Jeff Conrad talks Getting Into Coaching

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Jeff Conrad is in his 2nd season as Asst Coach at UNF.

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez chats with UNF’s asst coach Jeff Conrad about how he got into coaching softball.

Among the topics Conrad discusses include

  • Watching his sister Traci Conrad play at Michigan and how that influence him into Softball.
  • How he end up coaching Tampa Mustangs
  • How he end up at UCF as Volunteer coach
  • What it was like being part of UCF’s 2015 season that included American Regular season and Conference Tournament title.
  • How Conrad ended up at UNF
  • Thoughts on Ospreys 2017 team
  • His coaching philosophy in teaching hitters how to hit
  • How Alabama’s Patrick Murphy influenced his career.

In The Circle Interview with Jeff Conrad Episode 82

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Since Conrad arrival at UNF. The Ospreys offense been among best in A-SUN.

Jeff Conrad’s sister Traci played college softball for the Michigan Wolverines softball team from 1996 to 1999. Conrad was the first player to win two Big Ten Conference batting titles, accomplishing the feat in both 1998 and 1999. She also set and continues to hold the Big Ten record with 345 career hits. Conrad was also the first Michigan softball player to be selected twice as a first-team NFCA All-American and the first to twice win the Big Ten Player of the Year award. She was also selected three consecutive years (1997-1999) as the first-team All-Big Ten first baseman and four consecutive years (1996-1999) as the NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first baseman

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UNF 2017 Coaching Staff with Head Coach Marcie Hickey, Vounteer coach Julian Gonzalez, Conrad and Asst Coach Shelby Turnier in her 1st season

Prior to UNF, Conrad served on Renee Luers-Gillispie’s coaching staff at UCF serving as the Volunteer Assistant Coach for the 2015 season. With the Knights, Conrad was responsible for working with the hitters, infielders and catchers. In 2015, UCF won the American Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament titles for the first time in school history. The Knights set a school record for wins in a season at 50 (50-9) in addition to a program-best batting average at .292. UCF advanced to the regional finals before falling to host Florida State and concluded their season with a No. 16 national ranking. The Knights were led by among others future Osprey asst coach Shelby Turnier.

Prior to joining the college coaching ranks, Conrad served as the head coach of the 18-Gold Tampa Mustangs travel team. During his two seasons with the Mustangs, 19 of his players went on to sign college softball scholarships, 18 of which were with Division I programs.

Conrad played Division I college baseball for Valparaiso University.

You can follow UNF Softball at UNFOspreys.com  and on Twitter at OspreySB

You can also listen to Interview with Head Coach Marcie Hickey prior to the season right here  as well as interview with Shelby Turnier on ending up at UNF right here.

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ESPN’s 1st Softball telecast up from 2016

ESPN begins Softball season with games on SEC Network but the first Softball telecast on ESPN channels took place on ESPNU between Missouri and Florida. The Gators two wins over Tigers on March 11 and March 12 averaged 102,000 viewers which is up from last year’s first ESPNU telecast which took place between Florida and Tennessee which had 74,000 viewers.timwalton-300x1861

Below is ESPN entire TV Schedule for 2017.

 

ESPN’s 2017 College Softball Television Schedule

Date Time Game Network
March 11 11:30 a.m. Missouri at Florida
ESPNU

105K

  1 p.m. South Carolina at  Tennessee  SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Mississippi State at  Texas A&M  SEC Network
  6 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama
SEC Network
  8:30 p.m.  LSU at  Auburn
SEC Network
March 12 1 p.m. South Carolina at  Tennessee
SEC Network
  3 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M
SEC Network
  5 p.m.  LSU at Auburn
SEC Network
  6 p.m. Missouri at Florida
ESPNU

99K

March 13 7 p.m.  Missouri at Florida
SEC Network
March 17 6 p.m. Southern at Mississippi Valley State ESPNU

