Bruce McConkey is in his 13th year as head coach of the Cardinals softball team. During his time at CUA, McConkey has continued to build the program and recruit talented, driven student-athletes.
The 2014 season produced a 24-15 overall record with the Cardinals capturing their first Landmark Conference Championship. Their championship run included a win over Moravian, and back-to-back wins over Susquehanna. Their postseason success continued with a NCAA Regional berth where the Cardinals were placed in the Virginia Wesleyan Region.
McConkey led the Cardinals to their first ECAC championship in
2012, in addition to their second 25-win season since 2010. CUA
also earned its fourth Landmark Conference Tournament bid in the
since the inauguration of the Landmark Conference.
2011 saw CUA win 23 games and advance all the way to the Landmark Conference championship contest for the second time since 2007. The Cardinals went 7-3 at home during the course of the season, which included a no-hit win vs. Hood College and a 5-4 victory over No. 18 Moravian.
Individually, four student-athletes were named to the All-Landmark Conference Teams, including first team selections Rizzi and Stockinger, with Rizzi also garnering All-Region and ECAC All-Star honors. Off the field, nine of McConkey's players received Academic Honor Roll accolades from the conference.
In 2010, the Cardinals won a program-record 26 games and qualified for the ECAC Tournament, where CUA defeated Alvernia 6-1 in the first round. Four members of the team were named to the All-Landmark Conference team, including Rizzi, who also went on to earn All-Region accolades.
McConkey’s 2009 squad earned a berth in the Landmark Conference Tournament and three Cardinals were named to the all-conference team, including Rizzi who was also named the league’s Rookie of the Year.
In 2008, McConkey had three team members placed on the all-conference squad after a remarkable playoff run that put the Cardinals in the Landmark Conference championship game.
McConkey has continually built the CUA softball program, taking the team to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game in 2007. In 2006, he placed CUA on the national stage as the Cardinals led the NCAA in doubles per game and won a then-program record 20 games.
McConkey came to CUA following several successful playing and coaching stints in the sport.
With more than 20 years of coaching experience, McConkey led his Catholic Youth Organization girls' softball teams to five league championships and a city title. He also took his girls' travel team to the regionals and helped lead the Good Counsel High School softball team to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament championship in 2002.
McConkey has also had much success as a player and coach in men's softball. Over seven years his team racked up five straight Maryland state championships and more than 50 tournament titles in the National Softball Association, the Amateur Softball Association and the USSSA. They ranked No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic region from 1992 to 1994 and No. 2 in the nation in 1994. His team entered the Washington Metropolitan Softball Hall of Fame in 1991.
McConkey attended the University of Maryland where he was a member of the wrestling team. Prior to that, McConkey was a team captain and standout wrestler at Prince George's College and High Point High School in Beltsville, Md.
A Washington, D.C., native, McConkey was the Washington
Archdiocese Catholic Volunteer of the Year in 2000. In addition, he
has served on the school board and was the CYO athletic director
for St. Mark's Parish in Maryland.
McConkey owns C.K. McConkey & Sons in Mt. Rainier, Md. He and his wife, Teal, and daughter, Casey, live in College Park, Md.