This week I sit down with a legend. Someone who is on the Mount Rushmore of her sport. She is going back for one more shot.
If you are a softball fan, there is no doubt that you are familiar with this person. She is arguably the best pitcher in the history of softball. Her name – Cat Osterman.
Cat was a 4-time NCAA All-American and a 3-time NCAA National Player of the Year, pitcher at The University of Texas. She is also a 2-time Olympic medalist, having pitched the USA Women’s Softball Team to the gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and the silver medal in 2008.
Cat is the all-time leader in the Big 12 conference in wins, ERA, strikeouts and shutouts. She is also the NCAA Division I record holder for strikeout ratio (14.34) and perfect games (7). She owns numerous other records for the Longhorns and within the NCAA, where she is also one of five pitchers to strike out 1,000 batters with 100 wins, had an ERA of under 1.00, and averaged double-digit strikeouts.
She has also graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on 2 occasions.
She walked away from the game in 2015 not because time made her arm mortal but because she was convinced her future was in coaching, especially considering the uncertain state of the international game. Those who knew her best knew. They knew she walked away three years ago with outs still remaining in her left arm. More than that, they knew there were still outs she needed to record.
That brings us to today. The comeback is on for Cat Osterman, and it’s full steam ahead for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo to show the world that “there is unfinished business”.
03:50 – Introduction to Cat-Balance of having a degree in sports psychology and playing
06:50 – Incorporating the mental game in with her players at Texas State
08:50 – How she came up with owning the hitter/circle
09:50 – Playing with a standard and staying focused on achievement awards
12:20 – The balance between trusting the process but not being defeated by the outcome
13:22 – Competitive mindset and how she developed it
15:30 – Her All-American career at Texas
19:36 – Reframing her own mental game: her underdog mentality -> successful Olympics
23:00 – Communicating for coaching without being intimidating because of her status
25:50 – The Olympic experience
30:15 – Recommendations for coaching Millennial generation
35:00 – Impression of travel ball
30:20 – Are you coachable?
41:50 – Her return to the Olympics
45:00 – Fall from glory game in the last Olympics against Japan
47:00 – Why did you ultimately come out of retirement?