Q&A With Heather Tarr
Oct. 6, 2004
Washington softball coach Heather Tarr stepped out onto the Husky Softball Field for the first time as head coach at the Husky Fever Northwest Classic last weekend. GoHuskies.com met up with coach Tarr to talk about the fall tournament.
GoHuskies: What was it like for you to step on to the field as a coach as opposed to a player?
Coach Tarr: "Overall it wasn't as daunting as I thought it was going to be. I thought that it was going to be a little more of a big step to take, but it wasn't that big of a deal. I feel pretty comfortable and it feels good to be out there. I love the field and I love to be out there competing whether it is as a coach or as a player."
GoHuskies: How did the fall tournament go?
Coach Tarr: "We think that the tournament went well. We didn't get to play everyone because of injuries and eligibility issues, but overall we got to see the team get out there and play in a game situation. It was good to see the team atmosphere and it was nice to see them get some live at-bats."
GoHuskies: Did the Tournament end up serving as a successful fundraiser?
Coach Tarr: "It was awesome because all of those local teams that played brought in a lot of money for us with their fans. There was an admission price and it was nice to see how much people were willing to give to see the teams play. The best part about it was the fact that we all got to play a few games, but we got to benefit from it financially too."
GoHuskies: How will the program spend that money?
Coach Tarr: "It is going to be used to supplement our travel. We had to bring the girls in 10 days early for fall practice so we had to feed them and pay for their expenses. We also had to pay for the umpires but the money we raised will help with our budget for anything extra that we will need."
GoHuskies: Who stood out this weekend?
Coach Tarr: "Overall, we were happy that Torie Coury got to play a big role, have some good at-bats, and make some good defensives plays. She talked a lot on the field and that is a big deal for a freshman to get involved vocally. Ashley Charters did well and she is really fast. It is going to be fun to watch her run the bases this year because she can get from first to third on an average hit to the outfield. Callie (Bergan) got to play a pretty big role and she had some pretty good at-bats. She made some adjustments that we wanted her to. We still have a lot of work to do in the outfield because we were missing a couple of kids out there. Jackie Hanson didn't get to play and Lauren Greer didn't get to play. That was tough on us because they need to be in there and show us what they can do. The pitchers did great. Ashley (Boek) still has a lot of room to grow even though she is a senior, but she did a great job and went into the game and dominated. Caitlin Noble has a lot of work to do because she is a freshman, but she got her first games in at Husky Field. She was nervous but that's to be expected since she has wanted to play here her entire life."
GoHuskies: Were you surprised by anyone's play this weekend?
Coach Tarr: "What surprised me the most was the team being accountable for their actions. The team was right there on people that needed to fix something about their game just as much as the coaching staff was. Torie Coury did a great job and came through because she found holes. It was neat to see Kirsten L'Heureux come in and play six games for us and she was very solid behind the plate. She didn't let any balls go by her and it was great to learn that we have somebody reliable to back up Kristen (Rivera) and give her some rest."
GoHuskies: Anything that you want to add about the tournament?
Coach Tarr: "There was a lot of family support at the tournament, which was nice. Dawgs on Deck did a great job in carrying on the tradition of running the tournament and Husky Fever was great for sponsoring it We had a High School Softball Day on Sunday and that was pretty successful because we were able to network with high schools. We were able to talk to a few girls about the recruiting process and let them know what they were going to have to do get noticed."
GoHuskies: How is the coaching staff working together?
Coach Tarr: "Very well, we are all friends. There are some things that we need to work out just to make sure that we all know what roles we are going to need to play for this team. Eve called all of the pitches and had some great games, so it was good to see that considering that there were barely any runs scored against our pitching staff. All of us were playing a good role, but I think that the team is buying into what we are trying to show them."
Tournament Notes: Washington out-scored its opponents 31-2 ... freshman Torie Coury led all players with a .623 average (12-for-19), including a double, triple and six stolen bases ... she was 7-for-7 in the opening day of the tournament ... junior Aimee Minor went 7-for-15 (.467) from the plate with a double and a home run ... senior Kristen Rivera hit .462 (6-for-13) as the designated player with a double, home run and three walks ... freshman Ashley Charters hit 7-for 19 (.368) with three runs scored and five stolen bases.