COACH: Aryn Henneke (1st season)
Last year: The Wizards ended the 2012 season 11-10-1 and 8-6 in league play, capping coach Sandi Cummings’ 12-year coaching stint that saw a tiny team turn into a powerhouse.
Key players: Hayley Anderson, soph, .391 batting average in 2012 with 25 hits, 10 RBIs and 15 runs; Kristen Bessey, fresh.
Did you know? Aryn may be in her first year coaching the Wizards, but she’s previously coached at the University of Northern Colorado, Division II ball in Florida and, most recently, at Northridge High School.
Season outlook: Henneke is hesitant to call this season a rebuilding year. She is taking over a team that knows what it takes to go far, and it will rely on the few remaining seniors to lead that charge. This year’s team is younger, and that also means they’re moldable. If the girls can find their footing early in the season, look for them to make a stand at every game no matter who the opponent is or what the odds are and march at least into the top half of the conference.
Henneke’s comments: “It’s going to be a year where everyone’s going to have to put in everything they’ve got for us to be where we want to be at the end of the season. I think that the biggest thing I’m focusing on with the kids right now is not worrying about who is on the field against us but controlling what we do on the field and make it all about us, keeping it really simple and keeping it focused on the one pitch that’s happening right now. If we get into worrying about who we’re playing and who we have coming in five days, we’re not paying attention to what we need to be working on now. The big thing with our program is to be here, right now and worry about what’s happening right now. There’s a lot of tradition in the program and in Windsor athletics itself. So being able to bring my skills and the skills of my coaching staff to the program, we’ll continue to get better.”