Peru State recognizes late softball coach

Peru State recognizes late softball coach
Former softball players watered the tree. Left to right included: Jennifer Dappen Rathman, Krissy Tatum Larson, and Kelly Muehle Voelker (Courtesy Photo)

PERU – On a beautiful fall morning, Peru State recognized one of the College’s long-time employees with a tree planting ceremony.

The late Mark Mathews, the 24-year head coach of the Bobcat softball team, was recognized with the planting of a magnolia tree – his favorite tree – on Saturday morning, Sept. 22. The dedication was a part of the College’s Athletic Hall of Fame weekend activities.

Peru State Foundation Chief Executive Officer Todd Simpson welcomed the guests, which included members of Mathews’ family, former softball players, and many other Bobcat friends and fans.

Peru State President Dr. Dan Hanson highlighted the tree dedication and the significance of the planting which included Mathews’ conservation views and knowledge. Hanson noted that Mathews had planted a tree for each senior player after having a large role in building the current Peru State softball facility.

At the conclusion of Dr. Hanson’s comments, the late coach’s wife, Renee, was invited to do the first watering of the tree. Then, members of the family, former players, and others were all invited to do some watering as well.

The magnolia tree was planted along the road down to the softball field and will have a plaque noting its dedication to Coach Mathews. The location was picked so it would be a reminder to all Bobcat fans – past and present – of Coach Mathews.

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