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NPF Player in the Spotlight: Week 15 Presented by Boombah

Although, NPF softball players, are professional athletes their professional duties do not stop there. Several women in the League have other occupations, many involving the sport they love, only in a different aspect. On August 4th, 2010 Akron Racers’, Nicole Trimboli was named Head Softball Coach at Regis University in Denver, Colorado.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Trimboli earned All-Big 12 honors three times, including First Team honors both her freshman and senior seasons.  She also earned NCAA All-Midwest accolades twice.  Her 2002 Husker team earned a spot in the Women’s College World Series, finishing fifth. While helping Nebraska to Big 12 titles in 2001 and 2004, Trimboli was also named Big 12 All-Tournament twice, while earning a spot on the Big 12 10th Anniversary Team. Trimboli ranks in the top 10 in Big 12 history in at bats (772) and RBIs (173).  She ranks in the top 10 in eight separate career categories in Nebraska history, with her 232 career hits ranking fifth.

Trimboli was drafted by the Akron Racers in 2004 and was named an NPF All-Star as a rookie before helping the Racers win the NPF Cowles Cup Championship in 2005.  She was named the NPF Championship MVP after leading the Chicago Bandits to the Cowles Cup Championship in 2008. Last year she earned her third Championship ring by winning the Cowles Cup Championship with the USSSA Pride.  This summer, Trimboli will be reunited with the team that drafted her 7 years ago, the Akron Racers.

Excited about the upcoming season, Trimboli answered some questions for the NPF fans.

Q: You started your career in Akron, what are you most looking forward to with putting on an Akron Racer Uniform again?
Trimboli: I'm looking forward to playing in a great atmosphere in Akron. The fans have always been fantastic and loyal there and I believe that's a big part of the reason that the Racers are the longest standing professional team in the NPF.

As a veteran of the League, what has been your most memorable experience to date?
Trimboli:  If I HAD to pick just one I would have to say my favorite experience was with the Chicago Bandits 2008 NPF Championship Team. Our team chemistry on and off the field was unmatched. That particular group of women were absolute class acts and amazing athletes.

You are finishing up your first year at Regis College, how has your first year gone?
Trimboli: Wonderful Caos! I loved it and the young women I had the opportunity to coach made the transition from Assistant Coach to Head Coach easy. I am a Colorado girl and I'm so happy to be back in such a beautiful place.

You have won three NPF Cowles Cup Championships, what has it meant to you to be apart of three different teams, Akron,Chicago and Pride?
Trimboli:  Being apart of 3 different championship teams has taught me that there are many recipes for success. Each Championship team had it's own personality and strengths. It was just a matter of putting the parts together.

What is your favorite food and why?
Trimboli: Ugh. My abuela makes a mexican dish called chicken and mole' and I have no control when it's in the house. Why you ask? Because it's delicious ! And it reminds me of my childhood:).

Do you play a musical instrument? How'd you get started playing it...we hear Piano Man is a trademark of yours?
Trimboli:   Ha! I play the guitar and harmonica. On rare occasion I will attempt to play in front of people, but it's definitely more of a personal hobby. My father Mike was always playing some instrument when I was growing up so I must have picked it up from him.

What is the best day of the year?
Trimboli:  I've always liked New Years Day. Fresh start, new goals, new adventures.

If someone were to pick up your IPod, what would be the last three songs that were played?
Trimboli:  I'm hooked on a few different artists right now. Adele, Mumford and Sons, and Dave Matthews is always on there somewhere.

Q: You are coming off an injury from last season, what are you doing to prepare for this season with Akron?
Trimboli: The mental side of injury was the toughest and I've been very fortunate to have only sustained a broken leg in all my years of playing ball. I actually do a weird combo of things to keep myself in shape. I play basketball with other staff members a few days a week. I lift and run a couple times a week and my newest addition to training is yoga.

Q: Who have been your mentors?
Trimboli:  I was so fortunate to play at the University of Nebraska because the coaches there are fantastic. Rhonda Revelle and Lori Sippel taught me so much about the game and working with different personalities. Playing in the League has also allowed me to learn from some of the best in the world. Former teammates, Stacy May, Kristin Johnson, and Jaime Clark were some of the most talented and knowledgable players I've ever met.

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