By Keila McCabe ’20
Brittany Moeai joined the softball program as head coach this past January. The team also got a new assistant coach, Marissa Schwartz. Both coaches stepped in when Katie Griffith, the previous coach, left the Upper School. Both coaches have stated their excitement for the upcoming season.
Both Moeai and Schwartz grew up in California and attended UCLA to play softball. They also played from a young age and were catchers. Neither have previously coached nor imagined themselves coaching, but they have both said they have enjoyed the team so far.
Although neither have coached before, Moeai spoke about her development so far in her coaching style.
“Everyone’s different, so I am adaptable. I love and embrace change. I want to get better personally, and I want my kids to get better. I will adapt and do whatever in order for my girls to get better. That’s the main goal, for my kids to enjoy their experience,” Moeai said.
Griffith left the school to play in an affiliate baseball league in St. Louis. Although Griffith hadn’t played baseball much before, she played in a summer program and quickly got recruited.
Moeai heard about the coaching job from Griffith. Griffith and Moeai taught lessons to players in the past years, and Griffith thought of Moeai as an assistant coach while she was head coach. Once Moeai got the head coach job, she asked Schwartz to be her assistant coach.
Moeai and Schwartz have said they are excited to be coaching and even more so excited to be coaching together. Schwartz spoke about her expectations for the team.
“One thing that I’ve learned from UCLA softball is that you can’t control the uncontrollable. You can’t control the weather or the umpire or the other team, but the two things that you can control is your effort and your attitude. So I expect the girls to just remember why they love the game and give 100% of what they have with a positive attitude”, Schwartz said.
Second baseman Kat Swander ‘19 spoke about the new coach’s plans and team goals.
“They have laid out a plan to join the team together not only through camaraderie, but the desire and urge to win and succeed. They are directing our frustrations and defeats in a way to generate motivation and team bonding. A goal of the season is for all of us to become successful in our individual skills, so that by the end, we are working as a cohesive, attuned and confident team,” Swander said.