WHO: Jodi Wolff-Coussoulos.
HIGH SCHOOL: Fauquier, 1998 graduate.
UPDATE: The 1998 all-state and All-Extra selection played third base in high school and was recruited to play catcher in college, but instead she started at shortstop as a freshman this past spring at Longwood. Helped the Lancers (38-15) to their winningest season in school history. Set a school record with 36 stolen bases in 38 attempts, good for 19th in NCAA Division II. Batted .319, which was third-best on the team. Played in this past week's PONY National Tournament in Sterling for her summer softball team, 19-and-under Gold Rush. Aspires to become a high school math teacher.
WHEN DID YOU BEGIN PLAYING SOFTBALL AND WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAD THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME A COLLEGE SOFTBALL PLAYER?
"I started playing when I was 8 years old. It wasn't until high school that I knew I wanted to keep playing when I got to college. I don't even remember why I started playing. It was just one of those things where your dad is the coach and helps you get into it, and you keep playing as you get older. I have always had a lot of fun."
HOW DOES COLLEGE SOFTBALL COMPARE WITH HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL?
"In college, you are basically playing with all of the really good players you saw in high school. The hours you spend practicing are 10 times more than in high school. Most of my afternoon practices [at Longwood] lasted from 2:30 until 6:30, and I usually went early to help catch for the pitchers. There are also morning practices and conditioning during the week, even in the fall and winter. Softball is pretty much my life.
HOW DID YOU ADJUST ACADEMICALLY BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE?
"I did really well. At Longwood, the classes are small, so I didn't have to adjust to any 500-student lectures. During softball season, I missed a lot of classes when I was away at games. But I had good professors who were understanding. Some of the other girls had a hard time."
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT COLLEGE SOFTBALL?
"As soon as I got there, the older girls on the team made me feel so comfortable and always invited me to hang out. I made a bunch of new friends right away because of softball. I loved going to practice to play with them. When you are out there running and working so hard every day, you need something positive to hold you on the team. It just would not have been as fun for us without each other."