2017 Free Agent shortstop Chad Ulogar
Interview conducted on 9/28/2016
Who are you playing with in 2017?
I played with Laria/Nager Law/Pepco in 2016.
2017 Free Agent – Culogar@waveimaging.net
What positions do you play and what is your best position?
I play shortstop but could probably play middle as well.
Who is the best softball player you have ever seen play?
Keith Laski. Definitely a guy I look up to on the field.
Why do you like the game of softball?
Coming from a baseball background, its similar in most aspects but it presents some unique challenges to keep you wanting and needing to improve.
Who is the best up and coming player in softball and why?
There are a ridiculous amount of great players.
What is your nickname in softball and how did you get it?
Dont really have one.
What is your height and weight?
Where do you call home?
What's your favorite way to spend an off weekend?
Catching an Indians game or taking it easy. Nothing too crazy.
What do you do for a living?
Ultrasound Sales Rep and baseball instructor
Did you play sports in High School / College / Pro?
Played baseball in high school, college and 1 year independent ball after college.
How did you get your start in softball and how did you get to the upper level?
I got my start playing league with some friends. I then joined Cash House briefly before joining Laria 3 years ago. This is my 4th year of travel softball and have two 2nd place finishes in GSL C world's and a WSL C ring. I want to keep moving up.
Is there a player that you would compare your game to?
Being from northeast ohio I have to say Messer from Combat.
What would you say is your career highlight to this point? Maybe one play or game that sticks out to you in particular?
Being the GSL C States MVP was a great honor but catching Wegmans line drive in the MOJO was pretty cool.
In your career was there a single person (player/manager/coach) who had the most significant impact on your approach to the game? Why?
Joe Garrett, the manager of Laria, told me in my first season I needed to lose my baseball swing to be a successful hitter. I was stubborn and didn't want to listen at first, but I've really improved offensively because of that.
What advice can you give a young player trying to break into the upper level?
If you ever think you're as good as you'll ever be, someone will always be better. Continue to improve and want to be the best.
What type of batting grip do you use and what ounce bat?
Standard baseball grip. I use 26oz and 27 Oz depending on the day
What do you do in the offseason to prepare for the next softball season?
I coach baseball so that helps me stay in tune with the mental side of the game. But physically I take BP, tons of groundballs and a few indoor tournaments locally.
What is your favorite sports team and your favorite sport other than softball?
What is the best softball field/complex you have played at and why?
Berliner in Columbus. I love turf.
Tell us something about you that most would never know about you?
I trained myself to field groundballs as a kid/teenager by throwing a tennis ball against my garage at different angles.