Softball to Host Banquet Dinner and Pitching Clinic|
Jan. 6, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - USA Olympian and current professional player, Monica Abbott, will be a guest of the Marshall softball team. Abbott will be sharing her insight and experience with guests, as the keynote speaker at the Diamond Club Banquet and instructor at the Marshall Softball Pitching Clinic. The dinner is set for Friday, Feb. 7 on Marshall’s campus and the clinic will take place in the Gullickson Hall Gymnasium on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Individual dinner tickets and sponsored tables can now be purchased through the Marshall softball office. The event will kick off the 2014 season at 6 p.m. in the Marshall University Foundation Hall and will feature a reception, silent auction and autograph session. In addition to hearing Abbott speak, guests will hear from the Thundering Herd's current seniors and members of the 2013 Conference USA Championship team.
Abbott is a 2008 USA Silver Olympic Medalist – throwing the first-ever perfect game in the Olympics versus the Netherlands. Despite her 2008 absence from the National Pro Fastpitch League due to the Olympics, Abbott is a six-year veteran of NPF. She pitched for the Washington Glory (2007), USSSA Pride (’09) and Tennessee Diamonds (’10), before finding a home with the Chicago Bandits (’11-present). She was back-to-back NPF Pitcher of the Year in 2011-’12. As a standout pitcher for the University of Tennessee, Abbott was a four-time All American and threw 23 no-hitters and six perfect games. She set the NCAA record of victories with 189 and was decorated with collegiate accolades such as, the 2007 Honda Award, 2007 USA Collegiate Player of the Year, she was an ESPY Nominee, a three-time Southeastern conference Pitcher of the Year, a four-time All-SEC player and more. More information on Monica Abbott can be found on her official website here.
In conjunction with the Diamond Club Dinner, the Herd will host a pitching clinic featuring Abbott the following morning from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The clinic, which is open to any and all participants, will benefit all pitchers from beginner to advanced levels. In addition to Abbott, the clinic will feature Marshall’s current pitching coach and former standout pitcher from the University of Kentucky, Chanda Bell. The 2013 NPF Rookie of the Year and former Herd ace, Andi Williamson, will also be an instructor. Current Marshall players and staff will work alongside Abbott, Bell and Williamson. The cost to participate is $55 per person and advance registration is highly preferred due to limited space. Catchers are not required, but recommended. The clinic will be held in the Gullickson Hall Gymnasium on the Marshall’s campus.
To register for the dinner and or pitching clinic, click on the links above to download the registration form(s). Submit registration and payment to Marshall Softball, P.O. Box 1360, Huntington, WV 25715. Interested persons can also contact coach Shonda Stanton at 304-696-4370 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All funds raised will directly benefit the Marshall softball program.