New Head Coach Spotlight: Julie Farlow
We took some time to talk with new Jan Rock Zubrow ’77 Head Coach of Softball Julie Farlow in today’s spotlight, as she looks to begin a new chapter in Big Red Softball history with a young, but experienced squad.
After spending 13 years under the tutelage of legendary coach Dick Blood, Julie Farlow is taking over the Cornell Softball team in 2016. During her time as an assistant, Farlow played an important role in developing 34 first-team All-Ivy selections and recruiting top talent.
In addition to her successful role as an assistant coach, Farlow had a standout career as a Big Red second baseman. She was a two-time All Ivy second team selection and played an instrumental part in helping to secure the 1997 ECAC championship. Farlow set program records in both batting average and on base percentage, while even becoming the first Cornell player to bat over .400 for a season with a .423 average in 1996.
Farlow believes that her longevity and experience will greatly benefit her team since “the players know me and know my expectations.” She notes that she expects her team to continue to learn how to be collegiate athletes and to build upon past successes in conference and overall records.
While the season is several months away, Farlow has already noticed some defining features of this year’s team. “We’re still young; we only have six upperclassmen — four seniors and two juniors — but the returners are much more experienced now, and they have a greater understanding of what we’re practicing and training for all year long,” remarked Farlow.
She expressed her hope that another year of experience will help her team to generate more runs and develop more home run power.