One for the team (and the fans)
Mines’ softball facility has a new name: the Joe Coors, Jr. Softball Field, after the alumnus and longtime supporter of Mines Athletics.
The stadium underwent significant renovations in the 2018-19 academic year, made possible by an anonymous donation in Coors’ honor. The stadium was extensively redeveloped, with the original dugouts, press box and backstop replaced with new versions, and there were a few new additions, including restrooms, storage, a visitor’s bullpen and an umpires’ dressing room. The renovations also improved sightlines for fans and added seating behind home plate.
Coors served on the Mines Board of Trustees from 1991 to 1999 and was on the metallurgical and materials engineering and athletics visiting committees. Along with his wife, Gail, Coors was a generous philanthropic leader and dedicated Mines supporter. The athletics department continues to hold the Joe Coors, Jr. Memorial Golf Outing each summer in his honor.
Director of Athletics David Hansburg said, “I am very proud to be able to recognize Joe Coors’ lasting impact at Mines by placing his name on our beautiful home for Mines Softball.”