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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Where Are They Now: Stacy Birk

Who is she? Stacy Birk, a former pitcher for the Illinois State Redbirds and Philadelphia Force of the NPF.

Birk taking batting practice as a member of the Force.
What is she known for? Birk was twice a member of the all-Missouri Valley first team. She earned all-region second-team honors in 2006 and was a three-time academic award winner throughout her career. She was the MVC's Rookie of the Year in 2004. Birk enjoyed a multi-year career in the NPF with the Force, after signing as an undrafted free agent.

Here's something interesting... Stacy says, "Most pitchers can agree with me, that after so much repetition with pitching, your throwing arm becomes ridiculously larger than your other... I would always joke that my right arm was SO big, it deserved its own Facebook page so my friends could "tag" it in photos... so I did create a Facebook page and a Twitter account for my right arm!"

Quotable quote [on what she misses most from her playing days]: "I miss the challenges each day. I miss being part of a team with a shared passion for the game and a common goal to win! As a pitcher, I loved commanding the game and the opportunity to challenge each hitter that stepped up to the plate. As a hitter, I just loved beating the pitcher and crushing the ball.

What's she up to now? After spending four of the last five years as a college coach, following her retirement from her playing days, Stacy now works as a graphic designer in the Knowledge Management Office at Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona. Through her position, she works to support military intelligence soldiers. "Unable to leave softball", as she puts it, she also volunteers with the AZ Panic travel ball organization. 

Contact information: A self-described social media lover, Stacy can be found on virtually every social media site out there. Linked here are just her personal accounts on Facebook; Twitter; Instagram; and Pinterest.

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