Former Softball Standout; Assistant Coach Drafted by NPF
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Montgomery, Texas- Stormy Hanson, a former standout catcher for the Indiana University softball team, was drafted by the San Antonio Armadillos during the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft held December 6. Hanson was the first pick in the third round of the draft and the 17th overall. In addition, Hoosier assistant coach Stacey Phillips was the top overall pick in the draft and was also selected by the Armadillos.
I am very excited to have been drafted. I am grateful for the coaching staff here at Indiana and the footwork that they did to see that I was entered into the draft, said Hanson. I am also excited that I will be able to continue my softball career and play on such a different level.
Both Hanson and Phillips were selected during the Elite Draft that includes athletes who have completed their collegiate careers. The NPF was started in 1997 under the name Womens Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and was later changed to the Womens Pro Softball League (WPSL). The league was restructured in 2002 and re-named National Pro Fastpitch. The first official season of play will begin in June of 2004.
During her four-year career (2000-2003) at Indiana, Hanson played catcher for the Hoosiers and hit .314 with 170 hits, 68 RBI, 86 runs scored and 51 walks. She made an immediate impact when she joined the team as a freshman, starting 45 of the 46 games in which she appeared, and tying for second on the team with 25 hits. The Las Vegas, Nev. native also left her mark in the IU record books. She is currently fifth on the all-time homerun list with 21 and ninth on the all-time doubles list with 32. She also stands third on the season best list with a .750 slugging percentage. In her senior year, Hanson was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Associations All-MidEast Region first team.
Prior to being named assistant softball coach at Indiana in 2003, Phillips was one of the top players in the history of the Michigan State softball program, where she played from 1997-2000. The St. Clair Shores, Mich., product captained the Spartans as a senior in 2000, a season that saw her earn first-team All-Big Ten honors at first base. During her freshman through junior seasons, she was a second-team All-Big Ten pick at both first base and shortstop. She also helped lead the Spartans to NCAA Tournament appearances in 1997 and 1999. In addition to her all-conference accolades, Phillips was recognized as a third-team All-America shortstop as a sophomore in 1998 and was an all-region selection as a sophomore and again as a senior.
Im excited to have been selected in the draft to San Antonio, said assistant softball coach Stacey Phillips. It will be a wonderful experience to not only compete at the pro level with such great players but also to promote fastpitch softball across the nation.
The NPF season runs from June 1 to August 31 and includes 56 regular season games, an all-star game, a best-of-three Division Playoff and a best-of-five Championships Series.