22k

March 18 Noon.  Kentucky at  Georgia SEC Network
March 19 7 p.m.  Kentucky at  Georgia  SEC Network
March 20 7 p.m.  Kentucky at  Georgia SEC Network
March 22 5 p.m. McNeese State at Texas Longhorn Network
  7:30 p.m. North Carolina at  Tennessee SEC Network
March 25 6 p.m.  Ole Miss at  Tennessee SEC Network
  6 p.m.  Auburn at Florida ESPN2
March 26 1 p.m. Missouri at  Texas A&M ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Florida ESPN2
March 27 7 p.m.  Auburn at  Florida SEC Network
March 29 7 p.m. Oklahoma State at Arkansas SEC Network
April 1 4 p.m.  Kentucky  at Ole Miss ESPNU
  4 p.m.  Alabama at Missouri  SEC Network
  6 p.m. Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m.  Auburn at Georgia  ESPN
April 2 2 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m. Houston at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Auburn at  Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m.  Kentucky at  Ole Miss SEC Network
  2 p.m. Notre Dame at Louisville ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
April 3 7 p.m.  Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
  7 p.m. Notre Dame at  Louisville ESPNU
April 5 7 p.m. Western Kentucky at Kentucky SEC Network
April 7 5:30 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
April 8 2 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  4 p.m.  Ole Miss at  Auburn ESPNU
  9 p.m.  LSU at  Alabama  SEC Network
April 9 1 p.m.  Oklahoma at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m.  LSU at Alabama  ESPN2
  5:00 p.m.  Oregon at UCLA  ESPNU
  7 p.m.  Georgia at Florida SEC Network
April 10 7 p.m.  Georgia at Florida SEC Network
April 12 7 p.m.  Florida State at  Florida SEC Network
April 13 6 p.m. South Florida at Central Florida ESPNU
April 14 6 p.m. Texas A&M at  Arkansas ESPNU
  3:30 p.m. Savannah State at Florida A&M ESPNU
April 15 6 p.m.  Alabama at Tennessee SEC Network
April 16 3 p.m. Missouri at Auburn ESPN
  7 p.m.  Alabama at  Tennessee SEC Network
April 17 7 p.m.  Alabama at  Tennessee SEC Network
April 19 7 p.m.  Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas SEC Network
  7 p.m. Texas Southern at Texas Longhorn Network
April 21 5:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
April 22 2 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  3 p.m. Baylor at Oklahoma ESPN2
  5 p.m.  Oregon at  Arizona ESPN2
  6 p.m.  Georgia at  Texas A&M SEC Network
  8:30 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 23 Noon Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
  Noon Ole Miss at  Florida SEC Network
  Noon  Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
  1 p.m.  Baylor at  Oklahoma ESPN2
  2 p.m. Tennessee at  LSU SEC Network
  3 p.m.  Oregon at  Arizona  ESPN2
  7 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
April 24 7 p.m.  Arkansas at Mississippi State SEC Network
  7 p.m.  Florida State at Louisville ESPNU
April 26 7 p.m. North Texas at Texas Longhorn Network
April 29 2 p.m. Longwood  at Radford ESPNU
  3 p.m. Texas A&M at  Kentucky SEC Network
  8:p.m. Missouri  at LSU ESPN2
April 30 1 p.m.  Florida at  Tennessee ESPN2
  3 p.m. Missouri at  LSU ESPN2
  6 p.m. Cal State Fullerton ESPNU
  7 p.m. No. 9 Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 1 7 p.m.  Alabama  at Ole Miss SEC Network
May 3 5 p.m. Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Texas Longhorn Network
  7 p.m. Southern Miss at Ole Miss SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
May 5 7 p.m. Bases Loaded SEC Network
May 6 4 p.m. Kentucky at Mississippi State SEC Network
  5 p.m.  Oklahoma at Oklahoma  State ESPNU
  6 p.m. LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  7:30 p.m.  Auburn at Alabama ESPN2
  9 p.m.  Arizona at UCLA ESPNU
May 7 Noon LSU at South Carolina SEC Network
  1 p.m.  Auburn at Alabama ESPN2
  2 p.m.  Baylor  at Texas LHN
  4  p.m.  Arizona  at UCLA ESPN2
May 10 Noon SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – First Round SEC Network
May 11 Noon SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  2:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  5:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
  7:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Second Round SEC Network
May 12 3:00 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
  5:30 p.m. SEC Tournament – Semifinal ESPNU
May 13 Noon American Softball Championship ESPN
  2:00 p.m. ACC Softball Championship ESPN
  8:00 p.m. SEC Softball Tournament – Championship ESPN

*Air time later than game time

Amanda Williams Paz Talks Marshall, NPF Career

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Amanda Williams Paz was part of the Thundering Herd coaching staff in 2013 when Marshall won CUSA Championship Tournament  (Photo Courtesy of Amanda Williams-Paz)

On latest In The Circle,  Eric Lopez talked to Amanda Williams Paz about her career at Marshall as a player from 2003-2006 as well as her coaching career at Marshall from 2006-2013.  Williams also reflected on her National Pro Fast Pitch Career.  Williams-Paz also discussed the following.

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Amanda Williams and her twin sister Jessica Williams played together at Marshall and were both drafted by the Chicago Bandits
  • Growing up in Softball with her twin sister Jessica Williams
  • Currently working with her sister
  • Going to Marshall to Play Softball
  • Playing for Shonda Stanton
  • Going into Coaching
  • Balancing Playing & Coaching Softball Careers
  • Being part of Marshall’s 2013 CUSA Championship
  • Winning NPF Championships with Rockford Thunder and Chicago Bandits
  • Going against her twin sister Jessica Williams in the NPF

In The Circle  with Amanda Williams Paz  Episode 81.

Williams Paz was a four-time first team all-conference selection during her playing career at Marshall, including three first-team all-Mid-American picks and a first-team all-Conference USA honoree in 2006. Williams Paz was a three-time first team all-region honoree, and also picked up a second-team all-region nod, Williams won MAC Freshman of the Year in 2003.

Williams Paz was drafted by the Chicago Bandits of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) and played her rookie year in 2006, winning a regular season title with the Bandits. She played for the Rockford Thunder from 2007-09, helping them to winning the NPF Championship in 2009. Williams-Paz was also being an NPF All-Star playing for the Tennessee Diamonds in 2010, before returning to Chicago, where she captured her second NPF Championship in 2011.

Marshall winning Conference USA Championship over Houston