We recently sat down with Cyla (Hawkins) Geopfert who played softball at TU. Cyla was the 2008 NCAA Independent Player of the Year who played from 2006-08. She was a 2006 NAIA All American and a three-time All Independent selection who also earned two All Region and two All-Conference honors. She is third in career batting average with .411. She holds the record for most hits in a season and is in the top 6 of 6 offensive categories. Enjoy our Q&A with Cyla.
What first attracted you to Tiffin University?
When I visited the first thing that really made me love the school was the campus itself. I really liked the smaller campus and the fact I was only 2 hours away from home. The softball program was also a huge factor.
What was your biggest challenge to overcome as an athlete/coach?
I think the biggest challenge was getting used to my class schedule while juggling softball practices/ work outs and games.
What do you feel was the highlight of your athletic playing/coaching career?
The highlight of my athletic playing career was probably my Freshman year going to Nationals for the first time. We had to battle through Regionals and rain and won with a walk off grand slam by Lauren Williams to make it to Nationals. It was a pretty awesome feeling!
Who were some of your closest friends/associates from your playing/coaching career?
My roommate and best friend at Tiffin Jessica Ramirez and all of my teammates were close friends.
Who were some key coaches/administrators that helped you during that period?
The key coaches that helped me were Coach Campbell and Coach Stubbs. They helped me grow as an athlete and as a person.
Who do you feel had the biggest influence in helping you achieve success on and/or off the field?
My dad was my biggest influence on and off the field. He was my coach all the way up through high school. So even though he wasn’t my coach in college he was always just a phone call away and at most of my games. He inspired me to do my best on and off the field and to never give up.
What was the most important thing you learned during your time at TU?
The most important thing I learned during my time at TU was time management and how to befriend and grow as a person and teammate with people of all different backgrounds.
How have you used your Tiffin University experience in your post-collegiate career?
I have used my softball experience to become a high school softball coach and used my business degree in my current job as a business advisor.