Dan Sperl | Assistant Coach | Softball | George Washington University

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

Clearly talent is important, but we’re looking for players who are the right fit for our program and university. We are in the process of re-building a historically weak program and it is important for us to find players who are competitive/passionate with great work-ethics. Kids who are willing to make the necessary sacrifices and put in the time, while showcasing a will to win and an expectation of winning. The intangible qualities are the ones that set the winning teams apart – Everyone can play at the DI level. We’ll keep an eye on the players who put in extra work between games and even at bats and for kids who refuse to throw away even one day, at bat or an opportunity. Which can be easy to do over a long summer on the recruiting circuit.


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled? 

GW is an academic university and the player’s class responsibilities always come first. We had an engineering major last season, who missed the vast majority of our team practices. She made sure to come in for extra time with the coaches on her own and worked extremely hard to make up for the missed time. She probably ended up putting in more time than anyone! She was one of our best offensive players over the second half of last season and is primed for a big year this season as a senior. She worked her tail off and has earned everything that is about to come her way!