Laura Watten Talks BCU Softball 2017

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Laura Watten is in Bethune-Cookman Hall of Fame (Photo Courtesy of Bethune Cookman Athletics)

On this edition of In The Circle, Contributor to In The Circle Andreas Butler talks to Bethune-Cookman Softball Head Coach Laura Watten about the Wildcats 2017 season.

Watten begins her 10th season overall at Bethune- Cookman in her two stints in Daytona Beach.  Watten first stint at Bethune -Cookman was from 1998-2005 leading the Wildcats into the Super Regional in 2005 after winning the Gainesville regional.

Watten went to Maryland after 2005 season and coached there from 2006-2014. Watten now back at Bethune- Cookman in her third season looking to bring the Wildcats program back to the high level she led them to 5 NCAA Tournament appearances winning five straight MEAC Conference championships (2000-2005).

Laura Watten Interview  Episode 80

2017 MEAC Softball Preseason Predicted Order of Finish

As voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

(First-place votes in parenthesis)

NORTHERN DIVISION                                                                                                   

School Points
Delaware State (18) 163
Norfolk State (3) 134
Hampton (2) 133
Morgan State (1) 86
Howard (1) 74
Maryland Eastern Shore 57
Coppin State 53

SOUTHERN DIVISION

School Points
Florida A&M (15) 136
Bethune-Cookman (2) 120
Savannah State (8) 115
North Carolina A&T State 72
North Carolina Central 50
South Carolina State 32

 2017 Softball Preseason All-MEAC Teams

As voted on by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Preseason Player of the Year: Cortni Jones, Savannah State

Preseason Pitcher of the Year: Kenya Pereira, Florida A&M

First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Cl.

Hometown

P

Kenya Pereira

Florida A&M

Sr.

Kissimmee, Fla.

P

Tara Tursellino

Delaware State

Sr.

Moreno Valley, Calif.

C

Tia Bolden

Savannah State

Sr.

Decatur, Ga.

*1B

Iesha Waters

Bethune-Cookman

Jr.

Riverside, Calif.

*1B

Kayla McNair

Norfolk State

Sr.

Virginia Beach, Va.

2B

Danielle Velez

Delaware State

Sr.

Chino Hills, Calif.

3B

Cortni Jones

Savannah State

So.

Snellville, Ga.

SS

Brianna Harris

Savannah State

Jr.

Jacksonville, Fla.

OF

Annie Bakenhus

Bethune-Cookman

So.

Yucaipa, Calif.

OF

Whitney Farris

Florida A&M

Sr.

Coral Springs, Fla.

OF

Raven Gray

North Carolina A&T State

Jr.

Forest City, N.C.

UTL

Vanessa Washington

Delaware State

Jr.

Elk Grove, Calif.

*Indicates tie

Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Cl.

Hometown

P

Sabrina Anguiano

Bethune-Cookman

Sr.

Hacienda Heights, Calif.

P

Mohagony Headen

North Carolina A&T State

So.

Greensboro, N.C.

C

Korynna Lara

Morgan State

Sr.

Las Cruces, N.M.

1B

Toni Anderson

Florida A&M

Jr.

Dothan, Ala.

2B

Seana Moriarty

Norfolk State

Jr.

Chesapeake, Va.

3B

Amber Fullwood

Florida A&M

Sr.

Land O’Lakes, Fla.

SS

Briana Sanders

Bethune-Cookman

So.

San Marcos, Calif.

OF

Alexis Singleton

Savannah State

Sr.

Sarasota, Fla.

OF

Tashayla Irvis

Florida A&M

Sr.

Lake Wales, Fla.

OF

Chasney Jenkins

Savannah State

Sr.

East Moline, Ill.

UTL

Megan Przeslawski

Norfolk State

Jr.

Tampa, Fla.

 

Shonda Stanton Talks Marshall 2017 Season

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On this edition, Eric Lopez talks to Marshall Thundering Herd Head Coach Shonda Stanton who entering her 18th season as Head Coach at Marshall. Stanton talk about the upcoming 2017 season. Among the topics Stanton talks about includes.

