Trotter reaches 500 wins

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Head softball coach Jen Trotter made it to the 500 win milestone after the Griffons defeated McKendree University in the last game of the Teri-Mathis Zenner Memorial Tournament over the weekend.

Trotter admits that the day meant a lot to her.

“It’s been pretty neat, [Sunday] was a pretty special day,” Trotter said. “It’s fun to enjoy a milestone like that with people that you care about.”

Trotter began coaching at Western in 2002 and is now in her 15th season with the Griffons.

She took the Griffons to its first NCAA Division II national tournament in 2005 and has made eight total NCAA Regional tournaments.

Trotter has led Western to become MIAA Regular Season Co-Champions in 2011 and her teams have made 14 straight MIAA Tournament appearances, winning the tournament in 2014.

Western has had at least 40 wins five times in 14 years with the most being 48.

Through the years Missouri Western has become a home for Trotter and she is thankful to have gotten her opportunity.

“The big thing is just getting really lucky to have gotten this position when I did, at the time that I did,” Trotter said. “Missouri Western has been good tome, it’s been a good place to work and being able to have some of the athletes that I’ve coached over the years has been pretty special too.”