A few weeks ago, I attended the Rambler Rumble at the Dome in Rosemont. It was an opportunity to meet Alicia Abbott, the new head coach of the Loyola Ramblers softball team.
The native of New Lenox started her collegiate playing career at UIC, where she was named Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 2008. She transferred to North Carolina State, where she hit .283 in her two years with the Wolfpack.
Coach Abbott started her coaching career as an assistant at NC State in 2012. She also coached at Newberry College (South Carolina, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Northern Illinois University, prior to arriving at Loyola. In her five seasons at NIU, Alicia led the Huskies to 147 wins.
The Ramblers were 25-25 last season. They have hovered around the .500 mark the last few seasons, after several less successful seasons. Coach Abbott looks establish a winning culture by bringing Loyola to the next level.
The Ramblers have three seniors, five juniors, five sophomores and four freshman players. It's a nice mix of players.
Over the weekend, in the Rambler Rumbler, the Ramblers went 3-2. Sophomore pitcher Sydney Ruggles went 2-0, while senior outfielder Jessica Shields led the way offensively with 10 hits, for a .556 average.
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Alicia Abbott and me in Rosemont, IL-February 2020.