INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The University of Texas at Tyler and
the City of Tyler have been selected to host the 2014 NCAA Division III
Softball Championships, the NCAA announced on Thursday.
In addition to being the first time the City of Tyler as
hosted an NCAA National Championship, the event marks the first time the NCAA
will play the Division III Softball Championship in the South and also the
first time an American Southwest Conference School has hosted a National
To be held May 22-27, 2014, the double-elimination tournament
will feature the eight winners of the regional tournaments. Activities surrounding the National
Championships will include the NFCA All-America banquet, community service
activities and a program for youth softball teams.
“We are extremely pleased that the NCAA has chosen Tyler to
serve as host for the National Championship,” said Peyton Low, UT Tyler
assistant athletic director, who will serve as tournament director. “Coach Mike
Reed has brought UT Tyler softball to national prominence, and our successful
record of host hosting previous NCAA events, along with all the benefits the
city offers, was essential in the Championships Committee selecting Tyler.”
UT Tyler has previously served as host for several NCAA
postseason events, including the 2008 and 2011 and 2012 softball regional tournaments,
and men’s soccer first round competition in 2008 and 2011.
“On behalf of the City of Tyler, SPORTyler and the
Convention and Visitors Bureau we are thrilled and honored to partner with The
University of Texas at Tyler for this national championship,” said Cindy Smoak,
vice president of SporTYLER. “We look forward to welcoming our visitors
to the city of Tyler and we know they will experience an excellent and
Tyler has experience hosting major sporting events,
including several National Junior College Athletic Association national
tournaments, in addition to the NCAA playoffs at UT Tyler.
“This announcement is the accumulation of months of work,”
said UT Tyler head softball coach Mike Reed , who serves on the NCAA Division
III Softball Committee. “I want to thank Peyton Low for his work in bringing
this to Tyler, as well as Cindy Smoak and SPORTyler.”
Along with Tyler, the NCAA named 72 other sites to serve as
hosts for championships from 2013 through 2015. Representing 18 sports, this is
the largest single announcement of sites ever done by the NCAA.
Sites were selected for 54 of the 89 championships across
all three divisions. The sites represent 30 states, including nine in the state
of North Carolina across five cities. The state of Ohio is next with seven
sites, while Florida and Texas were awarded five sites each. More than 200 bids
were received from 36 states.