Vivian Webb Softball begins its San Joaquin League title defense with a new manager. Ron Smith has been a softball coach in the Inland Empire for nearly 30 years. Over that time, 50 of his former players have gone on to play Division I college softball, and three have made it to the Olympics. Ron most recently served as a hitting coach at Riverside City College prior to coming to Webb.
Coach Smith describes his coaching approach as revolving around “old style fundamentals” and makes it a priority that his players “play and respect the game the right way.” He speaks highly of the 2017 Vivian Webb team, saying they want to win and get better. “The girls want to get further in CIF, I tell them it’s their team and I’ll help them get there, I want them to get to that high level too.”
In preseason practices, Smith says his players have been very impressive with their hitting. Elyse Morris ’17, who has committed to Division I St. John’s University (NY), looks to be one of the team’s leaders. He also expects to have a solid pitching rotation in Chandler Luebbers ’17, Thea Kirkpatrick ’18, and Rebecca Whithorn ’18. Overall though, Smith says his team will be smaller than in previous seasons, and staying healthy will be a huge priority for the entire year.
Webb graduated just two seniors from the 2016 team that went 13-4 and made it to the first round of the CIF-SS Division Six Tournament. Coach Smith says the San Joaquin League looks to be weaker than last year, but league newcomer Avalon will present a strong challenge. Smith says the Gauls’ non-league schedule will be tougher, especially when it comes to the pitchers his batters will face. He says Coach Takk Classic in Fullerton, set for March 13-17, will be a very strong test for his team.
Amara Berry ’12 truly embodies what it means to think boldly, mindfully and creatively. In October 2017, she was invited to give a Tedx Talk in Providence, Rhode Island, where she spoke on the legacy of her grandparents, how their work inspired her and the incredible work she is doing with our youth through The Sparkle Program.
We are pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Jennifer Liu as Webb’s Director of Parent Relations and Special Events effective November 1. In this position, Liu will oversee our parent relations program, which serves more than 750 current parents worldwide and an active volunteer network through our Affiliates parent organization.
An opportunity to pick the brain of award-winning author John Scalzi '87, is not one you want to miss. Discussing topics ranging from what exactly defines a burrito to what projects he currently has in production, there's never a dull moment with Scalzi.
For Webb sports fans who can’t attend a game, or if you’d like to follow along with the live stats and scores from our athletic contests, most of our home games will be covered live with video and play-by-play at The NFHS Network.
To learn more about working in independent schools and meet with school representatives about open positions, please join Webb and 30 other participants on Saturday, February 23 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City.