Where Are They Now? Brittany Weil

Brittany Weil, 09BA
Iowa softball star, 2006-2009

Brittany Weil, 09BA, bounced back from a life-threatening head injury to become one of the most decorated softball players in Hawkeye history.

As a UI sophomore, Weil was hit in the head during practice by a line drive that nearly ended her softball career. After spending a week in the hospital and another five weeks relearning basic speech and language skills, she returned to the pitching mound, recording double-digit strikeouts in each of her first three starts.

The all-American pitcher from Garden Grove, Calif., broke the Iowa records for strikeouts (1,083), innings pitched (1,011.2), games played (183), complete games (110), and no-hitters (5), and tied for career wins (99).

In 2009, she also shattered the Hawkeyes’ single-season record for strikeouts (339).

In 2009, Weil was chosen seventh overall in the National Pro Fastpitch Senior Draft. She played for one season with the Akron Racers, before joining the North Dakota State University softball team as a graduate assistant and then as a pitching coach. There, she guided her pitchers to national recognition, two Summit League Tournament Championships, and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

In June 2012, Weil became an assistant softball coach at Iowa State, where she works primarily with pitchers.

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