Little did I know, that down the road, one of my biggest inspirations would be my one of my coaches.
Taylor Nadler is a junior softball player at North Dakota University. She was raised just around the corner in New Haven and went to school across town at Borgia.
I first met her a few years ago when she was helping at a softball camp in St. Louis. Fast forward a bit, and I found out that she would be the new assistant coach for my travel team, the Rawlings Tigers. From the first day she coached us, we knew she was committed. We knew that she believed in us, so we believed in ourselves, too.
Quickly after our first tournament with her, she became close to everyone and her outgoing personality shined through. She not only pushes us to be our best and get to the next level, but she makes us laugh and keeps us loose throughout the games. She never wanted to be just our coach, but also our friend, and someone we can rely on. She shares our hopes and dreams with us and will do everything she can to help us get there.
We may make her life complete chaos and stressful sometimes, but she shows up with a smile on her face ready to make us better each day. Each one of us on the team should strive to be like her and the person she is, not only athletically, but internally as well. I can't thank her enough for everything she does.