Winstead Family to Support New Softball Facility

Batting Cage Student Pictured: NFCA All-American Morgan Tharrington '13, from Franklinton, NC

It is with great gratitude to Thomas and Peggy Winstead of Rocky Mount, NC that we announce the future development of a new softball facility for the Lady Canes. Along with gifts from additional contributors, a major gift from the Winstead family will make possible the construction of a covered batting cage and heated locker room. The Winsteads' daughter, Brandy, played softball at Louisburg College from 1998-2000.

Preparatory work has already begun on the site, and the facility is expected to be operational by the time softball games begin in February, 2014. The current, uncovered batting cage will remain in operation as a secondary practice area.

Hurricanes softball Coach Don Stopa is excited for the upgrades. "I'm thankful to all of the donors, as this is a big step up for our program and for the 20-plus players who will use the new space every day. We have one of the best two-year college fields in North Carolina, and with this addition, I think we'll have the best small-college softball facilities in the state and beyond."

This is the first major expansion to Louisburg College's softball facilities since the early 1990s, when Louisburg alum Mike Loyd '80 and other community members raised the initial funds to build a field. Cotten Softball Field will continue to be used in partnership with the local community as a site for children's recreational leagues during the summer months.