Recently, USG sent Ashley Weingartz, the Assistant Softball Coach at Hofstra University to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association National Convention. Here's what she had to say about her trip:
This December I was able to travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2021 NFCA Coaches Convention. It was an awesome four days filled with lots of relationship-building and learning! While I was able to attend multiple sessions that helped me to expand my knowledge in various topics related to coaching softball, I was also invigorated by getting to meet up with friends and colleagues that I had worked with previously or had only met before via video chat!
I was able to spend time with one of my friends, Kaylyn DeVaney, who has just been named the softball director for Athletes in Action. She is currently preparing financially and spiritually to begin full-time ministry in that position. She will start her new role within the next year. It was amazing to hear some of her vision for the ministry and I was grateful for the opportunity to spend quality time with her!
I also met up with a few members of a softball coaches prayer group that I started virtually attending this past year. Being able to physically be in the same place with people I had become so close with through prayer and technology was such great encouragement for my heart!
Another great experience during the convention was going to the FCA Breakfast. Those in attendance heard Aubree Munro Watson speak. She is an outspoken Christian who also happens to be a two-time National Champion and a 2020 Olympic Silver Medalist. She spoke about her spiritual journey preparing for the 2020 Olympics through a pandemic and the relationships she formed with her teammates.
Overall, I had an amazing experience! It was so great to be able to see so many friends after moving to a completely new place in September. Hopefully, I will continue to meet and build relationships with more and more people throughout the years as I continue to attend conventions!
Thanks, Ashley! USG seeks to come alongside our brothers and sisters working in the professional and collegiate athletics industry. Sponsored events are one of the many member benefits that graduates from our USG Academy receive.