On this edtion of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks to Rachele Fico about coaching in college softball as Fico in her 2nd season as Asst Coach at Georgia. Fico compares coaching to playing softball. Fico also discusses the following.
- Who inspired Fico during her softball career?
- Balancing Coaching with playing in the NPF
- Advice Fico would give softball players who wants to coach and play
- What it was like to return to LSU as an opponent in 2015 as Asst coach at South Alabama and get honored before the game?
- What is it like to coach at Georgia and in the SEC?
- What is Fico’s Coaching philosophy in coaching pitchers?
- Reflecting on LSU Career
- What it was like to return to LSU as an opponent?
- Playing for Akron Racers
- Comparing making WCWS as a Player at LSU to making WCWS as an Asst coach at Georgia
Fico was a two-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American at LSU as well as a three-time NFCA All-South Region First-Team member and three-time all-Southeastern Conference honoree. During her freshman season with the Tigers in 2010, Fico was named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year. Fico led LSU to the Women’s College World Series in 2012. Fico ended her Tigers career among LSU’s top five in appearances (149), starts (104), complete games (82), innings pitched (774.0), wins (78), saves (8), opposing batting average (0.195), shutouts (32), strikeouts (797) and strikeouts per seven innings (7.21).
Fico was the the No. 1 draft pick in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers where she has played her entire career highlighted by being An All-NPF Team selection in 2014.
While Fico has been playing in the NPF, Fico began her college coaching career serving as an assistant coach at South Alabama during the 2015 season. Fico helped the Jaguars take the Sun Belt Conference crown and advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Regional Tournament. Under Fico’s guidance, the USA pitching staff held a 2.51 ERA that was top 30 in the NCAA.
Fico went from South Alabama to Georgia for the 2016 season where in her first year with the Bulldogs, Fico helped the pitching staff to a 2.27 ERA, as the team collected 46 wins. Fico got to work with Chelsea Wilkinson, who led the SEC with 28 victories and a NFCA All-Region selection. The Bulldogs would advance to the program’s third Women’s College World Series appearance which included knocking off defending National Champions Florida in the Super Regionals in Gainesville.
Here is my Interview with Rachele Fico during her rookie year in the NPF in 2013 as she played with former LSU Teammate Brittany Mack at Akron.