Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Where Are They Now: Clare Burnum

Who is she? Claer Burnum, a former all-conference third baseman for the Oregon State Beavers and in the National Pro Fastpitch league.

What is she known for? Burnum spent three years at OSU, earning all-Pac-10 honors in each of her three seasons in Corvallis. She led the Beavers to the Regional round three years in a row and graduated as the program's all-time leader and record holder in doubles. She went on to play for the Texas Thunder, Philadelphia Force, and Akron Racers for a combined seven seasons.

Here's something interesting... Prior to her current profession, Clare spent ten years in the coaching business, including stints at the collegiate; high school; and travel ball levels. She calls coaching a “real passion”.

Quotable quotes: 

"The opportunity to keep playing softball was crucial in becoming who I am today. I don’t know who I would be if I went into the real world without softball in my life at 23, right after college. My time at Oregon State was also amazing. I had so much fun in college, and playing in the PAC-10 against the now-legends of the game. Softball actually gave me the skills to be a contributing member of society."

"I still have a hard time with the eligible recruiting age now. I think it’s too early in a career for players to be committed to a college in 8th grade. I know it’s competitive for coaches to get the best players early, but with the talent being all over the country now and not just coming out of CA, AZ, TX, there is a huge amount of players to recruit."

What's she up to now? Clare currently works as a police officer for the Milwaukie Police, her jurisdiction bordering Portland, Oregon. She says becoming a police officer is a long-standing plan and dream and it’s now her reality. Now Mrs. Clare Davis after her marriage to Matt, a firefighter in the same vicinity as Clare serves, they’re expecting their first child in a matter of weeks.

Keep up: Clare shares her thoughts on various parts of the game on her Twitter feed, @clare2cb.

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