Softball Anyone?

Posted: February 5, 2013 by srcrone in IU Women's Sports
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Michelle Venturella isn’t just “one of the most accomplished team sport athletes in IU history,” she is also an Olympian as well as a decorated Head Softball coach for the University of Illinois – venturella-091712Chicago  Flames.

When Michelle was attending Indiana University, she made a name for herself in the record books.  She currently holds the IU season records for…

  • runs
  • doubles
  • home runs
  • runs batted in

While also owning the career record for runs batted in and she didn’t stop there.  During her time at Indiana, Michelle (1991-95) was named All-Big Ten twice and Academic Big Ten three times.  She was so named an All-American twice.  In her final year, Michelle Venturella received the IU Female Athlete of the Year.  Michelle was also just recently inducted into the IU Hall of Fame – Class of 2012.  Here is here speech from that night.

After graduation, Michelle joined the National Team for six years while making a run at the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.  The USA team ended up bringing home a gold medal in 2000; however, this wasn’t Michelle first gold medal.  She also helped brought home a gold medal in the 1998 World Championships.

Before moving on to UIC, Michelle was the assistant head coach at Iowa and Northern Illinois.  In Iowa, she was actually coaching under a fellow IU Hall of Famer, Gayle Blevins.  At UIC, Michelle is currently in her 5th season as the Flames’ Head Coach.  She has helped lead the girls to a Horizon League Championship as well as a NCAA birth in 2011; a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 2004.

Michelle Venturella has become a great coach at IUC.  She has completely turned the program around as well as shed lots of light on her players, but don’t forget…it all started here at Indiana.

If you would like to see Michelle Venturella and her IUC Flames in action, come out on March 15-17th and watch them participate in the Hoosier Classic hosted in Bloomington, IN.

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