Adrian College soon will have a club softball team.
Club Softball is a new sport and it will get started in the fall.
Miranda Kiser, a second-year graduate assistant at Siena Heights, will coach the team.
Prior to joining the Saints, Kiser was an assistant coach at her alma mater, Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Kiser graduated after an incredible career as a student-athlete, during which she received numerous awards including NFCA All-Region second team infielder, NCCAA All-Central Region, MCAC first-team all-conference, and the 2014 MCAC Player of the Year honor. She is excited to apply her knowledge and experience to AC’s newest club sport.
Kiser said softball has been a part of her life ever since she was 4 years old.
“I played all the way through my college career,” she said. “After I finished playing and finished my undergraduate degree, I chose to try something new besides softball. I began working for a company with a side job as a personal trainer. I then realized I still had a passion for coaching softball and that is what I wanted to do. So I took the necessary steps to put myself in a place to start coaching again. I began searching for graduate assistant jobs and got the G.A. job at Siena Heights University.”
Kiser said that softball has always been a part of her life and she is blessed that she can still continue her passion for the sport. She is happy she has the opportunity to empower young women through the game of softball even more. Kiser saw the opening for an Adrian College Club Softball coach online.
“I saw the posting of the job online, on a website called NFCA jobs,” said Kiser. “I first met with Coach Brent Greenwood (AC Club Baseball coach) before I applied to get more information on the position. After meeting with Coach Greenwood I sent in my resume and Mike Duffy contacted me to come in for an interview.”
Michael Duffy, AC Athletic Director, helped organize and get club program off the ground. Duffy said that adding this new program will help enrollment growth for Adrian College.
“We have been talking about introducing a club softball program to Adrian College for a few years now,” Duffy said. “Ever since club baseball started, we wanted to see how well it would go.”
Duffy added that “club softball will also be a helpful retention tool for Adrian College because it will allow students to play on other teams if they do not make varsity sports.
“There will be more opportunities for students as well as it will keep students active and happy,” he said.
Kiser said launching a new program can be a challenge, including recruitment. She is hoping to bring in students who value school and want another chance to play softball in college.
“There is a lot that goes into starting a new program,” Kiser said. “Getting the word out there that Club Softball is happening here at Adrian College is very important.”
“Some of my plans for right now are; to recruit players to come to AC, for players to come play for the club team, and to get the schedule started up. We are not in a set conference at the moment but that will come and be figured out in the near future.”
The AC Club Softball team will start playing in the 2020-2021 school year. With the new program starting up they need dedicated softball players to help bring the program alive. Watch out for flyers, emails, and/or social media updates for more information on the new program.