Women’s History Month Interview Series: Former Rutgers Softball Star Lindsey Curran Now Coaching Scarlet Knights
For Lindsey Curran, four years at Rutgers was not enough.
After an exceptional four-year playing career on Rutgers softball team, Lindsey Curran returned in September 2013 to unite with her former teammates, but this time as a coach.
After graduating from Rutgers in 2012 with a degree in Criminal Justice, Curran was on the path of becoming one of New Jersey’s finest. She was a week away from taking her State Troopers exam and starting her career in law enforcement, when she was contacted by a former coach (Diana Consolmagno) who asked her how she felt about coaching. Curran jumped on the opportunity, as softball has been the biggest passion in her life, and landed a job as an assistant coach for Seton Hall University, in South Orange.
Curran credits Consolmango for not only helping her get into the field, but teaching her a great deal about the game itself.
“Diana Consolmagno, who is the Head Coach of Hartford University now, was my outfield coach here at Rutgers my freshman and sophomore years,” Curran said. “She had a huge impact on who I was as a player and who I am today. She helped me get started in coaching and without her I would not be where I am today.”
Lindsey was a standout center fielder and a member of the resurgent Rutgers softball team that earned a berth in the Big East Championship Tournament in 2010, which was the first in over a decade. Curren took the lessons she learned from helping the Scarlet Knights grow and brought it to Seton Hall to help the Pirate reach the Big East Tournament last season.
The former Scarlet Knight outfielder has transitioned smoothly to coaching at Rutgers, where her former head coach, Jay Nelson, is ecstatic to have her back.
“I feel Lindsey Curran is the perfect person to fill our assistant coaching position,” Nelson said in an interview with scarletknights.com. “Lindsey knows our systems of offense and defense and has already asserted herself in teaching the details of how we play Scarlet Knights softball. She will be a great asset to the team in her work with outfielders. All in all I am glad that Lindsey has decided to come back to her alma mater and help us build a championship team.”
Though Curran says she misses the competition of playing, she appears to have filled that void with her passion for coaching. In an interview with her, she explained how working with a player on something, whether its fielding or hitting, and seeing them succeed is more rewarding to her, than doing it herself.
Many former players have trouble with the switch from player to coach, as they struggle with communication and having the ability to send a message to their team. Curran admitted that the biggest transition for her was “just learning how to teach others the game.” As she pointed out, people learn in different ways, so as a coach she has had to find ways to get her message across to everyone so they can understand it.
Ever since Curran started playing softball with her step-dad when she was three, softball has been a part of her life. She says the game is “very humbling” and that is one of the aspects she loves about it. She will have to take that into her coaching career as coaching is very similar to playing when it comes to being hot one second, and than cold the next.
Curran’s dream is to one day become a college head coach and if she stays on her current path that is a very strong possibility. She understands the challenges that await her, but she welcomes them and believes that her love for the sport will always be there.
“Every job has its challenges and difficulties, but when you love what you do it makes it that much easier to get through those challenges. You have a lot more fun when you love your job.”
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