The Warhawk softball team is proud of the winning tradition that has become a habit at UW-Whitewater. Over the years, the Warhawks have won many WIAC Championships, including back to back titles in 2014 & 2015, and have appeared in the NCAA tournament numerous times. In 2008, the Warhawk team finished the season as the NCAA Division III National Runner Up and finished 3rd in the country in 2014.
Throughout the years, the Warhawks consistently find themselves among the leaders in many of the WIAC statistical categories. In 2016, the Warhawks captured the WIAC Tournament Championship for the 4th consecutive year and participated in the NCAA tournament for the 7th time in the past 9 seasons. The 2017 season should prove to be another successful year for the Warhawks. Through our winter clinics, we provide an opportunity for all student athletes to become part of a successful and winning tradition.
Maximum 70 participants per clinic
Saturday, February 18, 2017
The clinics are recommended for female athletes in grades 4 through 12 who wish to increase their knowledge of pitching and hitting.
The hitting clinic will provide instruction in aspects of hitting and bunting. Hitting instruction will include teaching fundamental aspects of the swing, hitting from machines, and live pitching situations. Players are encouraged to bring their own bat if possible.
Clinic 1: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Clinic 2: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Clinic 3: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Maximum 50 participants per clinic
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Provide your own catcher, if possible, at no additional fee.
Clinic 1: 8:30 am - 11:00 am (Intermediate)
Basic pitching skills will be stressed. This clinic is recommended for players in grades 4 through 9 and those who have not attended a previous clinic.
Clinic 2: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm (Advanced)
Basic pitching skills will be stressed. The development of new pitches and advanced skills will be introduced. This clinic is recommended for high school players in grades 10-12 and those who have attended a pitching clinic previously.
All clinics will take place in the Kachel Fieldhouse, which features four batting cages and a large instructional throwing space.
Kachel Fieldhouse opened its doors in 2001. The 50,000 square foot space is an all-purpose facility that performs numerous functions for members of the campus community. Baseball and softball do some of their off-season work in the fieldhouse, with tournaments occupying several courts in addition to Russell Arena. Kachel Fieldhouse is named for David L. Kachel, the major benefactor in the facility’s construction and a supporter of many areas of the University. A long time Whitewater businessman, Kachel was also the major contributor to Kachel Gym, the Kachel Multi-Sport Complex and the Berezowitz Student Athlete Center among others.
Brenda Volk, Director
Brenda Volk has been the head coach of the UW-Whitewater softball program since 1999 and is entering her 19th year at the helm in 2016-17. Volk has led the Warhawks to five Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, six WIAC Tournament titles, and ten NCAA Tournament appearances. Volk has been named WIAC Coach of the Year five times during her career. Volk, along with her coaching staff, was also recognized as NFCA Great Lakes Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 1999, 2008 and 2014.
During Volk’s first season, the team won the WIAC championship and set the school record for most wins in a season with 41. Since then, Volk has compiled an 18-year overall record of 557-228-4, which is the most wins accumulated by any coach in WIAC history. Entering the 2016 season, Volk was ranked 19th among active Division III coaches (minimum five years as a head coach) in winning percentage (.710) and 24th in total victories (528). Those totals rank 25th and 37th all time, respectively.
In 2016, the Warhawks won the WIAC Tournament championship for the 4th consecutive year. In addition to the program’s success in the WIAC, Volk has guided her teams to the NCAA tournament 7 of the last 9 seasons. The Warhawks posted the program's best ever national finish in 2008, placing second at the NCAA Championship, followed up by a 3rd place finish in 2014. Volk has coached numerous All-Americans, All-Region, and All- Conference players, including six different WIAC Position Players of the Year.
Beth Bonuso, Assistant Director
Beth Bonuso enters her 16th season as an assistant coach for the UW-Whitewater softball team in 2016-17. She started as the Warhawk assistant coach in 2002 after serving two years as a student assistant coach. Bonuso spends most of her time working with the Warhawk outfielders, where she was able to help develop three different NFCA All-American outfielders during the 2008 & 2009 seasons. During her time at UWW, Bonuso has been instrumental in the success of the softball program, as she brings something unique with her passion and knowledge in developing the mental game of the student-athletes. In addition to being a part of the Regional Coaching staff of the Year in 2008 & 2014, Bonuso was named the NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year in 2014.
A native of Arlington Heights, Ill. (Buffalo Grove High School), Bonuso was a four-year letter winner at UW-Whitewater from 1996-1999. The Warhawks earned an NCAA Tournament bid three of the four years during Bonuso's career and captured the conference title during her freshman and senior seasons. During her senior year in 1999, Bonuso helped guide UW-Whitewater to a 41-7 record, which is the most wins by any Warhawk softball team.
Steve Evans, Pitching Clinician
Steve Evans begins his 20th season as the pitching coach for the UW-Whitewater softball team in 2016-17. Evans started as the Warhawk pitching coach in the 1998 season. Throughout his time at UW-Whitewater, he has coached a two time All-American pitcher and has had two different individuals named WIAC Pitcher of the Year. Evans has also coached the top four all-time win leaders, the top seven strikeout leaders, and the top eight save leaders at UWW.
Evans has more than 50 years of fastpitch experience. He has over 900 career victories as a fastpitch player. Some of his career highlights include 100 career shutouts, seven-time ASA League All Star, as well as pitching a no-hitter at the 2001 45 & over National Tournament.
Additional staff will include present Warhawk softball team members.
Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.
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