By: Matt Rothman
Coral Springs Charter Softball Head Coach Mark Montimurro has another former player making an impact at the collegiate level.
Emily Estroff, former state champion with Coral Springs Charter and BCAA Athlete of the Year in 2018, has been one of Florida Gulf Coast University’s best softball players the past two seasons.
Estroff graduated from Coral Springs Charter and spent a year at the University of Villanova before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast University.
“I wanted to be closer to home and still play at a high level with a program like FGCU,” Estroff said. “I’m still able to get an education and play Division 1 softball at the same time.”
Estroff continued to put up terrific numbers in the circle and had a 2.72 ERA as a sophomore. She has hit .324 this season and has filled in terrifically at second base.
While Estroff lives roughly two hours away at FGCU, she still keeps up with her former team. Her younger sister Julia is a sophomore hitting .468 this year.
For seven-time state champion Coach Montimurro, it has been amazing to see both players play well. He says Emily was one of the most coachable players he has ever worked with.
“She had a wonderful demeanor on and off the field…. from pitch number one to out 21,” said Coach Montimurro. “Emily was as fierce a competitor as they come.”
Her journey with FGCU has a chance to get even better. The Eagles are currently 17-11 and 8-1 in the conference and looking to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2012.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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