It is always bittersweet when a favorite player retires. I am very happy for Chicago Bandits pitcher Lacey Waldrop as she continues her coaching career with Duke University, but I am going to miss her around Rosemont.
Born in Virginia, Lacey was a star pitcher at Florida State University. She was selected 3rd overall by the Bandits in the 2015 NPF draft. She was a key part in winning 2015 and '16 NPF championships and she was a popular player in Rosemont and throughout the league.
I have had the pleasure of knowing and covering Lacey during her 4 seasons in Chicago. She was always fun and friendly off the field and a fierce competitor on field. She had deep faith and credited that for her ability to balance softball competition with other parts of life.
Lacey impressed me right from the start. She was always a good interview. I also am proud to own a jersey of hers, which hangs in my place.
Life goes on though and Lacey has been planning for her post-playing career. She has been the assistant softball coach at DUke and I think she is going to eventually make a great head coach.
I want to thank Lacey for her time, consideration and friendship during her time here. She is a class act and a true professional.I wish her well at Duke and beyond and I hope our paths cross again somewhere. I'll be following her career and rooting for #13.
You can check my first interview with her at On the Beat With Lacey Waldrop. The rest of my interviews with Lacey are also there, as well as all of my other interviews. Also, go to ChicagoBandits.com for more info on the team.
Lacey Waldrop and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2018.