Yesterday, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tatum Edwards, new Concordia Head Softball Coach for GlobalWomensSportsRadio.com. I have interviewed Tatum several times as a player and assistant coach, but this was my first time talking to her as a Head Coach.
Tatum was a star player at the University of Nebraska. She was a dual threat on the mound and at the plate. As a pitcher, Tatum was 70-28, with a 2.02 ERA and 551 strikeouts in 623.1 innings. With a bat, she hit .292 with 46 home runs, 158 RBIs and a .556 slugging percentage.
After college, she played professionally with the National Pro Fastpitch Pennsylvania Rebellion and the Chicago Bandits. She was a key player in back-to-back NPF championships for the Bandits. She was also very popular with Bandit Nation, with fans loving her personality and her walking handstands.
Tatum started her coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She then moved on to Purdue as an assistant. That was followed by a three year stint as the top assistant at Omaha-Nebraska. Late last year, she became Concordia University Head Softball Coach.
I first saw Tatum during her time with the Rebellion, but I didn't get to know her or interview her until she (along with twin sister Taylor) joined the Bandits. Tatum and Taylor quickly became two of my favorites.
I followed both of their careers after they left the Bandits. While Tatum went into coaching, Taylor stayed on the playing field and is currently playing in the Athletes Unlimited Softball League. Along the way, I also started following younger sister Tristen, then a player at Nebraska and now one of Tatum's assistants at Concordia.
In our interview, Coach Edwards talked about her transition to coaching, the pressure of taking over a successful program, her thoughts on Athletes Unlimited, playing with twin sister Taylor, coaching with younger sister Tristen and much more. of course, Coach Edwards also gave a scouting report on her team.
I appreciate Coach Edwards taking time from her busy early season schedule to talk. I appreciate all she did during her time with the Bandits and since. I have no doubt she will be a very successful coach.
I will be following the Concordia Bulldogs and plan on talking to Coach Edwards again later in the season. Go Bulldogs!
This interview is at On the Beat With Tatum Edwards Concordia Softball Coach. Go to Concordia Softball for more info on the Bulldogs.