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In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to the early college softball polls and what is standing out. Eric talks with Kentucky's Head Coach Rachel Lawson who talks about the team's best start in program history and what her thoughts have been on the early season and the outlook for Kentucky's 2021 season. In the episo…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss Oregon knocking off UCLA over the weekend, the Big Ten starting the season in Florida, and The Sun Belt perhaps being more wide open than expected. Eric talks with Marshall's Head Coach Megan Smith Lyon about 2021 and being part of Donna Papa tree at North Carolina. Eric and V…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, we start by looking at the latest polls in our newest segment, Poll Position. Then, Eric Lopez talks with Arizona State's assistant coach Jimmy Kolaitis about being back in the Pac 12 as an assistant coach at Arizona State. Kolaitis discusses what led to his decision to join and work for Trisha Ford's staff. Kolait…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Michigan's Head Coach Carol Hutchins. The two discuss the 2021 Wolverines and the Big Ten starting the season in Florida. Hutchins shares how "Hutch" got into coaching, top memories, and winning the 2005 National Championship. Hutch offers coaching advice which she gives to people that go into…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talked with North Georgia's Head Coach Mike Davenport about the Knighthawks 6-0 start and ranked No. 2 in national polls. Davenport discusses the outlook of the team, adjusting to schedules, and more. He also describes watching Cat Osterman dominate at Athletes Unlimited. Eric and Victor Anderson preview…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss the opening weekend in DI Softball and how the weather issues impacted it. The two consider if the softball season should start later in the year moving forward. Eric talks with Iowa Head Coach Renee Gillispie. The two discuss the Big Ten conference's limited 44 game schedule,…
 
On this super packed edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with UCLA's Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez about the high expectations this season and getting Rachel Garcia and Bubba Nickles. Inouye-Perez talks about Maya Brady's growth as a player and the traits she has from her mother, Maureen Brady, an All-American pitcher at Fresno State, and he…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, We preview the upcoming 2021 College Softball Season. We talk with Amanda Scarborough about some of the Pac 12, Big 12, SEC, ACC, and Big Ten storylines. She also breaks down the sleeper teams, possible Player of Year candidates, and more. In the episode, Eric Lopez and Justin McLeod of Justin's World preview 19 co…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Florida Gators Head Coach Tim Walton. Walton offers insight about the Gators 2021 season outlook, How communication is critical in softball, and what it is like having Amanda Lorenz on staff. Also on the episode is our Throw Back Thursday segment with Amanda Lorenz from back in November. We al…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson breakdown the first national preseason polls in DI. Eric talks with Oklahoma State's Head Coach Kenny Gajewski about Stillwater's high expectations from the first top ten rankings in the preseason poll since 1994. Gajewski discussed OSU's outlook for 2021 as well as the Big 12. In the…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Ralph and Karen Weekly about the Vols in 2021 and reflects on their careers at Tennessee as they enter their 20th season. The two discuss the impact Jim Frost made had on softball in the state of Tennessee. Also, they talk about the hiring of Megan Rhodes Smith, coaching Monica Abbott, and wha…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, We talk to three Arizona legends about their coaching career and the upcoming 2021 season. First, we talk with Arizona's associate Head Coach Caitlin Lowe and assistant coach Taryne Mowatt about the Wildcats program's legacy. Lowe and Mowatt also discussed the Wildcats outlook for the 2021 season, including the ret…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Louisiana Head Coach Gerry Glasco about Ragin' Cajuns outlook for the 2021 season. In the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss the surprising news over the weekend of Miranda Elish opting out of the 2021 season and what it means for the Longhorns and Big 12?…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, we talk with Florida State's Head Coach Lonni Alameda about the Seminoles' outlook in 2021. Alameda discusses how they handled the uniqueness of the fall and an expanded roster that includes many new faces. Alameda also shares her thoughts on the ACC this season. We throw it back to our chat with FSU's associate co…
 
In this episode of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Oklahoma's Head Coach Patty Gasso. Gasso talks about what she learned about her team this fall and the outlook for the Sooners in 2021. Gasso also discusses the Gasso Coaching Tree and how it's branched continue to grow across the country. Coach shares her thoughts on what has been key to deve…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, we have part two of a two-part conversation with Cat Osterman. Cat discusses her decision to step down as Texas States assistant coach, her friendship with the NFL's Washington Football team Head Coach Ron Rivera. She talks about how Rivera and his family impacted softball as they donated to the Cal Softball progra…
 
