Alysia Hamilton tried to leave softball behind.
After taking Oklahoma State to the Women’s College World Series and being named an All-American in 2011, the softball star moved on to a new career. She began a career as a pharmaceuticals salesperson while offering private softball lessons on the side.
But that didn’t last long. After about a year, she knew she could never escape the sport that she had spent her entire life playing, from her high school days at Moore to her college days in Stillwater. So Hamilton found her way back to the field, working with traveling teams and continuing to give lessons.
This summer, she took the next step.
“I realized that softball has always been my whole life and this is where I belong,” she said. “I saw the job at Norman North was open, and I live in Moore, so I thought I’d give it a shot.”
One shot was all Hamilton, a prolific hitter in her time at OSU, has ever needed. She was hired at North and has hit the ground running in her first head-coaching job.
“It’s been exciting,” she said. “I knew I liked working with this age group because you can make a huge impact. You teach them the fundamentals, teach them to give it the passion that softball deserves. It’s extremely fun and exciting to be a part of that.”
North Athletic Coordinator Eddie Paul said Hamilton is a good fit at North and is excited to watch her take over the program.
In her first month on the job, Hamilton has brought the team in for scrimmages and voluntary workouts, which have been well-attended. Rather than look ahead toward wins and losses, Hamilton is focused on teaching her team the fundamentals of the game.
“I want to teach them to do the small things right and have a passion for the game,” she said. “You can’t control a lot when it comes to softball, so we just want to control what we can control. That means having good at-bats and being mentally prepared. Once those things happen, the winning and all of that starts to fall into place.”
Alysia Hamilton tried to leave softball behind.
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