Hitting, Slapping & Defense
Tricia Carroll has coached at the collegiate level for 30 years. During her 21 years at the helm of the Rider University softball team, she led her team to three MAAC Conference Championships, two finals, and one semi-final. Her teams have included five Hall of Famers, including GTP’s own, Michelle Walsh.
Tricia was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the year for guiding a young (no seniors) team to its first berth in the MAAC Tournament and to the MAAC Championship. She was also named the Rider University Coach of the Year. Tricia has run winter softball clinics at Rider for children ages 8-18 for two decades.
She served as the Sports Commissioner for softball at the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games, which were the largest Special Olympics national games ever, with more than 3,500 athletes from every state. Tricia continues to volunteer for Special Olympics and is currently collaborating to create a new coaching guide that will help coaches to best encourage and empower athletes with intellectual disabilities. Her greatest joy is providing opportunities, through the power of sport, for all people to realize their potential, to develop physical fitness, to demonstrate courage, to experience friendship and acceptance of all.