........ Gertrude Hood Field ........
Hood Field is named in the honor of Gertrude Hood, a pioneer in the physical education area for women at Eastern Kentucky University. Read More
Jane Worthington has been committed to the success of Eastern Kentucky softball since its inception in 1993, and the rewards continue to mount.
The 2016 season will be the 24th for the Washington, Utah native with the Colonels. She has guided the squad to two Ohio Valley Conference titles (2002, 2004) and two NCAA tournament appearances (2002, 2004).
In 2014, Worthington tallied her 600th career victory when the Colonels downed Tennessee Tech on April 26. She has led Eastern to a spot in 19 of the 22 OVC tournaments since the event began in 1994. Now, with 626 career coaching victories to her credit Worthington is more than a quarter of the way to win No. 700.
Since taking over the helm of the Colonels’ program, Worthington has posted an impressive 626-597 overall mark and an even more striking 309-224 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.
Megan Ink returned to EKU in the summer of 2015 after previously serving a stint as Jane Worthington’s top assistant from 2003 to 2012.
Ink spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at San Jose City College where she coached the 2014 Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year. The Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year award is presented annually to the top catcher at every level of softball. The San Jose native also served as an instructor in the kinesiology department at SJCC and gave private hitting, defense and catching lessons at Cutting Edge Softball.
“I am pleased to have Megan back on staff,” said Worthington. “She has picked up right where she left off three years ago. She adds both knowledge and stability to our program. Megan is committed, and takes pride in both the university and the softball program.”
Whitney Arion joined the Eastern Kentucky program in the summer of 2015 after a stellar career at the University of Louisville.
During her time at UofL, Arion was a four-year starter in the infield for the Cardinals. She earned All-Big East Conference honors as a freshman and a sophomore, was a second team All-American Athletic Conference choice in 2014 and capped her career by earning first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition as a senior.
“Whitney loves softball,” said Worthington. “She has competed at the top level and brings that experience with her to EKU. She also brings outstanding intensity and energy.”