Program Information and Philosophy

Winning is important but secondary to learning and development. We are going to try to win every game. Someone once said, "It is not whether you win or lose but how you play the game." We will constantly focus on the how you play the game. We will do this by teaching the kids not only what to do but how to do it a certain way. When the season is over, every girl will be able to say they improved in at least one of the following areas: game defense, hitting, base running and pitching.

Lettering Policy
Softball athletes will letter in the following ways: 

Play in over half the games scheduled.
Make the State Tournament.
Do not break MSHSL rules.
Coaches feel you earned the Eagle letter and will wear it with pride.

This is the place to make yourself better and challenge each other. We will work on fundamentals each day. The practice will be at least two hours long at the Varsity level and 1.5 hours for the freshmen and JV teams.

Attendance will be mandatory for all practices and scrimmages. Excused absences will be for sickness, medical reasons, school events and church. Unexcused absences will result in loss of playing time in a game. Softball takes priority over other sports that you may be playing during the softball season.

Players are required to hustle at all times. There will be no cussing, criticizing or condemning teammates, opposing players or umpires. This applies to every player, parent and coach. If you are upset about something, please come talk to the coach. All we ask is you wait 24 hours. We will only talk about your daughter and no one else.

The coaching staff will ask that if your daughter is going home with you after a game that you meet them at the field when we get off the bus to collect their computer. We will try to arrive 1 hour before the start of the game. If we have a home game but play off campus we ask that you do the same or have your daughter keep it locked at the school.

Coaching Staff

Mike Sullwold         Varsity Head Coach     
I am a ’82 graduate of Totino-Grace.  I graduated from St.Thomas  with a degree in Physical Education and Coaching. I have been coaching in the Totino -Grace softball program since 2001, and head coach the last 5 years. I have been coaching in the Totino-Grace football program for 9 years.  I currently teach physical education and I am Athletic Director at St.Rose of Lima in Roseville and have been teaching in the Catholic School system for 30 years. My wife Tippy and I have been married for 25 years and have two children both graduates from Totino –Grace ( 2014, 2016).  Seth is a college graduate and played college baseball at Iowa lakes and Northern State.  Seth accepted a position as a   Graduate Assistant Baseball Coach and will be working on getting his Masters Degree at Iowa lakes.  Julia played softball the last two years at Iowa Lakes and will attend Northern State to continue to play softball and pursue Physical Education/ Special education degree. 

Don Miller    Varsity Assistant Coach     
Peggy Reiner    C-Squad Coach
Tom Reak    C-Squad Coach     
Dominic Isaac    Assistant Coach

The 2019 Athena Award Winner is Eagle Softball and Hockey Player, Ella Eibensteiner '19

The Athena Award recognizes the achievements in athletic activities of young women during their high school years, and the award is given in their senior year. Athena, a Goddess of Greek Mythology, was chosen as the symbol by the awards committee to represent young women athletes. This is the 47th year for this award program that honors 54 outstanding women from Minneapolis and suburban high schools. The award presentation and luncheon for all recipients is at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton in Bloomington on May 3.  

Selection of the outstanding female athlete is done on the basis of excellence in individual competitive athletic activities or for participation and accomplishment in group competitive athletic activities. Totino-Grace’s varsity women’s coaches determine our winner. She must have contributed to two or more competitive athletic activities and met TG’s eligibility rules during all four years of participation. Lastly, achievements outside of athletics take on a secondary role in the selection process. 

Because of her unique contributions in softball and hockey, Ella Eibensteiner is Totino-Grace's 2019 Athena Award Winner. Her many athletic honors include the following: 8-time varsity letter winner, 5 conference awards, 1 section awards, 3 MVP awards, and the honor of be chosen captain 2 times.  

University of Minnesota, Crookston, is Ella’s next stop to further her education, pursuing a pre-med degree. She will also play softball for the Golden Eagles.  

The Athena poster, showcasing Ella's many superior accomplishments, is on display in the trophy case, outside of the gym.