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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Williams was part of Rockford Thunder NPF Championship team in 2009
Amanda Williams played for Diamonds in 2010 in the NPF
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