Former Longhorn Megan Willis, who played eight seasons professionally in the National Pro Fastpitch league, was recently named assistant general manager for the USSSA Pride, a franchise based in Orlando, Fla. CREDIT: Jamie Harms/ 2014 American-Statesman

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Ex-Longhorn Megan Willis named assistant GM of NPF franchise

Posted December 27th, 2016

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  • Megan Willis was named the assistant general manager for the USSSA Pride, becoming the first former player to serve in that role for USSSA.
  • Former Texas catcher Megan Willis was a three-time All-Big 12 catcher and back-to-back Big 12 defensive player of the year

Texas softball alumna Megan Willis will take on a new role with her former National Pro Fastpitch team the USSSA Pride, based in Orlando, Fla.

Willis was named the new assistant general manager for the Pride on Dec. 21 and she becomes the first former NPF player to take an assistant general manager position for USSSA and only the second player in the NPF’s 12-year history.

Willis is best known for being All-American Cat Osterman’s catcher for several years at Texas and professionally in Japan and the NPF. She played eight seasons in the NPF with six of those being for the Pride, winning three championships in her career. Willis retired from playing prior to the 2016 season and took on a role as an assistant coach for the Pride.

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At Texas, Willis was a three-time All-Big 12 catcher and back-to-back Big 12 defensive player of the year during her junior and senior seasons. She has also been the color commentator for Texas softball games for the Longhorn Network.

ORG XMIT: OKOKL!06 Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, center, hugs catcher Megan Willis, left, in front of Jacqueline Williams after Osterman threw a no-hitter in the Texas Longhorns 2-0 win over the Oklahoma Sooners at the OU Softball Complex in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 15, 2006. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)
in this 2006 file photo, Texas pitcher Cat Osterman, center, hugs catcher Megan Willis, left, in front of Jacqueline Williams after Osterman threw a no-hitter in the Texas Longhorns 2-0 win over the Oklahoma Sooners. Willis and Osterman played professional softball alongside each other for eight seasons.

As the assistant general manager, Willis will serve as a liaison between Pride players and the USSSA front office. Her duties will include scouting draft prospects, administering free agent trades and acquisitions, coordinating in-season and off-season player appearances and planning the USSSA Pride’s fall tour.

“I could not be more excited about this opportunity! It has always been a goal of mine to become a GM of a team in the NPF, however, it wasn’t until I had the privilege to play for the USSSA Pride that I realized I didn’t want to be a GM for just any team, I wanted to take over for Don when that day came,” Willis said in a press release.

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