Jeff Tylka | Assistant Coach | Softball | Loyola University

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

There is no doubt that a player needs to be talented and have the athletic skills needed to play at the D1 level. There are more and more of these types of athletes out there it seems. The specifics that matter in our program are work ethic, playing the game the right way, attitude, relationships with teammates and coaches, and enjoyment while playing the game. Being a D1 athlete is a ton of work and many kids don’t realize this or think their skills will allow them to not have to work. We want kids who want to work every single day and love doing it.


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

One of our former infielders has a 3.8 GPA, loves working camps and helping young kids, is the career leader in RBI, games played, career doubles, single season HR, and has been one of our leaders for 3 years. She loves the game and spends all hours doing things that help her get better at it along with preparing her for her future career as a teacher. She coaches a travel team all summer long, works camps on multiple college campuses, and is always asking questions. Her senior year she had a torn labrum and had to change her game slightly and still mananged to succeed. She was a competitor and although she was not the fastest, strongest, or best athlete on the team……she was the one you wanted up when it mattered.