(864) 977-7000
 


McDonald Field Dedicated

North Greenville University’s new softball field was dedicated in a ceremony before a softball double-header on Saturday, April 23. The field, Jan McDonald Field, was named and dedicated in honor of long-time athletic director and former head softball coach Jan McDonald.

University trustee and athletics benefactor, Gary Glenn of Travelers Rest, donated the all-artificial playing surface. Large dugouts, new batting cages, and bullpens have also been added to the facility.

“The generous donation from the Glenn family has made it a uniquely exciting time for North Greenville softball,” said seventh year softball head coach Sarah Hall. “The addition to the school’s athletic complex could arguably be considered one of the finest facilities in NCAA Division II softball.”

More building is planned for the facility in the future. Add-ons will include a seating area with bucket seats for fans, a concession stand, and a field house with offices and player locker rooms.

In her 34 years at North Greenville, McDonald has seen the institution rise from an NAIA affiliate to an NCAA Division II member. She was the pioneer of NGU softball, starting the program in 1985, leading the team to two National Junior College Athletic Association Region X titles. In 2000, McDonald led the squad into its first season as a four-year institution, leading her team to a Mid-South Conference Championship.

“We are privileged to have this newest addition to our athletic complex and I am honored that the field bears my name,” said athletic director Jan McDonald. “I love North Greenville University and the opportunities it provides our student-athletes in a Christ-centered environment.”

 

NGU Photo: L to R: NGU Athletic Director Jan McDonald; NGU Interim President Dr. Randall J. Pannell; Gary Glenn.


 

 

Related Stories


Mac Daniel Climbs His Way to USA Climbing National Championship
He finished his science test and walked over to the classroom bookshelf, where he picked up a May 2011 copy of National Geographic magazine to pass the time.

Alumnus Sees European Refugee Crisis as Opening for Faith
Philipp Meinecke (’00) knows eight languages. And he might get to use more than a few of them for his new ministry role in Germany.  

Miss NGU 2016 Represents University with Beauty of Character
Christal Potter felt perfect peace and excitement as she waited to hear her name called at the finale of the 80th Miss SC Pageant.      

Former Gamecock Standout Named NGU Baseball Coach
"Baseball isn't about where it can take you, but what it can teach you."

Go-Getter Councilwoman Checks Off Ambitious Goals on Her Bucket List
Brandy Hart Amidon ('02) says she can't dance. But she definitely seems to excel at everything else.

Ignite Conference Sparks New School Year
Pray that many students will respond to the gospel and be encouraged in their faith.  

NGU Ranks Among Best in South Carolina
North Greenville touted for its All-Steinway piano music school and the only Southern Baptist school named to the list.  

Burkholder Fulfills Dream to 'Be a Light' on NGU Mission Trip to Middle East
The first time Matt Burkholder ever left the U.S. was on a plane to the Middle East.