An ultimate vision of The Warehouse is to amplify, expand, and reach larger audiences through growing the game of softball in the Northwest Arkansas surrounding area.
The Warehouse of Softball “The Warehouse” is Arkansas’s only softball-specific training facility located in south Fayetteville of Northwest Arkansas (“NWA”). We opened in February 2020 and are growing each month. We just need to survive this pandemic. NWA now boasts over 500,000 residents, the University of Arkansas flagship campus (27,000 plus students), and Fayetteville High School (over 2,500 students) are all only one mile away from our location and offer great softball programs. We offer skill development lessons: hitting, defense, pitching, throwing, speed and agility, and weight training. Our mission is to help young athletes discover their ultimate potential through the sport of softball by individualizing physical, mental, and character development with an emphasis on intentionality, accountability, work ethic, and passion. There are a handful of baseball training facilities in NWA for mostly young men, and our female athletes here lacked adequate space for them to fine-tune their craft. Thus this facility is designed to provide a positive, accountable work environment for them to grow into their most authentic selves as athletes, regardless of the sport they choose. My experiences have presented opportunities for me to work with student-athletes who were in some way underprivileged, denied access to resources and opportunities usually due to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, learning disabilities, or underdeveloped programs. This showed me all the inaccessibility of resources within the sport of softball. Through all my positions as an athletic academic advisor, a learning specialist, a professor, graduate student, and coach, I’m honing in on a special interactive learning process for student-athletes. The Warehouse offers a haven for young female athletes to not only receive the physical training I was not privy to as a young athlete but be provided the mental and emotional support needed to learn and grow into confident and capable young women.
Hello, I’m Megan owner of The Warehouse of Softball in Fayetteville, Arkansas. I grew up in Texas playing multiple sports through my childhood. I played college softball at Baylor University where I earned my two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications and Psychology and a Master of Science in Sport Pedagogy. At Baylor and Clemson Universities, I worked as a learning specialist in the academic athletic department particularly with students who struggled with learning disabilities or other mental health issues hindering their educational success. In 2015, I came to the University of Arkansas for my doctoral work where I earned my Ph.D. in Health, Sport, and Exercise Science with a concentration in Recreation and Sport Management. I’ve been coaching in many capacities: camps, clinics, assistant coaching positions, and private lessons. Positive and mindful coaching within the realm of sport is of high importance to me, and I believe coaches have a responsibility to foster learning and growth as an athlete and a young woman. My top priority as a coach is building confidence whilst developing physical and mental skills through the game of softball. My true passion is helping others, particularly younger athletes who are impressionable and trying to find their way in the world. Seeing these kids light up when something that they’ve been working on “clicks” when they tell me about the hard conversation they had with parents, or witnessing their confidence grow, is why I do what I do every day. Seeing an athlete find success because of the work they’ve been willing to put in, the vulnerability they’ve embraced, and their fear of failure lessen each time they walk through the door makes me appreciate how incredible my honor is to mentor, lead, and learn from so many unique and remarkable young women.