Amy Bordonaro Collins


Amy Bordonaro Collins is a two-fer, a double-dose of athletic and academic excellence. See how many times “All” shows up…. At Berlin High School in golf, she was All-State and All-New England three years and All-Northwest Conference and All-Academic four years, and in volleyball she was All-Academic three years and All-NWC one year. To complete her record, throw in CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete, high honors four years, National Honor Society, Yearbook Editor and a member of the Business Club.

That’s all.

Although Bordonaro Collins played soccer for much of her childhood, when she got to BHS, she wanted to try something different. “I don’t know why I chose volleyball,” she said. “It was fun.”

“She led by example, was resilient, willing to change,” volleyball coach Bob Tarigo said. “She could take constructive criticism and was responsible for her actions – never made excuses.”

Naturally she was a setter on the team, like a quarterback in football. “The way she goes, we go,” Tarigo said.

While at McGee Middle School, Bordonaro Collins began playing golf at Timberlin Golf Course where she learned the game. She thanked pros Lindsey Hansen and Chuck Lasher for “letting the kids hang out and giving us tee times.” She won almost every match in four years to lead Berlin to three state championships before the CIAC started conducting girls championships in 2003.

Jim DiNello coached Bordonaro Collins her first three years. “She could have played any sport,” he said. “She was an amazing student-athlete.”

Bordonaro Collins then brought her academic gifts and golf game to Fairfield University. She graduated in 2007 Summa Cum Laude, was on the Dean’s list four years as a marketing and management major and the top student in Fairfield’s school of business. She played golf for four years, was captain as a senior and competed in several prestigious tournaments.

Today she works for a hedge fund based in London; most of the time out of her home in Westport — except for an occasional trip to London.

Golf remains important to Bordonaro Collins, 39, married with two daughters who take swings with her at the driving range. “Golf helps me with my social skills,” Bordonaro Collins said. She often takes prospective clients out for a round.

No doubt they’ll end up with winning portfolios.

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