LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced on Friday, October 11th, that Defiance College Head Coach Megan Warren earned the Mary Nutter Scholarship.
The Mary Nutter Scholarship is an educational grant named for the former Pittsburg State (Kan.) head coach and 1997 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee, who founded the National Sports Clinics. It seeks to continue Nutter's effort to provide softball coaches at all levels access to the best minds in the sport to help them become better coaches themselves.
Recipients receive funding to attend the 2019 NFCA National Convention, Dec. 4-7 at Harrah's Atlantic City, where they can improve their skills at educational seminars and through interaction with their fellow attendees.
Coach Warren was named acting head coach of the Defiance College Softball team in January at the age of 23. Prior to this position, she served as the program's graduate assistant for five months before her first head coaching job. Warren oversaw a program of 26 student-athletes while juggling the first year of graduate school and hitting the road recruiting. She led the Yellow Jackets to a 21-18 mark and a fourth-place finish (9-7) in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Warren was later named head coach of the program in April of 2019 and is set to begin her first season as head coach of the Yellow Jackets Softball team.
"Although it was one of the greatest challenges I have ever faced in my life, I realized that my entire purpose was to serve my student-athletes and to give them the best experience I could after they dealt with great adversity," said Warren. "As a young professional, I have a strong desire to learn and grow so I can provide the best opportunities for the student-athletes at Defiance College. I learned so much at the Convention last year and want to continue to take advantage of this great opportunity, to develop myself and improve the well-being of our young athletes playing softball at Defiance College."