By Allie Alexy, Staff Writer
Lauren McLain (née Chessum) is one of the newest inductees to the ONU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
McLain was a member of the ONU softball team from 2005-2008, setting many new records during her career, according to head softball coach Ritchie Richardson. A few of the titles she was awarded are National Christian College Athletic Association National Player of the Year and First Team All-American for all four years. From the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, she was awarded Freshman of the Year in 2005 and Pitcher of the Year in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
McLain knew from the moment she stepped on campus that Olivet was going to be her home. Except for the food, McLain said she could not remember anything she did not like about ONU.
“Every year that I am away, I still check the stats and [the softball team’s] record to see what is happening,” McLain said. “It was one of the best decisions of my life and I would do it all over again.”
She believes that the athletic program and Coach Ritchie gave her every opportunity to succeed and reach her full potential.