Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 12:02 PM . California
Coach Marissa Ezell has high hopes for her softball team at Loara High School this season. Having been the head coach for the team for a few years now, she has seen the ups and downs of the team and is determined to make this season their best one yet. In this interview, she shares her goals, strategies, and insights on the team as well as her coaching philosophy. The overall goal for Coach Ezell and her team this season is to improve upon their performance from the previous year. They want to become a threat in the final season of the Garden Grove League. With dedicated players and a strong team dynamic, there is no doubt that this team has the potential to achieve this goal. The key to their success, according to Coach Ezell, is their team chemistry and camaraderie. The players have a strong bond and have fun both on and off the field. This, in turn, translates into their gameplay and makes them a strong, unified team. Along with that, the team also has strong leadership from their returning players, in particular, their pitchers and catcher, who also bring valuable experience to the team. One of the players who will make an immediate impact on the team is Crystal Carrillo. Having returned from playing in San Diego, Carrillo brings a sense of ease and versatility to her role as the team's shortstop. Coach Ezell is confident that she will excel in her new position and contribute to the team's success. When it comes to selecting team captains, Coach Ezell looks for players who exhibit strong leadership qualities and have a positive influence on the team. This season, the team will have three captains: Lisa Trejo, Sinamapu Fina'i, and Laisha Santaolalla. These players have shown their dedication, maturity, and support for their teammates, making them ideal choices for the role. As for team chemistry and camaraderie, Coach Ezell believes that it is already evident within the team. They have a strong bond and support system, which she has not had to work on or enforce. This strong team dynamic is a huge advantage and will no doubt aid in their success this season. When it comes to motivating her players, Coach Ezell reminds them to always have hope, even in difficult moments. As a former player herself, she understands the mental and emotional challenges that come with the game.