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In the Circle: USA Softball vs. National Pro Fastpitch

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor break down the recently released U.S.A Softball Invitee roster. It included many current NPF players like Monica Abbott and Kelly Kretschman. The guys share their thoughts on the list and who is a lock to be in Tokyo in 2020 from the list. We also look at some players that were not included. Also, how will the relationship go between U.S.A Softball and the NPF and what issues may develop as the United States gets ready to build a team for...

Duration: 00:41:51

In the Circle: Duke Softball Launches, Allister talks Stanford

Two of the bigger stories in the offseason take center stage on this edition of In The Circle on Fastpitch News. First, we chat with new Stanford HC Jessica Allister as she continues her first fall ball back at her alma mater. We talk about the difficult decision she made to leave Minnesota to head back home and how things have been back on the Stanford campus. We're then joined by our very own Maren Angus to talk about her trip to Durham to watch Duke softball play their inaugural fall...

Duration: 00:47:53

In the Circle: New Faces, New Places

On this episode of In The Circle on Fastpitch News, we talk to two of the new head coaches starting their first seasons with new programs. First, we talk with the new leader of the Marshall Thundering Herd, Jen Steele. Steele comes over from Jacksonville where she led the Dolphins to a 30-win season in 2017. Coach Steele talks about the quick timeline that led her to Huntington and an interesting fact about a member of her family. We are then joined by new Iowa State HC Jamie Pinkerton...

Duration: 00:54:11

Mountain West to Pac 12 and 2018 Utah Preview with Amy Hogue

On this edition of In The Circle, the guys talk to Utah Head Coach Amy Hogue who discusses a variety of topics from; Moving to the Pac-12, the upcoming season and the facilities on campus.

Duration: 00:43:07

In the Circle : New Bandits Coach Stacy Nuveman Deniz

Former U.S. Olympian, four-time All-American at UCLA and current Associate Head Coach at San Diego State Stacey Nuveman Deniz steps In The Circle to talk about her becoming the new Head Coach of the Chicago Bandits. Nuveman Deniz discusses the process of what led her to take the head coaching job and what she hopes to bring to the Bandits. Nuveman Deniz who participated in three Olympics, winning gold in 2000 and 2004 with a silver medal in 2008, talks about the relationship between the...

Duration: 00:37:23

In the Circle: OU Upset, 2018 NDSU Outlook, From Super Bowl Champ to Softball Dad

On this edition of "In The Circle" we are joined first by North Dakota State Head Coach Darren Muller who discussed what it is like to be the only team to knock off the Oklahoma Sooners in 2017 NCAA Tournament? Mueller discussed what it was like to be part of the Norman Regional and how the experience can help them going into the 2018 season. Mueller also talks about his friend Jamie Trachsel now at Minnesota as the new Head Coach and how he went into building his new coaching staff last...

Duration: 01:26:51

In the Circle: Controversy, Instant Replay, Bubba and more with Kelly Inouye-Perez

On this edition of In the Circle, we are joined by UCLA Head Coach Kelly Inouye-Perez who talked about the upcoming Bruins 2018 season. Inouye-Perez discusses key questions about 2018 season. She also shares her reaction to the big summer Bubba Nickles had with U.S. Junior National team leading them to the gold medal at World Championships in July and what that could mean for Nickles in 2018 and beyond. We also discussed the controversy that took place at the Women's College World Series...

Duration: 00:59:46

In the Circle: Laura Berg

On this edition of In The Circle, Oregon State's Head Coach Laura Berg joins the show to discuss being the head coach at Oregon State and of the United States Junior National team. Berg talks about leading the U.S to a Gold medal this summer at the Junior World Championships in Clearwater. She also discusses what it is like to coach players, that in some cases, she will compete against during the season in the Pac-12. Berg also talks about balancing the responsibilities of coaching the US...

Duration: 00:30:43

In the Circle: Auburn Hires Dean

On this special edition of In The Circle, the guys get together from Eric's house after cleaning up from Hurricane Irma to talk about Auburn's hire of Mickey Dean as their new head coach. They are joined by Justin McLeod from Justin's World of Softball who broke the news about Dean's hiring. He explains why the move makes the most sense for both parties involved and what will happen with Coach Dean's staff. After our discussion with Justin, we recap the wild coaching off-season and...

Duration: 00:30:24

In the Circle: Mike Candrea

On this edition of In The Circle, we are joined by Arizona's legendary Head Coach Mike Candrea who discussed many topics including the state of softball. Candrea talks about his recent contract extension which will keep him as Head Coach of the Wildcats until 2022. Candrea breaks down what is ahead for Arizona which includes new stadium renovations to Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium which has been home to Arizona softball since 1993. Candrea talks about how the game is different today...

