Softball Countdown: Tor Hawley

Jan. 30, 2013

Softball Countdown: Tor Hawley

In our countdown to the start of the 2013 softball season, we will feature all 24 Hawkeyes.

Tor Hawley is a sophomore from Eldridge, Iowa. The infielder wears No. 13 for the Hawkeyes. Hawley appeared in 19 games with 10 starts in 2012. The former North Scott Senior High School standout made nine starts as the designated player and one in right field. Her first career hit as a Hawkeye came in the form of a pinch-hit, two-run triple in Iowa’s 4-3 victory over Wisconsin on March 24.

Iowa opens the season Feb. 8 in Houston, Texas. The Hawkeyes face Lipscomb and Texas State at the Hilton Houston Plaza Classic.

What is it like working with coach Looper and the coaching staff?
“The coaching staff is extremely knowledgeable and it is really refreshing to know that they’re imparting their knowledge and love for the game upon us every single day. They also let us help ourselves a lot, which is so important because in a game situation, we have to coach ourselves in order to get the job done; so they let us work through our own problems too.”

What was the key factor in your recruitment that led you to Iowa City and the Hawkeye softball program?
“It was perfect because I’m close to home and still get to experience a Big Ten program that is continually improving and has the desire to compete nationally. Also, how can you not want to play for the 2011 USA Softball player of the year?!”

Is there any significance to the jersey number you wear?
“No. 2 and No. 4 were already taken, and No. 13 runs in the family, so that was the next best option.”

How is your academic path coming along?
“I have finally and officially decided what I want to do in life! I am majoring in Spanish and elementary education, once admitted to the College of Education. Because I am passionate about these subjects, the courses are going well.”

Who is your favorite professional athlete?
“Gabby Douglas and Lolo Jones. Both are Iowans in some way, both sacrificed everything to get where they are, and both are champions. They are inspirational in their faith, dedication, positivity, and passion — which are all the characteristics that any athlete desires.”

What is your favorite TV show?
“New Girl! When I catch up on the episodes I’ve missed, I sit in my room and cannot contain my laughter. If you haven’t seen it, you’re seriously missing out.”

What did you want to grow-up to be when you were a kid?
“Play in the WNBA — unfortunately, my mom is only 5-2, so that dream died quickly.”

What is your favorite place to be on campus?
“Kinnick Stadium — it is the epitome of Hawkeye pride!”

As a spectator, what is your favorite sport?
“Football and women’s basketball — two things I grew up watching and loving. I’ve always wanted to go to a gymnastics meet, though.”

What is your favorite movie?
“I’m a boy at heart so I love everything action — the Bourne trilogy, Spiderman, all the Batman movies, and more. I also am a sucker for cartoons. It doesn’t get better than Tangled.”

What is your most prized possession?
“My box of letters and notes that I’ve saved from people I love throughout the years.”

What is your favorite food/meal?
“Pasta, pasta, pasta! Any sauce, any temperature, any ingredients. I love it!”

Do you have any superstitions, on or off the playing field?
“My parents were married on Friday the 13th, so I don’t really believe in bad luck or have any superstitions.”

What is your most memorable softball memory?
“When I was in 12U and hit a triple in a semifinal game, high-fiving my coach/dad at third base, and then my sister came up after me and hit a home run. It was a good day to be a Hawley!”

What would be your ideal career?
“Teaching second graders in a Spanish speaking community so that my areas of expertise could be effectively utilized and I could have a big impact on students.”

What is one word that describes you?