Hello all from sunny San Diego!

February 18th, 2010

We have endured an uncharacteristically large amount of rain this winter, but the last couple of days have been preludes to the spring…75 degrees yesterday and another warm day today. Love San Diego!!

I have been busy, busy, busy the last few weeks preparing for the start of our season. January is the longest month for college softball players and coaches since we have a solid month of practices before we get to play our first competition. The Aztecs were chomping at the bit to get out on the field and play, and we opened our season last weekend in Tempe at the Arizona State tournament. I am proud to say the Aztecs we 5-1 and had a great weekend!! We ended on a sour note (lost our last game of the weekend), but overall it was an awesome weekend for the team and we hit the ball really well – which makes me, the hitting coach, very happy! :)

This weekend we host our first tourament of the year, and will host the defending National Champion Washington Huskies on Saturday evening. Its always great to play great teams, and the Huskies are strong again this year. I cannot wait to see our players “rise to the occasion” and compete…should be a great weekend!!

Mark, Chase and I are settling into our house quite well, and it is really feeling like home. Softball season makes housekeeping a challenge because of the busy schedule, and that makes me so thankful for having the most awesome, supportive, and giving husband alive. Mark transitions into his “Daddy Daycare” duties now that the season has started, and he and Chase will spend lots of quality time while mommy is at the softball field. Its so much fun now that Chase “gets it”…every time we drive by SDSU he says, “That’s San Diego State, that’s where the softball girls live!” He’s got lots of Aztec gear and is ready to come out and cheer his softball girls on!

Here’s to hoping everyone is beginning to thaw out from this cold, wet winter. Enjoy your loved ones, and always remember to Dream BIG!

Stacey

Happy Holidays!

December 15th, 2009

I hope that everyone is enjoying the Holiday season so far and are gearing up for Christmas! This is definitely the “most wonderful time of the year”, and I am rocking the Christmas CD’s in my car right now for sure!

We had a great, quick trip up to L.A. for Thanksgiving. We stuffed ourselves significantly, watched some football, and then headed back home to prepare for our big move in day. I was a little disappointed to have to cut our Thanksgiving weekend so short…we did not have the chance to embark on our annual Thanksgiving Basketball Game. The last two years Mark, my mom and dad, and Ryan and Elita (and Chase too!) all piled in the car and drove down to my old elementary school to play a 3-on-3 basketball game. The teams always are different, but we spend most of the time making fun of my mom and chasing Chase off the court! It is a blast, and I’m already looking forward to the tradition continuing next year!

I have been consumed the last couple of months with the new house, and we are FINALLY homeowners again and all moved in! (Clarification: we are all moved in but not “moved in”…boxes are still everywhere!) We’ve had to get some work done on the house, and next week I am getting some help from some friends and we are going to install laminate flooring in the living room. Yes, I will be helping to lay laminate flooring myself!!! I am actually really excited. I pride myself on being somewhat handy around the house, and this is something that is probably way out of my league but also a fun challenge. I’ll have to post pictures of the new floor next time I journal.

Chase is very excited for Santa’s visit this year, and though I don’t think he really “gets it” he talks about Christmas and has been singing Christmas carols a lot lately. It is so much fun to watch him continue to develop his personality and become more “human”. He is also learning how to get his way, so Mark and I have to be a little more firm than we want to be. :) We’ve got a sharp little cookie on our hands, and cannot wait to see his little eyes light up on Christmas morning!!

I hope EVERY ONE of you has the most blessed Holiday, and are lucky enough to share it with the ones you love. This is the BEST time of year to Dream BIG, and I pray that all of us will Dream BIG this holiday season and ALWAYS!

Merry Christmas,
Stacey

Hello from San Diego!

October 20th, 2009

I know the Fall season has officially begun around the country, but us spoiled San Diegans are still enjoying 80+ degree weather…in fact, its actually been pretty hot the last couple of weeks! I hope everyone is enjoying college football season as much as I am!

We are in the midst of our fall softball workouts, and the Aztecs are looking really good. Friday is our first fall scrimmage and I am very anxious to see our kids in real-life game situations. We have worked very hard both on the field and in the weight room, and I know everyone is anxious to get some games under our belts and see what we have.

