In December of 2013, Duke Athletics announced that it would be starting a varsity softball program that would compete in the Spring of 2018. In today’s landscape, starting a program is unique, if not unheard of, in college athletics. With costs per student-athletes rising each year, schools find it especially challenging to create new non-revenue generating programs, while also trying to keep up with the financial demands of their current student-athletes. Duke, however, accepted that challenge. We are thrilled to be making history by starting Duke Softball!