Concordia University Texas is excited to announce plans to construct a new softball field for Concordia’s Tornados. Construction should begin in the summer of 2014. The Beck Group has been selected to build the $2.6-million field that will sit next to the state-of-the-art Tornado Baseball Field on Concordia’s northwest Austin campus.
“This is an exciting project that will continue to propel Tornados softball forward by giving our student-athletes and coaches a state-of-the-art facility on campus,” Stan Bonewitz, director of athletics, said. “This is the next step toward building a better athletics program for the university.”
The field, which has been in the design process for the past year, is slated for completion by the end of 2014, and will allow Concordia to host their opponents starting in the spring of 2015.
“This is really exciting. We’ve never had a home softball field and this is why we moved the campus to northwest Austin from downtown five years ago - to expand opportunities for growth and programs,” Chris Beck, associate vice president for external relations, said.
The initial building project will include the field, dugouts for home and visiting teams and additional parking. Long term, the university hopes to raise an additional $4 million to build covered grandstands and a 12,000-square-foot athletic facility that will include locker rooms, training facilities, offices and a weight room.
In addition to announcing the building of a new field, Concordia hired in August a new head coach, Rachel Reekstin, who formerly coached at Wellesley College and Concordia University Irvine, to continue to grow the softball program.
“We are excited about the opportunities that this field will bring to Concordia,” Rachel Reekstin, head coach of Concordia University Texas softball, said. “We have a very skilled team, and they are excited to be able to host games on a field they can call home.”
The softball program has won 24 or more games and has qualified for the American Southwest Conference Tournament in three of the last four seasons. The Tornados posted a 25-15 record and saw nine of its players earn all-conference honors a year ago.