Interview with Shonda Stanton Episode 79

Marshall was picked third in CUSA Preseason Poll will be led by Zerkle who was also

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Morgan Zerkle made US National Team leads Herd Offense. (Photo Courtesy of Marshall)

selected as CUSA Preseason Player of the Year. Zerkle finished second on the Herd in 2016 batting .482, 54 hits including two home runs, 28 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.Zerkle became the fastest player in Marshall history to record 200 career hits in just her 137th game during the 2016 season.

The Herd’s offense gets a boost in 2017 with the return of  Shaelynn Braxton who missed all of 2016. In 2015 Braxton drove in 56 runs becoming just the second player in program history to drive in over 50 runs in two seasons. Four-time All-American Rachel Folden is the other.

Dixon won 23 games in 2016 which was the third straight year of 20 or more wins in a season as well as over 200 strikeouts (268) for the third straight season. Dixon broke Marshall’s career strikeout record passing Andi Williamson (2011-13).

For the latest on Marshall Softball go to HerdZone.com and follow on twitter @HerdSB

 

Kristin Vesely Talks UH 2017 Outlook

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with first year Houston Cougars Head Coach Kristin Vesely about the upcoming 2017 season. Among the topics Vesely discussed include.

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  • Transition from Asst Coach to Head Coach
  • Bringing in Megan Gibson-Loftin to handle the pitching staff
  •  Bringing in Jessica Shults
  • Influence Oklahoma’s Patty Gasso has on her career
  • How Softball changed from when Vesely played at Oklahoma to now coaching.
  • Outlook for Houston’s 2017 season
  • Importance of having former Cougars Players like former All-American Angel Shamblin around the program?
  • Outlook of the American Conference

Interview with Kristin Vesely Episode 78

Vesely joined the Houston Softball program in 2011 as the Cougars’ assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach in 2014. Vesely was named the second head coach in the program’s history in June.

Vesely is the  Sooners all-time hits leader (293) as she played at Oklahoma from 2003-2006 being named to the All-Big 12 team in each of her four years and an NFCA All-American for her junior and senior seasons.

The Cougars have a tough schedule in 2017 playing 13 teams who played in the NCAA Tournament in 2016 including defending National Champions Oklahoma who comes to Houston on weekend of February 17-19 as part of tournament Houston is hosting which also includes Ole Miss.

For more information on Cougars Softball go to UHCougars.com and follow on twitter @UHCougarSB.

 

 

Gerice Olson Talks Return to NDSU

On latest edition, Eric Lopez talks with  Gerice Olson who begins her  first season as assistant coach at North Dakota State. Among the topics Olson discusses include.

  • What made her decide to come back to coach in D1?
  • What made her decide to come back to North Dakota State
  • How has school changed from when Olson played to present?
  • Working with Head Coach Darren Mueller
  • Outlook for 2017 Bison season
  • Impact of North Dakota State Football success on Softball.

Interview with Gerice Olson Episode 77

Olson returns to school where she played from 1997-2000 and was one of two seniors on NDSU’s 2000 NCAA Division II national championship team. Olson earned a spot on the national championship and regional all-tournament teams in 2000. Olson was  a North Central Conference (NCC) Player of the Week for the Bison, and was a two-time CoSIDA Academic all-district second team selection, a four-time NFCA Scholar-Athlete and earned Academic All-NCC honors.

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Gerice Olson was part of NDSU 2000 National Championship team(Photo Courtesy of NDSU)

Olson ranks  7th all-time in the program in games played (239), and doubles(42), while still ranked 4th all-time in triples (10),11th in stolen bases (52),and tied for 15th in total bases (266).

Olson returns to coaching in Division 1 softball after leaving UCF after 2012 season where Olson spent two years as an asst coach under Renee Luers-Gillispie helping leading the Knights to the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

Prior to UCF, Olson spent five years as the head coach at NCAA Division II University of Mary, where she led the Marauders to two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference postseason tournaments.

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Olson was Head Coach at University of Mary from 2006-2010

Olson has spent the past the four years at Buffalo (Minn.) High School. She was an assistant coach for the Buffalo softball team that finished runner-up in the state tournament in 2016. The Bison qualified for the state tournament for the first time in program history in 2015.

The Bison 2017 team is young with only one senior in Alyssa Reina and 10 out of 17 players  are either Freshman or sophomores.

North Dakota State will host the Summit League Tournament in Fargo from May 10-13.

