On Wednesday afternoon, Frank Phillips College sophomore catcher Kristi Michaud made her plans for the next school year officially known by signing her letter of intent to become a member of the Kansas Wesleyan University Lady Coyotes Softball team.
A Canada native, Michaud has spent the past two seasons being a consistent force at the plate for the Lady Plainsmen as well as providing leadership and solid defensive skills behind the plate.
When talking to Michaud and Lady Plainsmen Head Coach Jenneffer Kohler on Wednesday, the Kansas Wesleyan coaching staff contacted Kohler a while back searching for a good catcher that can hit the ball with Kohler saying she knew Michaud would be exactly what the school was looking for.
Michaud recently took a trip to Salina, Kan. where she was quickly sold on the school and the softball program saying, â€śThe atmosphere was great to where it was obvious that there is tremendous support for the schoolâ€™s athlete teams from the administration to the people in the community. I was also impressed with the coach, who seems down to earth, and the campus is beautiful.â€ť
Both Michaud and Kohler feel that the catcher should have the opportunity to come in and potentially start for the Lady Coyotes immediately.
As far as what Michaud plans on studying, the sophomore smiled and said that is something she keeps asking herself almost everyday but said she would like to possibly become a coach.
The Lady Coyotes currently hold a 17-7 record and compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Michaudâ€™s love for softball started at an early age playing t-ball as a five year old and she has been involved in the game ever since.
When asked how a player from Canada found her way to Borger to play for the Lady Plainsmen the past two years, Michaud credits her former teammate and good friend Kate Johnson, who had joined the Lady Plainsmen program prior to Michaud graduating high school, in getting her introduced to the program.
In reflecting her time with the Lady Plainsmen, Michaud said, â€śThis is a good community and a supportive small college. I liked that I didnâ€™t feel overwhelmed when I came here and of course I enjoy the relationships I have made with my teammates.â€ť
Michaud said the biggest adjustment she had to make when she came to Frank Phillips was the commitment it takes being a part of a colleigate athletic program.
While on the field, Michaud has been one of those players that was able to come in and contribute immediately.
Of Michaud, Kohler commented, â€śShe is more mature than the average 18-19 year old, which has allowed her to come in and provide the program with leadership, which comes natural to her.
She makes good decisions on and off the field and is just one of those players Iâ€™ve enjoyed coaching.â€ť