The addition of Clemson’s softball program is picking up steam. The Clemson University Board of Trustees Finance and Facilities Committee are expected to approve Phase 1 of a new softball complex Thursday.
Clemson officially announced it was planning to start a softball program on March 14, to replace women’s diving.
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich also said the school has its head coach’s position posted and is looking to make a hire by the end of the calendar year.
“We are starting to gather applications,” Clemson’s AD said on Thursday morning. “Probably in the next two weeks we plan to look at the pool and talk to some folks in the business.”
Clemson plans to take its pool of applicants and break it down to a reasonable number and then invite some qualified candidates on campus for interviews.
As for the new facility, the Finance and Facilities Committee will recommend Phase 1 approval to the whole BOT on Friday, which is expected to be approved.
Pending approval, Phase 1 will allow the athletic department the funds necessary to hire an architect. In the coming months the BOT will approve Phase 2, which is to approve full construction of the new facility.
Tentatively, the softball complex will be built out in left field behind Doug Kingsmore Stadium.
“This is the first step of the process to get a building built,” Radakovich said. “We will then take it through the (proper channels), information and notifications. We will start that shortly after the board hopefully gives their okay.
“We have not hired the architect yet. We have not hired a contractor. Are feasibility study was kind of wanting to put it out in left field behind Doug Kingsmore.”
Clemson’s goal is to still start the softball program by 2020 with a start date no later than 2021.