As Knoxville senior Maddy Findley prepares for her senior season on the Panther varsity softball team, one thing is evident.
She has persevered through playing for four varsity coaches at Knoxville High School.
Her first coach was Steph Christner. Next came Hayley Freestone, then it was Coy Hupfeld and this summer it will be Carla Smith.
It has all paid off for Maddy however. She recently signed a letter-of-intent to play softball in college on scholarship at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.
Maddy is one of those rare athletes who has started every game on the varsity level, staring with her eighth grade season, when athletes first become eligible to play the sport with the big girls in the program.
Over the years, Maddy has learned to play every position on the team with the exception of catcher. Many of the position changes came while playing on club teams.
When it came time to picking a college, Maddy narrowed her choices to Hills and Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.
Why was Hills the choice?
“Their coach was amazing and their field really stood out,” Maddy said.
Lindsay Diehl is the head coach at Indian Hills. She is the former head softball coach at Clarke High School. So, she had the advantage of seeing Maddy play while in high school.
She commented, “I’m really glad the college choice is behind, it’s kind of a relief. Now I can be myself and have some fun.”
Maddy Findley has been a second-team All-South Central Conference selection each of the last three years. In 8th grade she was an honorable mention pick.
“I credit my dad, my teammates and coaches for helping me in the sport of softball,” Maddy stated.
Maddy’s father, Dan, was a former club coach for his daughter as she was growing up.
“I was excited for the signing and it’s nice to know she will be joining a really good softball program,” Dan said. “I’m excited for Maddy.”
Club ball has helped Maddy excel in the sport she loves. She has travelled as far away as Florida and Arizona to play softball.
“She has faced some of the best competition available by playing club ball,” Dan added.
Maddy not only excels in softball as a power hitter and one who hits for average, while normally patrolling third base, but she also carries a 3.97 GPA in the classroom.
In closing, Maddy added, “My thoughts on signing, is that it just didn’t seem real. It seems like it was just yesterday that I started playing varsity back in the 8th grade.”