SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo Softball Coach John Conway has revealed his latest group of signees, as Victoria Copper, Rachelle Gremo, and Emily Holman have each inked National Letters of Intent to play softball for the Lions beginning in the Fall of 2011.
Signing nine to date, the trio will join McKenzie Burns, Kaitlynn Diaz, Ashley Ehlers, Angela Kefalas, Kelsey LaNeave, and Torrie Weindorf in the Green & Gold next season.
Of the nine NLI, eight are true freshman.
"This trio in particular is very versatile and ready to make an immediate impact on the team. Their competitive instincts, coupled with a positive attitude and ability to play the game as it should be played, will compliment next year's group well." Coach John Conway mentioned when discussing his incoming players.
5-8 | Fr. | Infield
Apollo Beach, Fla.
Eat Bay High School/Team FLA 18U-Gold Travel Team
Cooper competed in four varsity season with East Bay HS. As a junior, the multiple-sport star began to register multiple accolades as she was named 2010 All-Western Conference and Second Team All-Hillsborough County. Her efforts on the field helped her high school squad to the 2010 Class 5A State Championship.
A team captain as a senior, Cooper was tabbed All-Western Conference for a second time. She also earned a Bright House All-Bay Area Second Team nod as well as being a Maxprep Second Team selectee. A Tampa Tribune Player of the Week, she finished the season as the district leader in home runs and RBI and one of the top seven hitters to watch in the county.
Conway's perspective, "Victoria can play nearly everywhere in the infield, especially the corners and catcher spot. She is a strong hitter with power to go deep. She has a great attitude and will have an opportunity to contribute right away."
5-8 | Jr. | Catcher
Genoa City, Wis.
Badger High School/Burlington County College/Lakeland Legion Travel Team
Gremo joins the Lions from Burlington County College where she was named a First Team Region 19 catcher during her freshman and sophomore campaigns. Gremo was also selected a team captain as a sophomore and was a 'Gold Glove' winner as a freshman.
Prior to her time at Burlington, Gremo played four seasons at Badger HS. At Badger, she was a two-time All-Lakeshore Conference Second Team selection and a two-time All-Lakeshore Conference First Team honoree. She earned back-to-back Lakeshore Conference Player-of-the-Year awards as an upperclassman, in addition to being a multiple time All-District, team MVP, and team captain selection.
Conway's perspective, "Rachelle is coming off a very successful two-year career at Burlington CC. She spent most of her time as a catcher, but can also play third base and outfield. She has a very strong arm, above average speed, and gap power. I can see her competing for an infield position, or collecting time at the catcher's spot."
5-5 | Fr. | Utility
Riverview High School/Tampa Heatwave Travel Team
Enjoying a successful four-year stint at Riverview HS, Holman began her career being named Most Improved Player as a freshman. During her sophomore campaign, she contributed to her team winning the Class 6A District Championship. Finally, her senior campaign saw Holman earn team captain honors as well as the 'Best Defensive Player' award. She finished-out her high school career with a .290 batting average and a .471 on-base percentage.
Conway's perspective, "Emily competes on a very competitive summer program. She can play anywhere on the field except pitcher. She has good speed, is a contact hitter, and possesses a strong arm. Emily will have the opportunity to play multiple positions throughout her career."