ECU Softball Facilities

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  • 1. ECU Softball, Stepping up to the plate. Where we are, Where we need to be .
  • 2. In the shadows of Clark-LeClair Stadium...
  • 3. Sits the East Carolina Softball Complex.
  • 4.
    • “ Institutions must ensure that equivalent benefits and services are provided to members of both sexes.”
  • 5. So let’s see how other universities have stepped up to the plate.
  • 6. C- U S A Southern Mississippi UCF Houston UTEP
  • 7. Around the state WCU
  • 8. And around the country
  • 9. Now, back to ECU No bathrooms, no media building, no offices, no locker rooms, no batting cages , and a field in need of a major overhaul .
  • 10. Some facts about ECU Softball
    • Softball began at ECU in 1978.
    • There have only been 3 head coaches.
    • The program has had only 2 losing seasons.
    • In 1999, ECU made its only NCAA tournament appearance .
    • The best season was in 2000 with a 60-17 season but with no NCAA bid.
    • ECU Softball Listed As Eighth-Winningest Program In NCAA History by CSTV.
  • 11. A look at the 2007 team
    • Finished second in C-USA regular season.
    • Lost 1-0 in the championship game to UH.
    • Had a record of 40-20 overall, 21-8 at home.
    • Keli Harrell broke the C-USA record for strikeouts.
    • Toni Paisley named Conference USA's Softball Freshman-of-the-Year.
    • Team GPA of 3.37.
    • Jessica Johnson named to C-USA All-Academic Softball Team.
    • Jessica Johnson and Toni Paisley named to the 2007 North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) University Division All-State Softball Team.
    • Honored with the 2007 Conference USA Sport Academic Award for the highest GPA in C-USA softball.
    • ECU Softball listed As Eighth-Winningest Program In NCAA History by CSTV.
  • 12. Now a look at Coach Tracey Kee
    • Played softball at East Carolina, (1987-90).
    • Received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from ECU.
    • Head Softball Coach, ECU, 1997-present.
    • Top 30 all time in Division I winningest active coaches (.673).
    • Has the highest winning percentage of all active ECU head coaches.
    • Reached the 400 win plateau in 2005.
    • 2006 C-USA Student Athlete Advisory Committee Coaches Choice Award.
    • 2005 Conference-USA Coach of the Year.
    • 1997 Big South Conference Coach of the Year.
    • Became the 3rd fastest coach in NCAA history to record 200 wins in first 4 seasons as head coach of a NCAA Division I school.
    • Will reach the 500 win milestone in 2008.
  • 13. Some facts about Coach Kee’s teams at East Carolina
    • 2002 and 2005 Student Development Award. Winner among all teams at ECU (highest point total among volunteer hours, team GPA, and attendance at CHAMPS Life Skills workshops).
    • 2002 Co-Winner of Highest Team GPA among softball teams in Conference USA.
    • Several post season awards earned by ECU players.
    • 1997-2007 ECU Team Batting Average/Opponent: .269/.228, Team ERA/Opponent: 1.99/3.41.
    • In 2000, led all NCAA Division I schools in doubles.
    • Won 1 conference and 2 ECAC championships.
  • 14. So what should be next?
    • That’s easy, step up to the plate.
    • Provide a quality complex that will give East Carolina Softball a realistic opportunity for a conference championship and post season play.
    • Support the softball coaches and team in all ways possible. They deserve it.
  • 15. Why now?
    • The ECU softball team has earned it.
    • The team is a step away from a C-USA championship and the post season.
    • 2008 will be the 30 th year of East Carolina’s successful softball team.
    • The need is an obvious one if East Carolina is expected to attract the nation’s best teams to play at ECU.
    • Women alumni are willing to support this endeavor.
    • Softball in Eastern North Carolina is some of the best in the country.
    • College softball is more popular than ever before.
    • The timing is right.
  • 16. So how can this all become a reality?
    • East Carolina University must find a means to provide the funds necessary to show that they support gender equity in athletics.
    • East Carolina University must develop a fundraising campaign targeting fans of women’s sports, alumni, both female and male, former players from all women’s sports, their spouses and families, current softball players and their families, coaches of all women’s sports, past and present.
    • East Carolina University must seek out the persons or families who are looking for an opportunity to give specifically to women’s sports in addition to their current giving.
    • East Carolina University needs to find the persons, families, businesses or foundations willing to step up and say this is important enough to have their name associated with the softball complex forever.
    • Volunteers , coaches, and donors will need to seek out other individuals willing to support this endeavor for it to be a success.
  • 17. Hopefully a look into the future puts this behind...
  • 18.  
  • 19.
    • And instead, the future brings us to…
  • 20. A new ECU Softball Complex. ALWAYS BELIEVE
  • 21. A new ECU Softball Complex.
  • 22. A new ECU Softball Complex. ALWAYS BELIEVE
  • 23. STEP UP TO THE PLATE
  • 24.
    • GO PIRATES
  • 25. LINKS (click on)
    • East Carolina Softball
    • Coach Tracey Kee
    • East Carolina Athletics
    • Conference USA Softball
    • Tulsa Softball facilities
    • UCF Softball facility picture gallery
    • Title IX: Teaching girls more than just a game
    • Gender Equity at ECU