Owensboro Community & Technical College is hosting the fourth annual Trail Blazer event on March 4 with featured guest Julie Croteau, the first female to play and coach in NCAA men’s baseball. Croteau played Women’s Major League Baseball for the Colorado Silver Bullets, and her glove and photo are on permanent display at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“We originally designed this as an event to highlight women in alternative careers,” said added Mike Rodgers, OCTC’s Chief Institutional Officer. “It has developed into a really inspirational experience and even though we will be virtual this year, we did not want to pass up the opportunity for our young ladies to hear from Julie Croteau.”
Croteau’s other notable achievements include: an appearance in “A League of Their Own;” coach of the U.S. Women’s National Baseball Team; winning a gold medal at the World Cup in Canada in 2004; and managing the U.S. Women’s National Team than won the gold medal at the World Cup in Taiwan in 2006.
She is currently serving as Director of Communications for BeWell at Stanford University.
Featured past guests included Ashley Parlett, a NASCAR mechanic; Nikki Eplion-Bryant, a world championship boxing titlist; and Katrina Kidd, host of Texas Flip & Move, contractor, and restauranteur.
The free event is sponsored by the OCTC Foundation, Inc., the Kentucky Business & Professional Women’s Foundation, the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, and the Hopkins County Business & Professional Women.