Founding members reflect

Kyra Ledbetter
Staff writer


Senior pitcher Chelsey Sullivan is one of the founding members of the Murray State softball program which made its debut at the University in 2009. || File Photo/The News

As one of the youngest teams on Murray State’s campus, it would be easy to expect little of Racer softball. A different coaching staff or group of players might chalk their losses up to being an inexperienced team or a new program.

Instead, the founding members of Racer softball (17-13, 10-7 Ohio Valley Conference) set the bar high, demanding excellence from their first season so that now, as upperclassmen, the team is flourishing under their leadership.

Jay Pyron, head coach of Racer softball – ranked fourth in the OVC – started working as early as 2008 to get both the University and a team ready for their first season the following year.

“Recruitment was a lot of that time and just building the team,” Pyron said. “Ordering uniforms and equipment. Making sure the field was set up and ready to go.”

In terms of recruitment, Pyron’s biggest challenge was finding an entirely new group of players versatile enough and yet different enough to get the team started successfully.