Sept. 24, 2009
Jen Buford has not let athletics slip from her life since leaving Colorado State University. Buford played a key role as a member of both the most successful softball team in school history (1997) and the most successful women's basketball team (1998-99).
Jen was one of the most celebrated softball players in CSU history. She competed from 1994-1998. In 1996, she was named 2nd team All-Western Athletic Conference (WAC). In 1997, she was named 2nd team All-American, 1st team All-Region, 1st team All-WAC and team MVP. In 1998, she was also named Colorado Sportswoman of the year. Jen went on to play professionally with both the Carolina Diamonds and the Florida Wahoos. Through her college and professional careers, she has travelled to 46 of the 50 states.
"1997 was a great softball season for us," Buford said. "The majority of my teammates were from Colorado like I was, and that made it really special. The most memorable part of that season was definitely getting a two-game sweep at home against Fresno State to clinch the WAC championship. Knowing where we came from only a few years earlier, not even having a field on campus to play on, and becoming WAC champions over a national title contender in Fresno State was awesome."
Buford came back to CSU after completing her softball eligibility and playing in a summer league to join the women's basketball team as a fifth-year senior. "Coach Tom Collen took a risk to let me join the program," Buford said. "The 1999 basketball season was really a major highlight in my college career. I had a different role on the team, being more of a practice player than a starter like I was in softball, but I don't think of myself as any more of a contributor to the team."
Buford is still deeply involved in athletics. She is head coach for the Poudre High School J.V. softball team. She is a high school basketball official traveling throughout the state to work primarily 4A and 5A games. She also is a college basketball official for the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. In addition she coaches a competitive club softball team in Fort Collins called the Dirt Devils. Jen Buford stayed busy in college. She still stays busy. "I really like Fort Collins and can see myself staying here for a long time", she said.
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