The NPF senior draft will take place this Friday, March 18, in Orlando Florida. This is an exciting time of the year for several senior softball players around the country. NPF Diamonds utility player, Loryn Johnson remembers the feeling of draft day, last year.
She holds two all-time records at University of Texas in runs batted in (135) and total bases (350). In 2009 she hit an impressive .403. Johnson sent twelve balls over the wall in 2008 to tie for the top single-season home run total in Texas history. She garnered several honors including, NFCA All-Central Region First Team, Two-time All-Big 12 First Team, and Academic All-Big 12 Second Team.
Last summer with the Diamonds she posted a .291 batting average and hit eight homeruns. She ranked in the top five on the team in batting average, homeruns, and runs batted in. She was named the assistant softball coach for Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas for the 2010-2011 season.
Get to know a little bit more about 2010 Rookie of the Year candidate Loryn Johnson…
Q: You had a successful Rookie Season with the Diamonds....what advice would you give a rookie coming into the League this year?
Loryn: Advice that I'd give to the incoming rookies this season is to utilize the guidance of their veteran players. In my rookie season, my teammates guided me every step of the way which helped me adjust and be more successful.
Q: What are you most looking forward to for the 2011 Season?
Loryn: The thing I'm most looking forward to is competing on the field again. This year is the first time in a long while that I haven't competed throughout the fall and spring season. I'm ready to be back out there!
Q: What are you up to this off-season?
Loryn: This off season I have been the assistant softball coach at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.
Q: What are you doing to prepare for the 2011 Season?
Loryn: Aside from training and individual practice, I have learned a lot in my first year of coaching that I feel can better me as a player. Teaching the game day in and day out has helped my knowledge of the game grow and i now more than ever realize the importance of the mental game.
Q: The Diamonds are playing a Series in Round Rock this year, what are you most looking forward to going back to play in your home state of Texas?
Loryn: It's exciting to know the Diamonds will be playing a series in Texas! I look forward to my family being there an also seeing burnt orange fill the stands ;)
Q: You were picked 10th overall in last year’s NPF Draft, what did it mean to you to know you would have the opportunity to play after college?
Loryn: I feel very blessed that I was chosen in the draft last year. The opportunity to play softball after the collegiate level doesn't come along for everyone and I am thankful to continue to play this amazing sport. I hope to help the NPF grow so more young women can have the same opportunity.
Q: Who was your mentor growing up?
Loryn: My mentor growing up would have to be my Mother. She's the strongest woman I know and has been my biggest supporter and fan throughout my playing career. Because of her I am the person I am today both on and off the field.
Q: What do you like to do outside of playing softball?
Loryn: Outside of playing softball I really enjoy the time I get to spend with my family.
Q: What did you enjoy most about playing in Nashville last Season?
Loryn: Nashville was amazing. We had great fans who supported us through all ups and downs, but I have to say the best part about playing in Nashville was the country music! Being a Texas girl, I can always appreciate some good country!
Q: Who are you looking forward to competing against this summer and why?
Loryn: This is a tough one because there are so many great players in this league, but I am most looking forward to competing against Jackie Pasquerella. She is a veteran in the league who is fun to to play against and always seems to keep us entertained on the 3rd base sideline! ;)