UWG welcomes Kristy Burton and her staff from Webber International University to coach the softball team. It was officially announced in the spring semester that Burton would head over the university’s softball team after having a mid-season coaching removal during the 2021-2022 season.
Burton and her staff of two all come from Webber and have a long history of all working together at many different levels and more many years. Right before Burton was hired she took her team at Webber to the NAIA world series.
Burton loved her girls and team but it was time for a new opportunity. Together, they moved to Carrollton, GA to take the UWG softball team to the next level.
“It’s been a pretty big adjustment just learning all the new procedures, getting to know a new team, but everyone is so helpful that it’s made it easy to want to be here,” says Burton.
Burton had two months with her new team before their first fall competition on Oct. 9 at Mercer University. The Wolves came up short 6-5 in a 10 innings scrimmage. She is determined to take this team to the farthest point and she is anxious to start the season in Feb. 2023.
“I am excited to see us compete together as a team and become the first class program this team works everyday to become,” says Burton. “We are excited to see how many heads we can turn by winning not just on the field but in the classroom, and in our community.”
The top priority for this 2022 team is to make a new name for themselves. They are starting from the ground up to become the best of the best and compete in the most challenging Division II conference for softball.
Each day this team works alongside Burton and her staff. They have a short off season in the fall to prepare for the beginning competitions.
“We as a team will set goals each season but right now we just want to be competitive in the classroom, community, and in competition,” Burton says. “Every year of course we want to win but this season we have a few small goals: compete in the post season and win a conference championship, have a team GPA goal of 3.7, and have the most community service hours on campus.”
The team will have their first official game on Feb. 3, 2023 in Gulf Shores, Ala. followed by a busy season of about 60 games. Burton and her staff have all the confidence that it will be the best season yet.