Samantha Findlay

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Samantha Findlay
Samantha Findlay at White House in 2005.jpg
Findlay at the White House in 2005.
Biographical details
Born (1986-02-22) February 22, 1986 (age 34)
Lockport, Illinois
Playing career
2005–2008Michigan
2008–2010Chicago Bandits
2011USSSA Pride
Position(s)First base, second base
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2008–2009DePaul (volunteer asst.)
2012–2013DePaul (asst.)
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
2011DePaul (director of operations)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Awards

Samantha Jo Findlay (born February 22, 1986) is an American softball coach and former softball player. She is currently an assistant coach with the DePaul Blue Demons softball team. She previously played professional softball in the National Pro Fastpitch league (NPF) for the Chicago Bandits (2008-2010) and USSSA Pride (2011).

Findlay also played college softball for the Michigan Wolverines softball team from 2005 to 2008. She was selected as the Most Valuable Player in the 2005 Women's College World Series after hitting a three-run home run in the 10th inning of the championship game against UCLA. She was also selected as a first-team All-American at second base in 2007 and holds University of Michigan records for home runs in a career (62), RBIs in a career (219), career slugging percentage (.677), and RBIs in a season (77).

Early years[edit]

Findlay was born in 1986 in Lockport, Illinois, 30 miles southwest of Chicago. She attended Lockport Township High School where she was an all-state softball player. She graduated in 2004.[1]

University of Michigan[edit]

Findlay (third row, fifth from left) visits the White House with the Michigan softball team in July 2005, nearly a month after Michigan won the 2005 Women's College World Series.

Findlay enrolled at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2004. As a freshman in 2005, she hit .361, broke Michigan's single-season record with 77 RBIs, and tied the single-season record with 21 home runs.[2][3] On June 8, 2005, she drove in all four of Michigan's runs, including a three-run homer, in the 4-1 win over UCLA in the championship game of the 2005 Women's College World Series and won the Most Outstanding Player award of the tournament.[4][3][2] The Big Ten Conference named Findlay as the softball Freshman of the Year.[5]

At the end of the 2005 season, Findlay played for Team USA in the 2005 Intercontinental Cup in Spain.[3]

As a sophomore in 2006 and junior in 2007, Findlay started every game at first base for Michigan.[3][6]

As a senior in 2008, Findlay moved from first to second base.[7] She led the team with a .382 batting average and tied her own Michigan single-season records with 21 home runs, three grand slams and 69 RBIs. At the end of the 2008 season, she was selected as a first-team All-American at second base.[3][8] She was also selected as the Most Outstanding Player on the 2008 Michigan softball team.[3]

Findlay was also selected as first-team NFCA All-Great Lakes Region player in 2005 (first base), 2007 (first base), and 2008 (second base).[3]

In four years playing for the Michigan softball team, Findlay played in 251 games for Michigan, all of them as a starter. She compiled a career batting average of .348. She holds Michigan career records with 62 home runs, 219 RBIs, and a .677 slugging percentage. She also holds Michigan's single-season record with 77 RBIs.[3] She previously held the career record with 157 walks, but that record was bested by Dorian Shaw in 2011. She also previously held Michigan's single-season record with 21 home runs, but that record was broken in 2013 by Sierra Romero.[3]

Professional playing career[edit]

From 2008 to 2010, Findlay played professional softball as a first baseman for the Chicago Bandits in National Pro Fastpitch, including the Bandits' 2008 Cowles Cup championship season. In three seasons with the Bandits, she had 31 home runs and 73 RBIs.[3] She also played one season for the USSSA Pride. In February 2012, she announced her retirement from professional softball.[9][10]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2008, Findlay joined the coaching staff of the DePaul Blue Demons softball team as a volunteer coach. In August 2010, she was hired as DePaul's Director of Softball Operations. She was named as an assistant coach at DePaul in September 2011 and was on staff for the 2012 and 2013 seasons.[11][12][13]

Personal life[edit]

Findlay resides in Lockport, IL has two children, Logan and Annabelle.[14] After leaving DePaul, Findlay became a human resources assistant with a construction company in Chicago.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sakamoto, Bob (April 28, 2003). "Findlay gives Lockport a lift". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Windsor, Shawn (May 15, 2008). "U-M softball star Samantha Findlay has fun, relaxes in senior season". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on May 20, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "2013 University of Michigan Softball Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. 2013. p. 11.
  4. ^ Sipple, George (June 9, 2005). "EXTRA SPECIAL: Findlay's 3-run homer in 10th wins U-M its first NCAA softball title". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on June 11, 2005. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Buckheit, Mary (July 12, 2005). "A hitter's revenge for Findlay". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2005.
  6. ^ Vandevusee, David (April 2, 2006). "Slugger Findlay bounces back". The Michigan Daily.
  7. ^ Lincoln, Ruth (March 26, 2008). "Findlay flourishes in new spot". The Michigan Daily. Archived from the original on April 3, 2008.
  8. ^ Hays, Graham (May 15, 2008). "From freshman phenoms to senior standouts, Findlay and Selden share bond". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008.
  9. ^ "Samantha Findlay Announces Retirement". USSA Pride. February 8, 2012.
  10. ^ Patricia Babcock McGraw (June 28, 2008). "Bandits rookie Findlay making big first impression". Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL).
  11. ^ "Samantha Findlay". DePaul University. 2012.
  12. ^ "Findlay, Tarulli-Fisher Boost DePaul Softball Staff Findlay Named Assistant Coach; Tarulli-Fisher Director of Softball Operations". DePaul University. September 6, 2011.
  13. ^ http://www.depaulbluedemons.com/sports/w-softbl/archive/softbl-roster-13.html
  14. ^ a b "Where Are They Now: Michigan's 2005 NCAA Champions". Michigan Wolverines. June 8, 2015. Retrieved May 4, 2018.