Her softball career has taken her across the country from playing in high school at Visalia, Calif., to playing for two different universities with Missouri and Arizona. During Rylee Pierce’s one year at Arizona, she became a leader in the dugout and helped end a nine-year drought getting the team back to the Women’s College Wolrd Series.
Even though Pierce spent just one year in Arizona’s program, she was able to have an immediate impact on the team from day one so much so that Arizona made the former first baseman an undergraduate assistant for the 2020 season.
Coach Mike Candrea talked about why he brought Pierce back in the program as an undergraduate assistant.
Although the season has come to an abrupt end, due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19, Pierce was still able to make an impression on the team in her new role.
Here is Ivy Davis talking about Pierce and the knowledge she has gained from her now, as a coach.
While at Arizona, Alyssa Palomino-Cardoza has played both first and outfield, helping her team any way she can. I asked Palomino-Cardoza about her former teammate Pierce, and what it was like making that relationship transition from teammate to coach.
It is quite apparent that Pierce made an impact on the program even with an abrupt end to the season. Here is Pierce talking about what it is like going from player to coach.
The season didn’t end anywhere near as planned as COVID-19 caused the cancellation of all spring sports and championships. Still, the time Pierce had with her former squad as a coach made an impression with the team that should carry over into next season as society tries to get back to normal.