Edison to startsoftball programfor 2018 season

The Edison State Community College Athletic Department announced that it will add women’s softball to its list of intercollegiate athletic programs beginning in the spring of 2018.

“Our athletes are experiencing great success in competition and the classroom,” said Nate Cole, Director of Athletics and Student Life. “That’s why we want to continue to expand our athletics program. We’ll be providing additional opportunities for local student-athletes to compete while receiving a quality education.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the baseball team’s successful advancement from the national club level to varsity level in 2015. “We want our softball team to experience the same success that the baseball team has achieved in just a couple short years,” said Cole.

With this announcement, Cole hopes to fill a roster of high-caliber athletes to the team as soon as possible. “With so much local talent, we are eager to begin recruiting for our first season. Practice will begin next fall and the first season will get underway the following spring.

“We’re also looking to hire a coaching staff,” added Cole. “This will be the first time that Edison State has competed in softball in quite some time, so we’re starting from scratch.”

In addition to building a team, planning is currently underway to upgrade the college’s softball field, which is located adjacent to the baseball field on the east side of the Piqua campus.

The softball team will join Edison State’s baseball, basketball, and volleyball teams to compete in Region XII as Division II members of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and as members of the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC).

Those interested in playing or coaching are invited contact Cole by emailing ncole@edisonohio.edu or calling 937-381-1555.