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.
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.