........ Gertrude Hood Field ........
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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.
Stacy May-Johnson joined the Eastern Kentucky softball program in July of 2017 after concluding successful assistant coaching stints at the Big Ten and ACC levels.
While at Purdue University (2017) May-Johnson served as the assistant coach, helping produce a second team All-Region selection, a first team All-Big Ten selection and led the infield to a Big Ten leading 26 double plays.
Prior to her year with the Boilermakers May-Johnson was an assistant coach at the University of Louisville in 2015 and 2016. Here she trained and positioned one of the nation’s premier outfield units in 2016. May-Johnson led the Cardinals to two NCAA tournament appearances, an overall record of 65-36 over two seasons and helped the 2016 team to a second place finish in the ACC. She produced one third team All-Region selection and one second team All-Region selection, four first team All-ACC selections and three second team All-ACC selections.
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.”