In 2016 the NFCA began awarding the top player in college softball for Divisions I, II, and III with the Schutt Sports/NFCA Player of the Year Award. Now in the 2nd year of the award’s existence, pitchers received the award for Division I, II, and III. However, two of the three recipients of the award were players from Virginia. BOTH were pitchers, and BOTH trained at OUR FACILITY! The 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Player of the Year was Megan Good (JMU), and the 2017 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year was Hanna Hull (Virginia Wesleyan University).
DIVISION I NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Megan Good
Early in Megan’s high school career, I had the privilege to work a few lessons with her. However, most of her training was done by one of my understudies, Max Hill. He was her high school coach at Fort Defiance HS, as well as the dad to two of my students. The NFCA press release on this year’s award explains, “The award was voted on by the members of the NFCA’s NCAA Division I All-American and Coaching Staff of the Committee. Good is the second recipient of the award and joins the company of inaugural winner Sierra Romero of Michigan.” You can read the entire NFCA press release about Megan Good winning this prestigious award.
DIVISION III NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Hanna Hull
The Division III National Player of the Year also spent time training in our facility. Our instructor, Brittany Blankenship, had the pleasure of working with Hanna during her formative high school years at Clover Hill. The NFCA also released a press release on the announcement of Hanna Hull being awarded this prestigious honor.
To see the entire list of winners, both past and present, click here.
Other POY Honors
Good and Hull are not the first that have graced our hallways to receive National Player of the Year honors. Lacey Waldrop (Florida State) was awarded the NCAA Player of the Year Award in 2014. She trained with me from the very start of her pitching career, and was the first of my pitchers to receive such a prestigious honor. Lacey spent this past season as a student coach for 2017 National Champion Oklahoma Sooners, and is currently in her 3rd season with the Chicago Bandits NPF team. Another one of my students, Jailyn Ford of JMU was top 25 finalist for NCAA Player of the Year in 2016, and currently plays for the Akron Racers NPF team. Additionally, Megan Good was also a top 3 finalist this year for the 2017 NCAA Player of the Year award.
It feels good knowing that pitchers that train with us are receiving national recognition. We’d like to keep this tradition going. If you wish to train with us in person, please check out our contact page ! Check out our online store for all your pitching needs. For more videos with tips and drills, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and/or join our mailing list (green button below).