On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson speaks with Palm Beach Atlantic’s Asst Coach Mackenzie Huhn about going into her 1st season with PBA as the asst coach after finishing her playing career at UCF.
Among the topics discussed with Huhn includes
- What got Huhn into coaching
- Huhn thoughts on Sailfish staff
- Adjusting from Playing to Coaching
- Huhn reflects on UCF Career
- Throwing a Combine No -Hitter with Mackenzie Audas
- Being part of UCF 2015 Staff with Audas, Shelby Turnier and Jamie Ujvari that was No 1 in country in ERA.
- Winning American Conference Tournament Championship in 2015
Huhn finished her Knights career with a 2.49 career ERA. Huhn was part of the Knights winning back to back American Athletic Conference regular season championships in 2014 and 2015 as well as American Conference Tournament championship at UCF in 2015.
Huhn is familiar with the area being a Palm Beach County native, Huhn grew up in North Palm Beach and played softball at William T. Dwyer High School.
“Having Mackenzie Huhn on our staff will make an immediate impact for the Sailfish softball pitching staff,”PBA Head Coach Kimmy Bloemers said. “I remember watching her as a dominant pitcher in this area and I love that she now can give back to her hometown. I am confident that her wealth of knowledge and UCF background will help guide this Sailfish softball pitching staff to great success.”
Here is Victor Anderson’s outlook on the Sailfish:
Palm Beach Atlantic will be looking to continue the momentum from the end of last when the Sailfish finished as one of the hottest teams in the region. PBA won 10 in a row to close the year and went 14-2 in their last 16 games which included a road sweep against eventual SSC champion Saint Leo. 2017 will mark their first year as official members of the Sunshine State Conference meaning all games against SSC members will count in the league standings. Head Coach Kimmy Bloemers enters her 11th season with another strong roster led by Senior OF Kayla Knight and Sophomore 3B Maddie Bertisch. PBA will need to score runs early as they have to replace their top two pitchers from a year ago in Amber Johnson and new volunteer assistant coach Rachel Hill. Their schedule is loaded with tough opponents including a trip to North Georgia and a match-up with Armstrong State in Melbourne, Florida on Opening Weekend.
Did You Know: The Sailfish will play 27 of their first 30 games away from their home at Simpson Field with their lone games played in their home turf will be their conference opening series versus Rollins on February 24th and 25th.