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Howard Dobson on Team USA, Working Ken Eriksen, and Beth Torina

On this pre-Thanksgiving edition of In The Circle, Victor starts by sharing the developing story that broke Tuesday about the NCAA upholding Missouri's appeal, making the Tigers ineligible for the postseason. The guys are then joined by USA Softball and LSU assistant coach Howard Dobson who shared his thoughts on a variety of topics: Victor comes back on board with our Wayback Wednesday to our interview back in January with LSU HC Beth Torina talking about her staff, including Coach...


Ken Eriksen Breaks Down Team USA, The Process and More

In this latest edition of In The Circle, we are joined by USF and USA Softball Head Coach Ken Eriksen. Below is a breakdown on some of the topics discussed: Victor joins the episode to talk about Rachel Folden being hired by the Chicago Cubs' minor league system and share news about the podcast schedule.


Justin McCleod Talks Ole Miss, We Talk Rutgers and More

In this edition of In The Circle, We talk with Justin McCleod of Justin's World about the story he broke on Monday of Ole Miss Head Coach Mike Smith getting placed on paid administrative leave. Also, Eric Lopez talks with Matthew Stanmyre of NJ Advance Media about the allegations against Kristen Butler and the Rutgers softball program. Eric and Victor Anderson look back at all of the off-season coaching suspensions.


Yvette Girouard Talks Louisiana and LSU in 2020, USA Names Coaches

In this edition of In The Circle, we talk to Yvette Girouard to get her thoughts on LSU and Louisiana renewing their rivalry in 2020. It will mark the first time both programs will play in the regular season since 2001. Girouard talks about what the match-up means for both programs and the state of Louisiana. Also, in this episode, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson discuss the Florida Fall Classic as well as the Wilson Tournament. Vic shares his thoughts on what it was like and impressions...


Caitlin Lowe on All Things Arizona Softball and Weekend Preview

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Arizona's Associate Head Coach Caitlin Lowe about the 2020 Wildcats, working for Head Coach Mike Candrea, and with former teammate Taryne Mowatt. Also, in this episode, you hear our Throwback Thursday interview with Natasha Watley. We also talk about this weekend and the USSSA Pride playing Florida and Florida State Seminoles in Vierra, FL.


Sue Enquist Talks UCLA Past and Present and Changes in the Game

In the episode of In The Circle, we are joined by legendary UCLA Head Coach Sue Enquist, who shares her time at UCLA both as a player and a coach. She discusses how the Bruin Bubble came to be, the changes she's seen in the sport, and what she's been up to lately. Also, Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson take a look at some other news in the softball world, including UTEP making a late coaching change, USA Softball announcing more dates for the "Stand By Her" Tour, and a previous guest...


Laura Berg on Coaching Oregon State and with USA Softball

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Oregon State's Head Coach Laura Berg. Berg discusses balancing her time between running the Beavers program and being part of U.S. National team coaching staff. She also discusses being part of the last four Olympic teams and offers up a 2020 outlook for the beavers and more. Also, in this episode, We playback a portion of our Interview with Mike Candrea from 2017, where he discussed coaching Berg and the U.S.A National team in...


CSUN/USA Coach Tairia Flowers + SPC Elite Invitational Preview

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Cal State Northridge's Head Coach Tairia Flowers who discusses being inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame this past weekend where Flowers was a 2-time All-American and a National Champion. Flowers talks about her time as a player with U.S. National team, being part of gold medal team in 2004 Summer Olympics and silver in 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and comparing it to her current time being on the U.S. Coaching staff as an...


Gabbie Plain Talks Washington, Australia and the Olympics

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with the University of Washington's two-time All-American pitcher Gabbie Plain. They discuss her 2019 season, playing for team Australia, and qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. Plain goes into detail about her journey from playing in Australia to playing for coach Heather Tarr at Washington. Eric and Victor Anderson discuss the Huskies 2020 outlook. Plus injury news out of Oklahoma.


Gerry Glasco Talks 2020 Ragin' Cajuns, Megan Kleist and USSSA Pride

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Louisiana's Head Coach Gerry Glasco. Glasco, who enters his third season, the 2020 Ragin' Cajuns, and how the addition of Oregon transfer All-American pitcher Megan Kleist will impact his team. He also discusses his time coaching the USSSA Pride to an NPF Championship this past season. Eric and Victor Anderson breakdown if Louisiana is the only non-power five program with a shot of making it to the 2020 Women's College World Series.


