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Haylie Wagner

Softball Coach

Haylie Wagner is a left-handed pitcher for the NPF's Chicago Bandits. She started her professional career in 2015—when she signed as a free agent with the now-defunct Pennsylvania Rebellion—and is signed on to pitch for the Bandits through the 2019 season. In her four-plus years in the NPF, Wagner has been a steady arm, both as a starter and reliever. The southpaw has appeared in 71 games (23 as a starter) with an overall record of 18-15 and 10 saves. She logged 90.1 innings with the Bandits in 2017, and her 11 wins was a team-high.

Wagner is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she majored in general studies at the school's College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. It was a big jump from the west coast, where she grew up, but Haylie fell in love with the atmosphere at Michigan while on a visit with a travel ball teammate.

In the circle, her talent as an exceptional softball pitcher was quickly recognized—as a freshman she set a Wolverines' school record for wins (that still stands today) with 32 victories. That season she was unanimously selected as the 2012 Big Ten Conference Pitcher of the Year. Over the next few seasons, Wagner would continue to thrive as a pitcher. Even after overcoming a back injury in 2013, the lefty went on to earn such honors as, Top 50 Watch List for the 2013 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year; second-team All-Big Ten Conference; and 2015 All-Big Ten Conference team. She would finish her Wolverine career with a record of 100-18 and 518 strikeouts.

Haylie grew up in Orange, California, where she attended El Modena high school—sharing the diamond notables with Atlanta Braves' slugger Freddie Freeman. If she wasn't giving softball hitters and opposing teams anxiety with her impressive skills, she would like to help them relax, oddly enough, as a massage therapist. Haylie has two dogs, Jake and Bandit, and let's not forget her tortoise, Speedy (which YSPN360 has unofficially awarded the Greatest Name for a Tortoise Ever).