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softballoldie1

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Interesting that 3 of the 4 captains appear to be majoring in Criminal Justice (the other captain is new to the program this year thus not likely a person involved in the drama).  The other senior on the team that is not a captain is also majoring in Criminal Justice.  One would think that criminal justice students would better understand what kind of actions could result in protective orders issued against them.  Let's hope these 3 seniors, all of whom aspire to be criminal justice officers or attorneys, will be good leaders of the team this year.  
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Interesting that 3 of the 4 captains appear to be majoring in Criminal Justice (the other captain is new to the program this year thus not likely a person involved in the drama).  The other senior on the team that is not a captain is also majoring in Criminal Justice.  One would think that criminal justice students would better understand what kind of actions could result in protective orders issued against them.  Let's hope these 3 seniors, all of whom aspire to be criminal justice officers or attorneys, will be good leaders of the team this year.  


And hopefully they understand that this type of action can affect them in a background check for police work.  They check everything.
barkbox

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Anyone close to the the athletic program knows the 2 SOs and it has been going on for more than a year. This coach favors bullying.   

slc1991

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Incredible that this situation goes on and on. The two girls involved are both sophomores. Frankly, they should’ve had assault charges filed on them along time ago for the situation. The “captain” started her attitude and antics as early as her official visit, shocking some players at the time. Both of the girls also have some questionable behavior from last summer, not relating to the restraining order incident. The coach has found an effective bully and will clearly support her. What kind of a coach, when a player has a protective order placed against them, actually names that kid a captain? And coach Wright does not allow her players to elect captains, she picks them. She knows what she’s doing. I suppose the Maryland administration is just waiting for everything to implode before they even attempt to get the program under control.
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The sophomore captain got a restraining order along with another sophomore. She must be a real tough cookie to be named captain as a sophomore. The other players are probably afraid of her.
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The two sophomores that have a PO against them is Bridgette Nordberg and Anna Kufta.  Coming into their freshman year Bridgette had a video that went viral of her beating another girl up.  The head coach and the athletic administration have seen this video.  They did nothing about it.  This is just one of many examples of the culture that Coach Wright decided to bring in to her already diseased program.  When it comes to the PO against Bridgette she verbally attacked another athlete at UMD.  She has stared and pretended to come at another female athlete in an enclosed study hall area.  Bridgettes teammates and 3 of the other captains that were named were in the room and at all of the instances that these altercations occurred. Another situation Bridgette and Anna kufta saw on a snap story of a bunch of people at the same female athlete’s apartment and did not want them to be there.  Bridgette then proceeded to creepily find this girls apartment and tried to get into the apartment because she wanted to “beat her up”. Thankfully, everyone was out of the apartment by the time these girls arrived.  The athlete told their head coach and that coach tried to talk to Coach Wright which even with bridgettes past decided to DO NOTHING.  Anna Kufta was UNDERAGE in a bar at umd.  She then decided to physically throw a drink that was still full of alcohol at a fellow female athlete on another sport.  There was no other altercation that night other than kufta running away out of the bar, again the other captains witnessed this behavior along with the rest of the girls.  NOTHING happened.  Lastly, at an athletic award banquet for all sports Kufta was seen by many sports lunging at another student athlete Kufta was screaming at this athlete calling her a “hoe” and having to be held back by Bridgette.  Yet again, her entire team was there and nothing was done to handle this behavior that was not acceptable.  They have done this with other girls that are no longer on their teams.  They have a habit of underage drinking and throwing drinks on people and starting fights with other student athletes.  Coach Wright knows everything about these situations.  She has been quoted in the past saying to her team that she likes Bridgettes “tenacity” so she likes the fact that she bullies other girls??? Anna Kufta being named a captain is the biggest joke of them all.  After everything that she has done and is documented doing she is still rewarded with being a captain? Coach is fueling this behavior and is ruining whatever name was left of Maryland Softball.  She is forming a culture of bullying not just within the team but with other student athletes.  Not only does Coach Wright need to be gone, But the Athletic department at the University of Maryland needs to review the type of girls they are allowing to be a part of their department and be named captains.  Captains are supposed to be the best example for the team…. Bullying girls is the best example for the team?  Maryland’s administration needs to be investigated.  Softball is just a starting point for the awful behavior from Maryland Athletics.

