Carlie Pagens to coach Briercrest’s inaugural softball team
Briercrest is proud to announce that the first head coach of the Briercrest womenâ€™s softball team will be Carlie Pagens.
Pagens is an alumnus of both the college and the seminary and has a great softball resume combined with a deep love for Briercrest. Briercrest Athletic Director Nigel Mullan said he is excited to have Pagens aboard.
â€śI am looking forward to seeing the contributions that Carlie is going to make in our first year in womenâ€™s softball,â€ť Mullan said.Â â€śShe brings a wealth of experience to the program and I believe the team will benefit greatly from her leadership.â€ť
Like many other Briercrest students before her, Pagens moved to Caronport planning to stay for just one year.
â€śI moved out to Caronport in 2007 to do a year of Bible school and have been living in Saskatchewan since,â€ť the B.C native explained. â€śI have lived in Moose Jaw for about four years now and am currently working as a Mental Health and Addictions Counselor for the Five Hills Health Region- on the Youth team.â€ť
From an early age Pagens has been involved in playing high level softball while also coaching younger players.
â€śMy first coaching job was actually a paid job when I was 12 years old as an assistant coach in a night school softball program for younger kids,â€ť Pagens said. â€śAfter that I continued to coach weekend clinics, and eventually realized that I loved to coach.â€ť
Her softball career has even taken her around the world.
â€śProbably the most interesting part of my softball career was that I was asked to play on the Great Britain Jr National team and spent a year with them playing on the 16-U and 19-U teams- playing in a tournament in Germany and in the Junior World Championships in 2006 in Florida.â€ť
Pagens is looking forward to being part of Briercrestâ€™s inaugural softball team.Â
â€śIt is exciting to get an opportunity to start a new program and be a part of helping the sport of softball grow and develop at the collegiate level in Canada- which is something that I have wanted to do since high school. It also excites me that Christian athletes have an opportunity to play a sport that they love in an environment where they can grow and be challenged in their faith, while staying in Canada.â€ť
When asked to describe what a Carlie Pagens team will look like it was clear that the bar would be set high.
â€śAbove all else I expect our girls to work hard, play as a team, and be willing to serve their team,â€ť she said, â€śI think these athletes have an amazing opportunity to be a part of a new growing program and am excited to see what this will look like. I expect my players to be leaders on and off the field, to commit to hard work, but also to enjoy playing the sport that they love at a new level. I think a Briercrest Softball team will be able to play competitively within the WCSA and I am excited to begin to see athletes help to build this program.â€ť