Q&A With Head Coach Ford

Nov. 13, 2012

Q&A With Head Coach Ford

Head coach Trisha Ford sat down with GoBulldogs.com to talk about what she has been up to since becoming the new softball coach.

FRESNO, Calif. - In June 2012, Fresno State Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh announced the hiring of Trisha Ford as the new Bulldog softball head coach. In the last five months, Ford has hit the ground running by moving her family to the Valley, recruiting and most importantly getting to know the Bulldogs in preparation for the 2013 season.

Ford spent a few minutes with GoBulldogs.com to talk about what she has been up to since becoming the `Dogs new head softball coach.

GoBulldogs.com: What has life been like since becoming a Bulldog?

Trisha Ford: It has been great, but very busy. We have been on the run it seems since I got here. The players have been working extremely hard both on the field, in the weight room and classroom.

GB: What was the first thing that you did as the new head softball coach?

TF: RECRUIT! Recruiting is the lifeline to your program. It is vital for you to get out there and be seen. For the first two months, I do not think I was in the office for more than two days in a row. The recruiting has continued throughout the fall. We have a few more opportunities to go evaluate before the holidays and expect that all of our hard work will start to show.

GB: How were individual and fall workouts?

TF: We just finished up what we call our non-traditional season. The players have been putting in a lot of time and effort. We played three games, two in October and one this past Friday, Nov. 2. Each outing was very informative to both the players and the coaches as to where we are today and the work that still needs to be done. Starting this week, we are back to our eight hour group work. It is time for us to address some of our player's individual needs and push them to the next level.

GB: How does the team look with only a few more months until the 2013 season?

TF: The team is still progressing, which is the exciting part. There are a lot of good things going on, but also there is still a lot of room for improvement. We are extremely young, however we do have some key returners in pivotal positions that will provide some much needed leadership. I am excited to see how this team progresses throughout the season.

GB: After fall practices, what becomes the priority for the team the rest of the semester and into the 2013?

TF: To build upon the foundation that has been laid. It is crucial that over these next few weeks we get better and that they continue the same level of commitment to their game over the holiday break. When we come back in January it is vital that we start right where we left off.

GB: What are most excited about for the upcoming season?

TF: I am excited to see our players compete, learn and get better. The beauty of being a young team is that you are going to take some bumps during the season, but how they respond, prepare and overcome them is the best part of the journey. It is a long season and the teams that can stay together as a unit, continue to grow and get better are the ones that are left at the end of the year. It is our goal to be one of those teams.

The Bulldogs begin the 2013 season by hosting the Fresno State Kickoff Tournament Feb. 8-10 at Bulldog Diamond.