Kyla Holas on U-17 Win at the Pan American Games

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Kyla Holas about leading the United States U-17 team to the gold medal at the recent Pan American Championships held in Colombia. Holas spoke about how she got the position, the keys to the teams' success. She also reflected on her playing career at Louisiana, where she was three-time All-American, and about her time coaching at Houston. Eric and Victor Anderson discuss news around the game and dive into some fan mail.


Valerie Arioto Talks Career, No Third Coach, A Look Ahead to May Nutter 2020

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with three-time All-American and USA Team member Valerie Arioto about her career and making the 2020 team. The two discuss her playing days at Cal and how the international game has changed since she joined the team in 2011. Eric Lopez and Victor Anderson react to the news that the DI Council declined a revote on Baseball and Softball adding a paid third coach. The two take a look ahead to the 2020 Mary Nutter Classic, and what locations...


Samantha Ricketts Talks Mississippi State, Coach Gasso and Family Ties

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with new Mississippi State Head Coach Samantha Ricketts. She discusses building her coaching staff, and what advice she has gotten from Oklahoma Head Coach Patty Gasso. Ricketts also discusses her sisters Stephanie and Keilani, and what was it like growing up altogether? Also, in this episode, Eric and Victor Anderson take an early look at the NFCA Lead-Off Classic in Clearwater. The two also address some questions from the listeners.


Kendall Rogers on the Third Coach Debate, Impact of "Fair Pay to Play"

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with's Kendall Rogers about the upcoming revote by the DI council to reconsider the legislation to add a third paid assistant coaching position in Baseball and Softball. Rogers discusses why the legislation did not pass back in April, why it may have a new life, who is against it, and if softball is being made the scapegoat for the legislation not passing back in April. Also, on the episode, Eric and Victor Anderson...


Monica Abbott and Haylie McCleney Talk 2020 Team USA

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Monica Abbott and Haylie McCleney about making the 2020 USA Olympic team. Abbott talks about the difference between making the 2008 team and the 2020 team, her experience of playing in Japan and playing with Cat Osterman again. McCleney shares her experience being on team USA since 2014. She discusses the emotions of finding out she made the team, and more. Eric and Victor Anderson also recap the USA Softball press conference...


2020 USA Olympic Softball Roster Selected, Our Thoughts

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson react to the USA Softball 2020 Olympic roster selections. The two are joined by Justin McLeod of Justin's World to discuss the surprises, biggest snubs, and the possible logic behind how the roster may have been selected?


USA Olympic Softball Trials, Abigail Farler and Tarleton State on the Move

In this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez, and Victor Anderson breakdown the U.S. Softball Olympic trials. What are the most critical questions, and who do they think will end making the Olympic roster? Also in this episode, Eric talks with new Abilene Christian Head Coach Abigail Farler, who discusses coming to ACU, making the jump from NAIA Corban to DI, her playing career and playing for Shonda Stanton at Marshall. The guys also discuss Tarleton State's announcement that they will be...


Stacey Nelson Talks Florida Hall of Fame, Australia is in for 2020 Olympics

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez chats with Florida Gator three-time All-American pitcher Stacey Nelson about getting inducted into the Florida Gators Athletics Hall of Fame. Nelson reflects on her playing career and helping lead Florida to the Women's College World Series in 2008 and 2009. She offers advice for young players and talks about her post-softball life which includes work she has done in Uganda. Also on this episode, Eric and Victor Anderson recap Australia getting...


Maria Winn-Ratliff Talks Louisiana Tech, Tampa Mustangs David Handler

On our latest appearance In The Circle, we are joined by new Louisiana Tech Head Coach Maria Winn-Ratliff. She shares her thoughts on being named head coach (4:36), adjusting from coaching Junior College to Division I (9:24), and what Lady Techester fans can expect in 2020 (12:22) Eric is then joined by Tampa Mustangs' Recruiting Director David Handler. He shares with us his responsibilities with the organization (23:40), how the Mustangs' came to be (29:20), plus the legacy of the late...


T.J. Goelz talks Tampa Mustangs and Lakewood Ranch

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric Lopez talks with Tampa Mustangs and Lakewood Ranch high school coach T.J. Goelz. Goelz compares coaching a travel ball team to coaching a high school team, and the impact of legendary Mustangs Head Coach Ray Seymore had on him. Goelz also discusses being involved with the Florida Gulf Coast Collegiate Softball league that will start in 2020. Also on this episode, Eric and Victor preview the WBSC Softball/Asia Oceania Softball qualifier and who may...