Lady Lions introduce new softball coach
Fast-Pitchman: Tim Grant
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University has announced that Tim Grant will be the head coach of the Lady Lions women’s fast-pitch softball team. The new program will begin in the fall.
“I’m excited about the opportunity,” he said when introduced. “The chance to build the foundation of our fourth sport for women is something I will enjoy. Working with college student-athletes, investing into their lives, and establishing an athletic community, are all prospects I look forward to here at Southwestern.”
Coach Grant, 55, is a native of Pensacola, Forida. He has years of coaching on the college level in soccer, basketball, volleyball, and track. He is also the pastor of Hopewell Community Church of the Assemblies of God in Ennis, Texas.
He has four children, one daughter- in-law, two son-in-laws, two grandchildren, and another on the way. He is married to the lovely, Dr. Christa Grant, and they reside in Waxahachie, Texas.
Joining women’s volleyball, basketball, and soccer, softball will begin its inaugural season with fall camp. Over a span of 6-8 weeks, recruits and walk-ons will compete for a position on the team, which will begin playing in late January or early February.
The Lady Lions will join the Red River Athletic Conference, which currently has eight colleges (five in Texas) who field a team in this popular sport, including: Northwood University, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas Wesleyan University, Huston-Tillotson University, University of the Southwest (NM), Langston University (Ok), Bacone College (Ok) and Texas College.
There are 210 teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in Division I.
SAGU’s women’s athletic programs are among the best in the RRAC. Their volleyball team has produced winners in six of the past seven years and have been ranked nationally. The team regularly participates in major post-season tournaments. The women’s basketball squad has won 23 or more games for three years running, have made the NAIA national tourney, and defeated their first NCAA Division I team in November 2010.
Soccer is just over five years old and is picking up steam. They just announced the hiring of new head coach, Mandy Fortner, a record-setting scorer at Dallas Baptist University.