Oct. 10, 2011
BERKELEY - On Sept. 23, California head coach Diane Ninemire took part in Midland University's Homecoming festivities, but this was no ordinary pep rally. Midland inducted Ninemire and three others into its Athletic Hall of Fame.
"It was really great," Ninemire said. "It was great to go where I began my softball career and return to hometown of Fremont, Nebraska. It was really nice to come full circle."
Ninemire began her collegiate playing career at Midland in 1976, lettering in basketball and softball. Ninemire led Midland softball to a state championship in 1977. When Midland dropped the sport of softball in 1977, Ninemire transferred to the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she helped the UNO softball team win the 1978 championship and make three appearances in the College World Series.
"It was very unexpected for me because I only played one year at Midland," Ninemire noted. "For most inductions, you're a graduate of the school. So for them to think enough of what I've done in my career to induct me was very touching."
Along with Ninemire, Adam Baker, Shelli Riedmiller-Swerczek and Rich McGill were honored at the event.