Getting to Know UCF Softball's Kellie Todd

Jan. 26, 2011

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By Carlyn Topkin

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - Spring is almost here, which means the UCF softball squad is getting back in the swing of things. The Knights are looking forward to a great season led by a few fresh faces, which includes junior catcher Kellie Todd (Ocala, Fla.).

Todd began playing softball when she was 10-years-old after realizing she would only be able to play baseball for so long. But since switching over to the softball diamond, her innate skills have taken her around the world. In 2007, Todd played in Italy with USA Athletes International, where she was named the MVP of the tournament.

Although transferring schools can be intimidating for some student-athletes, Todd credits her new teammates for being very welcoming and easing the transition.

Both your father and your brother were drafted by Major League Baseball teams while you were growing up. How did that impact your playing career?
"My family knows a lot about playing ball, so they were able to help me out if I needed advice."

Why did you choose to play softball at UCF?
"I wanted to stay in Florida and close to home so my parents could come see me play and visit as much as possible. I also liked how successful the softball program has been in the past, the facilities and the great reputation the University has academically."

What does it mean to you to be a part of the UCF softball team?
"It's a privilege, because not everybody gets to do it. I enjoy the fact that little kids look up to us, because I know I looked up to somebody playing Division I softball when I was growing up. Being part of this team has actually made me feel more at home here."

How has being a part of this team shaped your UCF experience?
"We have done community service activities, a lot of team bonding activities and just hung out together. The team really has enriched my UCF experience so far."

What are you most looking forward to this season?
"Going to Oklahoma and getting a Conference USA Championship ring."

What can fans expect from the team this season?
"That we are going to be the best in the conference."

What is your favorite spot on campus?
"I'd probably have to say the student union, because that's where the food is."

What are your favorite things to do in your spare time?
"Sleep, eat and sleep."

The Knights host their 2011 home-opener Feb. 16 against North Florida at the UCF Softball Complex. UCF head football coach George O'Leary will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the contest, while the first 100 fans through the gate will receive a signed 2011 UCF softball schedule poster.