Mark, Chase and I spent a few days in northern Arizona on a mini-vacation a couple weeks ago. Mark is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, and is always bragging about how beautiful it is during this time of the year. Our first day was spent in Sedona, which was my first visit. What a beautiful and unique place! We took a famed Pink Jeep Tour drive back into the Sedona desert and loved every minute!

We then spent 3 days in Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. I love living near the beach, but have always felt so at home in the mountains. I LOVE the sounds of the wind rustling through the trees, and the fact that you can find a place that is not totally overrun with people and traffic. We took the chairlift at the Arizona Snowbowl and marveled at the view from the top. We also enjoyed an awesome and exciting NAU football game – even though the Lumberjacks lost in overtime.

This was our first family vacation, and it was a blast! Chase is still a great traveler, and is so easy and pliable. He loved hiking in Sedona and in the mountains of Flagstaff, and got to see a really cool “birds of prey” demonstration at the Flagstaff Arboretum. He loves his animals!

We also have been on the “house hunting” trail, and had a bid accepted on a house in Bay Park. Its exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time! We have not officially said YES to the house, but are very close. This will be our second go-around after we sold our house in Visalia, but we are stressed out nonetheless. Hopefully everything will fall into place and we will have a place to call our own. Cross your fingers!

Chase is already anxious to meet Santa again, even though we have to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving first! He has been working on his “Trick or Treat” line, and is already singing several Christmas carols. He’ll see a picture of Santa and say, “I love you, Santa!” I keep thinking: if you think you love Santa now, WAIT until you actually understand how awesome Santa really is!!

Enjoy the last of the warm months, and always Dream BIG!
Stacey




Happy Fall to you all!

September 11th, 2009
Now that Labor Day has passed, I’m pretty sure that school has started (for those of you who still go to school :) and the summer is officially over.  BUMMER!  But with the start of a new school year comes new teachers, classes, and new opportunities to get better.  I’ve always loved back-to-school time, and this year is no different.
 
Don’t get me wrong…I LOVED the summer and having a bunch more free time and the chance to spend time with my family.  But I am also pumped about getting back to work with our team and getting our players prepared for the spring season.  The fall schedule is a lot of practice, a few scrimmages, and the opportunity to begin the team-building process.  We’ve got a great group this year, and I’m anxious to get out on the field.  Can’t wait!!
 
I also personally have a “new beginning”…I am officially a grad student!  I have begun working on my Masters in Kinesiology at Texas Women’s University.  This particular program is Kinesiology with an emphasis in Coaching, which is right up my alley!  Approximately half of the program is conducted online, with the other half consisting of a series of 8 seminars that are 3 days each.  I’m excited to get to work, and also to be slowly hacking my axe at my Master’s degree. 
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Chase is still as awesome as ever, and continues to amaze us every day.  He’s a full-blown active 2-year old, but is so much fun to be around and is definitely a class clown!!
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All the best to you and yours, and Dream BIG!
Stacey

A heavy heart

August 15th, 2009

This update is written with a heavy heart, as yesterday the IOC voted to include golf and rugby in the 2016 Olympics at the exclusion of softball and several others.  This means that the soonest softball would re-emerge on the Olympic stage will be in 2020.  I like to consider myself an optimist, but times like these challenge my ability to see the silver lining in things.

We all knew that the battle would be difficult and that there was a lot of resistance within the IOC and the Olympic movement.  For whatever reason, it seems that the IOC President Jacque Rogge had it out for softball.  He worked hard to ensure softball was NOT included (or so it seems).

I tip my cap to the Back Softball campaign and all of those who supported softball’s efforts to get back into the Olympics, whether directly or indirectly.  I know people like Donna DeVarona, Michele Smith, Jessica Mendoza, and many many others spent months traveling and spreading the “softball gospel” throughout the world, and can only imagine their immense disappointment considering their personal investments in the effort.

