Growing up in the area I did, my community was enveloped in softball/baseball. Playing years of travel ball and working hard, I was awarded throughout the years with MVPs and Gatorade Player of the year. During this time, I was on various coach’s radar, but I thought I had to leave it up to everyone else to make my decision.
After high school, although I went to a great Division 1 university, Brigham Young University, I was not personally ready, nor equipped with the right tools for success and came to the realization that it was not the right school for me. Luckily, I was able to attend Salt Lake City Community College the year after and was blessed with a college coach who restored in me valuable skills of hard work, resilience, fortitude, teamwork, and the list of values goes on. After having a great season with valuable teammates, I was then recruited to a different Division 1 university, Texas Tech University..
During my collegiate career I was again rewarded for my hard work earning an NFCA All-American award, Diamond Sports Catcher of the year, Regional Player of the Year, Regional MVP, NJCAA 1st Team, Big 12 player of the week multiple times and 2nd team All-Region. Outside of softball I was a Student-Athlete Leadership Ambassador for Texas Tech, an intern Strength and Conditioning coach for Texas Tech Cheer, and graduated with a degree in Human Science specializing in Exercise Sports Science, Nutrition and Human Development and Family Studies.
After graduating college, I hopped into a job as a store manager in retail. During 7 years I was with this company, I lead teams ranging from 3-150 team members daily. My passion was on the personal development of my team members, helping them promote to various roles. Changing jobs, I then started working as a food broker representing numerous manufactures working through sales and marketing tactics getting their products sold. I also wanted to challenge myself by working on and obtaining a master’s degree in leadership.
During this time since graduating college, I have stayed very close to softball through coaching at various Division 1 and Junior College camps, coaching multiple seasons at the collegiate level, coaching multiple seasons at the high school level, working heavily with Diamond Training, as well as doing my own private catching lessons. One thing I discovered while working with players was I kept asking them what their plan with recruiting was. I came to find out that a lot of players and families are overwhelmed by the process. When it comes to recruiting, there is so much information on what to do and where to be, it can feel like you are drinking from a fire hose. I created NXT LVL Recruiting & Development to help families out there know what to do with softball recruiting and be better prepared for college. With 18 years of playing and coaching, and 10 years of sales and marketing, I am here to help.