8-2-2011 August 2 Update




MIAMI (July 29, 2011) – After four years at the helm of the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi softball team, Jake Schumann has been introduced as FIU softball’s third head coach, announced on Friday by FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment, Pete Garcia.

“We are very excited and feel fortunate to be able to hire Jake Schumann, who brings a tremendous amount of experience and success,” Garcia said. “We feel that he will be able to take our softball program to even higher levels.”

“First, I want to thank Pete Garcia and Julie Berg for this opportunity,” Schumann said. “I’m very excited to continue to develop the program that Coach [Beth] Torina has built, and I feel as if I’m in a position to have success immediately. I’m very excited to be in South Florida and I’m looking forward to a new season of Panther softball.”

During his tenure at Texas A&M-CC, Schumann amassed a record of 120-104, improving his team’s win total every season, culminating with a 41-19 record and a Southland Conference Regular Season Championship in 2011. The team also advanced to the finals of the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time in school history this past season, as Schumann was named Southland Coach of the Year.

Additionally in 2011, Schumann became the Islanders’ all-time leader in wins, surpassing the previous mark of 112 held by Missy Dickerson. The 41 wins marked the second-most victories in school history behind a 42-11 ledger achieved by the 2005 squad.

In 2010, Schumann guided the Islanders to a 35-22 record and an appearance in the Southland Conference Tournament, marking TAMUCC’s first postseason appearance since joining the Southland Conference. The 35 wins are tied for the third-most in school history, matching the 2002 team’s win total, as the Islanders went 6-6 against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament and had two wins over top-25 opponents with victories over No. 15 Texas and No. 21 Texas A&M.

Schumann came to TAMUCC from Texas A&M – Kingsville where he served as head coach for four seasons. In his final season, he guided the Javelinas to a 34-22 record and a trip to NCAA Regionals. He left TAMUK as the all-time winningest softball coach in school history with 120 victories.

During his time at Kingsville, Schumann guided the Javelinas to three 30-win seasons. He coached 19 All-Lone Star Conference players, as well as a Pitcher of the Year and the school’s first ever Player of the Year, in addition to the program’s first All-American.

Prior to arriving in Kingsville, Schumann spent two years as the head coach at Carl Albert State College (Okla.). Schumann inherited a squad that compiled a record of 19-35 the season before his arrival, and, with Schumann at the helm in 2002, Carl Albert went 31-23 and was the Region II runner-up. In 2003, the Vikings went 31-17 and finished third in the regional tournament while producing five all-region infielders.

Schumann began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, Okla. At Northeastern, Schumann assisted in all aspects of the program, including recruiting, budgeting, travel, on-field instruction, classroom monitoring and field maintenance. Northeastern posted a 101-16 record in his two seasons with the squad and, in 2000, the team finished third in the nation. In four seasons at Northeastern, Schumann coached 19 all-region players and six All-Americans.

In addition to his numerous coaching duties, Schumann has served as an athletic coordinator for the National Youth Sports Program sponsored by the NCAA.

Schumann is a native of Maplewood, Minn. He played baseball for two years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to Ball State University. Schumann received his Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Ill., and also owns a Secondary Social Studies Certification from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.

Schumann received his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from Texas A&M University-Kingsville in May 2006 and is married to the former Julie Campbell.  The couple has two daughters, eight-year old Jenna and three-year old Isla Jade.


Mariel Schlaefer, 2012 Catcher, Verbal to Colgate Univ. CT Charmers Gold, Lauralton Hall High School, Milford, CT

Taylor Archer 2012, ri Thunder, to Univ. of Rhode Island


Written by Nick Williams, Chicago Bandits

As the season comes to a close, the NPF has seen exceptional play from rookies from the 2011 draft class. Among the four teams, there have been a few that stood out and helped their team throughout the season.

Over the past three seasons, the Chicago Bandits have occupied the Rookie of the Year trophy (Rachel Folden, Tammy Williams, and Nikki Nemitz). And this year’s crop of players will certainly be competitive as the season comes to a close.

