Heather Stone | Head Coach | Softball | Western Connecticut State University

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

Character and Integrity.  A lot of today’s youth do feel entitled. We are looking for recruits who are willing to work hard to in order to achieve their goals. Of course we want talent and skill first and foremost but if the player’s character is in question we will not pursue.

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

One of my first year’s coaching we did not have a pitcher, a freshman arrived on campus who had pitched in 8th and 9th grade but then played slow pitch. Schools in the south did not have fast pitch yet. She worked and worked to improve her pitching and it paid off, she won the conference championship her senior year and went on to play in the NCAA tournament. One of the success stories for sure.