Monday, December 17, 2018
Louisville Softball -- Interview with Holly Aprile Head Softball Coach -- MONDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
THE HOLLY APRILE INTERVIEW
I got a chance to catch up with Louisville Softball head coach Holly Aprile recently to talk about her preparation, thoughts and activities toward the start of the 2019 season. A season that will rival any of the on-campus sports in terms of playing on the road early.
Louisville will start the season in Fullerton, CA. in the Titan Classic on Feb 8th. and visit Chapel Hill, NC, and Knoxville, TN for classic and challenge action before returning back to Ulmer for the home schedule opener against Indiana State on March 1st.
She has a team for 2019 that has several returning letter-winners that paced the Cards last year and experience at several positions. Also on campus are six freshmen, who will battle for starting roles on the diamond.
The Cards roster lists six pitchers, all who were on the squad last year and either saw time in the circle or sat out as red shirts. Megan Hensley leads the "hurling" group and the senior has recorded 26 wins over the last two seasons. Names you're sure to remember from last year that are back include Maddy Newman, Riley and Paige Schindler, Sid Melton, Caitlin Ferguson, Celine Funke, Madison Cousineau, Danielle Watson and Kyra Snyder.
As you listen to the interview, some key points to listen for:
-- What tournaments (and why they are in them) are the Cards starting the season off with?
-- Coach's thoughts on starting a season in a warmer climate
-- Who will the Cards face in the ACC /Big 10 Challenge?
-- Who are some of the returning Cards on the roster?
-- Who will take the pitching circle for Louisville?
-- What role could senior Blaire Bass play on the squad?
-- Coach's thoughts on UofL hitting power this season
-- The freshmen and her observations on them
-- Holly's coaching style
-- Her message to Cardinal fans
A great time talking softball with Coach Aprile but we didn't get a single overhead plane roar, train horn or emergency vehicle siren make an audio appearance in the 14 minute chat. Plenty of time for that, of course, during the season at Ulmer. The Cards will play 22 home games on the ballpark at the corner of Floyd and Brandeis Streets.
The roster breakdown by class is: five freshmen, seven sophomores, two juniors and five seniors.
The geographical breakdown of where the players are from is: Indiana (5), Kentucky (4), North Carolina (2), Louisiana (2), California (2) and (1) each from Georgia, Ohio, Texas, Alabama and Illinois.
A special thanks to softball S.I.D. Lori Korte for making the arrangements and sitting in with us for the interview.
You can listen to the Interview at the link below:
LINK: December Interview with UofL Softball's Holly Aprile