OSTERMAN Cat

16 Apr 1983
38
Female
1.88/6'2''
HOUSTON, TX
 
United States of America
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
BSB Baseball/Softball Softball 2 Silver Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
ITA
Italy
0
USA
United States
2
Finished
Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium
USA
United States
1
CAN
Canada
0
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
USA
United States
2
MEX
Mexico
0
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
AUS
Australia
1
USA
United States
2
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
JPN
Japan
1
USA
United States
2
Finished
Yokohama Baseball Stadium
JPN
Japan
2
USA
United States
0
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
RankEventYearLocation
1Softball2004Athens, GRE
2Softball2008Beijing, CHN

Softball World Championship
RankEventYearLocation
1Softball2010Caracas, VEN
1Softball2006Beijing, CHN

Pan American Games
RankEventYearLocation
1Softball2019Lima, PER

USA Softball International Cup
RankEventYearLocation
1Softball2019Columbus, GA, USA
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Cat (espn.com, 02 Jan 2019)
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Athlete, Coach, Real Estate Agent
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Psychology - University of Texas, United States of America
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Husband Joey Ashley, stepdaughter Bracken.
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English
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Ken Eriksen [national], USA
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Pitcher (catosterman.com, 27 May 2020)
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Bats left, throws left (catosterman.com, 27 May 2020)
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She began playing softball at age five. "I actually played in first grade, but quit after one season. I played almost every sport growing up. When I was 10 I attempted softball again, and started pitching when I was 11." (usafastpitch.com, 10 Jul 2015)
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As a child she played football and basketball, until one day her Little League coach needed another pitcher. She volunteered, and fell in love with the role. She credits her family with instilling her competitive drive. "I think being competitive is just something that's in my family. [My parents] made it clear if I was going to be doing something I better be doing it 100%. If I wasn't going to give 100%, than they weren't going to pay for stuff like pitching lessons. So I did. And when you love what you're doing, it's easy to give 100%." (nfca.org, 03 Aug 2016; active.com, 2015)
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To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (tokyo2020.org, 20 May 2020)
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She cites winning gold at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens as the "highest point" in her life and winning the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing behind Japan as the lowest. (espn.com, 02 Oct 2018)
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US baseball player Craig Biggio and US softball player Michele Smith. (wilson.com, 01 Jan 2020)
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University of Texas softball coach Connie Clark. "She gave me an opportunity that as I get older, I've always reflected back on the fact that if I had gone to school anywhere else, I'm not thrown into the fire as a freshman like I was. I think any other place I decided to go, I would have been a No. 2 or a No. 3 and not the pitcher. She prepared me for later on. She trusted in me as a young freshman." (hookem.com, 23 May 2018)
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"I think most of what I do is habit more than superstition. I put my uniform on the same way, socks always last. I warm up my pitches in the same order, but not because if I don't I won't throw well. It's just routine by now. Only real superstition is that I don't step on the chalk lines." (usafastpitch.com, 10 Jul 2015)
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"I know perfection is unattainable, but the chase to be as close to it as I can is an enjoyable challenge for me." (wilson.com, 01 Jan 2020)
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She was named Champion [Best Player] of the 2020 Athletes Unlimited tournament. (wbsc.org, 29 Sep 2020)

She was named championship MVP in the National Pro Fastpitch [NPF] League in 2009 while playing for the Rockford Thunder. She was also named NPF Pitcher of the Year in 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2017 her No.8 jersey was retired by the USSSA Pride. (txstatebobcats.com, 01 Jan 2019; texassports.com, 29 Sep 2020)

In 2013 she was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2016 she was inducted into the World of Little League Hall of Excellence. (txstatebobcats.com, 01 Jan 2019)

During her time playing for the University of Texas she was named USA Softball's National Collegiate Player of the Year three times in 2003, 2005 and 2006, and was also named the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in the same years. In 2005 and 2006 she was an ESPY Award winner as the Top Collegiate Female Athlete and also won the Honda Award in the same years for softball. She was a four-time All-American. (txstatebobcats.com, 01 Jan 2019; teamusa.org, 01 Jan 2010; justwomenssport.com, 13 Dec 2020)

In high school she won the 2001 Gatorade National Softball Player of the Year. (usssapride.com, 01 Jan 2014)

General Interest

General
RETIREMENT AND COMEBACK
In 2015 she retired from competitive softball before announcing her return in late 2018. She was motivated by the US team's loss in the gold medal match of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, and a desire to win gold at the 2020 Games in Tokyo. "There's unfinished business [from 2008] that has obviously eaten at me for a long time. I came back for the chance to win back the gold medal all of us who were there still feel we let slip out of our hands against Japan in 2008. To be able to have an opportunity to do that, honestly now that I've made the decision, it's what motivates me every morning." (espn.com, 02 Oct 2018, 02 Jan 2019; hookem.com, 01 Jan 2021; tokyo2020.org, 17 Mar 2021; espn.com, 03 Feb 2021)

ATHLETES UNLIMITED
She was part of the first Athletes Unlimited league in 2020, which offered an alternative softball format. Initially she did not want to be part of the league as she didn't want to be away from her family for six weeks, but changed her mind after encouragement from her husband. "The more I got to know about Athletes Unlimited , the more I realised it was something I did want to be a part of. It's obviously super exciting for softball that there's a pro avenue that looks like it can be sustained, not only that the fans fell in love with, but that the players fell in love with. I know plenty of players had doubts when the idea was first pitched, but once we were in it, we were all in love with it." She has committed to playing a second season in 2021 after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, before she plans to retire from the sport. (hookem.com, 01 Jan 2021; espn.co.uk, 15 May 2020; espn.com, 03 Feb 2021; catosterman.com, 12 Sep 2020)

THIS IS US
In June 2020 she was among the full squad of 18 Houston Scrap Yard Dawgs players who quit the team following its first National Pro Fastpitch [NPF] match after the league's comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic. The entire squad quit the team after a tweet on the Dawgs' official Twitter account was sent by their general manager to US President Donald Trump about players standing for the national anthem. The players formed a new NPF team, called 'This Is Us', with the goal of raising awareness about racial injustice. "The more we talked about it, the angrier I got, and I finally just said, 'I'm done, I'm not going to wear this jersey'. We were used as pawns in a political post, and that's not okay." (thisisussoftball.com, 01 Oct 2020; yahoo.com, 14 Jun 2020; nytimes.com, 24 Jun 2020; espn.com, 23 Jun 2020; apnews.com, 23 Jun 2020)

OCCUPATION AND COACHING
She works as a realtor in Texas, United States of America. She is also the director of pitching performance at Bombers Fastpitch in New Braunfels, TX and a board member for Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities [RBI] in Austin. From June 2014 to May 2020 she was an associate head coach of the Texas State Bobcats softball team. She first joined Texas State as an assistant coach in 2014, after spending three seasons as an assistant coach at St. Edwards University. She also served as a student assistant coach at the University of Texas in 2007 while finishing her undergraduate degree, before serving as an assistant coach at DePaul University from 2008 to 2010. In 2015 she earned a master's degree in positive coaching from the University of Missouri. (Instagram profile, 09 Jan 2019; txstatebobcats.com, 01 Jan 2019; usssapride.com, 01 Jun 2015; Twitter profile, 16 Apr 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Nov 2020; si.com, 18 Mar 2021)

NPF DRAFT
She was the number one pick in the 2006 National Pro Fastpitch [NPF] Draft. (texassports.com, 29 Sep 2020)

Legend
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Silver Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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