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Softball to Hold Diamond Club Dinner January 25

Natasha Watley is a two-time Olympian and four-time All-American.

Nov. 28, 2012

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va- Marshall softball will host the second annual Diamond Club Dinner January 25 with two-time Olympian Natasha Watley serving as the keynote speaker.

The event will be held on campus at the Marshall University Foundation Hall. There will be a reception, cash bar and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. The dinner and program will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available to individuals at $50 each. Groups of up to eight can choose to purchase a sponsored table at $750. The table includes eight dinner and drink tickets, table sponsor recognition and an advertisement.

The night’s program will include a speech from Watley, introduction of the 2013 team, comments from the six seniors, unveiling of the all-time best players competition, and other special moments.

The all-time best players competition will be an online voting contest held in early January and part of the 20th season of Thundering Herd celebration. Fans will be able to visit and vote for who they think were some of the best student-athletes to be a part of Marshall softball.

“I was impressed with the excitement and emotion our players conveyed when I announced to them that Natasha Watley would be the guest speaker for our Diamond Club Dinner,” head coach Shonda Stanton said.

“Our players understand the value of having someone of her caliber and character invest her time to support our program. This is an incredible opportunity to interact and hear from one of the best in our game. We look forward to kicking off the 2013 season by introducing this year's team and sharing the evening with Natasha. Thank you to Amanda Williams for her efforts in helping to bring her to Huntington.” 

Watley is a two-time Olympic medalist for the United States and was a four-time All-American and previous national champion at UCLA. The California native broke the stolen bases record during the 2004 Olympics while third on the team in batting average at .400. In the 2008 Olympics she hit .321 from the leadoff position while driving in six runs and smacking two home runs.

For the Bruins at UCLA, Watley led her team to three straight Women’s College World Series appearances and then won the title in 2003. Her awards she collected at UCLA included the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded to the top collegiate female athlete and the Pac-10 Player of the Year award in 2003.

Currently she is playing in professionally in Japan with Team Toyota, which, with her on the team, won the 2013 Japan Softball League championship. Watley also is a member of the USSSA Pride in the National Professional Fastpitch League (NPF).

"I am so excited to get the chance to meet the Marshall softball team before their start to season,” Watley said. “It's always exciting to start a new season, and I feel so honored to have been asked to come speak and share my experiences before their start their year."

Those wishing to purchase tickets can contact the Marshall softball office at 304.696-4370 or Interested persons can also complete the flyer at the top of the page and return it to the softball office at P.O. Box 1360, Huntington, WV 25715.

The Diamond Club is the official booster club for the softball team. Those interested in joining and assisting the Herd can visit the softball page of for more information and the registration form.