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NCAA DI Utility Infielder with Single-Season Home Run Record Available Summer 2021

Name: Caitlyn Nolan

Height: 170cm

Weight: 77kg

DOB: February 10, 1997

Date Available: July 1, 2021

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: SS

Positions (alt): 1B, 2B, 3B

College: Virginia Tech University

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Personal

Caitlyn is a gap-to-gap power hitter, with exit velocities consistently in the mid-to-high 70s (mph).

She has good foot speed, having run from home plate to first base in 3.2 seconds.

Defensively, Caitlyn mostly played shortstop during her college career, though she saw some action at second base.  She throws in the low to mid-70s (mph) overhand.

She describes herself as “a very quick learner and [one who is] willing to learn any position that is needed . . . a quiet, lead-by-example type of teammate – not loud or emotional but extremely competitive . . . [One who] loves to discuss softball knowledge and [is] always open to giving or receiving feedback from teammates.”

Virginia Tech head coach Pete D’amour says, “[Caitlyn] is one of the best defensive shortstops I’ve coached. She has plus hands, footwork and arm. She has a good first step and anticipates reads off the bat well. Offensively, she obviously has plus power and a good eye, [and] she doesn’t strike out much for a power hitter. She was a great teammate and one of our hardest workers. Any team would be wise to add Caitlyn to its roster.”

Career Highlights

  • Four-year starting shortstop at Virginia Tech, an NCAA Division I school in USA

  • School single-season home run record-holder with 19 in 2019

  • Had 55 RBI in 58 games during 2019 and posted an OPS of 1.121

  • Received NFCA National Player-of-the-week and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) player-of-the-week honors after first week of the 2019 season with a .714 batting average, 9 RBI, 2 home runs, 3 doubles, and 3 bases on balls

  • First-Team NFCA All-Region (Mid-Atlantic) in 2019

  • VaSID Second-Team All-State 2019

  • All-ACC Softball Academic Team

  • 2018-19 ACC Academic Honor Roll

 

Coaching

After graduation, Caitlyn served as a student assistant coach at Virginia Tech, and she is currently the head coach of a 14-and-under travel team.  She has extensive knowledge of infield and hitting skills, as well as experience with new hitting technologies such as Hittrax, K-vest, and Blast Motion sensor. “I am not a loud or overpowering coach. I believe that a coach should meet his/her players where they are and help them build themselves.”

Overseas Goals

“I still have a lot to give to this sport on the playing side. I want to see how far I can take my playing career, and I want to compete at a high level.”

Staying in Shape

Caitlyn hired her college strength and conditioning coach to create an individualized strength and conditioning program, which she has been on since December 2020. She currently practices six days a week at Virginia Tech’s indoor facility, which has many tools to track her progress.

Articles/Recognition

Nolan Sets School Home Run Record

Tech Softball Season Recap

Bennett, D’Amour Headline VaSID Awards

Video

Softball – Play of the Game vs Longwood: Caitlyn Nolan Home Run Record

 

Playing Experience

YEARSORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2016-19 Virginia Tech University NCAA DI Starting Shortstop, 3rd or 4th spot hitter. First-Team NFCA All-Region

Coaching Experience

YEARROLEORGANIZATIONLEAGUE/DIVISIONDETAILS
2019-21 Student Assistant Virginia Tech NCAA DI Assisting with all positions including middle infielders and hitters
2021 Head Coach New River Valley Diamonds 14U Travel Team Operate and organize practices and scheduling for 14u team.

Stats

College/Amateur Batting

Years Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG
2016 Virginia Tech 56 139 21 37 6 0 2 27 16 23 4 0 .266 .358 .353
2017 Virginia Tech 34 77 8 18 6 0 1 8 7 12 0 0 .234 .302 .351
2018 Virginia Tech 53 140 9 33 7 0 5 18 15 17 0 1 .236 .312 .393
2019 Virginia Tech 58 164 40 49 10 1 19 55 26 18 7 0 .299 .401 .720

Video Highlights

Testimonials

Pete D'amour

Virginia Tech, Head Softball Coach

“Caitlyn was a senior when I arrived at VT in the fall of 2018. One of the worries of a new coach is if there will be “buy in” with the inherited roster. Caitlyn not only bought in to what we taught, she absorbed as much information as she possibly could. One of the biggest complements I can give is that a kid is a “ball player.” Nolan lives softball. On the field, she is one of the best defensive shortstops I’ve ever coached. She has plus hands, footwork, and arm. She has a good first step and anticipates reads off the bat well. Offensively, she obviously has plus power and a good eye, she doesn’t strike out much for a power hitter. She was a great teammate and one of our hardest workers. Any team would be wise to add Caitlyn to their roster.”

Mike Ward

Team NC, Head Travel Softball Coach


Additional Info

Playing Preferences: Europe Pro (Italy, The Netherlands), Australia Semi-pro (State Leagues), Australia Pro, New Zealand Semi-pro, Asia Pro (Japan, Korea, Taiwan)

 

Living preferences: Private living arrangement (apartment to self), Shared living arrangement, own bedroom

 

Return home: I can stay as long as it takes to complete a season

 

Prior engagements: No

 

Recent injuries/illnesses: No

 

Traveling with a companion: No

 

Educational background: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor of Science, Human Development, May 2020, Cum Laude
Bachelor of Science, Sociology, May 2020, Cum Laude