In The Circle

In The Circle

Eric Lopez, Victor Anderson, and the FPN Staff bring you the latest news, views, previews, & reviews on all things softball from college to the NPF.... Show More

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September 24, 2020 77 min

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with USA Today's Josh Peter about the story he co-wrote and broke about Texas Tech investigation that occurred with the softball program which had Head Coach Adrian Gregory step down as Head Coach on Tuesday night. What is going on at Lubbock, and what is next?

In the episode, Eric talks with Megan Wiggins about her experience with Athletes Unlimited and comparing playing at At...

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On our latest edition of In The Circle, Victor chats with new San Diego Head Coach M.J. Knighten. At 25, she is the youngest head coach in DI and comes with plenty of credentials as a four-time All-Big Ten selection at Nebraska and an NPF Championship. She reflects on the process of being named head coach and staying connected with the team during the pandemic. M.J. also reflects on having Rhonda Revelle as a mentor, her playing ca...

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Our latest edition of In The Circle starts with our discussion of the DI announcement about fall championships in the spring and what it could mean for softball. In our next chapter of Athletes Unlimited Thursday's, we talk with DJ Sanders about what it was like to be a captain at Athletes Unlimited. Sanders shares what she learned from being a captain as well as how she developed her iconic swing. Sanders also discusses being ...

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Our latest trip In The Circle has us chatting with new Ball State Head Coach Lacy Wood. She shares with Eric Lopez what made her decide to coach at Ball State and her coaching career, including her time at Harvard and Eastern Kentucky. She also talks about her playing career at Louisville in which she became the school's first All-American and led the Cardinals to their first NCAA Tournament & Regional Final. We also reflec...

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It's another Athletes Unlimited Thursday on In The Circle. This week, Eric Lopez talks with former 2-time All-American & current Italian National team member Erika Piancastelli about her great play so far and what drew her to play for Athletes Unlimited. Also, Piancastelli discusses her journey from being born in Italy to moving to California and playing at McNeese State, where she had a legendary run. Plus, Piancastelli sh...

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On our latest trip In The Circle, we're joined by new Longwood Head Coach Dr. Megan Brown. Dr. Brown was a three-time Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Year and is a member of both the Florida Southern & Sunshine State Conference Hall of Fame. She chats with Eric about her vision for the program and her coaching influences, including coaching under Dianne Ninemire at Cal plus playing for Chris Belloto at Florida Sout...

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In this edition, We talk with former three-time All-American, Current U.S. National team member Janie Reed about being part of Athletes Unlimited. Reed discusses playing with Cat Osterman on both the national team and her first week of play in Athletes Unlimited. Things conclude with her sharing her journey from Oregon to Team USA and the state of the short game in softball.

Our #ThrowbackThursday features Reed's teammate this ...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with new Penn State Head Coach Clarisa Crowell. Crowell discusses what she likes about Penn State and the vision she has for the program. Crowell discusses her coaching philosophy as well as her success at Miami (Ohio) and more.

Also, in the episode. Eric and Victor Anderson breakdown the M.J. Knighten hiring at San Diego. Things wrap up with a look at the first weekend of Athletes...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with new Bucknell Head Coach Sarah Caffrey, who talks about what made Bucknell the right job for her first head coaching opportunity. Caffrey also discusses her time at Penn State, her playing days at Jacksonville, and playing against UCLA in the Gainesville Regional.

Also, in this episode, Eric and Victor Anderson break down the Athletes Unlimited draft. Finally, we playback an in...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor discuss the fallout from the NCAA DI Council decision to move the Fall Championships to the spring and how it will affect Softball in spring.

Eric Lopez talks with three-time All-American Oklahoma catcher and national champion Jessica Shults who discusses stepping away from coaching in college, moving back to California, and offering lessons.

Shults also discusses her time at Oklaho...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Haylie Wagner discusses her role with Athletes Unlimited. Wagner discussed her career at Michigan, pitching with Megan Betsa and her time with the Chicago Bandits.

In this episode, we play a throwback Thursday segment with an interview of Jennie Ritter.

Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson also breakdown the recent NCAA's release of the 11 best college pitchers.

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Georgia Tech's Head Coach Aileen Morales who discusses the hiring of Marty McDaniel as the pitching coach. Morales also discusses her playing career at Georgia Tech. Also, what she will need to turn them into an ACC contender like they were when she was a player and assistant coach.

In the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson talk about why Fridays DI Council meeting and deci...

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Today's episode kicks off our series AU Thursdays as we bring on players from Athletes Unlimited. On our inaugural edition, Eric is joined by former Michigan Wolverine and current Chicago Bandit Abby Ramirez. She shares with Eric stories about playing for Coach Hutch in Michigan, what led her to join Athletes Unlimited and much more.

Victor comes on with our Throwback Thursday, featuring another Wolverine in Amanda Chidester ab...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Concordia Irvine Head Coach and Athletic Director Crystal Rosenthal about how the Fall DII Championships being canceled affect softball programs and schools in general. Rosenthal also discusses her new permanent role as Athletic Director and her passion for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Lakers.

Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson are joined by Justin McCleod of Justin...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson discuss what the DII and DIII cancelations of the Fall Championships could mean for Softball next season? Also, Eric talks with Former UCF pitching great Mackenzie Audas-Packrall. The two discuss here new pitching lessons "Pitching With Purpose." Mackenzie talks about her philosophy, mental vs. physical, and even if height is a factor in pitching. Also, Macke...

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In this episode of In The Circle, we are joined by new Tulsa Assistant Coach and two-time National Champion with Oklahoma Paige Parker. She shares with Eric Lopez what got her into coaching and learning from Patty Gasso, Melissa Lombardi, and Jen Rocha. She also talks about her decorated career with the Sooners, including winning back-to-back national titles and much more. We also share news about coaching hires at Florida A&M ...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Georgia All-American and two time NPF Champion Kristyn Sandberg. Sandberg discusses her career at Georgia, playing in the NPF, and her plans in softball. Sandberg also discusses the obstruction rule from a catcher perspective, being on Beth Torina staff at LSU, and catching Cat Osterman.

In the episode, we play back an interview with Alisa Goler, who was Sandberg's teammat...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with new Belmont Head Coach Laura Matthews about her homecoming to Nashville, where she grew up. Matthews discusses how she landed at Belmont and what the most significant thing she learned from her time at Wright State.

Also, in the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss Ken Eriksen officially being back as the South Florida Head Coach. Finally, they look at how the NCAA decisi...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Emily Carosone about becoming Auburn's new assistant coach. Carosone describes her journey, Working with Mickey Dean and her offense and defense philosophy; she also discusses being part of the Italian national team that qualified for the Summer Olympics.

Carosone also reflected on her walk-off HR in Women's College World Series against Oklahoma in game 2 in 2016 and t...

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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with new Houston assistant coach Lacey Waldrop about returning to coaching DI softball. Waldrop discusses why Houston was the right fit, her coaching philosophy, and what she learned from Patty Gasso and Lonni Alameda.

In the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson talk with Gray Robertson about the FGCL All-Star weekend and playoffs, which players have stood out that could make an impac...

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