For more information on the Bison go to GoBison.com and follow the program on twitter @NDSUSoftball.

 

Jessica Allister Talks Gophers 2017 season

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On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Minnesota’s Head Coach Jessica Allister who entering her 7th season with Gophers talks about the upcoming 2017 season.

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Jessica Allister enters her 7th season with Gophers.(Photo Courtesy of  Gophers Athletics)

Among the topics Allister discusses include

  • Outlook for Gophers 2017 season
  • What makes Sara Groenewegen impact player that she is
  • Is this the deepest pitching staff Allister has had at Minnesota?
  • Sam Macken leadership on team
  • Who are the newcomers that will make biggest impact?
  • Who were big influences in Allister’s career?
  • Outlook in Big 10 this season
  • What changes if any would Allister make to Softball?
  • Impact of weather on scheduling

Interview with Jessica Allister Episode 76

Minnesota finished 2016 season with a 43-14 overall record and won their second Ten Tournament championship in three years defeating Michigan. Gophers fell in the Seattle Regional final to Washington after their program record fourth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Gophers return nine players from last year’s team led by Sara Groenewegen who went 31-7 in her junior season in 2016 with a 2.03 ERA and 336 strikeouts. Groenewegen hit .296 with seven doubles, 11 home runs and 41 RBI as well earning All-American status for the second consecutive season becoming the 4th Gopher to have been an All-American on it least multiple occasions. Groenewegen ended the year as a top 10 finalist for Player of the Year in College Softball also for the second straight year. Groenewegen won the Big Ten Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player helping the Gophers win the Big 10 Tournament and defeating the Wolverines in the championship game.

The Golden Gophers are  ranked in the USA Softball Top-25  preseason poll with a No. 14 ranking and 16 in the NFCA poll. Minnesota finished with a No. 20 ranking in the NFCA poll and a No. 19 ranking in the USA Softball poll in 2016.

For more information on Minnesota softball go to GophersSports.com and follow on twitter @GopherSoftball.

D2 Revue: North Alabama

It is only fitting that our final team in the D2 Revue was the final team standing in Denver, Colorado back in May. We of course are referring to the defending National Champion North Alabama Lions. UNA enters the season as the preseason #1 team in the NFCA Division II Poll and are one of the heavy favorites to make it Salem, Virginia for the 2017 Division 2 WCWS. We had the honor to chat with head coach Ashley Cozart about her team heading into the 2017 season

  • What it was like winning it all last year
  • Where she was when she was announced to the St. Leo Hall of Fame
  • How moving to Division I and the Atlantic Sun will impact the program
  • Playing in the Gulf South Conference prepared UNA for their postseason run
  • The biggest difference in being the hunted from being the hunters

D2 Revue: UNA Lions

The Coaching Staff:
Entering her fourth year as head coach, Ashley Cozart has quickly established herself as one of the top coaches in all of Division II. In her three years at the helm, she has guided the Lions to the postseason each year and has recorded a 136-39. She has coached 15 All-Gulf South Conference (GSC) selections, 12 All-South Region picks, and 4 All-Americans (all in 2016) during her tenure. During her seven overall seasons as a coach both at UNA and NAIA program Lindsay Wilson College, Coach Cozart is a sparkling 327-84. She and assistant coach Whitney Hawkins were named the 2016 NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year. This season, they will have two familiar faces serving as student assistants in Brooklyn Clark and Courtney Shields.

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About Last Season:
From their surprising 12-2 victory versus North Georgia to start the year to their dominant run through the Gulf South Conference, 2016 was truly the year of the North Alabama Lions. They started the season 11-0 and didn’t look back as they climbed quickly to the #1 ranking in the NFCA polls by the middle of the season. Gulf South Conference play looked easy (which is isn’t) as they went a combined 33-3 in conference games as they won both the regular season and tournament championships. They were the #1 seed in the South Region which meant they got to stay home in front of their sold out fan base at UNA Softball Stadium. They used that crowd and some clutch hitting to advance to the Super Regionals where they had to face Rollins College for the third straight season. After winning game 1, UNA trailed by 2 runs with three outs to go. The record setting crowd rallied the Lions to a tie and eventual win in extra innings to advance to Denver where they knocked off Humbolt State in three to win their first NCAA Softball Championship.

