FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT
Sarah Prezioso radiates a passion, drive and appetite for life that is infectious. She identifies with being a part of something bigger than herself and continues to make an impact on the sport of softball and those around her with a killer combination of both grit and grace.
As Sarah balances being a pro softball player and collegiate coach she continues to approach each aspect of the game with a drive and attitude that is contagious. Which is why we are extremely proud to have Sarah as part of the We Are Warpaint family and share her story in this month's Warrior Spotlight.
WARRIOR SPOTLIGHT: FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT
WP: How has softball impacted your life?
SP: Softball has pretty much shaped who I am as an individual. It has helped me build lifelong friendships as well as opened doors and presented me with some amazing opportunities that I am extremely grateful for.
WP: You are a graduate from Temple University, where you hold career records; what was it like to compete at Division I program?
SP: Competing at a Division I program is something that I knew I wanted to do ever since I started playing softball. I knew I wanted to compete at the highest collegiate level possible. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy but I was determined to do whatever it takes. Although Temple isn’t a Division I softball powerhouse, it was close to home, a city atmosphere that I was looking for, and felt like home away from home. All of these important factors went in to making my final decision.
As for breaking and holding career records, that just comes with working hard and giving 100 percent every day and with every play. I wasn’t looking to break records or hit home runs, but rather just playing the game I love with passion and effort.
WP: What is the one thing most people don’t know about you?
SP: One thing most people don’t know about me is that I am a Foster dog parent for the rescue group “Dachshund Rescue of Bucks County” in New Jersey. So technically I’m a foster dog mom for two adorable little Dachshund senior dogs, Ruby and Hershey. I’m literally obsessed with them. Oh, and I can juggle.
WP: You are currently an assistant softball coach with the Scarlet Raiders, what’s it like coaching softball vs. playing softball?
SP: To be honest starting off I wasn’t sure how I would feel about coaching. But now I truly LOVE it. I love my team and I love making a difference in their lives by the way they play and think about the game every day. Seeing the smiles on their faces when they win or get a base hit is amazing! The feeling of seeing the difference you make in a group of people is a rewarding experience.
WP: What person(s) have impacted your softball career and why?
SP: I have had a great deal of help and support throughout my many years of playing, but my family definitely is number one. They have always encouraged and motivated me to be the best I can be even when I doubted myself. My dad was my mentor since I first started playing and my mom my biggest fan.
WP: What is your favorite quote?
SP: I have a couple favorite quotes but my favorite ones are Bible verses. Since I make God the number one priority in my life whether playing softball or in life, I try to always remember these two:
Philippians 4: 6-7
“Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Psalm 23: 3-4
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
WP: When you’re not playing or coaching softball what do you like to do?
SP: When I’m not playing or coaching I really enjoy traveling. I love exploring and seeing the natural beauty of the world. With traveling comes food, and I love food. So traveling lets me try authentic foods. I am more than willing to try every food at least once. Spontaneous adventures are also my thing, and some of the best times I have had have come unplanned. Although I don’t really get to travel as often as I like, it is something I would like to make more time for.
WP: Describe the day you officially signed on to play professional softball: What was it like? How did you feel?
SP: The day I signed to play professional softball was pretty exciting and overwhelming. I got a call the day after I graduated college asking me if I wanted to be apart of the Pennsylvania Rebellion. I definitely remember smiling as I talked to the coach on the phone, I accepted and then asked when I was expected to report to Washington, PA. The coach then asked if I could get there within the next two days. So I was on a plane to Western Pennsylvania within the next day. That was the overwhelming part, since I wasn’t even home from school for more than 48 hours but it was all worth it! I was super excited to be able to play professional softball. Not many people can say they have done that, let alone from New Jersey.
WP: If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring collegiate softball player, what would it be?
SP: A great piece of advice I could give would be to “Fake it until you make it and fake it and until you find it. The energy and attitude we display is contagious.”
This is a quote by Brian Cain, one of the most respected sports psychologist and mental conditioning coaches in the entire world who I have been following for a couple years now. He makes two great points that I always make sure I keep in the back of my head when playing. It really helped me through the pro-league this past summer and even during my collegiate career. The energy and attitude you display is contagious. Anything and everything you do on the field is being watched by someone. You never know where your next opportunity lies. It could be with the coach in the other dugout, a fan in the stands, or with a teammate. Attitude is everything. You never know who you are inspiring.
WP: If you could design the next Warpaint color, what would it be?
SP: If I could design a Warpaint color it would probably be… PURPLE!