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 again in 2017, where they had a perfect 17-0 record against WIAC opponents. The Warhawks have appeared in the NCAA tournament numerous times, while finishing the season as the NCAA Division III National Runner Up in 2008 and 3rd in 2014.
Throughout the years, the Warhawks consistently find themselves among the leaders in many of the WIAC statistical categories. In 2017, the Warhawks captured the WIAC Tournament Championship for the 5th consecutive year and participated in the NCAA tournament for the 8th time in the past 10 seasons. The 2018 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.
The clinics are recommended for female athletes in grade 4-12 who wish to increase their knowledge of pitching and hitting.
Maximum 70 participants per clinic
Saturday, February 17, 2018
The clinics will provide instruction in both hitting and bunting. Instruction will include teaching the fundamental aspects of the swing, a variety of drills, hitting from machines, and live pitching situations. Players are encouraged to bring their own bat and helmet if possible. All three hitting sessions provide the same instruction.
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 24, 2018
**Provide your own catcher, if possible, at no additional fee.
Intermediate Clinic: 8:30 am - 11:00 am
Basic pitching skills, including proper pitching form and control, will be the main focus. This clinic is recommended for players in elementary/middle school and those who have not attended a previous clinic who need to strengthen their fundamental knowledge of pitching.
Advanced Clinic: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
In addition to teaching the basic pitching skills, the development of new pitches and skills will be introduced. This clinic is recommended for high school players or those who have good control and location of their fast ball and want to learn additional movement pitches.
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.
Fees for the clinics include a free UW-Whitewater softball token, instructional costs, supplies and educational materials.
UW-Whitewater softball apparel will be available for purchase at the registration table.
1 Clinic: $60
2 Clinics: $110
Permits are required to park in campus lots. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.
Cancellations made 7 days prior to the training will receive payment back minus 6%. NO REFUNDS will be given for no shows.
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Brenda Volk, Director
Brenda Volk has been the head coach of the UW-Whitewater softball program since 1999 and is entering her 20th year at the helm in 2017-18. Volk has led the Warhawks to six Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships, seven WIAC Tournament titles, and eleven NCAA Tournament appearances. Volk has been named WIAC Coach of the Year six 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 19-year overall record of 594-237-4, 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 2017, the Warhawks won the WIAC Tournament championship for the 5th consecutive year. In addition to the program’s success in the WIAC, Volk has guided her teams to the NCAA tournament 8 of the last 10 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 seven different WIAC Position Players of the Year.
Beth Bonuso, Assistant Director
Beth Bonuso enters her 17th season as an assistant coach for the UW-Whitewater softball team in 2017-18. 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, as well as an additional two in 2017. 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 21th season as the pitching coach for the UW-Whitewater softball team in 2017-18. 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 three different individuals named WIAC Pitcher of the Year. Evans has also coached the top eight all-time win leaders, the top seven strikeout leaders, and the top eight save leaders at UW-Whitewater.
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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