SAGU signs Houston's Amber Gignac
Outfielder brings speed and a left-handed bat
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced the signing of Amber Rose Gignac, who will enroll at the school as a student-athlete this fall.
After penning her National Letter of Intent, the homeschooled graduate will play softball for the Lady Lions.
The athletic Gignac (GEE-nee-yack, hard G) took up the game three years ago. She has played for the Bay Area Blitz travel team, coached by Kevin Armstrong, serving as team captain the last two years.
“There are typically two types of players, those that have talent or skills, and those that have heart,” explained Coach Armstrong. “Amber came to Bay Area with very little experience but had the heart and desire to get better and do whatever she could to help the team without attitude.”
“She worked hard coming to practice early and asking questions until she earned a starting spot on our team,” he said.
“Amber has been every coach’s dream to work with. She will be missed by everyone on our team as she moves on to her next step in life!”
At 5-foot-4, she bats left-handed and throws right-handed. Cignac played across the outfield, playing righfield this season.
She hit .375 and was successful on 93% of her attempts to steal bases.
Speed on the basepaths was not Lady Lions strength this year, swiping just 29 bases in 37 games. They finished eighth in the Red River Athletic Conference. They were last in 2012 with 23 steals.
Head Coach Tim Grant, who launched the softball program two years ago, is recruiting to add depth and talent to a young team heading north. The Purple Pride improved dramatically from 2-28 to 13-24 and raised the squad’s batting average from .197 to .312.
Gignac, of French Canadian decent, graduated with honors. She has been born and raised in Houston.
She says there are a few reasons that led her to SAGU.
“It’s the perfect fit! It has everything I was looking for in a college,” she added. “And I felt God say go! So, I’m coming!”
“My brother in-law (Mario Vega) is also a graduate and helped me in choosing and exploring the possibility of SAGU.”
She has plenty of experience in ministry and short-term missions trips to Honduras, Costa Rica and three ventures to Kenya.
Involvement at her church included the Kids Club’s Vacation Bible School, leading small groups and serving as a tutor in their student ministries.
She is the daughter to Tony and Marianne Gignac. Her sister is Bethany (24) and is related to Mario Vega (27), a SAGU alum, and Alex Vega (26).
Amber has indicated an interest in majoring in Social Work and seeking a Master’s degree in Counseling.
The Lady Lions are scheduled to begin their fall camp in September. They resume in January with games starting later in the month.
The team joins the Sooner Athletic Conference this year.