Speaking for myself, I am sad on a personal level, but my overwhelming emotion is related to the future of the sport, and the young girls around the globe who have seen their Olympic dreams dashed.  I pain for the Kaitlin Cochran and Ashley Hansen’s of the world, the “next generation” of USA Softball players who were on track to represent our country on the Olympic stage.  I pain for young girls in Argentina, Italy, Japan, Botswana, Jordan, and in-numerous corners countries where tears were shed and hearts were broken by the decision to exclude softball.

So, we pause to mourn softball’s defeat, and likely the pain will last for quite some time.  But, we must also continue to move forward, to build and develop and nurture softball here at home and abroad.  The efforts must continue, though likely not on nearly as large of a scale, to introduce softball to countries and continents that may not otherwise have been exposed.  Professional softball, whether it be the PFX Tour or the NPF, must continue to foster and legitimize softball post-college. 

I read Jennie Finch’s blog this morning about the IOC decision, and was struck hard by the observation her son, 3-year old Ace, noticed. “Mommy, where is your clubhouse?”  The gender inequities in sport are vast and often seem unconquerable.  Should we even waste our energy imagining a day when female professional softball players will be negotiating $100 million dollar contracts?  Is it worth our time to consider a day when 20,000 fans show up to watch a women’s basketball pre-season PRACTICE?  Being honest, there are times where I think it is ridiculous to imagine that day, considering how unbelievably far we are from even being in that zip code, being anywhere even moderately close to that day.

Then, after I slap my own face and wake myself out of the “oh poor me mode”, I lift my head up and answer my own question.  YES.  Yes, it is worth our time, energy, heart and soul.  It may be far off, but without our vision and determination, the gap never will be closed. 

And I must clarify that when I speak of equality, I hate when we get so bogged down by the money, by the dollars and cents of the inequities.  Yes, I believe the pendulum must swing in terms of the numbers if women ever want to see success.  But, I do not believe its all about the money.  Its about opportunity.  Its about the way in which women are respected (or not respected) for their contributions to sport.  Its breaking the stigma that “men’s sports are more entertaining”.  And its about women supporting women. 

So, as I sit back and look to the future, I really do believe it is about you and me, each one of us.  Olympic softball may be temporarily laying on a gurney, but softball is by no means dead.  It did take a big blow to the head, but it is not dead.  We will continue to scratch, claw, and fight for our sport.  And some day, we will look back on August 12, 2009 and say, “That was just the beginning.  I remember how broken-hearted I was that day.  But look at us now…”

I can’t wait for that day.

As always, Dreaming BIG,

Stacey

Hi everyone!

July 16th, 2009

As a college coach, the perception is that we shut it down during the summer. The truth is that while we don’t compete or practice with our team, we are very busy recruiting as well as preparing for the next season. We have spent a good deal of time out observing prospective student-athletes and trying to better the future of Aztec Softball.

I really enjoy the recruiting aspect of my job, even if I’m sunburned and often spend 12 consecutive hours out at the ballpark. I am honestly amazed by the level of talent I see, and am VERY excited about the future of San Diego State Softball as well as college softball in general. Only good things are happening!!

The summer has also allowed me more time to spend with Mark and Chase, which has been awesome! We’ve gone to Sea World, the San Diego County Fair, the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the beach, bike rides, and lots of mellow evenings at home in the “swimming pool” (actually its a very small jacuzzi, but Chase thinks its a pool, so we’ll just go with that!). Life is very good!!

Hope everyone is having an equally great summer and doing their best to stay cool…we San Diegans think 85 degrees is hot, so I think its safe to say we’re spoiled!!

Keep Dreaming BIG!!

Hi everyone

June 10th, 2009

Hi everyone, hope your summer is off to a great start (and those of you who are school-aged, hope the summer break is good so far!)!

As everyone knows, the 2009 college softball season is officially over, and the University of Washington Huskies won the WCWS Championship! I can honestly say I think the WCWS was the most competitive teams 1 through 8 that I can remember. It was hard to make my prediction on who I thought would win, but I went with the Huskies and I was right!!(Click here to read the article that state the prediction.)

