Brenda Marshall, Corpus Christi ISD athletic director and a former member of the first women's softball team to represent the United States in the Pan American Games, will be the guest speaker at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders First Pitch Dinner, Friday, Jan. 15, at the University Center Ballroom.

The dinner, which starts at 6 p.m., is one of the TAMUCC's major softball fundraisers as the team seeks to raise money for scholarships, travel, equipment and related expenses.

Marshall was a standout athlete at Ray High School in tennis, the only sport offered for girls at the time, and went on to star at the University of Texas-Arlington as an outfielder prior to her selection to the U.S. team that played in the 1978 games. In March 2007 she was named athletic director for the CCISD, becoming the first woman to hold that post and one of the few in the nation to head the Athletics Department of a major school district. At UTA she helped lead the Lady Mavs to two College World Series appearances. UTA selected her to their Athletic Hall of Fame and also named her to their distinguished alumni.

Marshall has her bachelor's degree in health and physical education from UTA, earned a master's in health and physical education from Baylor University and a master's of science in education administration from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

"We are very fortunate to have gotten a speaker of Brenda Marshall's caliber to come speak at our dinner and fund raisers," Jake Schumann, Head Softball Coach for the Islanders, said. "She is not only a local legend, but a softball legend of national caliber. She helped pave the way not only for local young women to aspire to greatness, but to young women nationwide."

Schumann pointed out that Marshall's achievement in softball came before the softball was part of the Olympics movement and in the infancy of Title IX legislation that opened the door for women's athletics all across the nation.

Marshall has more than 22 years experience with the CCISD athletic office. She began her career with CCISD as a specialist in athletics in 1986. She has held the position of administrative officer for athletics in 1992. Prior to her tenure with CCISD she was a teacher and softball coach at Sam Houston State University and West Texas State University.

Marshall is active in various national, state and local organizations. She was the recipient of the National Federation of State High School's citation award the National Athletics Director Association for outstanding contributions to athletics at the local, state and national levels.

Prices for the dinner are $30 for an individual and $200 for a table. For more information, contact Islanders softball assistant coach Teresa Flores at 361-728-4202.

The First Pitch Dinner Registration Form