Megan Willis has decided to retire from playing Softball but that doesnt mean she will still not be involved in the game.
On Tuesday it was made official as Megan Willis announced that she is retiring from playing in the NPF. Willis will remain with the USSSA Pride as Willis was named to the USSSA Pride coaching staff as an asst coach. Willis will work under Florida State’s Head Coach Lonni Alameda who will begin her first season as the Pride’s Head Coach.
“After this past season with the Pride I knew wholeheartedly I was finished playing for good. It’s weird, I have been asked a few times if I will miss not playing and the answer is simple, no. I suppose that’s how you know you are ready to move on. That and I don’t want to have collisions at the plate anymore, and that used to be my favorite part!” said Willis on USSSA Pride press release on her decision to retire.
Willis follows her teammate Cat Osterman who retired from the Pride and NPF after last season. Willis began her NPF career in 2007 with the Chicago Bandits. After sitting out the 2008 season, Willis joined her University of Texas battery mate Cat Osterman on the Rockford Thunder and won the 2009 NPF Championship. Then, in 2010, Willis and Osterman were traded to the USSSA Pride where they continued their NPF dominance. In her eight professional seasons, Willis won four NPF Championship series, three NPF Regular Season Championships.
Currently Willis is a TV Color Commentator for the Longhorn Network where Willis calls Texas Longhorns Softball telecasts. Willis is also part of ESPN NCAA Tournament coverage working from the studio.
Last summer prior to the 2015 NPF Championship Series, Eric Lopez spoke with Megan Willis about her career,The NPF, Her interest in coaching after her playing career as well as her broacasting career. Willis also spoke about what would go into her decision to retire and much more as well as Cat Osterman retirement effecting her decision.