Ellen Radandt-Stremler: Women’s Softball Head Coach

August 31, 2017

How long have you been coaching?

This is my second year coaching, first as a head coach. Last year I was an assistant coach for Hope College in Holland, Mich.

What is the most important part of your job?

Creating a culture amongst players and coaches that values the person and their development as much as we do winning games.

Why were you interested in working at Wheaton?

I graduated from Wheaton and appreciate the way we are serious about our faith in Jesus Christ while simultaneously striving to be excellent in all areas of life, including academics and athletics.

When did you decide to become a coach?

I have wanted to be in coaching for most of my life. Softball is my passion and I want to spend the rest of my life around the game and the people that play it.

Who is a different (professional, college, high school or childhood) coach you look(ed) up to?

My high school coach from Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Casey Jarvis, is someone that I have always looked up to. I love the way that she brings knowledge and intensity to the game but also creates an authentic environment of emotional and spiritual growth with players in her program.

Why do you thinking coaching is important to the body of Christ?

Coaching specifically at the collegiate level is important to the body of Christ because students are learning about who they are and who they want to be. So to be a part of that and help guide athletes in the ways and teachings of Christ is an incredible opportunity to change the world.

What is one word that you would use to describe yourself?

Genuine

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