up 20-win seasons more recently in 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017, when UMW returned to the CAC Tournament championship final round. Conway surpassed the 500-victory plateau in March of 2017 as well.

The winningest coach in the history of the volleyball program at UMW as well as the only coach in the history of softball at the school, Conway led the Eagles to more than 400 victories in volleyball, with two NCAA Tournament appearances, and one Capital Athletic Conference title. Under her guidance, the Eagles recorded three 30-win seasons and three CAC regular season crowns. In softball, Conway has raised the program from scratch and taken it all the way to the NCAA Tournament. Along the way, she has won her own share of awards, including being named as the Capital Athletic Conference’s Coach of the Year seven times.

Under Conway, UMW volleyball emerged as one of the top programs in the region in the 1990s. During the last decade, UMW tallied 227 wins, including 35 in 1991 when the Eagles advanced to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament. That season, the Eagles won the inaugural CAC Championship, and Conway was named the CAC and AVCA South Region Coach of the Year.

A native of Richmond, Conway was a very successful athlete in her own right, first at Ferrum College and then at Lynchburg College. At Ferrum, which was at the time a two-year school, Conway starred in basketball, volleyball, and softball, winning the outstanding sophomore athlete award. Her success continued at Lynchburg, where she was the starting point guard on the Hornets’ basketball team. She continued to earn her master’s degree in education at Lynchburg before accepting the head volleyball and softball coaching position at Mary Washington.

One of the most dedicated and prepared coaches anywhere, Conway is a positive role model both on and off the court. Aside from her duties as volleyball and softball coach, Conway is an associate professor in the department of health and physial education at UMW, and in 2017, joined the UMW Athletics leadership team. She was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance in 2018.


Coach Conway Year by Year

1988 MWC 11-21  
1989 MWC 7-19  
1990 MWC 18-13  
1991 MWC 20-12 CAC Champions
1992 MWC 28-10 NCAA Tournament, CAC Champions
1993 MWC 18-11 CAC Champions
1994 MWC 10-18  
1995 MWC 20-17  
1996 MWC 12-26 CAC Champions
1997 MWC 12-25  
1998 MWC 10-30  
1999 MWC 11-17  
2000 MWC 6-24  
2001 MWC 18-15  
2002 MWC 20-12  
2003 MWC 19-16  
2004 MWC 18-19   
2005 UMW 17-13-1   
2006 UMW 27-15  
2007 UMW 24-19  
2008 UMW 25-16 CAC Finalist
2009 UMW 25-16-1 CAC Finalist
2010 UMW 9-26-1  
2011 UMW 20-22  
2012 UMW 24-20  
2013 UMW 15-23  
2014 UMW 13-14  
2015 UMW 21-14  
2016 UMW 13-30  
2017 UMW 25-20 CAC Finalist
2018 UMW 16-23-1  
  Career 530-574-4