The Stags Softball team has made a name for themselves in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and head coach Julie Brzezinski does not want her team slowing down. The softball squad is coming off a season where they won the MAAC title in astounding fashion.
Coach Brzezinski holds her players to a high standard and sees every game as important as the next one. Even though the Stags only play six games this fall, the skipper sees it as a good time to get a grasp on how her team is performing.
Just this past weekend, the softball squad played four games, two of which were home and two that were away. Seeing them out on the diamond, she immediately noticed some intangibles with her players.
“I saw a different approach that the girls had and I think it has to do with confidence, and then they are coming off a successful season last year especially the upperclassmen who went to Louisiana State University,” said the New Jersey native. “I am hoping that carries over throughout the fall and comes into our spring. It was a totally different approach than I have seen in the past.”
“Now it’s just knowing how to win and realizing that we can win. Each year we can always add on and it’s more of an approach and demeanor than anything else. The team that won in 2017 is affected by it because they are all a part of it. We have to get the next bunch of kids inducted into it,” stated the Furman University graduate.
The skipper sees her team for sure repeating and she sees it as a definite possibility. She knows how hard her team works every day.
“They have been having such strong fall practices and they have been focused. They do their job and they know what it takes now to get to that level and to be able to compete with LSU,” said Brzezinski.
The New Jersey native knows what players are her difference makers and she knows which players will take her down the stretch back to the MAAC championship.
“Destinee Pallotto was our number one and she has picked right back up in the fall. She has been dominating a lot on the mound. Also, we’re looking for some seniors and some younger kids to step up,” said the former Furman softball player. “Courtney Hankins was a top hitter for us last year. Angelina Maguire is one of our top seniors and those guys will lead us to where we need to go.”
Coach Brzezinski surely lives up to her former MAAC Coach of the Year status by commanding her players in the best way she can. She is genuinely familiar with handling a season after a conference title so there is no championship hangover. The Stags are in good hands with head coach Brzezinski as they look to reclaim the top spot in the MAAC.