The softball program is entering its fourth season under the direction of Coach Brenda Holaday. In just three years, the program has amassed 91 wins, an MIAA conference championship, an NCAA tournament appearance and a third place finish in the MIAA. This is an incredible accomplishment considering the team has played 123 of their 161 games during that span on the road; That's 76 percent! Part of building this program into a championship caliber involves improving the softball facilities so the team can play more games at home in front of our Washburn fans.
In the 50th year of Washburn softball, we are excited to welcome back alumni and continue to advance the program through the purchase of new equipment and hosting more games on our home field.
Exciting Projects on the Horizon
The Washburn Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Washburn University Alumni Association and Foundation, is working hard to raise the funds needed to make significant changes to our softball complex. Those changes include a new wall and netting for the backstop, drainage, new dugouts, a new artificial turf field with all new fencing, a new bleacher system and lights. We are thankful to the donors who have made major gifts to the project so far.
Through this crowdfunding project, the softball program is trying to fund the smaller projects like new hitting cages and bullpen areas, special equipment needed for turf and screens. Additionally, the team is scheduled to play in Florida to kick off the 2020 season. There are lots of expenses associated with a college athletic team, and we are trying to do our part to help raise some needed funds. We would appreciate whatever gift you might be able to give to our program.
In the past, we have sponsored a hitting contest to raise extra money for our program, but this year, because our need is greater and we will not have access to our field for much of the fall as construction gets completed, we have chosen to reach out to those who support Washburn, Washburn Athletics, our softball program and those who support individual student-athletes on our team. It’s important to note that 100 percent of your donation will go directly to our softball program.
In order for this program to compete at the highest level in our conference, it is imperative that we have facilities that compare to those of our opponents. We are working hard to win those recruiting battles, and facilities have a lot of impact on student-athletes as they make their college choices. For our players to be able to train and practice at the highest level, they must have the facilities needed. Funds raised through this project will allow this program the opportunity to compete at the top of our conference.
Impact on Students
Our student athletes are proud to represent Washburn University and our softball program. In the past, we have done that mostly on other fields and in front of other fans. We can’t wait to be able to represent the Ichabods, playing at home in a beautiful complex. We have an incredible campus, and soon our softball complex will be as nice as the other facilities at Washburn. The opportunity to play in front of our fans, less time away from the classroom and to train with college level facilities will give our student-athletes the support they all need. Your gift will allow this program to continue to make the improvements necessary to be a championship caliber program.
We want to invite you to come out and watch our softball team play. As long as the construction project is completed on time, we will host fall scrimmages on October 6, 13, 20 and 25, 2019. Additionally, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting an invitational tournament on our new field February 28, 29 and March 1, 2020. We will also host 12 MIAA home games in March and April.