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NCAA DI Softball Catcher with Extensive Youth Coaching Experience Seeking Team Overseas

Name: Olivia Huffman

Height: 5'9"

Weight: 155 lbs

DOB: January 21, 1997

Status Available

Date Available: June 1, 2019

Bats: R

Throws: R

Positions: C

Positions (alt): 1B, OF, RF, CF, LF

College: Ball State University

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I have many strengths in the game of softball and have as many mental assets as I do physical, if not more.  I see the ball very well; I use this to my advantage and get on base a lot. I am also able to steal bases, often making a lead-off walk as good as a double.  My on-base percentage combined with my ability to hit for power makes me a very productive hitter and a threat at any spot in the lineup. I am a threat on the bases, as well, because I steal bases and am a smart baserunner who gets great jumps and reads. 

I am an excellent receiver and I am able to get a big strike zone behind the plate.  I’m also great at stopping the ball, whether with my glove or my body, to keep runs from scoring or runners from advancing.  I have a great arm and a quick transfer; my pop time gets as low as 1.78 and in-game I generally live 1.85-1.90. I also bring knowledge and experience in pitch-calling and am able to work to my pitchers’ strengths.  I work well with a diverse pitching staff and am proficient in managing different skill sets, personalities, and playing styles. I also have strong leadership ability and was a team captain for my Junior and Senior years. 

In addition to playing, I have extensive youth coaching experience, both on teams and in lesson/clinic settings. I am passionate about coaching and teaching young people about this great game, and I would be an asset to any program looking to stimulate a love for softball in young players.

Abilities summary: Strong defensive catcher with superior blocking, receiving, and throwing skills. 

Pop time: 1.85.

Strong pitch calling ability, high-level game knowledge, leadership skills.

High OBP with good speed, hits for power.

Playing Experience

2015-16 University of South Dakota NCAA DI Backup Catcher/DH
2016-19 Ball State University NCAA DI 3 Year Starting Catcher

Coaching Experience

2014-16 Softball Clinic Instructor S&C Sports Services Academy Coached groups (10-30) young girls ages 5-16 in throwing, base-running, outfield, and catching. Altered the level of instruction to that of the players
2015-18 Assistant Coach 10U/12U Hudson Boosters MN Fastpitch Softball helped coach young girls on a specific team in fielding, hitting, and base-running during their summer seasons
2016-19 Softball Clinic Instructor Ball State University NCAA D1 Collaborated with other instructors to create a cohesive, thorough learning environment and equipped 15-60 players per clinic with a complete understanding of each softball drill
2018-19 Hitting/Catching Instructor 5 Tool Academy Academy Designs and hosts individual lessons, small group classes (3-5 athletes) and team practices (10-12 athletes), ages 7-13, with programs to help improve athletes hitting, catching, and mental skills in the context of softball
2016 Assistant Softball coach - 16U Midwest Speed Summer Club Softball - PGF Helped design and run practices for athletes ages 14-17, also coached first base and assisted with administrative details for team.


College/Amateur Batting

2016 South Dakota 22 43 3 9 1 0 1 5 4 14 0 0 .209 .292 .302
2017 Ball State 56 102 17 13 2 0 2 11 24 29 9 0 .127 .355 .206
2018 Ball State 51 112 22 25 4 0 3 15 33 32 9 2 .223 .436 .339
2019 (in progress) Ball State 42 59 14 5 1 0 2 7 21 22 6 0 .085 .357 .203

Video Highlights


Megan Ciolli Bartlett

Ball State University, Head Coach

Josh Johnson

Ball State University, Associate Head Coach

Mitch Roberts

Ball State University, Assistant Coach

Additional Info

Living preferences: Living on my own, Living with teammates with my own private bedroom, Living with a host family


Relationship status:


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


Prior engagements: Yes: graduation. July 20, 2019


Recent injuries/illnesses: September 2017 – December 2017: Concussion due to car accident
May 2017 – torn labrum, right shoulder. Treated with physical therapy.


Traveling with a companion: No