Ashley Webber, a former Brookfield East All-Star pitcher, was named head softball coach last week in an announcement coming out of Jeremy Martin, athletic & activities director.
"Ashley emerged from a pool of exceptional candidates seeking the position," Martin said. "Ashley comes highly recommended from those who have worked with her during her time with the Pride of the Midwest select progam.
"In addition to her knowledge of the game and work ethic, the selection committee was impressed with her communication skills, passion and clear sense of commitment to student-athletes."
Webber, 27, believes in her players' working on things they can control.
"Attitude, hustle and communications; you can control those things," she said. "You can't control a bad bounce. If you don't hustle it will hurt you in life on and off the field."
She expects her players to have a hand on the mental game as well as the physical part of it.
"On the varsity level, the mental part of the game is especially important," Webber said. "Being mentally focused is huge. My girls understand that. With their individual goals and team goals they must be mentally focused and believing."
Webber attended East from 2000-04, playing on the JV as a freshman and the varsity her final three years. She made first-team all-conference her junior and senior seasons on the mound.
She pitched at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, Iowa, before transferring to UW-Madison and starting a club softball program. She graduated in 2009, majoring in communicative disorders. She is studying to be a nurse.
She coached the East freshmen in 2009 and the Germantown JV in 2010 before working with Central coach Doug Lange in 2010.
Paul Bertling and Ashley's parents — Steve and Kelli Webber — started the Pride of the Midwest in 1998.
Ashley played on different teams, always playing teams with players older than she was.
She has spent the last several years as a coach for thePride of the Midwest. She had coaching success at various levels with several state-ranked teams, topped off when her U12 team won state and finished fifth at nationals in 2012.
When asked what she enjoyed most about coach, Webber had an interesting answer.
"The moment when they realize and understand what we're trying to teach them," she said, "and it finally clicks."
Martin is pleased with the hiring.
"I have no doubt the Ashley will be successful in building a strong softball program here at Brookfield East. She is organized and relates well to high school girls," he said.
Ashley replaces Rich Anderson who retired in November.
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