Stacey Nuveman, San Diego State University assistant softball coach, offended some viewers when she said on national TV that her players should “toughen up” instead of wearing batting face masks.
Also an ESPN commentator, Nuveman made her comment during the Kentucky vs. California Super Regional game on Sunday, May 29.
“I don’t like (face masks). I think they’re cumbersome. I tell my (SDSU) girls who wear them, ‘come on, toughen up’.”
Her words aren’t on YouTube, but Nuveman’s statement—and the above quote—made it into a couple of online softball forums.
She was commenting on Baylor freshman catcher Clare Hosack hitting a foul ball into her own face (see above) during a Super Regional game vs. Georgia on Saturday, May 28.
With Baylor University playing in this year’s Women’s College World Series we’ll probably hear more about face masks and Hosack’s injury.
Does a coach have the right to tell a player to wear or not wear a batting face mask? How many other coaches share Nuveman’s attitude but haven’t said anything publicly yet?