Jan. 24, 2014
Hey Louisiana Tech fans! This is sophomore infielder Lindsey Neyland. I am excited to present you a brand new blog for this year's team. Each and every week, I will be writing about Lady Techster Softball and our experiences throughout the season - on and off the field.
With 10 new people on the roster this will not only be a great way for you to stay updated with how the season is going, but to get a chance to know the players, managers and coaching staff. This year's team has a lot of talent and personality so you do not want to miss out!
Let's get a behind the scenes look on what the softball team has been doing. On January 4, the team got to enjoy a special day with Coach Jeannie Murphy, formerly Coach Jeannie Douglas. She and her new husband Matt celebrated their beautiful wedding day in Shreveport. Almost the entire team attended to show support for the happy couple. Because we love them so much, we practiced a special dance over the winter break to be performed at the reception. The guests loved the dance as it was a success! Coach Murphy even jumped in and joined us at the end.
Speaking of dancing coaches, it is too bad we don't have video footage of Coach Mark Montgomery. With a green feathery boa, he put on an entertaining show to the song "Shout," taking over the center of the dance floor. It would be nice to see a celebration like that after a Conference USA Tournament win. Maybe we should check into buying a blue or red feather boa for coach! To see more from the wedding check out the Louisiana Tech Softball Facebook page at Facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball.
After the wedding festivities, a couple days off went fast, and it was time to get back to work. As the city of Ruston experienced a serious temperature drop last week, students at Louisiana Tech were doing everything they could to stay warm. However, your Lady Techsters were waking up every morning participating in a 6 a.m. boot camp. While performing burpees, bear crawls and shuttles, the only thing on our mind was determination. This year's motto is "Earned, Not Given."
Now let's take a moment to get to know sophomore, Kristen Miles. Kristen is an outfielder who wears jersey number 16, and is a slapper with exceptional speed. I am going to ask her a fun series of questions so you can learn about Ms. Miles.
What is your favorite animal? "You hit me with a hard first question! I don't know what my favorite animal is." What is your favorite softball memory at LA Tech? "I thought traveling to Seattle last year was the most fun."
Do you prefer Crest or Colgate? "Definitely Crest!"
What is your pet peeve? "I hate showing up to places late. I am always on time or early."
What is your favorite memory with Coach Montgomery? "Last year I got to sit next to Coach on the plane rides because we both have last names with an M. We had a lot of laughs and I made him take selfies with me."
What is your favorite color? "Blue" How many years have you been playing softball? "It is crazy to say that I have been playing for 15 years!" What is a personal goal and a team goal for this year? "I would love to have a.500 on base percentage, and for the team to win Conference USA and go to regionals."
Last but not least, it is time for the weekly segment I call "Breaking it Down with Coach Montgomery."
This week at practice we received exclusive tips I am willing to share with you. It is almost assured that if you listen you will score big every time. Coach Montgomery demands that when we are a runner on third base and the catcher blocks us from tagging up and scoring, we are to be as dramatic as possible. He expects us to do whatever it takes to find a way to score the run. He promised the athletic trainer will be waiting to help us after the play. It is always important to have a coach with priorities, isn't it? He really does love us I promise!
I am so happy you got to learn about No. 16 Kristen Miles, and maybe you got a few laughs hearing about our coach. There is much more to come as season is closer to arriving.
Don't forget to follow us on Twitter at @LATechSB and to LIKE our Lady Techster page at Facebook.com/LouisianaTechSoftball.
Well that's it for Take 1 of this year's "Earned, Not Given" softball blog. Until I talk to you again next week, remember that we do what we do for the love of the game.