Northern Virginia Community College recently announced that women’s softball will be added as the next intercollegiate sport. Softball will be the fourth women’s sport following women’s cross country that was added in 2013.
NOVA athletic director Steve Mrowka will serve as the inaugural head coach to help establish the program. Mrowka, who joined NOVA in 2013, most recently served as the head baseball coach at George Washington University (2005-2012).
“Softball has emerged as a very popular sport in our region and we’re delighted we are able to provide this opportunity for the community,” said Mrowka. “We have had numerous inquiries about adding intercollegiate softball and I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Prior to his tenure with the Colonials, Mrowka served as the head baseball coach at Georgia College & State University for 11 seasons (1994-2004) and guided the Bobcats to the NCAA Division II tournament five times (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002). He also earned multiple Coach of the Year accolades and his teams were consistently ranked nationally.
Through 19 years as a head coach, Mrowka’s collegiate coaching record is a combined 609-476-3. He picked up his 600th career victory on April 3, 2012. He was a two-year starter at the University of North Carolina in the Tar Heels’ infield and earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. He also has a M.Ed. in sport management from the University of Georgia.
NOVA Athletics was formally established in the fall 2011 following a careful program evaluation. During the 2010-11 academic year, the College established a Task Force on Student Athletics to study the role of intercollegiate athletics. The task force recommended establishing an athletic program and a commitment to gender equity was a guiding principle.
Softball will be the eighth sport offered at NOVA adding to men’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s cross country, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s lacrosse, and club ice hockey. The 2014-15 season will be NOVA's third as a full member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Ice Hockey is a member of the American Collegiate Hockey Association.
Currently there are three other intercollegiate softball programs in Virginia at the two-year college level - Patrick Henry Community College (Martinsville), Richard Bland College (Petersburg), and New River Community College (Dublin).