slc1991

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The same two girls sublet an apartment last summer from former teammates. The did over $1000 in damages to the apartment and were stupid enough to post it on social media. I am told the coach was notified of this as well, but not sure. Sounds like there is a much MUCH bigger problem there than ever imagined.
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And the pile just keeps getting bigger. How long can this mess possibly go on?? And tell me how exactly can JW spin this to be the fault of the girls that were run off by the coach and her bullies, I mean “Captains!” There is no positive spin for this one. The truth is out there and sadly, has been meticulously laid out for the AD to see.....documented violations, bullying, stalking, harassment, assault, audio recordings, written statements from former/current players, statements taken from former trainers, social media posts, and now add a couple of PO’s to the mix.....it’s a complete cluster that has this dumpster fire burning out of control! UMD Athletic Department had better open their eyes and pay attention to what’s happening in the world of college sports. Gonna be hard to play the “we had no idea” card!!!
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Bullies like other bullies I assume. These kids need a swift kick or two but won't get it at MD. It is extremely hard to believe that with all the successful programs at MD they'd put up with this craziness from a bum program
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This was posted by Terpwatcher on 1/3:

With no fanfare, the Maryland schedule was posted today. I have done my analysis and here is what I project for this Maryland season:

 Weekend 1-   2-3

Weekend 2-   1-3

Weekend 3    1-4

Weekend 4    2-3

Weekend 5    3-2

Weekend 6    2-3

Weekday DH  1-1

 

Big 10 results 6-17 

Final Record 18-36

 I believe this to be a generous assessment of the upcoming 2018 season.

Weekend 1 is in and they missed the Watcher's estimate by one win. Now they are down to 17.
PBLC20

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Ok, leaving aside the drama for a minute, why would a team ever pinch-hit for its #4 hitter, barring injury or illness?  Can you imagine an MLB team pinch-hitting for Stanton, Votto or the like?
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Yes. It's the first weekend of the season and non-conference play. Plus you are not number 4 after the first pass through the line up.

PS When did they make this schedule for the first two weeks? Too many ranked teams and an expensive trip to Cali.


If you are not number 4 after the first pass through the line up then why not put your worst hitter here?
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I looked at the Maryland softball stats for this weekend and have some thoughts. If you take away Skylynne Ellazar (Watten’s recruit) out of the stats, the team batting average (Wright’s recruits) is .180. I heard that Victoria Hayward, the hitting coach, and Wright had some difficult discussions about the performances at the plate. Pinch hitting for the cleanup hitter is pretty interesting.  Kudos to the pitchers who did a decent job, but Graves, the hard thrower, is not being developed. The Junior Sami Main, who did so well in the Fall, has been kicked to the curb. The two “Disturbers of the Peace” did practically nothing this weekend. Maybe they need to bully the other teams' players now. The transfer who didn’t play at Towson, apparently is a favorite of the boss. Going from 1B to SS over the weekend. The pitching could keep them in games but poor defense and horrible hitting will make it tough on them against good teams, other than the  middle of the road -Middle Tennessee State. I see that the wonderful team bonding/waste of money ,spring training trip to Florida for 11 days is really paying off in Camp Wright.
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Had she developed Watten's recruits for this season the Terps would have more Ellazar's.
Auburn will be more of the same. 
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You guys are bullies yourselves.


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She blew the chance of developing Graves and Main when she refused to play them in May when the season was basically over. Now she has basically replaced them with the 2 new pitchers. It's going to be another long season. Well at least Sky (their best player by far) will get a chance to play a tourney in her hometown (Hawaii) for her final season!
TruDat

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Sky is a great player. The schedule this year, beginning with the soiree in Florida in early January, is so aggressive with only one player the caliber of Sky. Going to Hawaii and playing Tennessee twice? I am not saying don't play above your pay grade, but loading up your team with a bunch of losses when you don't have the goods to compete is what got Watten the boot. This is where judgement comes into play. You have to know who you are recruiting and what they have to offer you in the way of competing. It's easier at the Mid Major level where the range of talent is wide and you don't have to be so precise. The eye of the recruiter and the eye of the other teams' talent have to be in sync.  You must know what you have and who you are. This small time approach doesn't cut it at the higher level that Maryland is in, and they are far away from being a force in the Big 10 or elsewhere. Then, throw in all kinds of drama and you have a real mess.
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I've been saying the same thing for the past 3 years. They play in all these early season tournaments to start the year and all it does is put the team in a huge hole to start the season. They always have like 20 or more losses before they even start their Big ten schedule, it's ridiculous. I can only imagine what this does to the freshmen. It completely kills their confidence.

