Montclair State Selected to Host NCAA Division III Softball Championship

Montclair, NJ (1/7/09) - Montclair State University, home of the Yogi Berra Museum and the Montclair State University Softball Stadium, will be the site of the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championship. The 15-game tournament, played over the course of five days, will take place May 15-19, 2009. A champion will emerge from the eight-team double elimination play. The original field of 59 teams will be announced on Monday, May 4, 2009.

"We are very proud to host the 2009 NCAA Division III Softball Championships this year," says Holly Gera, Montclair State's director of athletics. "We are looking forward to sharing our campus and our outstanding facilities with the visiting teams and their families."

The history of softball at Montclair State University began in 1966 and, to date, Montclair State has won 965 games, including three New Jersey Athletic Conference championships and five NCAA regional titles. Montclair State has appeared five times in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship (1984, 1987, 1988, 1992 and 1997), the last in 1997 when it finished as the national runner-up.

Montclair State has produced 55 NCAA Division III All-Americans, including 27 first-team selections and the 1992 National Player of the Year, Lois Fyfe. The 2008 team won the New Jersey Athletic conference championship and finished ranked 17th in Division III by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).

"The softball committee and I are confident that Montclair State will do an outstanding job of hosting the softball championship," states Jan Gentry, NCAA assistant director of championships.

The softball championship began in 1982 with Eastern Connecticut State capturing the title over host Trenton State College. Current Montclair State head coach Anita Kubicka played in that final.