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.
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.
Coach Sullwold is an ’82 graduate of Totino-Grace. He graduated from St.Thomas University with a degree in Physical Education and Coaching. He has been coaching in the Totino -Grace softball program since 2001, being the head coach since 2015. Coach Sullwold also coaches in the Totino-Grace football program.
Currently, he teaches physical education and is the Athletic Director at St.Rose of Lima in Roseville. He and his wife Tippy have been married for 25+ years and have two children both graduates from Totino-Grace.
Varsity Assistant Coach
Assistant Coach Giese graduated from Delano High School in 2015, where she played softball, basketball, and volleyball. She was a member of NHS and was a two-time captain of the softball team. She played softball at Concordia University St. Paul, where she was a three-time NSIC All-Academic Team member. After graduating summa cum laude in 2019, she started her full time job as a public accountant in the fall. She has been coaching for since 2014, with a combination of head and assistant positions. Coach Giese enjoys it because it has given her a new perspective on the game that meant so much to her growing up. She hopes to be able to give that back to everyone she coaches!