July 9, 2019
The Naperville Diamonds today unveiled a revamped college exposure program for the 2019-2020 season, designed specifically to give the elite competitive athlete the best opportunity possible to play college softball.
The program will be overseen by longtime softball coach and instructor Mo Hohman. Hohman’s vast network of college contacts built over 17 years in the sport will help elite level players find a softball home after their high school and travel careers.
Hohman, who prides herself on her ability to develop college talent, has coached at all levels from 8 to 18u gold. In seven years coaching at the A/gold level more than 80% of her players went on to play Division I softball while the remaining players found homes in Division II and III.
“For the player who is committed to putting in the work, this program will give them every opportunity to play at the next level,” Hohman said. “I know what it takes to play in college and have the resources and relationships to help make that happen.”
Beginning this fall the Diamonds will field a squad of more than 24 players at the 16u level. Each tournament week the players will be placed onto a “Diamonds red” or “Diamonds black” squad. The red squad, coached by longtime Diamonds coach Brandon Schmidt along with Hohman, will play predominantly a PGF schedule with multiple college exposure tournaments. The black squad, coached by Kim Zoeller, will play ASA as well as college exposure tournaments. The group will practice together bi-weekly, with fluctuation in the tournament rosters each week. Hohmann will oversee the development plans for each player in the program.
“This is a game changer,” said Diamonds president Bryan McNamara. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity this is going to give all of our young ladies in the Diamonds organization.”
This new program will add greatly to the strides and connections Coach Bill Kugelberg, (moving up to 18u College Exposure) has made with his team and our new recruiting program. The impressive performance of Coach Bill’s team at the prestigious Colorado Sparkler tournament this season will help pave the path for or younger teams to have the same high profile visibility as they age up.
Tryouts for this College Exposure program and all Diamonds teams will take place at Frontier Park in Naperville Aug. 2 – Aug. 4. Those interested in a private tryout for any Diamonds team should reach out to Brandon Schmidt at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.napervillediamonds.com.