Eight Schools In Eight Days: Arizona State Softball Season Preview

Feb. 8, 2006

Arizona State Softball begins a new era in 2006, as Clint Myers begins his first season as Head Coach. Myers played baseball for the Sun Devils from 1970 through 1973, appearing in two College World Series'. He was the Head Softball Coach at Central Arizona College from 1987 until taking over the Central baseball program in 1996. Myers inherits a squad loaded with experience, as 14 members of last year's squad return, including seven starters. The top two pitchers from last year's team, Katie Burkhart and Desiree Serrano, both return as well.

Coach Myers comments on the 2006 season:

Initial Thoughts:
'I am very excited about this year's team, we're extremely lucky in that we have so many talented returners as well as some great newcomers who are going to have an immediate impact on the team. The team has worked very hard with the new coaching staff and has enthusiastically learned a new system, which is never an easy transition, but they have more than shown us how capable they are of adapting to change and that will be one of our strengths this year. We fully believe that we are going to put a great product on the field - one that families will want to come and watch. The 2006 Sun Devil Softball Team will in every game and every pitch show passion, knowledge and ability of the game and we hope to bring that to the fans of ASU as well.'

Expectations:
'We expect to defy everything that would hinder us on our path. The Pac-10 is the best softball in the world, and we have been picked to finish 7th by the coaches of the Pac-10 and we are going to do everything in our power to prove them wrong. We are not the team they are expecting, we are a team that can beat any team at any time with just the sheer amount of talent, determination and grit that we have.'

Schedule:
'Year in and year out ASU has one of the toughest schedules in the country, which without a doubt I know we can compete in and succeed in. The tougher the competition the better, we believe we can come out and give every team we play, regardless of their ranking, a tough game and an even tougher win. No team this year is going to take a win from us without working as hard as they possibly can. The team is going to be strenuously tested this year, not only with the quality of the teams we are set to face, but also because the majority of our games will be played on the road. We train everyday to ensure solid play whether we are at home at Farrington or on the road anywhere in the country.'

Summary:
'This is a great opportunity for myself and the team, and we are all extremely excited about the upcoming season and all the possibilities it can hold for us as long as we follow our work ethics throughout the season: to `Never Be Out Worked' and `The Time is Now', our time will be now if we work for it hard enough.'

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