Joplin, MO (SNS) – A ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication for the Pat Lipira Softball Complex will be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, April 3, at Missouri Southern State University.

Lipira was the Missouri Southern softball coach from 1982-2000. She compiled a record of 632-275 during this period, guiding the Lions to six NCAA Regional appearances, four MIAA Championships and the NCAA National Championship in 1992. She was a five-time MIAA Coach of the Year, two-time Regional Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year in 1992.

Nineteen years after beginning her coaching duties, she stepped down to take on the duties of head of the Department of Kinesiology, and later accepted the post of interim vice president for academic affairs. She retired in 2015.

A committee was formed in order to help raise the funds necessary to honor Lipira, said Robert Corn, director of development for intercollegiate athletics.

“We felt like the best way to do something to honor Pat was to have something within the softball program named for her,” said Corn. “The committee members worked extremely hard to be able to name the Pat Lipira Softball Complex. It is a well-deserved honor and we thank the committee for their efforts and the community for making it a reality.”