Duration: 00:41:25

In the Circle: Natasha Watley

Today on In The Circle, we are honored to be joined by one of the softball greats Natasha Watley who served as an assistant coach as part of the Gold Medal winning Team USA in the 2017 WSBC Junior World Championships. Natasha talks about her time coaching and if she might be staying there going forward. She also talks about her time playing both at UCLA and with the USSSA Pride. She wraps up the podcast talking about her charity work with the Natasha Watley Foundation.

Duration: 00:33:24

In the Circle: Kristie Fox

On this edition of In The Circle, Eric and Victor are joined by new UNLV Head Coach Kristie Fox. In her first national interview since being named the Rebels Head Coach, Fox discusses the process of taking the UNLV job after five seasons as at Texas Arlington. Fox talks about what she hopes to bring to UNLV and advantages it has to succeed at a high level. Fox describes what it was like being part of the United States Junior National Team as an assistant coach that took the Gold medal at...

Duration: 00:23:51

In the Circle: The Auburn Saga Continues

On this special edition of In The Circle, we continue our look at the growing circumstances surrounding Auburn softball with two gentlemen who have been following this story closely. We first chat with Auburn beat writer James Crepea from who has been covering the story on the Auburn softball program and the recent developments that have come out involving the administration. Crepea talks about the story from both the players and administration's prospectives on the impending...

Duration: 01:33:51

In the Circle: Jamie Trachsel

On this edition of In The Circle on Fastpitch News, Eric and Victor talk with new Minnesota Head Coach Jamie Trachsel. In her first national media interview, Trachsel talks about coming back home to her home state of Minnesota to be the Head Coach of the Gophers program.

Duration: 00:34:23

In The Circle: Clint Myers Retirement

Today on In The Circle, Eric and Victor breakdown the sudden retirement of Auburn Head Coach Clint Myers along with the many questions that are left unanswered. We are joined by Fastpitch News' Maren Angus to give her thoughts on everything going down and where this program goes from here. How does this impact the incoming freshmen class, did the off-field issues serve as a possible smoke signal? Who does Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs look for to replace Coach Myers? We discuss it all.

Duration: 00:50:58

In The Circle: Dawg Days of August

Today on In The Circle, Eric and Victor break down the Scrap Yard Dawgs winning the 2017 Crowles Cup as NPF Champions. We will hear from the victors and talk about what happened in that decisive Game three. What does this mean for both franchises going forward? Also, what is next for Akron and Chicago heading into 2018? After catching our breath, we take a look at how can the NPF Championship Series be even bigger and what needs to be done to continue the growth of softball on television....

Duration: 01:24:27

In The Circle: Carosone and Kamekona

With the NPF Championship Series starting up, we get to chat with two of the key players Emily Carosone and Amanda Kamekona in our latest edition of In The Circle. Our discussion begins with Chicago Bandits infielder Emily Carosone who is looking for her second straight NPF championship in as many seasons. She talks about her journey from being in a high school graduating class of 24 to going to Auburn and making it to the Women's College World Series under Head Coach Clint Myers. She...

Duration: 01:01:03

In the Circle Podcast: Amanda Scarborough

Today on In The Circle, we're honored to have ESPN commentator and Packaged Deal co-founder Amanda Scarborough who's in Portland, Oregon as part of the Little League Softball World Series coverage for ESPN. Scarborough talks about the growth of softball in youth leagues and how it had changed from when she was coming up into the sport. Scarborough also spoke of the growth of the sport and how the more coverage in recent years has helped the game. Amanda also shares thoughts on how the game...

Duration: 00:39:20

In the Circle: Moulton, Radars & Abbott

On this edition of In The Circle on Fastpitch News, Eric and Victor talk with Fastpitch News editor Sara Moulton about her former coach Jessica Alister leaving Minnesota for Stanford. Moulton breaks down what Allister will bring to Stanford as well as the impact Allister had in Minnesota. Moulton also breaks down the Minnesota hire of Jamie Trachsel and why pitching coach Piper Ritter staying with the program is good news. Moulton also discusses the amazing Monica Abbott who Moulton played...

Duration: 01:00:03

In the Circle: Controversy and Coaching Changes

On this episode, we chat with Sports Editor of the Richmond (VA) Suburban News David M. Lawrence about the controversy surrounding the Atlee Little League's Junior softball team being disqualified from its World Series championship match-up over what officials said was an inappropriate social media post. He takes us through the timeline from start to finish on what led to this decision and possible impact down the road. We finish the podcast by recapping some of the latest coaching moves...

Duration: 00:44:56

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