Tony Jones | January 29, 2017
The journey to the start of her senior season for University of Notre Dame outfielder Karley Wester has been filled with its share of twists and turns. The active hits leaders in all of NCAA softball entering her senior campaign, and already regarded as one of the best all-around players to ever don the Notre Dame uniform, Wester was recognized for her selfless dedication and leadership prior to the start of the 2017 Irish season.
Teammates officially elected Wester captain of the current Notre Dame softball squad earlier this week, returning the Huntington Beach, California, native to a post she shared as a junior with 2016 graduate Carly Piccinich. Repeating as a captain for the Irish softball program is no small feat, with Wester just the eighth player all-time to earn a second stint with the title. She also becomes just the sixth solo captain to serve during Notre Dame’s 29 varsity softball seasons.
“It’s an honor, and not many people have done it so that makes it pretty cool,” Wester said of returning to the captain’s role in 2017. “Honestly, the title of captain doesn’t mean that you’re the only one who’s calling shots, it’s our entire senior class. Our class has developed big time as leaders, so I definitely lean on them and will always ask for their support. It will never be just me.”