One of the most talented female athletes to ever come out of Keene, Carrah Fisk Hennessey would have been a welcome addition to any college athletic program around the country. Fortunately for Keene State, she decided to stay and play for the home town team.
“I went from wanting to get far away to saying Keene State really worked well for me,” Hennessey said.
A four-year standout on the Keene State softball team (1996-99), Hennessey also displayed her athletic abilities on the soccer field as the Owls’ soccer goalie for three seasons. Regardless of the season or sport, Hennessey was driven to be the best.
A fundamentally sound player, Hennessey put up staggering power numbers that still stand today. A four-time All-Conference and three-time recipient of All-Region honors, Hennessey holds Keene State home run (16, season, 24 career) and RBI (41 –season) records. “Carrah hit the ball so hard that the shortstop and third baseman would play back on the grass,” recalls KSC softball Coach Charlie Beach. “She was also smart enough to bunt for a base hit.”
Great athletes always like challenges and Hennessey was no different. A mainstay on the Owls’ pitching staff, Hennessey also jumped at the opportunity to play a new position – third base. You have to be a great athlete to play third base at the college level,” Beach said. “Sometimes we overlook what a defensive gem she was.”
Hennessey also accepted the challenge of learning how to play goal. Tutored in the fine art of the position by Terry Dimick Med. ‘93 at the Owl soccer camp, Hennessey developed into an All-LEC netminder as a senior backstopping the Owls to a share of the LEC title and an NCAA berth. “That’s when I learned to be aggressive,” Hennessey said. “It made a huge difference in every sport I played.”
Overcoming a thumb injury that kept her on the sidelines for the latter part of her sophomore softball season, Hennessey capped her KSC career with an unforgettable senior year. Topping the nation (Division III) in home runs, Hennessey helped lead the Owls to a then program record 33 wins, a first-ever LEC tournament title, and a trip to the NCAA Northeast regional tournament championship game.
“Everything clicked for me that season,” said Hennessey, who was named the LEC’s player of the year. “I couldn’t ask for a better way to end my college career.”
Receiving her degree in elementary/special education, Hennessey taught for a short time before returning to college athletics. She is currently in her seventh season as the head softball coach and assistant athletic director at New England College. Hennessey, along with her husband Tim and children Cater and Christian reside in Keene.