Following her freshman year, Kathie Brandt became instrumental in making women’s softball an intercollegiate sport at Grove City College.
The inaugural softball squad took the field in 1980 with Brandt at first base and batting cleanup. She led the team in runs batted in all three seasons and received All-Women’s Keystone Conference honors in all three of her seasons under head coach Don Lyle. She captained the team twice and as a senior, led the conference in home runs and runs batted in.
A strong post player for head coach Terry Ellis on the hardwood, Brandt helped the cagers post a 67-11 overall record and earn four WKC titles. In her junior season, the Wolverines qualified for the EAIAW Championship Tournament. In her senior season, Grove City played in the first NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.
In her four years at Grove City, Brandt earned a total of 10 varsity letters -- four in basketball and three each in softball and cheerleading.
Following her graduation with a bachelor’s degree in management engineering, the Chagrin Falls, Ohio, native worked in Texas and played in the Dallas industrial softball league. The 1985 team placed first in the National Tournament and fourth in the World Tournament with Brandt being named Industrial All-American at shortstop.
Entering Case Western Reserve University School of Law, she was the first woman to play in the school’s basketball tournament and was voted Most Valuable Participant in 1989, the year she earned her law degree.
In addition, Brandt was the first woman to play in lawyers’ basketball and softball leagues and in the men’s division in the Hoop It Up basketball tournament in Cleveland, Ohio.