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Softball Coach Feature: Lindsay Maroney ’07 Inspires Fun on the Field

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As a softball player at Andover, Lindsay Maroney ’07 was named Most Outstanding Player her Lower, Upper, and Senior years.

How did you first get into softball?

I’ve always been a big fan of baseball and the Boston Red Sox, but as I got older, I realized my best opportunities to play competitively were with softball. I had the fortune of finding a coach that was willing to work with me despite my baseball background, and I’ve never turned back.

What is your favorite aspect of the sport?

Softball is a great mix of athleticism and strategy. Each play may only take a few seconds, but there is a lot of thought that goes into the offense and defense that are a result of that play. Even if it’s pure power, speed or quick reflexes on display, the preparation beforehand is what made it possible.

Why do you love the sport at Andover?

The teams here always have a great mix of players, and they are always extremely supportive of one another. Regardless of their interests off the field, they seem to have great chemistry and enjoy being around one another.

What are you excited about for the coming season?

We have a lot of new players, and I think it will be great to see what we can build with them.

What is your top goal this season?

Winning games is great, but having fun and playing together is better. If we can continue to improve and enjoy the sport, then I think the season is a success.

What do you love about coaching?

Coaching is much different than playing, and it brings new challenges, but I really enjoy working with the team and helping them improve. It’s a learning experience for me each practice and game.

What is your favorite team, or who is your favorite player?

I’m a big fan of Patrice Bergeron from the Boston Bruins. He plays with grit but is a very smart player and strong leader. He has respect from his team, along with every other team in the NHL.

What do you plan on working on in practices?

We do have a lot of new girls on the team and some are at positions that they might not ordinarily play, so it’s all about getting reps and having the team get accustomed to playing with one another.