WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Under Eph head coach Kris Herman the Williams softball team inaugurated a "Bring a Professor to Practice Day," that has become so popular with the players that it was expanded this year to include professors and other folks on campus that the team wanted to invite to share in the experience.
"Each year the softball team has a really fun day of practice that we used to call "Bring a Professor To Practice Day", and now we invite more than professors so we call it "Bring A Person to Practice day," said Herman. "It's tons of fun."
On March 11 at their practice indoors in the Towne Field House the 2016 Eph softball team welcomed sixteen guests to the event. "The group of 16 was composed of professors who were from math/stats, economics, chemistry, physics, sociology, social psych, and English as well as athletics and dining services," Herman noted.
"Our kids really enjoy showing their skills and teaching their guests some softball and the others love to compete and do something very different," stated Herman. "It's one of the most valuable things we do and it is enjoyed by all."
Herman pointed to a note she received from Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science Joe Cruz about his experience. "I had such a great time yesterday at practice," Cruz stated. "Seeing the women on the team working together, laughing but also serious about their sport was a real treat. The students that I know well on the team have impressed me in the classroom and I'm touched to know a bit more of their lives beyond books. Thanks for the opportunity."
Psychology professor Steve Fein also sent a note of thanks.
"Thanks so much for having us.It was a terrific event and I'm guessing that we invited guests (aka "non-athletes"!) had more fun than you and your players did.You all could not have nicer or more welcoming, and you did an amazing job not laughing at us as we made some feeble swings at some fantastic pitching!
Best of luck this season, and I will certainly try to make it out to cheer you on during the season.
All the best,
English professor Peter Murphy also chimed in on how much he enjoyed the experience.