An article on gatorsports.com broke the news on Friday that Florida Gators softball slugger Brittany Schutte will not return to the Gators’ team next season.
Schutte will be foregoing her senior season to take a coaching position at
, a PreK5 – 12th grade institution. It was unclear how her new position would affect her last year of collegiate studies, although the article & a release on the Oak Hall website both mentioned that Schutte will be “shifting interests in her academic career with hopes of becoming an educator.” Oak Hall School
Hard-hitting and versatile defensively, Schutte was one of the main factors that helped
reach the WCWS finals in 2011. She was an all-tournament selection, and ended the season with a .326/22/69 stat line. Florida
Her 2012 season was shortened by a jaw injury suffered in March. She had three homers and twenty-three RBIs in twenty-one games before her injury. Schutte returned to the field for the NCAA regional in
, where the Gators were eventually defeated on their home field by the Bulls of South Florida. Gainesville
A commenter on the gatorsports.com article made a good point. A gentleman named Max Bouknecht posted a comment on the article, saying “”Given the mystery surrounding the dismissal of two starters at the start of the play-offs last season, this departure is even more mysterious.”
Although it was actually three starters that were mysteriously dismissed (see that article here), Mr. Bouknecht makes an excellent point. This is the fourth Gator starter that has left the team, for one reason or another, in the last three months.