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MINNESOTA FORCE Collegiate Commitments

The Minnesota Force is proud to announce the 2015 collegiate commitments of the following Force 18U players-

Valerie Hohol-University of Minnesota-Duluth

2015 Pitcher/1B New Life Academy High School


"At times, the college recruiting process was not the most fun. From sending out dozens of emails a week, to trying to get a hold of coaches, it was challenging at times. In the end, I found that ultimately it was completely worth it. Once you find your fit, it makes your final decision feel so relieving and successful. I found that right fit at the University of Minnesota Duluth. My primary objective in my college search was to find a school that offered me a good education and set me up well for my future career. I am going to major in Chemical Engineering, which not many schools offer. UMD has a very successful engineering program which is what drew me there in the first place. I absolutely loved the campus, the people there, and the town. While studying there I will also be given the opportunity to play softball with talented new teammates and coaches. I know I am going to be pushed to become an even better player, person, and teammate during my years in the UMD softball program. The point I really knew that I would love it there was during the down time at their clinics and camps. I felt so comfortable and at home with all of their players, and I knew I would fit very well into their program. I am very blessed with the opportunity to play collegiate softball at a school I feel at home at, and I could not have done it without my great coaches, teammates, and family pushing and supporting me every step of the way. Now, I cannot wait to start this new chapter of my life as a Bulldog."

Emma Hylen-Iowa State Unversity

2015 Pitcher Roseville High School

"I've been dreaming of playing college softball since I was a little girl and now I have been blessed with that opportunity. At first I had no intentions of going to school in Iowa, but as soon as I saw ISU's campus, I fell in love. I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and I love the college atmosphere. I wouldn't be where I am today without the Force and MFA programs, so thank you to all of the coaches and players involved. I can't wait to be a part of the Cyclone Softball program!"

Emma Lehman-University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

2015 Catcher and Third Baseman- Champlin HIgh School
"With each college visit, I got more and more anxious about my future. But when I went to Eau Claire, I felt more relaxed and at home. Each college I visited after UWEC never gave me the same feeling. I want to study either nursing or education and this college was strong in both categories. Having the chance to play softball here was just a bonus. I had other opportunities and  visited many other schools but I was never as comfortable as I was at UWEC. I got along great with the coach and team and their program has been very successful. I can't wait to start my college career as a Blugold! I'm so blessed to have been given this opportunity to play the game I love at the collegiate level at a school that fits me."

Ashley Ryding-Southwest Minnesota State-

2015 second baseman and outfielder-Zimmerman High School

"I chose Southwest because I loved the atmosphere. The minute I stepped on campus for my unofficial visit, I felt like I was home. I clicked with the coaching staff and the players I worked with. During my tour around campus, I adored the personalness bestowed in the learning environments. At Southwest, Ashley Ryding won’t just be another number. I was told my entire recruiting process that when I know what school I want to go to, I’ll know. “If you can’t see yourself going there at that very moment, it’s not your school.” I didn’t want to settle. I waited to fall in love with every aspect of a school, and at Southwest, that’s where I fell. I’m eagerly waiting for the fall of 2015 to be able to make an impact in their softball program along with my future team mates. My NLI signing was one of the most important days of my life, and I am so grateful for my family, friends, and coaches who got me here. Go Mustangs! "

Congrats to our Minnesota Force Alums-

Maria Ascher-Quinnipiac University (2013)

Lexi Betterman-Florida Southwestern (2014)

Malorie Giere-Lipscomb University (2014)

Cassie Meyer-St. Benedict's (2014)

Veronica Wold-St. Cloud State University (2014)



Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is a softball consulting organization committed to the development of Minnesota youth softballers of all ages through player programs for skill development, leadership development of youth and high school coaches and the support of softball organizations within Minnesota townships. This first of its kind consulting team features elite fastpitch softball training from the most experienced and accomplished fastpitch coaches and players ever assembled in the state of Minnesota.

The purpose of the Minnesota Fastpitch Academy is to build better women athletes and leaders by further expanding the scope and opportunity for social and athletic development for young women throughout Minnesota, through intense skills and sports psychology development from elite, world class female softball players and coaches. The organization is designed to expand the system of women's social and athletic development by creating a natural process for success mentoring through elite fastpitch softball training. The MFA sees an opportunity to play a significant role in the ongoing process of building momentum and enthusiasm for women's softball, while fostering interest and participation in Minnesota youth programs at all levels.

With an organization like Julie Standering's Minnesota Fastpitch Academy, Minnesota female youth athletes have an opportunity to exponentially excel their development. With more than 60 million softball players worldwide (60% of whom are women), and Minnesota being one of the highest states for amateur participation per capita, the landscape is ripe for a superior women's mentoring program. The MFA's athletes and professionals are excited with the prospect of giving back to Minnesota's communities through the development of women softball players, coaches, and programs.

Julie's personal commitment to excellence is amazing! She has a great understanding of the mental approach needed to excel at the next level! Head Coaching Legend University of Arizona

Preparation is everything! Julie's unique detail oriented approach teaches players to play the game the right way! - All-Time Winningest Coach University of Minnesota