IJ: Did you always want to be a coach?
RW: I didn’t always coach softball. I’ve coached a little bit of everything. I’ve coached in the junior highs, volleyball, basketball and track. Softball’s always been my first love, so that’s what I was always looking for—the right softball job.
IJ: What was your favorite memory as a player?
RW: I played at New Mexico State so it was the in-state rivalries with the University of New Mexico. In the state of New Mexico those were the only Division I schools, so that made for a good in-state rivalry. In Texas, we have a lot of them. In college, those are the things I remember most.
IJ: As a coach?
RW: As a coach, there’ve been a lot of favorite memories. I could go to beating Texas, here, in the bottom of the 7th with a home run, beating Texas A&M on opening day of our stadium and then being able to play in regional tournaments. My first year here, we were 54-12, and it was a fun experience. It’s been going to post-season play and also some of the big wins against the Big XII.
IJ: As a player or a coach, did you have any rituals or superstitions?
RW: I don’t remember any as a player, but as a coach, one of my outfielders’ parents always brings me a Diet Coke before the game from Sonic.
IJ: It was a down year last year, but you were undefeated in fall ball, so what’s your mindset heading into the season?
RW: It should be fun. It’s a fun group of players. They go out and have a good time but they also know what they need to do to be successful. It was fun to watch them in the fall, and it’s going to be exciting. Spring’s a little bit longer, and we get to figure out if we can do it for 60 games versus only the eight we played in the fall.
IJ: What’s the first thing you want to establish in the Sun Belt?
RW: We’d obviously like to set the tone—it’s hard to play at Texas State. We’d like to establish that if you’re going to beat Texas State, you’re going to be at your best that day.
IJ: What do you hope to leave at Texas State?
RW: One of the things I’ve always prided myself on is that our players have a great experience. When they leave after their four or five years of college, they look back and say, “man, that was a great experience.”
IJ: When someone mentions your name to someone else, what do you want to be the first thing to pop into their head?
RW: Most people say I’m very intimidating. (I’m) not sure if that’s what I want it to be. What I would like it to be is “she’s genuine and cares about people.”