The Philadelphia Force of National Pro Fastpitch has announced the signing of Bolivar, Ohio native, Kristine Himes. Himes joins six other athletes on the roster for the newest NPF franchise.
The third baseman graduated from Ohio State University in 2003, where she holds the career home run record of 41. Himes, an All-Big Ten Selection, also holds the Big Ten single season home run record with 16 in 2002, breaking her own record of 10 in 2000 as a freshman. She was twice named OSUs Defensive Player of the Year. Off the field, Himes was named Academic All-Big Ten and an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Himes, who played against teammate Carri Leto of Northwestern University in the Big Ten Conference, attributes some of her success to having played at an elite level in college. She states, "Ohio State University provided me with an opportunity to play against some of the best competitors in the country. My accomplished collegiate career now proves to be the foundation for continued success on the playing field."
Force Player Personnel Director, Terri Adams, is thrilled with the signing of power-hitting third baseman Himes. "Having coached against Kristine in the Atlantic 10 Conference, I am certain that she will bring a great deal of softball knowledge to the Force. She is a hard worker and I expect her to make a positive impact as a leader and a power hitter in the line-up."
Himes, an assistant coach at The George Washington University, is excited to partake in the inaugural season of the Philadelphia Force and to make an immediate impact on the NPF. It is an amazing feeling to have this opportunity to come back as an athlete in this game again. Being an assistant coach under JoAnne Ferguson has taught me a new perspective of the game. I have never stopped learning about softball and I am excited to bring that knowledge back to the playing field.
The Force will begin their season in June 2006 and are slated to play 48 games. The team has announced Patriots Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania as their home stadium for their inaugural season. Himes and her teammates will be participating in the Force Holiday Clinic Series December 16-18th. For more information please visit www.philadelphiaforce.com.