Wilson To Sponsor Arizona State University Softball

Nov. 9, 2005

Wilson Sporting Goods Co. will add the NCAA top-25 Arizona State University Softball program to its extensive list of sponsored teams for the 2006 season. The new fastpitch sponsorship will mirror Wilson's existing baseball sponsorship with the Sun Devils, providing the team with top-of-the-line products including DeMarini bats and Wilson gloves, protective gear, accessories and softballs.

The Sun Devils softball team competes in the Pac 10 Conference-the premier collegiate softball conference in the country- which includes perennial national powers UCLA, Arizona, Cal, Stanford, Oregon and Oregon State. Seven starters are expected to return for 2006, to provide a strong base for a final team of fourteen women.

'We are proud of our new partnership with Arizona State's softball program. They compete at the highest level in their sport and like Wilson, ASU is committed to be successful in the sport of Fastpitch softball said Business Manager Pat Ryan.

New to the Sun Devils' staff this season is Head Coach Clint Myers, whose 481-43 coaching record at Central Arizona University won him six national titles in the National Junior College Athletic Association. Myers begins his tenure as an ASU coach and Wilson Advisory Staff member this season when Arizona State opens the 2006 season in Tempe against Utah State on February 9.

'I am thrilled to begin our association with Wilson and start the season with top performing Wilson and DeMarini equipment. Our team is excited about the partnership,' said Coach Myers.

Established in 1989, DeMarini Sports took the bat industry by storm with the world's first high-tech softball bat. Acquired by Wilson Sporting Goods in 2000, DeMarini continues to research, design and build high-performance softball and baseball bats in its state-of-the-art Hillsboro, Oregon facility.

Chicago-based Wilson Team Sports Company, a division of Amer Sports, is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sports equipment. The company designs, manufactures and distributes advanced equipment that helps players improve performance. Wilson's core categories include Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Bats, Volleyball, Soccer, Youth Sports, Uniforms/Apparel, Golf, Footwear, and Racquet Sports (Tennis, Racquetball, Squash, Badminton and Platform Tennis).

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