Lake Dallas softball head coach Amber Tramp, now entering her fourth season at the helm of the Lady Falcons, will head into this spring looking to guide the program to the postseason for the first time since 2016.
She came to the school after completing her graduate degree, which she earned on the heels of a successful high school career at Keller and collegiate experience at the University of Mississippi.
With another school year on the horizon and vacations in the books, Tramp took time to outline her approach to coaching and her expectations for her players.
How did you get into your sport? How did you get started coaching?
Tramp: When I was entering into the first grade, my parents signed me up for the local recreational league. I played slow-pitch softball until fifth grade and then transitioned to fast-pitch.
I quickly began playing select softball competitively year round, leading to my successful high school career at Keller High School. I continued my playing career at the University of Mississippi on a softball scholarship. My experience as a player has helped me transition into the coaching side of fast-pitch softball.
After grad school, I returned to the area and began looking for marketing jobs when I received a phone call from my current athletic director, Scott Head. Toward the end of the summer, he was searching for a softball coach and, at the time, his daughter was competing on a travel team from the area. He received word that I was back in the area and asked if I would be interested in coaching softball at Lake Dallas High School. I have been here ever since.
What are some of your hobbies outside of coaching?
Tramp: Crafting and photography.
What’s your overall coaching philosophy?
Tramp: I believe it is important to lead by example on and off the field. Showing my commitment and passion for the sport helps build trust and relationships with my athletes, which sets the foundation that enables me to develop well-rounded student-athletes.
How do you spend your summer vacations?
Tramp: Traveling to spend time with family. This summer, I spent time in Miami, Colorado and Georgetown.
What do you look for most in a student-athlete?
Tramp: Character. Working hard is very important. My model student-athlete is willing to compete in every single thing they do in life, whether that’s in the classroom, on the field or in the community – athletes who are striving to be the best version of one’s self in every aspect of their life are usually the ones who stand out.
If you weren’t coaching, what would you do as a career?
Tramp: Graphic design.
What’s your favorite thing about your sport?
Tramp: The traditions to learn from and the lifelong relationships to take away from the sport.
Who was your favorite professional athlete growing up?
Tramp: Pudge Rodriguez (Texas Rangers).
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned during your coaching career?
Tramp: Relationships and communication are the most important and will be drivers to overall team culture and success.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Tramp: The ability to use my passion for the game of softball as an outlet to positively influence young lives, both on and off the field.
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