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Wichita State: The "Favor" of her presence is requested
Columbus, GA, July 19, 1999: Columbus State University headsoftball coach Judy Favor has resigned her position at CSU toaccept the head coaching position at Division I Wichita StateUniversity in Wichita, Kansas. The announcement was made todayby WSU Athletics Director Jim Schaus.
Schaus was quoted in a press release as saying, "I amexcited to have Judy Favor as part of our team. She knows howto win and the steps necessary to build a quality softball program.She took a .500 program and turned it into onethat was rankednumber one in the nation this past season." "She iswell respected nationally as a coach and is familiar with thecoaches in the Missouri Valley Conference. She has tremendousenergy and vision for our program. She is the right person tomove WSU softball to a high level," he added Favor leavesCSU after a stellar seven-year career which saw her lead the programto national prominence on the Division II level.
During her career, Favor posted a phenomenal 276-87 win-lossrecord. That is a winning percentage of .760, and an average ofover 39 wins per season. Her best season came in 1999 when hersquad went 46-7, won the Peach Belt Athletic Conference championship,and finished the regular season ranked number one in the countryby the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The won-lost recordis a new school record (for the third time in her tenure) andthe ranking marked the second time the program had cracked thetop 10, and the first-ever number one-ranking.
"We truly hate to lose Judy Favor, " said CSU AthleticDirector Herbert Greene. "She took this program and builtit into a national contender in a short time. We congratulateher and wish her the best of luck in her new job. We feel likeWichita State is getting one of the best softball coaches in thecountry." Favor was named PBAC Coach of the Year in 1999,her second such award (1995), and later named South Atlantic RegionCoach of the Year by the NFCA, as well. She never had a seasonin her CSU career in which her squad did not win at least 30 games.
In her first season, 1993, the Lady Cougars finished 30-22.1999 marked her third consecutive 40-win season and a fifth-straightappearance in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional. Favor inheritsa program at Wichita State which finished 21-36 in 1999. She replacesJim Maynard who just finished his 11th season at the helm of theShocker program. Maynard posted a career record of 313-327-1,making him the winningest coach in the school's softball history.
"I am excited about going to Wichita and being part ofthe WSU team," said Favor. "It is a great opportunityand a place where a good softball team can be developed. It isa similar situation to what I faced when I came to Columbus, andI am looking forward to going to work to move this program toa higher level." A search for Favor's replacement will beginimmediately and remain open until August 6. Greene hopes to namea successor as soon as possible, as Fall semester begins on August18.