Another All-American back for UNA in 2017 will be shortstop Reagan Tittle She has started every game for the Lions since coming on as a freshman in 2015. Tittle was just as strong at the plate hitting .356 with 11 dingers and 56 RBI’s. She was also tied for second on the team in steals with 17. Her strength however is in the field where she help anchor a UNA defense that posted a .976 fielding percentage in 2016.

North Alabama might have the best 1-2 combination in Division 2 in 2017 with senior hurlers Hilary Carpenter and Raven Cole Last season, they combined to go 58-6 and led a staff that was near the top of the Gulf South Conference in many statistical categories. Carpenter already holds single-season and career records for wins as well as innings pitched. She racked up a school-record 33 victories in 2016 en route to being named first team All-GSC for the third straight season. She enters her senior season on pace to break the career record for strikeouts, games started (already tied), and complete games.

Cole transferred in from LSU-Eunice in 2016 and was just as dominant as her teammate Carpenter. Raven went 25-3 with a 2.24 ERA which also garnered her first team All-Gulf South Conference Honors. She was the only pitcher to finish conference play with a perfect record (14-0, 2.10 ERA in GSC action) and threw a pair of no-hitters versus Stillman and Mississippi College

Did You Know: Prior to Coach Cozart’s arrival in Florence in 2014, the Lions had made only made the NCAA Tournament twice (2006, 2013) and had not won the Gulf South Conference championship (regular season or postseason) since 1987.

For more notes and news about the Lions, visit UNA Lions Softball and follow them on Twitter at @UNAsoftball and @UNAAthletics

Lonni Alameda Talks FSU 2017

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks to Florida State Seminoles Head Coach Lonni Alameda about the high expectations entering the 2017 season.

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Lonni Alameda taken Florida State to WCWS 2 times in last 3 seasons.

Alameda enters her 9th season coaching the Noles coming off second trip in three seasons to Oklahoma City for the Women’s College World Series reaching the semifinals for the third time in school history and ending with a 55-10 record with a No. 4 national ranking, which tied for the highest final NFCA ranking ever for FSU.

Alameda has led the Seminoles to ACC Championship titles in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Among the topics Alameda talks about include :

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Jessica Burroughs leads Noles Pitching staff.(Photo Courtesy of FSU)
  • Expectations of 2017 season with almost entire team back from WCWS appearance.
  • Learning from experience in Oklahoma City in 2016
  • Depth on the roster on offense and pitching.
  • Being the target in the ACC and in the country
  • Jessica Burroughs leading the pitching staff
  • Leaders passing on the tradition from senior class to senior class under Alameda.
  • Being Head Coach in the NPF with USSSA Pride
  • Being involved with Canadian National team in 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
  • Softball back in the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020.

Interview with Lonni Alameda Episode 74

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Alex Powers leads deep Offense attack ( Photo Courtesy of Tallahassee Democrat)

Alameda won ACC Coach of the Year for the fourth straight season in 2016 as Jessica Burroughs and Alex Powers earned ACC Pitcher and Player of the Year honors, respectively in the ACC. FSU set an ACC record with six members on the All-ACC First Team as Burroughs and Powers were joined by Ellie Cooper, Meghan King, Morgan Klaevemann and Jessica Warren. Burroughs, Powers and Warren were named NFCA All-Americans, marking the sixth time that FSU had three All-Americans in the same season.

2017 is the first time in program history the Noles return three All-Americans from a previous season.

Alameda spent summer of 2016 being the Head Coach of USSSA Pride in 2016 leading them to the best record in the NPF in regular season and took them to NPF Championship Series before falling to the Chicago Bandits in 3 games for the championship.  Balancing multiple coaching jobs is nothing new for Alameda.

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Lonni Alameda coached USSSA Pride in 2016 in the NPF.(Photo Courtesy USSSA)

Alameda helped the development of Canada’s National team from 2004 to 2008 aiding Canada up until the 2004 Summer Olympics and resumed as an assistant following the  2005 season when Alameda was  the Head Coach at UNLV. In the summer of 2006, Canada qualified for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, after its strong showing in the World Championships. Alameda spent the summer of 2008 with the Canadian team which ended its quest for the gold with a fourth-place finish at the Beijing Olympic Games.

