Pitcher Abby Covington commits to Regis University
By Keith Sparks
On National Signing day, Panther softball pitcher Abby Covington was one of a handful of Panther athletes to make her dreams come true by signing to play at the next level. Covington signed to pitch for Regis University, a Division II school in Denver, Colo.
Covington said Regis wasn’t the only school she considered attending. She kept her options open, looking at some smaller schools in Texas but always knowing she wanted to play college softball in Colorado.
“I was considering a lot of D3 schools such as Hardin Simmons, Concordia, St. Mary’s, and Trinity because of their academics,” Covington said. “I was also looking at Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and Regis University. I looked at many schools in Colorado because I have always wanted to play there.”
With medicine as her primary academic interest, Covington kept that in mind while making her decision. After visiting Regis and seeing the campus in Denver, her decision became clear.
“I ended up choosing Regis because it was a beautiful campus in a location I’ve been wanting to be at for as long as I can remember,” Covington said. “Regis has a wide range of healthcare majors, which allows me to have multiple options on the route I want to take.”
Although she began the recruiting process her freshman year, Covington really ramped it up in her junior year as she began communicating with coaches and attending recruiting camps. After attending a pitching camp at Regis, Covington and her parents agreed Denver was the way to go.
“The beginning of my junior year, I went up for a pitching camp at Regis and I loved the coaches and the players I met,” Covington said. “After the camp, Coach Bond offered me a spot. My parents and I considered it and decided this was the right school.”
Covington has already had multiple opportunities to meet her future teammates, which she said could not have gone better.
“I have been able to meet the whole Regis team multiple times,” Covington said. “They are very energetic and friendly. The team is all about doing the best for each other and none of them are selfish in that aspect.”
Covington has also spent time with Head Coach Daven Bond and Assistant Coach Kelley Reeves, both of which she said are laid back and easy to talk to, making her decision to play for them an easy one.
“Coach Bond and Coach Reeves have been very understanding with everything this year and they are easy to talk to,” Covington said. “Coach Bond is a laid back type of person who make sure everyone knows their job and expects them to perform. Coach Reeves is the same way but is more vocal.”
Although she enjoyed meeting her future teammates and coaches, that wasn’t the end-all be-all. The campus’s location, facilities, and academics combined, however, put Regis over the top of the other schools she was considering.
“I took a tour of the campus after my camp and for me it was perfect because of the proximity of everything and the facilities will help me be successful as a student and an athlete,” Covington said.
Signing before her senior season began was a “huge relief” for Covington, who can now focus on fully recovering from two different injuries and giving her all to the Panther softball program in her final season.
“For me to find my college before my senior was a huge relief because I no longer had to worry about finding a school,” Covington said. “I’ve had a few setbacks this year with my foot surgery and my broken wrist. However, I want to focus on becoming the best pitcher I can be and get my hitting back to where I know it should be.”
As a senior, Covington is hyper-focused on getting the most out of her final season as a Panther and believes her teammates are, as well. Once that’s over with, she’ll shift her focus to college.
“I’m very excited about the upcoming LH softball season as are most of the seniors,” Covington said. “We have a good group who can go far if we put in the work. I’m equally excited to begin my journey at Regis after graduation and playing at the next level. I know it will be a tremendous amount of work, but I’m up for the challenge.”
Covington plans on majoring in biology, focusing on courses that prepare her for medical school in the future.