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Kari Hoying Winters, '08

Kari Hoying Winters, '08Russia, Ohio native Kari Hoying Winters, ’08, chose Muskingum in large part because of its excellent reputation in women’s softball. Hoying, a PE and Health major, also appreciate the safety of the campus and the relationships she formed with faculty members.

Winters’s experiences at Muskingum exceeded her expectations. “I was never 100% sure that Muskingum was going to offer the experiences that come along with going to a bigger school in a bigger city. Oh, how I was wrong! …I met my best friends on this campus. I laughed harder and have more memories from Muskingum than one wishes they could have in a lifetime. I realized how important it was to be true to yourself and to persevere through times of struggle. Growing up and starting my adult life wasn't always easy, but if it wasn't easy, it wouldn't be worth doing.”

Winters, who became head coach in 2011 never anticipated, “coaching under Coach Donna Newberry and carrying on the legacy of Muskingum softball,” but now says she can’t imagine coaching at any other institution.

Winters adds, “I’m thankful for the relationships that I built with my professors.  Most of Muskingum’s professors are about more than just teaching. I love seeing them on and off campus knowing that it won’t just be a quick hello, but that it will be a genuine conversation. I’m a people person and now call some of my professors, friend. It’s a great feeling knowing that they cared and still care after all these years.”