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.
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