 

Frank Griffin Talks 2017 Hatters

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez chats with Stetson Hatters Head Coach Frank Griffin about the upcoming Stetson Hatters 2017 season. Griffin entering his  21st year as head coach of the Stetson softball program.

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Frank Griffin begins his 21st year at Stetson in 2017

Griffin has 898 career victories during his 27 seasons of coaching softball which currently ranks him 24th among active NCAA Division I coaches and 38th on the all-time Division I coaches list.

During his 20 years at Stetson, Griffin has led the Hatters to 673 wins, 18 appearances in the A-Sun Softball tournament, two regular season championships, two conference tournament titles and two appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Among the topics Griffin talks about in the interview include:

  • Experience returning in the pitching staff in 2017
  • Overall outlook of the 2017 Hatters season
  • 2017 Schedule
  • A-Sun Conference outlook
  • Having his coaching staff together for a long time with Vanessa Bataille & J.J. Payette.
  • Advice Griffin would give to people going into coaching softball
  • Renovations upgrades to Patricia Wilson Field

Frank Griffin Interview Episode 73

The Hatters are coming off a 30-24 season in 2016 and will be led offensively by Senior second baseman Jessie TenBroeck  and senior leftfielder Kelsey Waters who were each selected to the  A-SUN 2017 preseason all-conference team.  TenBroeck was voted as one of the league’s Preseason Defensive Players of the Year.

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Jessie Ten Broeck leads Hatters on offense and defense.(Photo Courtesy of Stetson )

TenBroeck batted .343 in 2016 with 59 hits, 30 runs scored, and 33 stolen bases in 2016  earning first team all-conference honors. Waters also earned first team all-conference honors in 2016 after batting .308 with seven doubles, two triples, a home run, and 16 RBI.

The Hatters return experience in the circle with pitchers Chelsea Hostetler, Curstin Taylor, Brooke Hutto, and Tori Perkins all return from last season.

Perkins made A-SUN All Freshman team last season and was tied for team lead in wins with 12 with Hutto who also made all-Freshman team last season.

This season, Griffin added former UCF standout hitter Jessica Ujvari as a volunteer coach. Ujvari won the 2015 American Athletic Conference Player of the Year at UCF played 3 seasons at UCF (2014-2016) returns to the A-Sun Conference where Ujvari played her first season in 2013 at USC UpState.

Ujvari joins an experience staff that includes Associate Head Coach Vanessa Bataille who entering her 18th year at Stetson and J.J Payette who begins her 11th season with Hatters on coaching staff after playing for Griffin for previous four years (2003-2006).

For more information on Hatters Softball, go to GoHatters.com and follow on twitter @StetsonSoftball

D2 Revue: Saint Leo

With the 2017 season rapidly approaching, we roll on with our D2 Revue by chatting with Saint Leo Head Coach and recent Hall of Fame inductee Erin Kinberger about the preseason favorites in the Sunshine State Conference. The Lions enter the season ranked #17 in the preseason NFCA Polls after going 39-8 in 2016 and winning the SSC by going 21-3 in conference play. On this interview, we chatted with Coach Kinberger about

  • Handling the expectations of being the preseason SSC favorite
  • Where she was when she was announced to the St. Leo Hall of Fame
  • What made the 2016 team so special
  • The biggest key to continuing their success from last season
  • Having Sammy Marshall as a part of her talented staff

D2 Revue: Saint Leo Lions

The Coaching Staff:
Erin Kinberger has established herself as one of the rising stars in Division II by winning 72% of her games in her five seasons as coach at both her alma mater St. Leo and previously at Fort Hayes State. She has twice won coach of the year for the conference in 2013 and in 2016. Coming into this season, Coach Kinberger is 15 win away from 200 for her career. The Lions staff is dynamic and experienced with Maddie Holub, Al Affrunti, and grad assistant Sammy Marshall.

About Last Season:
Many feel that the framework for the 2016 season was laid at the end of 2015 where the Lions won 11 in a row to close out the season. That confidence would serve them well 2016 saw St. Leo produce one of the most dominant seasons in school and Sunshine State Conference history. The Lions started 37-1 as they cruised their second SSC championship in four years. The Lions were justly rewarded as they became only the second school in the last 10 seasons to sweep all four regular season awards. They set numerous school records including consecutive wins (23), conference wins (21) and batting average (.323).

