Following a stellar four-year playing career for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Laura Winter has already accepted her first coaching position. In an announcement today, Winter was named the new pitching coach for the Fordham Rams.
Winter's career as a player has been well-documented and she joins an already star-studded list of 2014 grads that have joined the coaching ranks fresh out of school. Winter was a member of the all-conference first team in each of her four seasons, leading the Big East for her first three seasons and the ACC in her fourth and final, after the Irish changed conferences. Winter also was a four-time all-conference selection, taking home second-team nods in her freshman & sophomore seasons and first-team selections in her final two seasons. A two-time pitcher of the year, she was honored as the conference Player of the Year following her junior season.
Statistically, Winter was one of the finest pitchers in the country and certainly in Notre Dame history. A 112-34 lifetime record and an ERA of 2.12 are quite impressive in their own right, but her strikeout/walk ratio of more than 8/1, as the school's release notes, could be her most impressive statistic.
Winter was drafted 7th overall in the 2014 National Pro Fastpitch draft, selected by the Akron Racers. She had to forgo her rookie season due to a surgery following the collegiate season, and looks to make her pro debut in 2015. (Under NPF rules, the Racers will still hold exclusive rights to her.)