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05.6.10 - Megan Willis traded to USSSA PRIDE (FL)

USSSA Florida Pride Makes Preseason Move

The Florida team trades Pitcher Monica Abbott and Catcher Shannon Doepking

Megan Willis Profile

Kissimmee, Fla. – In a stunning pre-season move, the USSSA Florida Pride announced today that they have traded veteran pitcher Monica Abbott to the Tennessee Diamonds in exchange for Diamonds’ pitcher Cat Osterman. Also being traded is Pride catcher Shannon Doepking, with Tennessee’s Megan Willis joining the Pride roster in her place.

This trade comes off the heels of another impressive signing to the Pride roster, with Team USA member and former Olympian Andrea Duran joining a team already brimming with talent.

The pitching and catching duo of Cat Osterman and Megan Willis have been playing together since their time at the University of Texas where the two not only garnered national attention on an individual level but also for the bond they formed that seemed to be able to take down any opponent. The former Longhorns once again joined forces in 2009 when the two started for the NPF’s Rockford Thunder, leading their team to the League Championship and ultimately the League title.

On an individual level, both Osterman and Willis have both accumulated impressive stats.  Osterman, prior to winning the NPF’s Most Valuable Player for the 2009 season, was a two-time Pan American Gold Medalist, two-time World Cup Champion, and 2006 World Champion. She is also a two-time Olympic medalist, having earned gold at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece, and silver in 2008 in Beijing, China.

Osterman and Willis’s move to the Pride is simply a continuation of two already impressive careers that, together, have made an impact on the softball field.

National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The League, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL).

 

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04.20.10 - Diamond Sports Signs Tennessee Diamonds Catcher Megan Willis to 3-Year Professional Contract

Megan Willis, #23 TN Diamonds
 

April 20, 2010, Cypress, CA – Megan Willis signed a 3-year professional athlete contract with Diamond Sports on March 22, 2010 that extends through 2012.  Willis will be playing for the National Pro Fastpitch Tennessee Diamonds this summer in Knoxville, TN. 

This will be Willis’ third year in the NPF.   She was the starting catcher for the 2009 NPF Champions Rockford Thunder last season as well as the Chicago Bandits in 2007.  Willis will be the starting catcher for the Tennessee Diamonds this season handling her fellow University of Texas and Rockford Thunder teammate Cat Osterman behind the plate.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Diamond family. They are very passionate about their products and are constantly looking for ways to make the best product out there,” said Willis about her new relationship. “Being involved with the NPF, college softball and youth softball, I feel that Diamond and I can make a major impact on the youth girls out there playing.  Our commitment will be to push fastpitch softball to even further heights.”

During her University of Texas playing career, Willis was a four-year starter behind the plate and twice earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year accolades (2006-07). She led the Horns to a Big 12 Conference title in 2006 and a Big 12 Tournament championship in 2005.  Willis is a strong-armed catcher, posting school records for fielding percentage (.994), putouts (2028) and gunned down 59 would-be base stealers in her career. Willis graduated from Texas in 2007 with a degree in corporate communications.

In Willis’ off-season time, she is currently a volunteer assistant for the University of Texas.  Willis works with Texas' team defense and specifically as a mentor to the Longhorn’s catchers.

“Megan Willis is now the face of Diamond Sports Fastpitch.  She represents all the on-field tools that we as a company strive for; power, strength, agility, balance, leader and teammate,” Chris Coffing, Sr. VP of Diamond Sports said about Willis.  “Her accomplishments speak volumes about her and her drive to be the best catcher on the field is why we are very pleased to have her on our Diamond team.”

Megan Willis

The first regular season NPF game is June 9th vs. the Akron Racers, 7:30 PM at AHS Softball Complex. 

 Diamond Sports is a leading sports manufacturer specializing in baseball, softball and football products.  Diamond strives to promote the advancement of competitive sports on all levels by delivering high-end quality products with unbeatable customer service.  Diamond Sports is located on the World Wide Web at www.diamond-sports.com.          

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Megan Willis, #23 TN Diamonds

 

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