First-year coach Nikki Simpson is trying to change the culture around Glenbard East softball and is implementing some of the philosophies that has made her alma mater, Glenbard South, a power program.
Simpson is fresh off of a four-year career at the University of Illinois and wants to get the Rams to focus on small ball.
"Small ball is definitely important to the game," Simpson said. "It depends on the situation and the team we're playing. We do have some good hitters and we do have some speedy runners, too."
Seniors Dana Camp (first baseman), Grace Miller (pitcher), and outfielders Carissa Slobodecki and Kelli Tyler give the team a veteran core. Sophomores DoniBrooke Ross (shortstop), Marissa West (second baseman) and Kailey Lyons (center fielder) represent the future of the program.
"It's definitely going to set us up for the future, which I'm excited about," Simpson said.
Simpson's focus is on getting excitement back in the program.
"Coaching is definitely different than playing," Simpson said. "Sometimes I wish I could play. I just want to give the girls the knowledge I've learned."
Glenbard East Rams
Coach: Nikki Simpson2013 record: 9-19Top players: Dana Camp sr. 1B Grace Miller sr. P Carissa Slobodecki sr. OF Kelli Tyler sr. C/IF