This Coach Spotlight features our first year Softball coach, Laura Vaccaro
Q: What has been your message to your team with the cancellation of your season?
A: We are all in this together; we need to be there for one another and check in on our teammates. This is obviously not what any of us wanted to happen, but we need to trust that the people making these decisions are doing so in the best interest of all of us. The health and safety of our teams, families, and communities has to be our first priority at this time.
I have stressed to them that it is perfectly normal to feel angry, sad, etc. These feelings are valid right now and should be addressed. We need to take time to process them, but then take time to be thankful for all of the positives and things we do have. Though we cannot control this, we can control how we respond, and we will be standing strong at the end of this! I’m just so proud to be the coach of these amazing young women.
Q: What were your team expectations for 2020?
A: As a first year head coach, my excitement and expectations were at an all time high. We had been waiting and preparing for the upcoming months ever since the fall. Our kids worked so hard. They have a lot of talent, great work ethics, and a lot of heart. It’s a great combination for a successful team and season. We were ready to come out strong, have a ton of fun, and compete!
Q: Please tell us about your seniors – name, position on team, successes they achieved in the short time they participated this season.
A: Alex Pace is one of our pitchers. Alex committed to play at Cleary University in the fall. She has great movement on her pitches, and is a forced to be reckoned with at the plate! Alex leads by example and is always willing to do anything we ask of her. She is the first person to sign up for volunteer opportunities and take on tasks. Alex will be missed, but we look forward to following her new adventure at Cleary.
Emma Schwartzenberger is our senior short stop. She brings powe to the plate, and versatility and range to the infield. She also leads by example- giving her all every play and every swing. She is the kid taking BP in between games and on the weekends, and it shows. Emma has had a very successful career at SHS and will be missed by all of us.
Codi McPeek is a senior utility player. She brings power to the plate, and determination to everything she does. This young lady will do absolutely anything for anyone, she has a heart of gold! Codi has a bright future ahead of her.
Maddie Shelton is our senior 2nd basement/catcher. Maddie is a versatile player with a strong arm and great bat speed. She is willing to do what it takes to get the job done and plays with passion every time she steps on the field. She is fun to watch! Maddie will be missed.
Amanda Jedele is a senior outfielder. Amanda shows up to learn and work every single day. She is a great teammate and has a very bright future ahead of her. We will miss her!
Isabella “Belli” Darmos is a senior utility player. Belli is a selfless leader- she will play anywhere she is asked to. She puts her head down and gets to work when the team needs her. Belli brings a strong arm, versatility, and consistency to our team. She will be missed!
Q: What message do you have for your seniors?
A: The world is at your fingertips! You are strong, talented, and more than capable of accomplishing every dream you have. I have watched you overcome challenges and have no doubt that you will overcome this one, too! You have left your mark on this program, and will be missed by all of us. I am proud of you and cannot wait to see what you accomplish next.