The Roanoke Valley Sports Club is pleased to announce that Virginia Tech softball coach Pete D’Amour and All-American Pitcher Keely Rochard will be the guest speakers at their monthly meeting on Monday, August 16th at the Salem Civic Center.
The Hokies recently completed one of the best seasons in school history, winning 37 games, and earning the program's second ever appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals. Virginia Tech finished the 2011 season ranked 13th by ESPN and 14th in the USAToday Coaches poll. Due to the NCAA extending all eligibility due to the impact the COVID-19, every Hokie starter will return for the 2022 season and will be joined by a strong recruiting class.
D’Amour has orchestrated a remarkable turnaround of the VT program, taking a sub-.500 team in 2018 to the Super Regionals in just two full seasons. The Hokies have gone 105-30 in D’Amour’s three seasons in Blacksburg, making two NCAA appearances and a 21-4 record in the Covid shortened 2020 season. D’Amour and his staff were recently named the NFCA Mid-Atlantic Coaching Staff of the Year for the second time in three years.
Rochard has been a major reason for the Hokies success, winning 71 games in Blacksburg , including 31 shutouts and seven no hitters. Opposing batters have batted .169 against her in her career and have struck out 792 times.
This past season Rochard was named ACC Pitcher of the Year and an All American by both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and Justin’s World of Softball. For the second straight season, she finished in the Top 3 of all Division 1 in strikeouts, shutouts and wins.
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED and must be made by Friday, August 13th. No Walk-ups or pay at the door entries will be accepted.
The Roanoke Valley Sports Club has been in existence since the 1970’s, and is made up of individuals who love sports and love to talk about all aspects of the games. Over the history of the club, guest speakers have included coaches such as Lefty Driesell, Frank Beamer, Tony Bennett, and Mike Young, UVA Athletic Director Carla Williams, NBA players Dell Curry and Bimbo Coles, NFL referee Terry McAulay, NCAA football official Jim Hyson, and ESPN personality Marty Smith.
We encourage anyone who loves sports to attend our meeting, which includes a buffet meal. Cost is only $22 for non-members and $10 for high school students and children.
For more information and to reserve your spot, please visit https://roanokevalleysportsclub.com/