Piedmont’s third baseman and National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Player of the Year Jordan Chism signed her name on the dotted line to play with Oklahoma Christian University on Wednesday.
“I had an interesting recruitment process,” Chism said. “I was a freshman when Oklahoma Christian offered me. I visited the school as a freshman and I loved it. It became the baseline. I compared all the other schools I visited with Oklahoma Christian. I had coaches say I could go Division-1 and I visited a bunch of D-1 schools. Coach (Tom) Heath wanted me to do that if that’s what I decided to do as well.”
After the lengthy recruitment process, Chism made her decision before the start of this season and got to make it official on Wednesday.
“I think God wants me at Oklahoma Christian University,” Chism said. “This is the best possible fit for me. It’s my faith. It has my major. It’s a great academic school. I love the coaches. They just opened a brand new $2 million softball facility and they are going Division-2. I couldn’t ask for better.”
Chism said she plans to get her Bachelors in Science while at Oklahoma Christian and then attend the University of Oklahoma to study Physical Therapy.
Chism became the 21st Lady Wildcat to play softball at the next level while Coach Rick Scott has been at Piedmont’s helm. She will join former Piedmont player Sarah People at Oklahoma Christian.
“I know the type of people who play at Oklahoma Christian,” Chism said. “That played a role in my decision. I love Coach Heath, Coach (Steve) Gault and (Jessica) Hauf.”
Scott said seeing another of his players go on to play at the next level is always a great feeling.
“These years with Jordan have been phenomenal,” Scott said. “She is one of the gutsiest kids I’ve ever had. She’s just a winner in all she does. I have been blessed to have a lot of great girls here at Piedmont and Jordan definitely ranks at the top of that. She is getting to play locally so I will get to go see her play. The coaches and I, we go watch our former kids play when we can. We love seeing those kids at the next level. This is a great opportunity to go see her play.”
Chism was joined by her parents Keri and Toby Chism and her brother Hunter while she signed her letter of intent.