Chicago Bandits
Megan Wiggins
Starting as the team’s leadoff hitter, Wiggins has been a solid contributor for the Bandits this season.  Entering the final two weeks, Wiggins is one of the league leaders in hits (27) and runs (20). Overall, she has compiled a .257 batting average along with blasting eight home runs and knocking in 29 RBIs.

In addition to her contributions from the plate, Wiggins has also been an outstanding left fielder for the team.
In 32 games played, she has yet to record an error and also supplied an outfield assist.
Through this body of work, Wiggins has shown to be a consistent player and a viable candidate for this award.

Notable games:
July 1st vs. Diamonds: Went 2 for 4 with two home runs and four RBIs in a 10-4 victory
July 10th vs. Racers: Went 1 for 2 with a home run and two RBIs a 12-3 Bandits win

Danielle Zymkowitz
Coming from the University of Illinois, Danielle Zymkowitz has been another solid contributor for the Bandits team. In the 26 games played, Zymkowitz is fifth in the NPF with a .300 average and currently tied third on the team in hits (24).
In addition to her average, Zymkowitz has stolen four bases while hitting two home runs and driving in nine RBIs on the season. Also splitting time as the leadoff hitter with Wiggins, Zymkowitz has constantly reached base and been a contributing factor to the Bandits success.

Notable games:

July 17th vs. Racers: 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs

Alisa Goler
Leading the way for the Bandits this season, Alisa Goler has blossomed into a star and stands as a serious candidate for the award.
A rookie from the University of Georgia, Goler has been a main force since the beginning of the season. In just 29 games played, Goler leads the league in home runs (10) and has an impressive .329 batting average.
Currently, she trails only Jessica Mendoza of the USSA Pride for the league lead in RBIs (26) and Kelley Montalvo of the Akron Racers in walks (16). Goler has also recorded 26 hits and scored 15 runs on the season.
A solid first baseman, Goler has only committed two errors.

Notable games:

July 1st vs. Racers: Went 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBIs in a 10-4 win
July 15th vs. Racers: Went 2 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs in a 3-0 victory
July 28th vs. Diamonds: Went 2 for 2 with two home runs and two RBIs leading to a 10-1 win

NPF Diamonds
Bianca Mejia

Playing for the Diamonds, Mejia has been a great player for the upstart team.
Collecting 19 hits along with scoring 10 runs, she has been a major provider on the offensive side. Overall, she has hit four home runs and has driven in eight. Hitting with a .200 average, Mejia leads the team with four doubles.

Notable game:
June 10th vs. Racers: Went 3 for 4 with a home run and two RBIs in a 8-4 victory

Brianna Hesson
Accompanied by her teammate, Hesson has also been one of the top players for the Diamonds and among rookies in the NPF.
Throughout 28 games, Hesson has composed 16 hits along with two home runs and five RBIs. Scoring nine runs, Hesson has hit two doubles.

Notable game:

June 12th vs. Racers: Went 2 for 4 with a home run and one RBI

Kelsey Bruder

Playing for the first place USSSA Pride, Kelsey Bruder has supplied some impact for the team.
In a limited role, Bruder has a batting average of .214 with six hits and one RBI. She has also walked three times and scored two runs.

Jenn Salling
Much like her teammate Kelsey Bruder, Salling has seen limited action for the Pride.
With a total of 30 at-bats, Salling has only amassed three hits with an RBI and a total of four walks on the season.

Akron Racers
Taylor Schlopy
Drafted as the second overall pick in the 2011 draft, Taylor Schlopy hasn’t disappointed fans in her rookie campaign.
With an average of .244, Schlopy has hit three home runs and knocked in six RBIs in 29 games. She also tied with teammate Sam Marder with 21 hits on the season.
In addition to her offensive stats, Taylor has stolen four bases and committed only two errors playing in left field.

