Softball Assistant Coach Kristine Himes Inks Pro Contract with Philadelphia Force
Nov. 18, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - George Washington University assistant softball coach Kristine Himes has signed a pro contract with the Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch, as announced by the team this week. Himes, a native of Bolivar, OH, and in her second year as an assistant for GW's softball program, joins seven other players on the Force's roster, the NPF's newest franchise.
Himes, a third baseman, graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003, where she capped her career as the Buckeyes' all-time home run leader with 41. An All-Big Ten performer, Himes also holds the Big Ten single-season home run record with 16 in 2002, breaking her own record of 10 set in 2000 as a freshman. She was twice-named OSU's Defensive Player of the Year. Off the field, Himes was named Academic All-Big Ten and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
"Ohio State University provided me with an opportunity to play against some of the best competitors in the country," Himes stated. "My accomplished collegiate career now proves to be the foundation for continued success on the playing field."
Force Player Personnel Director, Terri Adams, is thrilled with the signing of the power-hitting third baseman, one of just four infielders on the Force's current roster. "Having coached against Kristine in the Atlantic 10 Conference, I am certain that she will bring a great deal of softball knowledge to the Force. She is a hard worker and I expect her to make a positive impact as a leader and a power hitter in the line-up."
Himes, who helped GW post a program-best 10 victories in just its third season, is excited to compete in the inaugural season of the Philadelphia Force and to make an immediate impact on the NPF.
"It is an amazing feeling to have this opportunity to come back as an athlete in this game again," Himes said. "Being an assistant coach under second-year GW head coach JoAnne Ferguson has taught me a new perspective of the game. I have never stopped learning about softball and I am excited to bring that knowledge back to the playing field."
The Force will begin their season in June 2006 and are slated to play 48 games. The team has announced Patriots Park in Allentown, PA, as their home stadium for their inaugural season. Himes and her teammates will be participating in the Force Holiday Clinic Series December 16-18. For more information please visit www.philadelphiaforce.com.