We ring in 2021 on In The Circle with the first part of our interview with Cat Osterman. In Part 1, Cat chats with Eric Lopez about playing for Athletes Unlimited in 2020. Cat discusses being caught by Gwen Svekis & comparing her to Megan Willis; she also talks about the Tokyo Olympics moving from 2020 to 2021, her preparation ahead, making the 202…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Taryn Papa about the experience of being on NBC's TV show "The Voice." Papa discusses what she learned from that experience and how she got into singing. Taryn also discussed singing the National Anthem at a North Carolina softball game, her music being used by the NPF, and her aunt North Caro…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez has an in-depth interview with New C-SUN Head Coach Charlotte Morgan. Morgan talks about her path from her playing days at Alabama to coaching High School, College, and Professional teams, to now at CSUN, her first college Head Coach position. The two also discuss how Beth Torina got her into coaching, w…
 
In this episode, Eric Lopez talks with Oregon Head Coach Melyssa Lombardi about The Ducks, her experience moving from Associate Coach to Head Coach, her time at Oklahoma, and what she learned from Patty Gasso, and more. In the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss the ACC & SEC decisions on the 2021 schedule and its impact on other conferences.…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Oregon State's Head Coach Laura Berg about having the Summer Olympics pushed back from 2020 to 2021 and how Oregon State looks for the upcoming 2021 season. Berg reflected on her experience at the 1996 and 2004 Olympic Games. We also playback an interview with Michele Smith about the 1996 Olym…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Northwestern's Head Coach Kate Drohan. She shares her thoughts on the Wildcat's upcoming season and how she came to Evanston over 20 years ago under legendary Head Coach Sharon Drysdale. Drohan talks about being one of six Head Coaches from Big Ten to make it to Oklahoma City. Also, On this ed…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Minnesota Head Coach Piper Ritter. The two discuss her new role as head coach and being part of the staff for the last three Minnesota head coach changes. Ritter also discusses the outlook of the 2021 Gophers season and some of the great pitchers she has helped develop. In the episode, Eric an…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Notre Dame's Head Coach Deanna Gumpf about the outlook for the Irish 2021 season and her 20th as Head Coach of the Irish. Gumpf discusses how she built the program over the 20 plus years and how it transitioned from Big East to ACC. We also discuss what it is like working at Notre Dame with al…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor discuss the cancellation of the Mary Nutter Classic and the impact it will have in 2021. Eric talks with Iowa assistant coach Trena Prater about the Hawkeyes. They discuss 2021, rebuilding Iowa, coaching, and her playing career. In the episode, The guy's playback an interview with Iowa pitcher Laure…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with New UAB Head Coach Joe Guthrie, who discusses getting promoted from assistant coach to Head Coach taking over for Jimmy Kolaitis, who left for Arizona State. Guthrie outlines how he went from being an MLB Scout for the Florida Marlins to Softball coaching. Guthrie compared working under Gerry …
 