W2W4 (Who 2 Watch 4): The majority of last year’s roster returns in 2017 including SSC Player of the Year Rachel Heath. Heath last season established herself as one of the dominant lead-off hitters in the country as she led the Lions in Runs (39), Hitting (.426) and also paced the conference with 38 stolen bases. Many feel that her game will be even better this season having Sammy Marshall as an assistant coach.

Someone who will benefit from Heath being on base so much will be Senior Samantha Ohmie. Last season, the Californian led St. Leo in Doubles (11, tied) and Home Rums (5) as well as walks (20). She will look to help continue pace the Lions offense and will get some help from catcher Sommer Pollard who came on strong late and will be asked to help support the Lions pitching staff

As strong as their hitting is, their pitching will look to again be one of the elite in the nation. In the first two seasons under Coach Kinberger, the Lions finished top-two in the nation in ERA. Leading this staff for 2017 will be reigning Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year Stephanie Adkins

She transferred in to the program last season and she became an immediate impact player by going 18-4 with a 0.99 ERA. She formed a dominant 1-2 punch with Alana Tabel as the Lions led the nation with a 0.93 ERA. Not only was Adkins named Pitcher of the Year, but she was also named an NFCA All-American. This year, she will be the anchor of the staff, but look for some big things from Samantha Tyler who will get the first shot at being that #2 starter. Last year, Tyler was 7-1 with a 1.26 ERA in 11 appearances.

 

Did You Know: In her first two seasons, Erin Kinberger already has the highest winning percentage (.796) in program history.

For more notes and news about the Lions, visit St. Leo Lions Softball and follow them on Twitter at @SaintLeoSB and @SaintLeoLions

 

Jenn Salling Talks Washington Softball

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with  Graduate Asst Manager Jenn Salling who played at Washington being part of the Huskies 2009 National Championship team.

Among the topics Salling discussed in the interview include :

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Jenn Salling played in the NPF from 2011-2014 winning NPF Championship with the USSSA Pride in 2013. (Photo Courtesy of USSSA)
  • Outlook for the 2017 Huskies
  • What got Salling into coaching?
  • Being part of 2009 National Championship team
  • Playing with Danielle Lawrie
  • Being part of Canadian National team
  • Playing in the NPF
  • Softball back in the Olympics

Jenn Salling Interview

Salling joined the Huskies program as a player  on April 2, 2009 after transferring from Oregon. Salling  started every game at shortstop to help Washington win their first National Championship in program history.

In  2010, Salling earned first team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-America, All-Pacific Region and All-Pac-10 honors. She was named a top-25 finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.

As a senior in 2011, Salling  earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and left Washington ranked in the Husky career records for batting average (T-10, .342), triples (T-eighth, 7), slugging percentage (ninth, .543),  on-base percentage (fifth, .474).

Salling would go on to play in the NPF as Salling was selected 3rd overall in the 2011 NPF Draft by the USSSA Pride where Salling played with from 2011-2013. Salling was part of the Pride’s 2013 NPF Championship.  Salling played 2014 season with the Pennsylvania Rebellion.

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Salling is part of Canadian Softball team. Been involved since 2006 (Photo Courtesy of Canada Softball)

Salling left the NPF after 2014 season. Salling decided to return to Washington  joining the coaching staff as its graduate assistant coach in the fall of 2015. Salling still plays as a member of the Canadian National Team which she has been involved with since 2006. Salling was part of Canadian National team that participated in Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. Among the highlights of her career with Canada, Salling   won the gold medal in the 2015 Pan American Games.

Washington coming off a 2016 season where the Huskies finished 39-15 advancing to the Super Regionals before falling at Alabama. The Husky program is celebrating their 25th season as an NCAA sport under 13th year head coach Heather Tarr as they enter the 2017 season.

The Huskies offense will be led by  Ali Aguilar,Casey Stangel and Taylor Van Zee.

Washington’s pitching will be led by duo of Madi Schreyer and Taran Alvelo in the circle.

For more on the Washington Huskies softball program. Go to GoHuskies.com  and follow on twitter @UWSoftball.