Inside Scoop: Maddy Coon

March 4, 2009

One of two Stanford seniors, Maddy Coon is a three-time All-Pac-10 selection from Chappaqua, N.Y. In her four years as a starter, Maddy has played third base, shortstop and second base and, in 2008, was named the top shortstop in the Pacific Region. Maddy currently carries a .304 career batting average, which puts her on pace to leave Stanford as one of six players with a career average over .300. Just four weeks into her senior year, she already ranks among the school's career leaders in doubles (42), home runs (24), RBI (118) and runs scored (124). She also holds the program's career (118), single-season (47) and single-game records for walks. So far in 2009, Maddy is hitting .364 with six extra-base hits and a .636 slugging percentage.

Describe where you're from. What is the biggest difference between California and New York?

I am from Chappaqua, New York, or better known as the `qua. The `qua has been the place of residence for several notable people including Betty White and the Clintons. It was also the home place of Horace Greeley, known for coining the famous term 'go west young man' in which I followed his advice by coming to Stanford. Stanford has proved to be very different than growing up in New York. People are a lot nicer here, and a rainy day is a reason to freak out.

Describe something you're NOT good at.

I am not good at speaking. Most of my teammates would agree that I actually have my own language. Most of this dates back to when I was younger and taught myself how to spell. I broke down words in my head to make them easier to spell but now I have a hard time saying them with the appropriate emphasis on the right syllables. For example, I say 'THERMO-meter' and 'tiiiiiv' (instead of tv).

Who do you live with? Why do you think you make good roommates?

This year I live with Alissa Haber and two women's basketball players, Jayne Appel and JJ Hones. We have the coolest room in Mirrielees. Jayne is the tall one of the group so she lays claim to all the highest cabinets and shelves. JJ has the most friends so she is barely ever in the room. And then there is Haber and I - we are the funny ones of the room but we always end up being the only ones laughing at our own jokes.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I can call a home run before it happens, and I have been right almost every time in my four years here at Stanford. My most legendary called shot was our extra-inning win against ASU last season. Melissa Koutz had an 0-2 count and I got a feeling that she was going to hit the next pitch out. I leaned over to my teammate Shannon Koplitz and shouted 'Home Run!' as the ball left the pitchers hand, and Koutz hit that very pitch over the right field fence.

How did you start playing softball? Any funny stories about playing when you were younger?

I started my career playing baseball, and I actually liked it a lot more than playing softball for a long time. I started in tee-ball when I was about 5 years old on the San Francisco Giants. My first softball team was the 10 and under Chappaqua Heat and we lost every game (except for the very last game) that season to our dreaded rival the Brewster Rockets. Winning that last game against them felt like winning the World Series! The girls I played with on that Chappaqua Heat team are the girls I played with all the way through high school, and some are still my closest friends.

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