WMU News

Worden resigns as softball coach

May 5, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- WMU head softball coach Kim Worden announced her resignation Thursday afternoon, effective at the conclusion of her contract on June 30.

The winningest coach in WMU softball history, Worden will complete her 13th season in Kalamazoo with the Broncos' season-ending series against Toledo this weekend. The Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year in 1997, Worden owns a career record of 318-354 and has claimed more career victories than any other female head coach in school history. Worden guided Bronco teams to six winning seasons, including four with over 30 victories. Her 1989 squad's 38 wins was the second-most in WMU history, while her 1995 squad compiled the fifth-most wins in a season (34).

In 1997, Western Michigan recorded a second-place finish in the MAC, the program's highest-ever finish in the conference. During her tenure, Worden had 10 players garner first team All-MAC accolades a total of 13 times, while 12 players have been selected to the All-MAC second team on 13 occasions.

"Kim (Worden) has done a tremendous job during her career representing the University, not only as a coach, but as a student-athlete as well," Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard said. "I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors."

A former Bronco standout in both softball and basketball, the Lansing native was inducted into the WMU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. In her four years as a player on the softball team, Worden compiled a pitching record of 46-19-1, along with a 0.76 earned run average. She started all four seasons in basketball as well, collecting over 1,000 career points.

"I felt this decision was the best for myself and the program at this time," Worden said. I have enjoyed my time at WMU as a student-athlete and coach, but feel that this was a move I needed to make."

Worden will coach the Broncos' final three games of the season on Friday (3 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.), as WMU hosts Toledo to conclude the squad's regular season.

Media contact: Scott Kuykendall; 616 387-4138; scott.kuykendall@wmich.edu

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