In this edition of In The Circle, what the 2021 College Softball season may look like. Eric Lopez talks with D1 Softball's Rhiannon Potkey about what the schedules may look like in 2021 and if we may see conference only schedules across the country? Eric also talks with Justin's World's Justin McLeod about his report of the St. Pete Clearwater Invi…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with North Carolina Head Coach Donna Papa about the outlook for the Tar Heels in 2021 after a unique 2020 fall. Papa discusses how she adapted as a coach from when she first took over the program in 1986. Papa also discusses being on campus with legendary North Carolina Head Coaches Dean Smith, Roy…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Marist's Head Coach Joe Ausanio who discusses coaching a northeast program under the current climate and building the Marist program into a winner in the MAAC. Later Ausanio outlines how he went from playing in the Majors with the New York Yankees to coaching softball and comparing how advance…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Georgia's Associate Head Coach Tony Baldwin. Baldwin shares the Bulldogs outlook for 2021, his thoughts on the 2020 season, and his hitting philosophy. Baldwin also discusses being part of the U.S. National U-19 Coaching staff. In the episode, Eric and Victor break down the shocking news of Ka…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Amanda Lorenz about life as a volunteer coach at Florida. Lorenz discusses her transition into coaching and reflects on her Gator career and her current run with the USSSA Pride, and more. Also, in this episode, we have a throwback Thursday clips with Florida Head Coach Tim Walton and OC Batbu…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, The guys are joined by Tarleton State's Head Coach Mark Cumpian who discusses the program's transition from NCAA DII to DI. Cumpian breaks down how the process has been going as Tarleton State is going from Lone Star Conference to the WAC. Cumpian discusses the adjustments resulting from the move and dealing with t…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Iowa State Head Coach Jamie Pinkerton, who explains how the 2020 Pandemic has affected his program's fall. Pinkerton discusses how he is navigating through 2020 and going into the 2021 season with expanded rosters, recruiting, and more. Pinkerton also discusses having Sami Williams back for 20…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with new Texas Tech Head Coach Sami Ward. Ward discusses the process of what led her to come to Texas Tech and leave her alma mater Loyola Marymount. Ward shares her vision for the Texas Tech program, Her philosophy in coaching, and more. In the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson discuss when the 20…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, In her first interview since taking the Loyola Marymount job, Taira Flowers talks with Eric Lopez on what led her to leave CSUN for the LMU job and her vision for the LMU program. Flowers talks about her philosophy she will bring to the program and her playing and coaching roots. Flowers also discusses being part o…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, We talk with Texas Lutheran Head Coach Wade Wilson. He discusses working his way up from a High School coach to leading Texas Lutheran to the National Championship in 2019. Wilson also discusses what it has been like to run a DII program during the 2020 pandemic and more. Also, in the episode. Eric Lopez and Victor…
 
Another Thursday In The Circle means another ride on the Coaching Carousel. This week, Eric Lopez and Justin McLeod of Justin's World talk about 2018, which was highlighted by Mike White, leaving Oregon and heading to Texas. The guy's breakdown the saga in Eugene and Austin, as well as who was rumored for the job. They also breakdown hires at Misso…
 
On our latest edition of In The Circle, we head back to San Diego to chat with Torero's assistant coach and former National Champion at Oklahoma Shay Knighten. Shay chats with Eric about her decorated career at Oklahoma where she won back to back national championships. She also reflects on that legendary 17-inning affair versus Florida in 2017 (sh…
 
In a special edition of In The Circle, we breakdown Texas Tech's hiring of Sami Strinz-Ward from LMU as their new head coach. Justin McLeod from Justin's World joins us fresh from breaking the news to share the process that led to Strinz-Ward taking the job. Who were some of the coaches considered? Where will LMU go next for their vacancy?…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Coley Ries about becoming the new Head Coach at Gustavus Adolphus College. Ries describes what it was like taking over the Gustavus program while playing for Athletes Unlimited at the same time and what her plan is for the Gustavus program moving forward. Ries also discusses her playing career…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with New Chattanooga pitching coach Cheyanne Tarango who discusses what led her to get into coaching and what it is like working with Mocs Head Coach Frank Reed. Tarrango also reflects on her playing career at Tennessee, playing for the Weeklys, their 2013 Women's College World Series appearance, a…
 
On our latest edition of In The Circle, we continue our conversation about Texas Teach's fluid situation as Justin McLeod joins Eric Lopez. They talk about who can emerge as possible candidates to take over the Red Raider program. They also get back on the Coaching Carousel from 2017. In part two, they look at Auburn and Louisiana's situations duri…
 
On our latest trip In The Circle, we recap the inaugural season of Athletes Unlimited and what changes the guys suggest for Season 2. They also talk about their biggest takeaways from the first season and who stood out. We then talk with Justin McLeod from Justin's World (26:50) to breakdown one of the wildest coaching offseasons in history that to…
 
In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with the new San Jose State Head Coach Tammy Lohmann. Lohmann discusses her vision for the program and what drew her to San Jose State. She also reflected on her time at California under Diane Ninemire for the last 15 years. Lohmann also reflected on how she got into coaching, her playing career at…
 
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…
 
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 …
 
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 cap…
 
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 …
 
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