Living the dream!
Considered the most dominant player in professional softball, Monica Abbott is known for not only the impact she’s made on the sport, but also on those who aspire to play professionally. The powerhouse left-handed pitcher has been described as the world’s most valuable player in fastpitch softball, with achievements including 17 different championship titles, an Olympic Silver Medal representing Team USA, and recognition as the Most Valuable Player of National Pro Fastpitch and the Japan Professional Softball League a combined eight times. She currently plays professionally for Houston’s Scrap Yard Dawgs and in the Japan Professional Softball League for Toyota Motor Corporation. In 2016, Monica signed a landmark $1 million contract with the Scrap Yard Dawgs, paving the way for young softball players interested in making a career in professional softball. The first-ever $1 million deal for a woman playing U.S. team sports, Monica’s contract made history, and along with it, the opportunity to impact not only the sport of softball but also the landscape of women’s professional sports. Off the diamond, Monica is focused on encouraging and educating the next generation of players. She founded the Monica Abbott Scholarship fund to support the education of female multi-sport athletes who have demonstrated leadership both in the classroom and on the field. In addition, she regularly hosts clinics with young softball players across the country and is a sought-after motivational speaker. Career Highlights • Five-Time National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) Champion (2007, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017) • Four-Time NPF MVP (2007, 2011, 2015, 2017) • Five-Time NPF Pitcher of the Year (2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017) • Six-Time All-NPF Selection (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) • Five-Time Japan Softball League Champion (2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2016) • Four-Time Japan Softball League MVP (2010, 2011, 2012, 2016) • 2017 Japan Cup Champion • 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist • Four-Time USA World Cup Champion • Pan American Gold Medalist • Two-Time World Champion Gold Medalist • 2007 ESPY Finalist for Best Female Collegiate Athlete • 2007 Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year • Recipient of the 2007 Honda Award as the nation's top collegiate softball athlete • NCAA Records while playing for the Lady Vols: Career Victories (189), Shutouts (112), Strikeouts (2,440), Single-Season Strikeouts (724) • Four-Time First Team All-American • Four-Time First Team All-SEC Selection • Three-Time SEC Pitcher of the Year