Eileen Canney Linnehan Inducted into Northwestern Hall of Fame

Canney Linnehan at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Canney Linnehan at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Feb. 11, 2014

CHICAGO – UIC assistant softball coach Eileen Canney Linnehan was inducted into the Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 7. A two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and NFCA All-American, Canney Linnehan was a letterwinner from 2004-07 and holds multiple pitching records with the Wildcats, in addition to the most strikeouts in a single game in NCAA history with 28.

Canney Linnehan is the sixth softball player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame and was joined in her 2013 class by Julie Földi (women’s fencing), Dustin Fox (wrestling) and Scott Rowe (men’s golf).

"I am incredibly grateful to Northwestern and its athletic department for awarding me such a prestigious honor,” Canney Linnehan said. “What I absorbed as a result of being part of the Northwestern community, both on and off the softball field, has made me a better person and coach since graduation. I will be forever thankful for the path Northwestern sent me down."

During her career at Northwestern, Canney Linnehan led her team to back-to-back Women’s College World Series semifinals in 2006 and 2007, a feat no private institution had ever accomplished, while garnering All-Big Ten and NFCA All-Region honors every season.

Canney Linnehan’s dominance on the mound put her in the Wildcats’ record books to lead all pitchers with 97 career wins, and is second in shutouts (39) and strikeouts (1,142). She additionally holds three of NU’s 46 no-hitters, including one perfect game.

After her collegiate career, Canney Linnehan competed with two national softball teams, an international squad and, most recently, the United States National Team (2010-11). During her professional career, she was selected to the All-National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) team, was named the NPF Pitcher of the Year in 2009 and earned three gold medals.