BATON ROUGE - LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva formally introduced Beth Torina as the program's softball coach during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon held at the Athletics Administration Building.


BATON ROUGE - LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics Joe Alleva formally introduced Beth Torina as the program's softball coach during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon held at the Athletics Administration Building.

Below are quotes from both Alleva and Torina.

VICE CHANCELLOR AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS JOE ALLEVA

Opening Statement ...
"Thank you all for coming today, I appreciate it. I've always believed in my heart that things work out the right way and the way they're supposed to work out. I know that's the case today. You're going to just love this young lady as our new softball coach. When we knew that Yvette (Girouard) was going to retire, we had a lot of time to make a lot of phone calls. Everyone we called mentioned Beth (Torina's) name, and they said positive things about her. We kept hearing her name and hearing her name. Finally, when the opportunity presented itself, we brought her in here and met her. I learned some tremendous things about her. First, she's very smart. You can't coach smart, folks. Either you're smart or you're not smart. She's smart, she's unbelievably competitive. She has a great work ethic, and she's really passionate about what she does. She loves to coach and to teach. When you put those things together, you've got a winning combination. Believe me, here at LSU, we have a winning combination. She's going to be an outstanding coach here for many, many years to come. It's my pleasure to introduce Beth Torina to you."     

LSU SOFTBALL COACH BETH TORINA

Opening Statement ...

"I just want to start with a few 'thank you's'. Thanks to my husband, Nick, for being here with me today. I want to thank Julie Berg and Pete Garcia for a great experience at FIU and encouraging me through this process. Of course, thank you to Joe (Alleva) and Miriam (Segar) for the opportunity to be at LSU. I couldn't be more excited to be here today.

"I'm excited that I was chosen for this process. I know there were a lot of talented coaches in the poll for this. There are a lot of talented coaches in the country, but I'm glad that I was the right fit for LSU and that I'm standing here today as the new softball coach at LSU.

"I'm here to win in everything we do. I'm here to win the SEC, I'm here to compete for a national championship. I'm also here for these girls to win in the classroom, the community and just be excellent in everything we do here at LSU. I was instantly convinced to be here as soon as I saw the atmosphere that this school brings. The facility that was created by the administration and Coach (Yvette) Girouard and those that back this program, and the support from this community for this university was unbelievable. I couldn't be more excited to be a part of that as well.

"When Coach Girouard retired, I was concerned that they would find someone to replace her that would respect everything she's done. I think it was a sad day for softball when she retired, but I know it was a great day for her. I feel good that I'm going to be able to do this, still respect her and continue a lot of the traditions that she started here and do it in the right way. I have the highest regard for her and everything she's done throughout her career.

"I'm excited to return to the SEC. I played in the SEC [at Florida], and I'm excited to compete at that level. There are some unbelievable coaches throughout this conference. I'm excited to be a member of that group and excited to compete against them.

"I got to meet with our girls last night, and I really enjoyed it. They have a lot of personality which I like. I plan to make sure that we're the hardest working team in the SEC, and we'll never get beat any day because of our work. We're going to outwork everyone. They're a great group, I enjoyed it. I like personality, and I like them to be enthusiastic and passionate. I really enjoyed meeting them.

"Every day I'm amazed at the opportunities this sport has given me. I know it's just a game, but it has given me so many opportunities. I know at the end of the day some of you may question some decisions I make, but you'll never question my heart or passion for the sport of softball and for LSU. That's why I'm here today."

On if she saw herself as a candidate for the position when it first opened and her reaction when it was first filled...
"I've always thought that it was a great job and a great opportunity. I think you kind of have to be in the right place at the right time to get a job like this, so I was not surprised when it was filled. I was very excited to get a phone call and be considered when it was opened again."

On her message to the players when she first met them...
"My message to them was mostly just about me, my philosophy and what I saw for this program. It really didn't have a lot to do with the things they've been through in the past. I hope they feel confident in the decision that they've made and the decision that I'm here to stay and support them. I made sure they had all of my contact information and just let them know I'm here to stay. I'm here for them. We're going to get this thing started and get it started right."

On if LSU was a dream job...
"It definitely is. I enjoyed competing in the SEC so much. Of course when you're a coach and you're competitive, you want to be best and compete at the highest level. In my opinion, the SEC is the highest level. I'm ready for the SEC to win its first national championship. I would love to be a part of that, so it definitely was something I always wanted to do."

On if she has a hitting coach in mind...
"First, I'm really excited about the pitching staff. I have actually been a fan of those young ladies [Rachele Fico and Brittany Mack], watching them play in 18 and under (leagues), and as they've grown up. I've been a fan for a long time, so I'm really excited about the pitching staff that I'm inheriting. As far as hiring assistants, I definitely have some good candidates in mind. There are a lot of good candidates out there. I haven't made any final decisions on that yet. I do understand that we will want to address the offense. Of course, I'm a pitcher; I would have hired an offensive coach anyway to match up with me, but I haven't made any decisions there yet."

On the facilities and resources at LSU...
"The facilities here are unlike any other I've ever seen. I told the girls I get goose bumps about 20 times I walk into that place [Tiger Park]. It's absolutely amazing. It's the best facility I've ever seen. My hat is off to all of those who had that done and to the administration for the support that they put into that. It's absolutely amazing, and I feel like it's a place where girls will want to come play. They will fight to play there. Hopefully, our players will respect it every day and understand how lucky they are to be part of this program when they step foot on that field."

On what she saw in terms of this program from the outside looking in...
"This program has a ton of great history and tradition. I don't think we need to completely reinvent the wheel and throw out everything they're doing. This is a great program. There are talented players. I'm going to come in, just be myself and do the things that I think have made me successful and make other softball programs successful. Like I said, I think we'll work hard. We won't get outworked and really, we'll just try and compete, but I don't feel like there is a need to reinvent everything that was done at LSU. This is historically an extremely successful program. Of course, we want to be in the World Series every single year. We don't want to take a year off on that, and that will be our goal every day as we're working."

On if she has experience recruiting in the state of Louisiana...
"I've recruited nationally throughout my career. I do need to continue to improve my ties in Louisiana. Of course, that's the first place we'll start is getting our home-grown talent to make sure they are playing at LSU, and we'll branch out from there. I think Texas is another great option. There are a lot of talented softball players in the southeastern United States, so of course we'll start there and try to get home-grown talent to win us that national championship."

On if the events of the past two weeks are going to hang over this program for the near future...
"I really don't. I have a lot of respect for Patrick Murphy. He is a great coach. I look forward to competing against him in the SEC, but I truly feel that LSU hired the right coach for the job."

On scheduling UL-Lafayette in the regular season...
"Right now I believe the schedule has already been completed for the next year. I'm not sure how far out it goes. Of course that's something we can look into in the future, but I believe that's already done."

On hiring assistant coaches...
"I haven't made any decisions yet on it. I have a lot of good applicants. I have a lot of people in mind. I haven't finalized that yet. I'm just trying to get here and get things started. Meeting the team was my first priority. That will be the next thing on my list."

On interviewing the current assistant coaches at LSU and the coaching search process...
"Yes. I will talk with them first. Honestly, I wasn't looking for a new job necessarily. I was happy where I was at. I enjoyed it there. I enjoyed my team. I think they're going to have a very successful next few years. It wasn't something I was looking to do, so it wasn't something I was upset about when they made the (initial) hire. I didn't feel bad or anything. When I did get the call though, I was extremely excited, and I was thrilled to be considered. I'm just so appreciative to be here however I got here. I'm excited I have the job."