Maybe another horrible season will finally force Julie Wright to leave the team. She cannot put the blame on Watten or her players anymore. She basically ran all of them off of the team. But the funny thing is that her best player on the team by far is Sky (a Watten recruit) and I bet that drives her crazy, hahaha!

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I'm happy that I found this thread. I had no idea that all of this bullying stuff was going on with this team. It's crazy that the Testudo times, the left bench or especially the diamondback hasn't reported anything about this. You have athletes on this campus filing protective orders against other athletes and nobody is talking about it, WTF. This whole athletic department is a mess!
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Regarding my post about pinch-hitting for the 4 hitter, obviously the 4 hitter isn't necessarily the 4 hitter after one time through the lineup, but that's not the point.  The point is why in the world would you have somebody batting fourth who will ever be replaced by a pinch hitter?  I don't care what time of the year it is.  

Again, when is the last time an MLB team decided to pinch-hit for anyone batting in the top four of its order?  And if so, then why in the world are they in the top four?  This type of utter nonsense happens only in softball.
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It may have been disciplinary, whether it be major or just a minor realignment in reaction to a disappointingly poor at-bat process earlier in the game

I saw it this weekend. On a very good team.
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Softball coaches do that kind of stuff fairly regularly.  You're right, it doesn't happen in baseball all that much, even at lower levels.  Look at the Lunceford PH AB - why would you necessarily think about PHing for your lead-off All-American?
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Regarding my post about pinch-hitting for the 4 hitter, obviously the 4 hitter isn't necessarily the 4 hitter after one time through the lineup, but that's not the point.  The point is why in the world would you have somebody batting fourth who will ever be replaced by a pinch hitter?  I don't care what time of the year it is.  

Again, when is the last time an MLB team decided to pinch-hit for anyone batting in the top four of its order?  And if so, then why in the world are they in the top four?  This type of utter nonsense happens only in softball.


Agreed. This is pretty simple. If you have a hitter on the bench that gives you a better chance than your clean up hitter -

1. Your clean up hitter should not be hitting clean up.

2. The pinch hitter should have never have been on the bench.

3. Or both.

It’s not a huge deal ......except it shows the coach that does that is incompetent.
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The explanation that it's early in the season is a valid one, though.  Coaches are often looking to get many different players into games early on to see how they handle situations and who rises to the top.  It's not expected that coaches are simply using their top 9 hitters for every AB starting Game 1.
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Here is what I don’t understand. Wright has been very vocal that she just has to run off all of Wattens players and things will improve. The problem is that Deifel and staff went 27-27 with Wattens players. Wright has gone 24-83 since. Maybe she should have invested a little more time and energy in developing Wattens players instead chasing them all away.
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A good leader can take another coach's players and work with them, with some exceptions. Deifel actually turned that team around. Then she leaves and the storm hits. The MD team has a few decent players and will win about 15- 16 games. If that is acceptable then there is nothing for people to talk about.
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It's her ego. In her warped mind she thinks all of Wattens players were bad and everybody she has brought in has been good. It has been the complete opposite. Sky has been her best offensive player and Madison and Hannah have been her best pitchers and she had ZERO to do with them being here!
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Here is what I don’t understand. Wright has been very vocal that she just has to run off all of Wattens players and things will improve. The problem is that Deifel and staff went 27-27 with Wattens players. Wright has gone 24-83 since. Maybe she should have invested a little more time and energy in developing Wattens players instead chasing them all away.


Good observation Nextyear! In fact for 2017 absolutely no change in the pitcher count (minus Schmeiser adding Main) as she only lost two players that year to graduation.  Good Coaching skills and working players offensively was a LOST Opportunity.
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I'm happy that I found this thread. I had no idea that all of this bullying stuff was going on with this team. It's crazy that the Testudo times, the left bench or especially the diamondback hasn't reported anything about this. You have athletes on this campus filing protective orders against other athletes and nobody is talking about it, WTF. This whole athletic department is a mess!


You should read the threads from last season's mess - under College Softball.[rolleyes][rolleyes][biggrin][eek][eek]
aarong3000

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I saw some of it last night. I cannot believe that so many people in the athletic department are covering up and protecting a coach with such a horrible win-loss record. Hopefully this will be the final season of her reign of terror!
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