I spent some time in Bristol, Connecticut as well, working for ESPN as their in-studio analyst during the Super Regionals. It was a lot of fun being on the ESPN campus talking softball for hours on end….it was a very long but VERY exciting weekend! It was my first experience in the studio (as opposed to being an in-game analyst) and it was a whole different beast. I hope to get an opportunity in the future to do more of the studio work.

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Now it is into SUMMERTIME…more time with my family and a little lighter load at my job. I will of course be busy with recruiting and getting out to identify future SDSU Aztecs. I really enjoy the recruiting process, but just need to remember my visor and sunscreen!! We are looking forward to cointinuing to bring in top-notch athletes and also top-notch people!!

Take care, and Dream BIG!

Stacey

Hello to everyone out in cyberspace!

May 9th, 2009
I feel like every journal update starts the same way, “sorry for the long lapse since my last journal”….so I will say the same again, SORRY!  I can’t believe how this spring has just flown by.  It literally has been lost in the sense that I cannot imagine how we are into May and the summer is right around the corner. 
 
This weekend is our final regular-season home game and then we will be anxiously awaiting the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday night to see if we will be invited to the post-season Tournament.  We had a rough weekend last week and lost some important games, so are on the edge of our seats about whether or not we will get invited.  Believe me when I say our fingers AND toes are crossed and we hope to get a chance to continue our season.
 
I also strayed out of my usual character and joined Twitter, so you all can follow my every move (well, I post a couple times a day, so not EVERY move…)!  I’m always wary of these kinds of things, but it seemed simple and fun so I’m giving it a shot.  I’m following several people, some friends, some teammates, Oprah, CNN, Obama, etc.  Its kinda cool to hear about what famous people are up to.  My Twitter name is staceynuveman, so come and check me out on www.twitter.com/staceynuveman!!
 
Recently, I celebrated my birthday (no telling my age, but its old), and Mark presented me with a Kindle for my b-day present.  I had never heard of the Kindle, but its a cool gizmo/gadget where you can download books, magazines, and newspapers and you can read them on the large screen.  Its somewhat like an iPod for books, and it is eco-friendly since it cuts down on the printing (and subsequent discarding) of printed materials.  I’m currently reading the very entertaining “The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University” and am really enjoying it.  I’m unintentionally giving a plug for the book, but my goal was to share about the Kindle…very cool gadget!!
 
This summer is set to be another busy one, but hopefully not quite as busy as usual.  I will be on the road recruiting some, as well as conducting some clinics and camps, but hope to spend a lot of quality time with the hubby and Mr. Chase.  We live in San Diego, and we plan to take advantage of all that San Diego has to offer, one way or another!!
 
As for Chase, he’s getting ready to turn 2 in June, and he’s even prepared to answer the question of “how old are you going to be”…he proudly answers “2!!”.  I’m pretty sure he doesn’t get it, but he answers nonetheless.  He’s able to count from 1 to 12 now; we’re working on 13-15 but are stuck at 12 now.  His current obsession is VeggieTales, and when I say obsession, I mean OBSESSION!  He can’t get enough of Bob and Larry.  But I suppose that’s a good cartoon to love if there ever was one.  His favorite song is “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, and he can mostly sing the lyrics.  Its mostly the key words (example: “Twinkle lil star, wonder you are, up above clouds high, like the diamond sky”) but he’s trying!!!
 
So, things are good and we are enjoying our new life in San Diego.  Hope all of you are gearing up for a wonderful summer.  Enjoy it to the fullest!!
 
Dreaming BIG,
Stacey

Hi all!

April 2nd, 2009
I hope this long-overdue journal finds everyone doing well, happy and healthy and enjoying the return of sunshine!  I know that living in San Diego now, we have a skewed sense of weather, being that we had plenty of 80-degree days in January and February, but we still have our own version of “cold”.  It is starting to warm up, and the shorts are finally being broken out of their winter hibernation!!
Stacey Nuveman
Stacey Nuveman 

As all you softball fans know, we are in the thick of the college softball season, and the San Diego State Aztecs are heading into conference play this weekend.  The Mountain West Conference only has 6 teams, so we start the season a little later than many of the other conferences.  We head to Las Vegas to play UNLV this weekend, which should be a great test.  The Runnin’ Rebels are playing well right now, and have some big offensive weapons.  Our team is playing pretty well now as well, so it should be a good test for both teams!!

