“Do you really have eight pitchers? or do you really have two and the rest are kind of iffy?”
We caught up with University of San Diego Asst. Coach Danielle O’Toole during practice. She explains what makes her and her fellow coaches stay and watch recruits play, even if they’re not the ‘Star’ player on their team.
O’Toole also talked about something that she notices on the recruiting trail. “Do you really have eight pitches? or do you have two good ones and the rest are iffy?” She explains how she worked to improve her multiple pitches.
“Could you see yourself at this school without softball?”
Sometimes, schools come calling for softball players, providing a ready-made list of choices. But very often, players have to go out and find the right school for them. University of San Diego Head Coach Melissa McElvain explains one way to narrow down the list of possible colleges where players might want to go.
Coach Mac suggests asking a series of questions about what a softball player might want in a University. Ultimately, she says athletes should be comfortable with a school even if they didn’t play softball. Here’s why….
She’s the newly hired pitching coach at the University of San Diego. She also pitches for Team USA Softball and the Chicago Bandits. This University of Arizona graduate is living the softball dream and she says she never saw it coming.
Like so many softball families, she wanted to get a scholarship to go to college. In her interview, she reveals that a school verbally committed to her and then took the scholarship away.
NFCA All-American (First Team)
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Year
USA Softball Player of the Year Finalist (10 players)
All-Pac-12 (First Team)
All-NFCA West Region (First Team)
USA Softball Player of the Year Finalist (34 players)
NPF Draft (Round 2 | #8 | Chicago Bandits)
Pac-12 All-Academic (Honorable Mention)
USA Softball Player of the Year Watch List (50 players)
U.S. Women’s National Team
ESPN.com Preseason Top 25 Players (#25)
NFCA Player of the Week (3/20-26)
USA Softball Pitch of the Week (3/20-26)
ESPNW Player of the Week (3/20-26)
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (2/20-26)
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (3/20-26) 2016
All-Pac-12 (First Team)
NFCA All-West Region (First Team)
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (5/9-15)
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (5/2-8)
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (3/14-20)
Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week (2/15-21)