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UWF Athletics Hall of Fame Profile: Krissy Styrna-Warriner

PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida Athletic Department will induct its Hall of Fame Class of 2009-10 on Friday, January 22 at Scenic Hills Country Club, and as a preview of that event each of the five inductees will be profiled throughout the week online at GoArgos.com, the home of UWF Athletics on the Web.  The second featured profile is Gulf South Conference Commissioner’s Trophy winner and softball player Krissy Styrna-Warriner.

Former UWF softball player Krissy Styrna made the trek from Surrey, British Columbia to Pensacola, Fla. for her college career, and she made her mark on UWF Athletics like few ever have. Styrna posted an 80-22 record in her four-year career as a pitcher for the Argonauts, with a career 1.36 earned run average in the circle. She was also a force at the plate, tallying 280 total hits and 152 runs batted in during her career.  While not pitching, Styrna saw action in the field at third base.

Styrna was the first Argonaut in school history to earn the Gulf South Conference Commissioner’s Trophy for athletic and academic excellence in 2002, and she was also named as the NCAA South Region Scholar Athlete of the Year during the same season.  The two-time NCAA Division II All-American was twice a member of the NCAA All-South Region team, and she made her mark on the conference with a GSC Freshman of the Year award in 1999, four All-GSC selections, and four GSC All-Tournament Team accolades. In addition, Styrna was honored as a part of the GSC All-Academic Team.

Krissy has spent the last three and a half years as Senior Associate (Financial Auditor) for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Jacksonville, Fla., the world’s largest accounting firm.  She is married to Jonathan Warriner, whom she met while attending UWF.

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Hall of Fame Questionnaire

1. What was your most memorable moment in UWF athletics?
One of the most memorable moments during my tenure playing softball at UWF was being awarded the Gulf South Conference Commissioner’s Trophy in 2002, my senior year.  This award was a huge honor, as it was for not only my softball accomplishments, but also my academic accomplishments, for which I worked very hard.  This honor was memorable because not only did Coach (Tami) Cyr play a vital role in this award, but the head coach at our main rival Alabama-Huntsville also had some very nice things to say about me as a competitor, which was very humbling.

2. Being a former student-athlete, how has it helped you in your life after college?
Being a former student-athlete has helped me in life after college in so many ways.  Playing collegiate athletics has taught me how to work well in a team environment and how to always display a strong work ethic and put my blood, sweat, and tears into everything that I do in life.  It taught me humility and also a sense of accomplishment.  All of this has served me very well in my career and also in my personal life.

3. Are you still involved with your sport?  If so, in what capacity?
For a number of years after graduating, I was involved with softball through teaching pitching lessons to young girls in the community, and I was the pitching coach at a local high school for a season.   Unfortunately, my profession (accounting) makes it difficult to stay involved, as my busiest time at work is softball season, but I would love to get involved again one day.  I do play in the softball alumni game at UWF every year, and I have been asking my husband to catch for me at home so that I can keep up my pitching skills!

4. Please list any other information that you would like to share.
Playing softball at UWF was one of the toughest, but best decisions in my life.  Leaving home (Canada) to go to school on the other side of the continent was very difficult but extremely rewarding.  I deeply cherish the memories I have from playing softball in such a wonderful program for Coach Cyr and Coach (Cindie) Corey, and all of the friendships that I have developed over the years and continue to have.

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The Hall of Fame festivities are scheduled for Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23 and will include a golf tournament and induction ceremony on Friday and a reception at the home basketball games on Saturday.  For more information, view the Hall of Fame home page online at GoArgos.com or send an email to argoathleticclub@uwf.edu.

For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.

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