In the hot seat with Tim Downer

Tim Downer

Tim Downer

Chip Gregg, is entering his fifth year as Northern Kentucky University assistant softball coach. He specializes as the hitting coach and a recruiter and he is the guest for this week’s ‘Hot Seat.’

Tim: After a season like last year’s 55 wins and 2 losses, how do you top that?

Chip: Win a National Championship, that tops any win streak.

Tim: Who are the captain for this year?

Chip: Rachele Vogelpohl, Ricki Rothbauer and Becky Napier.

Tim: What are the hopes and aspirations for this year?

Chip: The hope would be that this team comes together, improves and we play our best late in the season. Our goal is to win every game we play.

Tim: How will you have your veterans of the team mesh with the freshman?

Chip: I don’t think you can force team chemistry, the veterans were freshmen once too.

Tim: Any newcomers the fans should watch out for?

Chip: Michelle Critchelow when she is able to play will have an immediate impact as a pitcher.

Shatona Campbell will be an exciting player to watch hit.

Cara Parker will make plenty of spectacular plays at third base.

Tim: With NKU’s recent success, will you change any of your routines for the year?

Chip: There is no pre-game dance that Emily, Megan, Cotty and Rachele used to do. Megan is a coach here, and Cotty and Rachele still play. I would like to see them do that again. It kept things loose before the game.

Tim: Did we pick up any home run hitters this year?

Chip: Shatona Campbell will hit some.

Tim: How does the pitching look for the year?

Chip: We have two pitchers, both are freshmen and one of them is out indefinitely. It will be a challenge and I’m sure the pitchers will respond in a positive way. Our freshman 1st baseman is pitching now until Michelle Critchelow is healthy enough to return. There will be some growing pains but the pitchers will step-up.

Tim: How did you do in your first road trip of the year? Were there any surprises?

Chip: We didn’t play well. One win and two losses; we will get better and hopefully get healthier. It was snowing in Alabama during our game. That was surprising.

Tim: What is the movie that was played the most on your recent road trip? Dirty Dancing?

Chip: Dirty dancing was played on the way to and back from every road trip for a few years. That tradition took a hit last week as we didn’t play it at all. There may be something to that.

Tim: Do you for see a return trip to the NCAA Regionals this year?

Chip: Yes, I feel we will continue to improve as a team and be in the NCAA Regional tournament.

Tim: What is your favorite buffet you belly up to?

Chip: Any all you can eat buffet is a good thing. I like Chinese the best.