YUMA, AZ – Arizona Western College in conjunction with Matador Athletics are proud to announce that the AWC Softball Field will be renamed the Charlie Dine Softball Field in a dedication ceremony to the former AWC head coach on Saturday April 19th.
“It’s going to be an exciting day in AWC softball history,” said Arizona Western College Athletic Director Jerry Smith. “We are honoring former two-time National Champion head coach Charlie Dine as he was elected into the NJCAA Softball Hall of Fame, and we are renaming the field after him as the Charlie Dine Softball Field.”
Charlie Dine arrived in Yuma in the spring of 1970 where he was a member of the AWC family for approximately 27 years. During that time he had a major impact on the entire AWC campus. Charlie Dine was also one of the early leaders in the Arizona Community Athletic Conference and the Western States Football League.
Charlie Dine served 10 years as Athletic Director and then from 1982-1991 as AWC Head Softball Coach. The softball team won the NJCAA Softball National Championships twice in 1983 and 1987, and was runner up in 1986. During both championship years, Dine was named NJCAA National Softball Coach of the Year; he ranks ninth as the Winningest Softball Coaches in NJCAA history with 248 wins and 99 losses. He has been a leader in making Yuma one of the recognized leading forces in women's and girls’ softball in the nation.
“It’s going to be an exciting day and we are very thrilled to honor former coaching great Charlie Dine,” said AWC head coach Nikki Bethurum. “The fans are really in for a treat as we will have our hands full that day with Phoenix College. The atmosphere will be great and we are all looking forward to renaming the field in honor of Charlie (Dine).”
During the field re-naming ceremony, members of the Charlie Dine family will receive a commemorative plaque and ring marking his induction into the NJCAA Hall of Fame earlier this year.
The third ranked Lady Matadors are currently in the midst of a six game roadtrip, but will return home on Saturday April 19th for a stiff test with the Phoenix College Lady Bears. The pre-game ceremony and field dedication will begin at 11am inside of a tent behind the bleachers at the softball field for family, friends and fans. The public is warmly invited to this free event.