COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland softball coach Julie Wright has announced Amanda Brashear (Chino, Calif.), Brigette Nordberg (Exton, Penn.) Lauren Graves (White Hill, Ark.), and Anna Kufta (Huntington Beach, Calif.) have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Terrapins. The four make up Wright’s inaugural recruiting class and will join the team for the 2016-2017 season.
“I am thrilled to welcome four very talented individuals to our Maryland softball family,” Head Coach Julie Wright said. “Anna, Amanda, Lauren, and Brigette are exceptional young women who will fit right into the championship culture we are creating as Terps. I couldn’t be more excited to get them here.”
Brashear brings a championship pedigree to College Park, having won numerous championships throughout her high school and club career. As a captain of the Chico High School softball team, Brashear helped her team win the league championship every year of her career and won it all with a California State Championship in 2013. Brashear has been named first team all league in all three seasons and was named the 2014 Offensive Player of the Year. Amanda played for one of the top club organizations in the country, the Firecrackers; her father Sean was the coach. The Firecrackers Brashear have four top five national finishes and won it all in 2011.
WRIGHT on BRASHEAR
“Amanda comes from excellent pedigree and brings a wealth of championship level experience with her to Maryland. This is a young lady who has been playing at a high level for a very, very long time. She has the ability to anchor our outfield and bring a high expectation of herself and those around her. She is a wonderful young lady and I am thrilled to have her joining our Terrapin family. There is no doubt she will do very well here.”
Graves signs with the Terrapins after a standout career at White Hall High School, showing she can do damage from the mound and the plate. Graves was named to the all-conference team all three years in high school. Her sophomore year was one to remember, Graves was named All-State, to the All-State Tournament Team, the Southeast Arkansas Hitter of the Year, Southeast Arkansas First Team Pitcher, and to cap it off she pitched her team to a state championship. Graves also serves the community, taking part in local service organization SIS (Sisters In Service) and FCA (Fellow Christian Athletes).
WRIGHT ON GRAVES
“I have known Lauren for three years now and have no doubt I am getting an amazing young lady. She is one of the hardest working kids I know and that will aide her greatly here at Maryland. I expect Lauren to compete immediately on the mound and at the plate and am really looking forward to how she develops in her time as a Terp. It is without question that she will represent the University and the Athletics department in the best possible way. I am thrilled the wait is almost over for her!”
Anna Kufta can do a bit of everything. The corner infielder is “powerful, athletic, intense, and intelligent” according to Coach Wright. Kufta comes from Huntington Beach High School, the same school current Terp Jacqui Pascual hails from. Kufta helped her team win one of the toughest conferences in the country, becoming the Sunset League champions in 2014. She was named First Team All-Sunset League in 2014 and Second Team All-Sunset League in 2013 and 2015. As a member of the Firecrackers, Kufta guided her team to a third place finish at PGF Nationals in 2015 and a second place finish at the Triple Crown Sports Fireworks Super 64. A standout in the classroom, Kufta was named a scholar athlete in 2014 and 2015 and earned her way onto the 2015 SunsetLeague All-Academic Team.
WRIGHT ON KUFTA
“Anna is an amazing athlete who will have a stellar career as a Terp both on and off the field. I expect her to have an immediate impact both defensively and offensively. She simply loves to compete – in everything – and that is probably one of my favorite things about her. Even more than her athletic ability, however, is her heart and desire to be the absolute best person and teammate she can be. I love this about her and cannot wait to get her on campus.”
Nordberg can do it all; the Pennsylvania native is an athletic utility player with a great arm and a powerful bat. As a catcher for Downingtown East High School, Nordberg batted at a .479 clip throughout her career. Nordberg has been named 1st Team All-Ches-Mont the past two seasons and was named First Team All-State in 2015. She has led the team in extra base hits, runs scored, and RBI’s the past two seasons. Nordberg has starred for the Pennsylvania Chaos under coach Joe Spina, leading her team to a No. 8 national rank in 2015. In the classroom Nordberg has achieved honor roll throughout high school and attended a select leadership program called LINK during her junior year.
WRIGHT ON NORDBERG
“Brigette absolutely loves to play this game. It pours off of her on a softball field. Her athleticism, ability to play anywhere, and knowledge of the game makes her a great asset. I am anxious to see what she does in her career here. We are very proud to have her and her family join ours.”