It hasn’t been long since Amanda Feldman ’12 took her Commencement walk around The Pond, but this familiar face has been back on campus this spring as an assistant coach for the Varsity Softball team. We caught up with Feldman via email to hear about all she’s done since leaving Wellesley and what it’s like to back on Maple Manor Field.
What have you been up to since graduating from Dana Hall?
After graduating from Dana, I attended Trinity College in Connecticut. During my two years at Trinity, I was a pitcher on the varsity softball team. After my sophomore year, I decided to return to my favorite city and finish up my undergraduate years at Boston University where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. Since graduating from BU, I’ve kept busy working full-time in account management as a business analyst at a healthcare analytics company, got certified as a barre instructor and teach at the Pure Barre Wellesley and Newton studios, and found a love for running! I just completed my second marathon (both Boston!) and am about to begin training for the Chicago Marathon in October.
What does it feel like to be back at Dana as an employee?
Oh, it’s been fantastic to be back! It feels like just yesterday I myself was a Dana student and player on the Varsity Softball team. Seven years have gone by way too fast! I’m at a point in my life where I can relate to the girls because I was in their shoes not all that long ago, but have had experiences in college and the professional world that allow me to share some advice and look back and reflect on how much my time at Dana meant to me. All of that being said, many umpires think I am a player. I think it comes with the territory of being only 5’1”!
What's been your favorite part of coaching?
Being a member of the Dana softball family again. From watching the girls learn and grow every day as players and young women, to having the ability to give back to a program and sport that was such a big part of my life, to coaching alongside Dr. Doll (and Coach Elwell!) who taught me so much as a player and now as a coach, I love everything about it. Being a part of a team shows us how to rally behind our teammates, and teaches us to find and share our passions with others. It gives us the opportunity to be motivated by our own personal successes as well as by the successes of those around us, but to never settle. It reminds us every day is a chance to work hard, to appreciate the ups and downs of the process with the support of our teammates, and to have a whole lot of fun while doing so!
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."