I am still thoroughly enjoying coaching, and really find myself facing a new challenge or uncharted territory on a daily basis.  Coaching is so much about “people management”, as much as it is about skill development.  I see so much of that game that I missed before; as an athlete you are so focused on your job, what you have to do, that you aren’t always totally aware of all that is happening around you.  I have found such a greater appreciation for all of my teammates and their amazing talents and gifts…they all made the game look so easy!! 
 
As a coach, you stand back and observe EVERYTHING, and everyone.  Its sort of like the “eye in the sky” and its just a different perspective than being on the field, in the pressure cooker that is The Game.  I’ve found even MORE things to love and respect about the game of softball, and can’t wait to see whats next for me in this new journey of coaching!
 
Mr. Chase is soon to turn 2, and is beyond amazing!  I’ve found myself recently standing back and watching him in amazement.  I’ve always had a deep respect for the miracle that is human life, but I never really considered it as fully as I do now: it is beyond comprehension that this little creation was helpless and fully dependent only months ago, and now he is running around, talking, asking questions, gaining his personality and his will (he’s a feisty little guy!).  Not only physically, but he is growing emotionally and intellectually every single day.  It just blows my mind!!  And this same miracle happens over and over again millions of times every day (not sure if millions of babies are born every day, but I wouldn’t doubt it!). 
 

Stacey Nuveman

Mark also recently started his new job with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, so he’s beginning a new adventure as well.  We are finally all in the same place, which is great!  San Diego is the greatest city, and we are looking forward to enjoying all that San Diego has to offer.
 
All the best to you and yours, and wish the Aztecs luck the rest of the season!
 
Dreaming BIG,
Stacey 

Hello from sunny San Diego

February 13th, 2009
Hello from sunny San Diego (well actually, its been raining so the truth is that it DOES in fact rain in San Diego!)!
 
It has been eons since I’ve last updated my journal, life has just been hectic with the start of the softball season and having a 20 month old little monster living in my house!! 
 
Things are going really well.  We (San Diego State) played our first tournament this past weekend, and we ended up 2-2.  We played 4 tight games, and almost knocked off UCLA but lost to them in 9 innings.  I have to admit, it was very odd being in the other dugout and wanting to kick the Bruins tails.  I spent so many awesome moments of my life in the OTHER dugout, so I had to really mentally prepare myself before our game against the Bruins.  In the end, we had our chances to win but couldn’t pull it off. 
 
We picked up two wins on Saturday, so I can officially say that for an entire 24 hours I was 100% undefeated as a coach.  My career totals for coaching were 2 wins and 0 losses.  It was fun to be able to say that, even if it was only for 24 hours!
 
I must say that coaching in real games – not Fall scrimmages – really got my adrenaline rushing.  I wasn’t sure how it would feel to be in the coaches box and in the dugout rather than on the field, but I really enjoyed the rush and the intensity.  I caught myself getting a little too intense and fired up a couple of times, but that’s the lessons I’ll learn as a new coach.
 
And like I used to do as a player, I also did a post-weekend assessment of myself as a coach: what did I do well, what could I have done better, what can we (the team) work on, what do I need to improve upon, etc.  I strongly believe that self-evaluation is crucial to making improvements and keeping yourself accountable.  Like my husband always says, “Past is Prologue”, so unless we learn from our mistakes we are destined to make the same mistakes over and over again.
 
Chase is growing like a weed, and his vocabulary is ever-expanding.  He’s mostly still using single words.  He favors animals: he knows turtle, elephant, fish, bird, tiger (complete with a grrrr noise!), doggy, kitty, sheep, frog, and many others.  The only real three-word phrase he knows is “I’ll get it!” if he drops something.  It warms my heart to hear him expand his world and vocabulary all at the same time.
 
Hope everyone is excited at the start of college softball.  I can’t believe its already here after all of the months of practice, practice, practice.  Let the games begin!
 
Take care, and Dream BIG!
Stacey