First year Western Carolina University Baseball Coach, Bobby Moranda's "Celebration of Catamount Baseball" was a huge success Saturday night at the Crest Center in Asheville, NC. This was an opportunity for former coaches, players, fans and supporters of WCU baseball to gather, reunite and prepare for the coming season. This was also a chance for the baseball staff and players to be introduced to supporters of the program and the unveiling of the proposed renovations and improvements to Childress Field/Hennon Stadium.
Former coaches, Bill Haywood and Jack Leggett (currently Clemson head coach), were honored and spoke about the rich baseball traditions in the Cullowhee Valley and WCU. While Bobby Moranda , and his staff of Dave Haverstick, Nick Mingione, Grant Achilles and Bruce Johnson, surely usher in a new era in Catamount baseball history, it was great to see them take the time and effort to create this event to recognize where the program has come from and realize where it is headed.
Once the stadium renovations are completed, WCU will have a facility that will enable them to host NCAA Regional tournaments. So, when the Catamounts win another Southern Conference title, WCU and Cullowhee could very likely see the "Road to Omaha" pass along Highway 107 and stop for a few days at Childress Field/Hennon Stadium!
Best of Luck to Coach Moranda and the Catamounts on the 2008 season!