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Mar 18, 2020

A Message From Head Coach John Rittman

Dear Clemson Family,

There are few words to explain what has transpired in the last week, but we can take this time to truly recognize and understand what softball, and sports as a whole, mean to us. In the past, softball has brought us together regardless of our backgrounds, especially during difficult times like what we now face as a nation with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Now that softball has taken a back seat, it makes this situation much more complicated to work through. This year has been a rollercoaster of emotions, but with the help of our fans, support staff, and players, we have laid the foundation and created a special culture that will propel us forward in the future.

To our fans, thank you! For a first-year program to have the support you have given us is unbelievable. From the sold-out crowds to the electric atmosphere you provided for our players, you have helped put Clemson Softball on the map. We were third in the nation in average attendance at more than 1,500 fans per game! It is uncertain when we will play in front of you next, but when the time comes, we will be ready.

To every individual involved in building Clemson Softball from the ground up – thank you. You have made this year so special in so many different ways. Without your support, we would not have been able to have a first season filled with so much success and excitement. Every day I come to work, I am reminded how lucky I am to work with such amazing people.

To Team One, words cannot express how truly blessed we are as a staff to work with such a talented, wonderful and tight-knit group of players. Although the script of our first season was cut short, the memories we made will last a lifetime. You are so special – not only in the fact that you were the first softball team in Clemson history – but also in the way you excelled on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

Stay safe, and Go Tigers!



John Rittman