Waterlo’s first team event is this Wednesday when there is an open practice on campus at the CIF Outdoor Field, and from there its onto a pre-season double header with Fanshawe planned for Sunday August 27th (4pm start).
Head Coach Chris Meyer, is back again for the Warriors with hopes to lead the team into the post-season. “We have a great returning core this fall, and we’re also very excited about some of the new students coming to campus this season too”. Waterloo only lost 3 players to graduation this past season, and the program is expecting 30 plus players to be at the first 10 days of the open practices, and pre-season games. Former OUS Player of the Week, and All-Stars Samantha Beneteau and Lauren Beattie are both back this season, as are pitchers Megan Davitsky and Olivia Gilbert.
Waterloo’s program operates different than some others in the OUS in that the school’s direction is to keep the club fully open, meaning anyone is welcome to be part of the club and participate in club events. The coaching staff does have the autonomy to limit the number of students that do participate in the OUS.
The Warriors open the season on the road with games vs Ottawa and Carleton opening weekend. Then in week #2, Waterloo welcomes Brock, Windsor and McMaster to Budd Park, as Waterloo like their cross-town rival Laurier have been forced to relocate to Kitchener for this season due to diamond closures in Waterloo.
Kate Satchell joins the coaching team this fall as part of the program’s commitment to increase the number of women involved with the team. Satchell is a former player who graduated this past year, she also volunteers in the summer with the D1 Nationals program. Kate joins another former Warrior player Rachel Schultz as the second female coaching team member at Waterloo.