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Wichita State: The "Favor" of her presence is requested

Columbus, GA, July 19, 1999: Columbus State University head softball coach Judy Favor has resigned her position at CSU to accept the head coaching position at Division I Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. The announcement was made today by WSU Athletics Director Jim Schaus.

Schaus was quoted in a press release as saying, "I am excited to have Judy Favor as part of our team. She knows how to win and the steps necessary to build a quality softball program. She took a .500 program and turned it into onethat was ranked number one in the nation this past season." "She is well respected nationally as a coach and is familiar with the coaches in the Missouri Valley Conference. She has tremendous energy and vision for our program. She is the right person to move WSU softball to a high level," he added Favor leaves CSU after a stellar seven-year career which saw her lead the program to national prominence on the Division II level.

During her career, Favor posted a phenomenal 276-87 win-loss record. That is a winning percentage of .760, and an average of over 39 wins per season. Her best season came in 1999 when her squad went 46-7, won the Peach Belt Athletic Conference championship, and finished the regular season ranked number one in the country by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The won-lost record is a new school record (for the third time in her tenure) and the ranking marked the second time the program had cracked the top 10, and the first-ever number one-ranking.

"We truly hate to lose Judy Favor, " said CSU Athletic Director Herbert Greene. "She took this program and built it into a national contender in a short time. We congratulate her and wish her the best of luck in her new job. We feel like Wichita State is getting one of the best softball coaches in the country." Favor was named PBAC Coach of the Year in 1999, her second such award (1995), and later named South Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by the NFCA, as well. She never had a season in 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-straight appearance in the NCAA South Atlantic Regional. Favor inherits a program at Wichita State which finished 21-36 in 1999. She replaces Jim Maynard who just finished his 11th season at the helm of the Shocker 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 of the WSU team," said Favor. "It is a great opportunity and a place where a good softball team can be developed. It is a similar situation to what I faced when I came to Columbus, and I am looking forward to going to work to move this program to a higher level." A search for Favor's replacement will begin immediately and remain open until August 6. Greene hopes to name a successor as soon as possible, as Fall semester begins on August 18.