Gabrielle Coffey, a lefty power hitter and catcher who goes by “Gabby” and is a freshman at Prosper (Texas) High in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, was selected last Thursday to play for the Brazilian Jr. Nation Team, one of two huge goals she had looked to accomplish in her softball career.
The other, she says, was to play for a major DI program and she accomplished that when she committed to Mississippi State while in junior high.
A member of the Texas Glory 16U team, Gabby will compete with the Brazilian team at the Under-19 Women’s Softball World Cup in Irvine, California this August. She now has dual citizenship because her father, Roger, was born in Brazil.
Kevin Shelton, head of the Texas Glory organization, says: “Gabby is a smart player with a high softball IQ, a good understanding of what is going on around her and knows how to take advantage of what the other teams gives her.”
“She has a strong arm, versatility on defense," Shelton continues. "At the plate is where she is most dangerous, hitting for power regularly. She has good size and plenty of upside. Gabby has a bright future ahead.”
Here, in her own words, is how this strong candidate for the 2022 Extra Elite 100 (to be released in May) will get to live her dream of playing softball at the collegiate level as well as on the international stage…
Ever since starting softball I’ve had dreams of playing in the Olympics or traveling around the world to play.
A few years ago, within the Texas Glory Organization we were interviewed and asked questions such as “What are some of your dreams and goals?”
At the time I was in 7th grade and said, “I want to play college softball, then continue my softball career and play for the National USA or the Brazil Team.”