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Carly’s Corner: For Her Last Interview, The Softball Player Talks To Coach Louie Berndt

May 24, 2005

The following is the final installment of “Carly’s Corner,” a weekly interview special provided by FSU centerfielder Carly Brieske. This week she visits with FSU associate head softball coach, Louie Berndt.

(Carly’s Thoughts) My last and final interview is with our associate head coach Louie Berndt (pronounced BURN-t). For everyone who does not know Louie, she is crazy and a ton of fun to be around. On road trips her van always seems to be the most popular and overcrowded van. For the monthly birthday celebration she makes our teammates preferred desert and we all celebrate together after practice. She always seems to be the life of the party. She cares so much about all of us and is a great coach. We keep her super busy during the year between practice and our demanding schedule. Over the summer she is running camps and jet setting to many different places trying to find the next Seminole star. I thought everyone would love to get to know Louie before I hit the road for the summer break. I hope you enjoy . . .

CB: What is a general synopsis about this season?

LB: The overall season was disappointing. . . we had lot talent we didn’t produce as well as we would have liked to- but we ended on a good note. We played well at the regional tournament but just couldn’t pull it off. We took second to Baylor.

CB: What has been your favorite trip this season?

LB: Auburn, Alabama. We finally played together as a team and played up to my expectations and the team’s potential.

Berndt Serves as the first base coach for FSU

CB: What are we going to have to do to get back to the World Series next season?

LB: We have to come out and start stronger earlier in the season and be more consistent.

CB: What are you looking forward to most about this summer’s softball camps here at FSU?

LB: A break in the action. I enjoy working with the younger kids between the college season.

CB: If all the girls came up with a nickname for you what would it be?

LB: Wild Thing.

CB: What does your recruiting schedule look like this summer? Any insight on what we are looking for?

LB: From June 1st to the second weekend of August I will be on the road. We will continue to recruit good student athletes, versatile and of course we always need good hitters and pitchers.

CB: What is something funny that happens to you when you are out recruiting at tournaments?

LB: It is funny when potential student athletes come up to me and tell me they what to go to a specific school. I think they forget to read my shirt or notice the colors I’m wearing. Some people have gotten me confused with the Purdue coach and Sue the UCLA coach. I don’t know why.

CB: You receive so many prospect questionnaires; tell us something funny you see on them.

LB: It is funny to see some of the form letters we receive. Some girls get us and other Florida schools confused. They will fill out all the correct information and write Florida Gators, etc., or the wrong coach’s name.

CB: If all the girls came up with a nickname for you what would it be?

LB: Wild Thing.

CB: That’s a good one for you. I think my intro explains that nickname to people (laughs).

CB: Tell me about your dog Zimba?

LB: She is a gorgeous black and white German Shepard.

CB: What is your favorite activity outside of work?

LB: I like being in the sun on my boat. I love being out on the water.

CB: Why is your van always the most crowded and popular van during road trips on the team?

LB: I don’t know…maybe because they get to pick the music they listen to and sometimes we stop at 7Eleven for slurpies.

CB: You are known for making great deserts to celebrate the monthly birthdays of the team, what has been your most challenging request?

LB: The tiramisus that Katie Fricke’s month decided on. It was the most challenging and least favorite. I guess because most of the girls don’t like coffee too much. Needless to say I won’t be making it again.

CB: So when are you taking the seniors on their boat trip you promised?

LB: Whenever they want to go……

(Carly’s Thoughts) We played really good this past weekend and almost beat Baylor but came up short. Baylor is a great team and I wish them the best of luck as they continue through the tournament. As most people know this season did not end as planned but we had some great memories together. Good luck seniors and thank you for all you have contributed to the team over the last four years. You will be missed. I hope everyone enjoyed getting to know Louie as well as the many other people I interviewed this season.

Before I go, I want to wish Florida State baseball good luck. We hope you guys do great and make us proud…win the ACC tournament and try for a national championship.

Take care and have a great summer. Thank you fans for all the support this season.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Cor 9:24-25



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