SPY Softball Update
DUKE ADDS SOFTBALL
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The Herald-Sun (Durham, N.C.)
DURHAM – Duke athletics will grow a little more over the next few years as the school announced Monday that it will add a softball team for the 2018 season.
In addition to softball, four existing women’s teams – fencing, rowing, women’s swimming and diving and women’s track and field – will receive the maximum NCAA scholarship limits.
“Duke University is fully committed to providing the most complete educational and athletic opportunities for women,” Duke athletics director Kevin White said in a statement. “Adding both softball and new scholarships will enhance and enrich the collective experiences for female student-athletes. Specifically, softball will be a great addition to our varsity programs because it is played at the highest level in the Atlantic Coast Conference.”
The addition of softball will give Duke 27 sports – 14 for women and 13 for men.
The ACC currently has 11 schools that participate in softball. Duke, Miami, Wake Forest and Clemson do not field softball teams.
Duke is in line to add softball and increase scholarships in the four other sports due to increased revenue from ACC disbursements. The school also projects additional revenue from the new club seats and suites planned to be constructed at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Wallace Wade Stadium in the coming years.
Mike Cragg, Duke’s deputy director of athletics for operations, is overseeing the facility upgrades that are planned as part of the Duke Forward fundraising initiative. A total of $100 million will go toward facilities.
Cragg said the school is looking at two sites for the new softball complex, which will include a playing facility that would seat around 500 fans as well as an adjacent practice field. That practice field would also be used for intramural sports.
“Like all our facilities, it will be built first class,” Cragg said.
The preferred site for the softball field would be off N.C. 751 (Cameron Boulevard) in West Campus behind the David Thomas Executive Conference Center. That would fit with Duke’s hopes to have most of its athletic facilities near one another.
But Cragg said an East Campus site near Williams Field, home of Duke field hockey, is also under consideration.
Cragg said the athletics department’s fundraising for Duke Forward is going well but has yet to be completed. He estimated it is about two-thirds complete.
Practice fields for soccer and lacrosse, under construction since last summer, are completed along Cameron Boulevard across from the Washington Duke Inn.
Koskinen Stadium improvements have now begun with new bleachers being installed. Next month, construction on the new track stadium is scheduled to begin as well as construction of the Kennedy Tower, which will serve both the track stadium and Koskinen Stadium.
As for Wallace Wade Stadium, Cragg said the plan now is to remove the track, lower the field and tear down the Finch-Yeager Building following the 2014 season. That will allow for new club seats to be added closer to the playing field and for the construction of a new building that will house club suites and press facilities.
USSSA Florida Pride Names Gerry Glasco as New Head Coach
USSSA Florida Pride Head Coach Gerry Glasco
KISSIMMEE, Fla. – December 17, 2014 – The USSSA Florida Pride, 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Champions, named Gerry Glasco as its Head Coach for the upcoming 2014 season. Glasco, currently the Associate Head Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the University of Georgia, brings a wealth of experience on the offensive side of the ball with him to the Pride after helping UGA set over 20 offensive team records since the 2008-09 season. Glasco will begin his stint with the Pride after the conclusion of Georgia’s 2014 campaign. He will return to Athens following the NPF season.
“In Gerry Glasco we have found an exemplary individual and outstanding coach to lead the USSSA Pride in defense of its 2013 Championship title” said Pride General Manager Don DeDonatis. “We believe that Gerry understands the core mission of this organization and is the perfect individual to help us accomplish our goals well into the future.”
“Gerry played a key role in the offensive development 2011 NPF Rookie of the Year, Alisa Goler, 2013 NPF Player of the Year Megan Wiggins and of course, 2012 NPF Rookie of the Year Kristyn Sandberg,” continued DeDonatis. “He’s a welcome addition to our team.”
The addition of Glasco to the Pride staff is unique in that his involvement with the sport of fastpitch hasn’t been confined to the college level. Glasco is a champion at the youth fastpitch level, coaching the Southern Force Gold to the 2004 18U National Championship. He also has experience with the USSSA USA Elite Select program, the standard in youth fastpitch.
Glasco is a 1980 graduate of the University of Illinois, majoring in Agricultural Economics. He and his wife Vickie have three children: Tara Glasco Archibald, who is an assistant coach at Georgia, former USSSA Pride catcher Erin Glasco and Geri Ann Glasco, a sophomore with the Bulldogs. All three Glasco girls have played Division I softball and have participated in the NCAA Softball Tournament.
About USSSA Florida Pride:
The USSSA Florida Pride is a professional franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch League that is owned and operated by USSSA. The amateur organization of USSSA has multi-sport coverage and encompasses teams and players from the United States and abroad.
National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.
The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA), headquartered in Osceola County, Florida, USSSA is the World’s Largest Multi-sport Athletic Organization. Founded in 1968, USSSA has grown to over 3.7 million participants, competing in 13 nationally sanctioned sports including Baseball, Fastpitch, Slow Pitch, Karate, Basketball, Soccer and more! For more information on USSSA and to register your team visit USSSA.com. Also be sure to visit USSSAToday.com for the latest USSSA News!