Nov. 21, 2008
DAYTON, Ohio - University of Dayton head softball coach Cara Clark announced Friday the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent that will make up the 2009 class. The class includes a versatile group that can pay immediate dividends for an already rising Flyer softball squad.
Clark is entering her second season at the helm after posting 20 wins, the most by any first-year head coach at UD.
The class includes pitcher Amanda Daly of McHenry, Ill., middle infielder Carlyn Harlow of DuPont, Wash., outfielder Kathleen Maloof of Indianapolis, and outfielder Shelby Pohlman of Olathe, Kansas.
"We are extremely excited to be adding these four players to our roster next fall. The balance in this recruiting class matches the exact needs of our program," said Clark. "Our outfield corps will receive key depth and experience through the addition of Maloof and Pohlman. The infield will benefit from the commitments of Daly and Harlow. Both have valuable middle infield abilities. In addition, we expect Daly to help solidify our pitching staff.
"This class will also provide offensive balance by adding two right-handed power hitters and two speedy left-handers," she added. "All four have competed in championship-caliber programs and each player knows what it takes to succeed."
Daly is a two-time MVP for Johnsburg High School and also plays travel ball for Lake County Liberty. She was named to the Northwest Herald All-Area Team in 2007 and 2008. Daly led Johnsburg to back-to-back Regional Championships in 2007 and 2008. During her seven years playing club ball she has received numerous tournament MVP awards. She was named a USSSA All-Tournament Pitcher in 2007 and followed that by being named a 2008 Sparkler All-American All Star. Daly helped her U16 travel team to a fifth place finish at the 2007 ASA Nationals.
Harlow, a middle infielder, was a team captain at Steilacoom her junior and seniors years. She was a three-time All-Nisqually League selection. She led her team to a fifth place finish in the state in 2008. She was also was a four-year varsity letterwinner in soccer at Steilacoom High School in Washington. Harlow also plays club ball for the Washington Ladyhawks Gold and was named the Washington Ladyhawks Offensive MVP in 2007. She was a four-year member of National Honor Society and Principal's Honor Roll at Steilacoom.
Maloof, an outfielder from Indianapolis, was a 2008 All-State selection and named 2008 Hamilton County Player of the Year. Three times she has been named First Team All-County and All-Conference. A two-time member of the Indianapolis Star Super Team, Maloof has also been named to the Indianapolis Star All-North Team for the past three seasons. She was a 2007 Indiana All-State Honorable Mention pick when she led Hamilton Southeastern High School to a perfect 31-0 record and the Indiana State 4A Championship. Maloof also plays for 18U Indy Dreams Gold travel team. In addition she is a member of National Honor Society, Student Leadership Council, Student Council and Student Athletic Council.
Pohlman is an outfielder from Olathe, Kansas. She was an All-City selection her sophomore and junior campaigns. She earned First Team All-Sunflower League honors and was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Pohlman also plays for the 18U KC Zephyrs Gold travelling team that finished as runners-up at the 2008 NAFA National Tournament. She is the second player Clark has signed from Kansas; current UD freshman Sarah Wedel is from Salina, Kansas.
For the second consecutive season the Flyers will open their season at the UNI-Dome Tournament in Cedar Falls, Iowa on Feb. 7-8, 2009.