Notable game:

July 22nd vs. Diamonds: Went 2 for 3 with a home run and an RBI with a 3-0 victory

Megan Bush

Selected sixth overall, Megan Bush has supplied some contribution for the Akron Racers during the season.
With a batting average of .171, Bush has compiled a total of seven hits and a run driven in during limited action. Moreover, she has walked six times and scored three runs along with a stolen base.

Notable game:

July 8th vs. Bandits: Went 2 for 3 with an RBI in a 6-2 victory

For more information about any of the rookies in the NPF, visit their respective team websites CHI, AKR, FLA, NPF or visit www.profastpitch.com.

USA Softball Women’s National Team receives funding from Women’s Sports Foundation

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Women’s Sports Foundation announced today that the USA Softball Women’s National Team is among the recipients of the organization’s Travel & Training Fund award.  In partnership with The Gatorade Company, the 12 athletes and two teams selected for the grant each received financial support ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to help cover expenses related to equipment, training and travel for the athletes and staff.

“It has been a great week USA Softball. On Monday, the 2011 USA Softball Women’s National Team won a fifth consecutive World Cup of Softball and today, the program receives the Women’s Sports Foundation Travel & Training Fund grant,” said Ron Radigonda, Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball executive director. “As our athletes look toward winning a seventh consecutive Pan American Games title in October and an eighth consecutive International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship next July, we know this grant will help them reach their full potential. We appreciate the Women’s Sports Foundation’s continued support of our program.”

The USA Softball Women’s National Team has won five of six World Cups of Softball and 18 Gold Medals throughout their performance history at the Olympic Games, World Championships and Pan American Games. The USA Softball Women’s National Team has also made its mark as one of the winningest teams in history with a record of 36-5 in four Olympic Games; 116-10 at 12 World Championships; and 76-3 at eight Pan American Games.

Since 1984, the fund has awarded more than 1,200 grants and $1.4 million to women athletes in a diverse array of sports. Past recipients have captured national, world championship and Olympic medals, including figure skaters Michelle Kwan and Rachael Flatt, gymnast Kerri Strug, bobsledders Vonetta Flowers and Jill Bakken, alpine skier Picabo Street, wheelchair table tennis player Jennifer Johnson, and the U.S. National Women’s Water Polo Team. Former USA Softball Women’s National Team member Jessica Mendoza also previously received an individual grant.

“The Women’s Sports Foundation understands the amount of dedication, commitment and focus that it takes for athletes to accomplish their goals, and we are thrilled to be able to provide support for the many deserving female athletes,” said Laila Ali, President of the Women’s Sports Foundation.  “Many of our Travel & Training Fund grant recipients are hopefuls in upcoming Olympic, Paralympic and non-Olympic sports and we are pleased to be one of the few charitable organizations to offer grants to aspiring women athletes with elite potential.”

As national sponsor of the Women’s Sports Foundation, The Gatorade Company is the first corporate partner to designate an annual gift to support the Fund and to help accomplished women athletes strive towards competitive excellence in their disciplines. 

“We are proud to support women athletes through our partnership with the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Travel & Training Fund,” said Sarah Robb O’Hagan, President of Gatorade North America and PepsiCo Global Chief Marketing Officer for Sports Nutrition.  “The Gatorade Company is committed to enabling women to have the resources they need to be their best on the playing field, while fueling their dreams.” 
The following list details the newest recipients of the Travel & Training Fund. 


Aretha Thurmond, Track & Field



Natalie Vie, Fencing



Natalie Wells, Archery
Elizabeth Newell, Cycling

New Balance Silicon Valley Club Team, Track & Field/Marathon
Carrie Johnson, Kayak



Kristin Hedstrom, Rowing


Julia Clukey, Luge


Maggie Meyer, Swimming


USA Softball Women’s National Team

Lauren Johnson, Track & Field

Stephanie Jallen, Skiing-Downhill

Kayla Bashore Smedley, Field Hockey


Kimber Gabryszak, Skeleton

Athletes interested in applying for the next grant cycle may review the application, criteria and guidelines for the Travel & Training Fund at www.WomensSportsFoundation.org. The official deadline for the next grant cycle is September 23, 2011.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *