Thursday, June 9, 2016

Harper Softball Takes Interim Tag off Scott Plaza

PALATINE, Ill. – After meeting with Harper College Interim Head Softball Coach Scott Plaza, Director of Athletics and Fitness Doug Spiwak removed the interim tag from Plaza's title and officially made him the Head Coach last week.

Softball: Scott Plaza Head Coach 2016
After a season of coaching the Harper College softball team on an interim basis, Scott Plaza is now officially the Head Coach of the Hawks. (Tracy Timberlake)
"Scott was an instant success with the student-athletes. He and his assistant coach, Sean Stochl, created a positive learning environment that is consistent with the Athletics' Mission. I saw growth and development on the team. The team genuinely appeared to be enjoying their experience," Spiwak said. "Scott was able to take players with varying levels of experience and put together a cohesive team. The decision was Scott's as to whether he wanted to continue after his first year of coaching softball. He did not hesitate when the position was officially offered to him. I am looking forward to seeing what the team looks like next year as he has already signed some excellent players.

In Plaza's first year as softball coach, the Hawks saw substantial growth from their group of players. He also coached an All-Region and All-Conference player in Jordan Dallmann (Roselle, Ill. /Lake Park). Dallmann was named to the NJCAA Region IV Division III Softball First Team, and she was voted Second Team All-Conference for the North Central Community College Conference (N4C).

As Plaza gears up his second season and first full school year of coaching, he has already began to build a strong base for the program with the current group as well as several recruits who have signed their NJCAA National Letters of Intent.

Scott Plaza and Sean Stochl worked well together in their first seasons as softball coaches. (Tracy Timberlake)
"I'm excited to have my first season under my belt, and it was a great learning experience," Plaza said. I'm planning to take those experiences along with a great group of returners to keep moving forward and build the program for success. It will be a lot of fun to see the Harper softball program progress in the near future."

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