In her own words: Amanda Nordberg previews 2014 season
Monday, February 03, 2014

First-year head coach Amanda Nordberg sat down with GoCentenary.com to discuss the upcoming 2014 season. The Ladies open the slate on Feb. 6 in a doubleheader against LeTourneau at the Centenary Softball Complex.

 

On first season as a head coach:

My transition has been very hectic, but very exciting. We are looking forward to getting our season underway. We started practice two weeks ago. I’ve got a great group that is working really hard. I’m looking to see how we do as soon as our games get started.

 

On the schedule:

I don’t know a lot about the conference coming in at the semester. I’m hoping our preseason and non-conference games prepare us for the conference we are in.

 

On the newcomers:

We were able to bring in several girls during the semester to really help us out and give us depth. They are working really hard. I think we’ve got a lot of utility players that can play multiple positions to help us out.

 

On the returning players:

The leadership has been wonderful. The seniors have been really taking that role. You can see that they are putting in the extra effort and trying to bring the underclassmen along. They’ve done a great job of helping me create the foundation I want for this program.

 

On Lynsi Unruh:

Lynsi will definitely bring leadership in the circle and out of the circle. She’s got a strong bat and is a strong kid. With her being the senior pitcher, she’ll bring that experience in knowing the teams that we play and having that experience of playing at the college level.

 

On the seniors:

I know it’s a transition process for them having one coach and then another come in. They’ve really stepped up and bought in to what I’m trying to do and the foundation we are trying to build. Nicole Warren, Lynsi Unruh, Whitney Patterson and Erin Crites have done a really job of leading the girls both on and off the field.

 

On newcomer standouts:

MaryAnne Allison played last year at Bossier Parish Community College. Our catcher from last year, Cadie Hancock is coming off an injury last season, so MaryAnne will help solidify that spot behind the plate. She’s got a decent stick. I think some of the freshmen are raw talents and I’m looking forward to working with them and helping them continue to develop.

 

On keys to success this season:

I think a lot of its preparation and knowing who we are playing every single week and knowing their strengths. We have to play as hard as we can. The cool thing about softball is any given day you can beat anybody. We have the opportunity to do better than last year.