Michelle Pagliaro Haywood '94
Hometown: Shelton, CT
Year Inducted: 2012
Michelle Pagliaro Haywood was a vital participant in some of the most exciting moments in women’s basketball history, winning three consecutive Ivy League Championships. Haywood started in 96 of her 106 career games, scoring 1,084 total points, the eleventh highest career point total at Brown. An incredible all-around athlete, Haywood also competed for the women’s softball team during her freshman and sophomore seasons, earning accolades on the softball diamond as well as on the Williams Court. Choosing to focus on basketball during her final two seasons, Haywood firmly established herself as one of the top women’s players in recent memory.
As a freshman, Haywood helped lead the team to a second place finish in the Ivy League. She led the Bears in steals (76) and assists (79), and was the team’s second highest scorer. Her 88 free throw attempts set a school record, and she also tied the record for three-pointers with 23. The league recognized her breakout year when she was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, the fourth consecutive Brown player to receive the honor. In the spring, she batted .321 and led the softball team in RBI (24) and runs (37), earning second-team All-Ivy honors. Her excellence in both sports earned her Brown Kate Silver Award, given to Brown’s outstanding first-year female athlete.
Haywood scored a career high 20 points against Central Florida as a sophomore and also tallied a career high for assists in a game (11) against Hofstra, as the team posted a school record 22-4 record and an Ivy League championship. As a junior, she averaged 9.1 points per game and 3.9 assists per game, and earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy honors after helping coach Jean Marie Burr’s team to its second consecutive Ivy League title with a 19-7 record. In her senior season, Haywood and the Bears captured their third Ivy League title in as many years, finishing the season with an 18-10 record. She averaged 10.8 points per game and 4.3 rebounds.
Haywood currently ranks in the top 10 all-time at Brown in a multitude of categories. She ranks eighth for three-pointers in a season (30), ninth for season free throw percentage (.813) and fourth in season assists (132). She also has many career marks, ranking seventh in career three-pointers (81), sixth in career three-point attempts (295), fifth in career free throws (273), fourth in career free throw attempts (362), eighth in career free throw percentage (.754), second in career assists (435) and fifth in career steals (244).
Upon her graduation from Brown, Haywood went to the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, IL, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree in December of 1997. She currently works for the Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Trumbull, CT, a position she has held for the past fourteen years. She is the team chiropractor for Sacred Heart University, as well as seven local high schools, and serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for the Bridgeport Chiropractic School. She also serves on the board of directors for several local organizations, including the Shelton National Little League, the Shelton Parks and Recreation Commission, the Joseph A. Pagliaro Sr. Family Fund and the Shelton Education Endowment Fund.
Haywood married fellow Brown grad and men’s ice hockey player Brett Haywood ’94 in 1997. They have three sons, Tyler, Brian and Zachary, and they live in her hometown of Shelton, CT.