Catching Up With Daniella Ibarra

July 24, 2015


Q: Where are you spending your summer?
A: I’m at home in Emerson, New Jersey.

Q: What are you doing there?
A: I’m working as a travel coach for a 14u softball team. I’m also training for the upcoming season as well as training for a small triathlon on August 2nd.

Q: What does an average day on the job look like?
A: We have practice two times during the week. On Mondays we have practice outside from 6-8 p.m., practice includes going over fundamentals, discussing different game situations, and getting several reps in. On Thursday nights we practice inside from 7-9pm, this practice is mainly a hitting practice where I help the girls with their swing and go over situational hitting. Weekends consist of tournaments. During games I’m the first base coach on offense and I call pitches on defense.

Q: What is one thing that you have learned from coaching?
A: Being a first time coach, I’ve definitely been able to enhance my leadership skills. Being able to communicate effectively with the players is another skill I have developed. I have noticed I’m also role model for many of the players, since they too dream of playing softball at the collegiate level.

Q: Favorite summer activities?
A: Going to the gym and tanning.

Q: Favorite song to listen to in the summer? Why?
A: It’s a tie between “Budapest” by George Ezra and any song by Fetty Wap. Budapest is a fun song that puts me in a good summer mood, and Fetty Wap gets me amped and I think it’s awesome that he’s also from Jersey.

Q: Favorite place to go in your summer city? Why?
A: My favorite place is the pool at the gym. I love being able to relax and sit out in the sun after an intense workout.

Q: Best thing you’ve done so far this summer?
A: The best thing I have done this summer — so far — was a weekend trip to Canada. My family and I visited Niagara Falls and the beautiful city of Toronto.

Q: What do you miss the most about living in Iowa City?
A: My friends and teammates.

Q: What was your biggest takeaway from last season?
A: We are capable of competing against the best when we play our game.

Q: How are you training for next season?
A: Getting my reps in everyday and working out.

Q: What specific area of your game are you working on this summer?
A: Mental Strength.

Q: What are you most excited about for the upcoming year?
A: I’m most excited about the new opportunities the upcoming season will bring.

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