Renovations will take Oregon Tech’s softball program to the next level
By Noheaililani Waiwaiole, Staff Writer
The Oregon Tech softball field will gain further renovations and improvements thanks to longtime donors John and Louis Stillwell. The renovations should be complete by Fall, 2018.
The facility will remain in its current location but will be upgraded to include a state-of-the-art turf field, field house, press box, bullpens, wrap-around bleachers, and improved walkways.
“The new field is going to take the softball program to a new level,” said Senior softball player Tara Moates, “More recruits will want to come, we will have the ability to practice more when the weather is not complying, and playing in a stadium will enhance the atmosphere.”
The softball program is one of the most successful sports teams at Oregon Tech. In the past twelve seasons under head coach Greg Stewart, the program has won six Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) championships, placed fourth at the NAIA Softball World Series in 2015, and won a NAIA National Championship in 2011. Stewart’s record at Oregon Tech is an impressive 416-181-2.
John Stillwell and his late wife Louis Stillwell have been longtime supporters of Oregon Tech academics and athletics. The Stillwells provide nine endowed scholarships to Oregon Tech students and have been contributors to other projects on campus, such as the Martha Anne Dow Center for Health Professionals.
“The Stillwell's belief in us will make our program better than ever before and we could not be thankful enough,” said Moates.
The estimated $1.1 million-dollar softball field will be the next in a long line of contributions that the Stillwells have made to Oregon Tech and the Klamath Falls community. The Stillwells are donating about 80% of the estimated cost and the softball program is hoping to make up the rest of the cost through donations. If you are interested in donating, please visit the Oregon Tech website or contact the athletic department.
The renovations will begin in mid-May after the completion of the 2018 season and should be complete by Fall, 2018.
The renovations and additions to the softball field put a spotlight on prospective future athletic department projects, such as the renovation of the Tech Fit Center, the addition of lights at the soccer field, or the hope of having a baseball field on campus. The athletic department aspires to continue expanding and improving their facilities on campus; something the newly appointed Athletic Director, John Van Dyke, will tackle in his upcoming time here.