|Hometown:||South Dartmouth, MA|
Kathy Silva Kichula '90
Hometown: South Dartmouth, MA
Year Inducted: 2000
A native of South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Kathy was a staple behind the plate for Brown softball throughout her career. A four-year starter, she served as the team captain her senior season. During her career, the Bears compiled a combined record of 86-69-1, with a 20-11-1 mark in Ivy League play.
From day one, those who followed Kathy’s career could tell it would be special. In her first collegiate game, she went 2 for 3 with a double and 2 RBI in a victory over New Orleans. She went on to hit her first career home run in only her third game, a win over West Florida. The best weekend of her freshman season came in a doubleheader sweep of Bryant, in which she collected five hits in seven-at-bats, knocking in three runs and scoring four more. Kathy finished her first year on College Hill with a .288 batting average, 16 runs scored, 18 RBI, and only 2 errors. As a team, Brown finished the year 14-12, 4-4 in the Ivies.
Kathy’s sophomore season saw much of the same from the standout catcher. The team went 28-19 overall, 6-2 in Ivy play, good for a second place finish. Individually, she started to etch her name into the Brown record books. She set the Brown mark for at-bats in a season with 149, and also set the mark for triples in a year with seven. She finished the year batting .282, with a home run and 32 RBI’s. Again, her finest performance of the year came in a doubleheader versus Bryant. She was a combined 3 for 7, smacking a home run, a double, scoring five times, and knocking in seven. Her play was good enough to earn her Second Team All-Ivy honors as well as the Brown Golden Glove Award and the Team Spirit Award.
As a junior, while the team struggled to a 13-22, 3-5 record, Kathy continued to feast upon the opponent’s pitching. She led the team with a .394 batting average, belting two home runs, seven doubles and seven triples (tying her Brown record), while knocking in 30. She homered in wins over Boston University and Stonehill, and had 3 for 4 days against both Harvard and Penn. However, once again, Bryant was her victim. In a 7-1 victory, Kathy went 4-4 with two doubles, a triple, and 3 RBI’s. She was selected as a First Team All-Ivy performer, and was the winner of the Brown Golden Glove Award for the second consecutive season.
As a senior captain, Kathy did her best to lead the Bears on the field, and once again she had a standout season. She went on to become a First Team All-Ivy selection for the second straight year, and was given the ultimate Ivy honor as the 1990 Ivy League Player of the Year. As a team, the Bears followed Kathy’s lead, finishing with a record of 31-16-1, which was a Brown record for victories at the time. They captured the Ivy League title with a record of 7-0-1, and their home mark of 19-2-1 is the best Brown softball has ever seen.
Kathy finished the year second on the team with a .275 batting average, scoring 19 runs while smacking five doubles and five triples. Her performances on the field, along with the Ivy accolades, earned her Brown’s Most Valuable Player Award.
She finished her career on College Hill with a .292 career average and her name all over the Brown record books. Her 21 career triples and 101 career RBI’s are both Brown records, while her 466 career at-bats ranks third. She also ranks fourth on Brown’s all-time run list with 80 and is fifth in hits with 142. Her coach, Phil Pincince, said, “In my 16 years as the Brown softball coach, I didn’t have a better catcher. Kathy could do it all.” Few, if any, could argue with that.
She graduated from Brown in 1990 with a degree in Public Policy and Economics. She currently works at New York University’s Graduate School in administration and student services, and resides in New York City with her husband, John, and their one-year-old son, Jack.