End of an Era: Adam and Ariana Galicia reflect with coach-player relationship now over
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Like it did for many softball players, Ariana Galicia’s career began with a game of catch.
“You know, she was four or five years when she actually started throwing the ball around and, to be honest, she was a natural,” said Adam Galicia.
Adam coached his daughter Ariana in softball for the first time (officially) when she was seven and eight years old. Then a few years later, he began doing so again when Ariana made the jump to play for his Cheyenne Extreme 18U team. Ariana was just 13.
“When I decided to join the 18′s, I was terrified completely terrified,” said Ariana Galicia. “I mean the girls they were twice my size.”
In the first season, Arian was incredible. She had a .402 batting average and a 2.04 pitching Earned Run Average.
“I didn’t want to be known as ‘I’m just a coach’s daughter. That’s why I’m here on the team. That’s why I’m playing,’” said Ariana. " No, I wanted to earn that position.”
Starting in 2017, Adam and Ariana would be together on the field as coach and player for five years and six softball seasons. Five of those seasons were with Cheyenne Extreme 18U (2017-2021) and one was with Cheyenne East High School (2021).
But, as all good things must come to an end, the Galicia’s final game together on the diamond took place on July 23, when Extreme’s season ended in the 2021 USSSA National Championships.
“Getting to share some of the most exciting and some of the worst moments that I’ve experienced [with my dad], I would say in the long run it’s going to mean a lot,” said Ariana
Ariana is the youngest of three children. So, for Adam, a retired Unites States Marine and former coach to all of his children, that late July day was truly the end of an era.
“The thing that I’m proud of is, not only were they successful with sports but, along with all the time commitment that it took for them to be the athletes that they were, they were all outstanding students,” he said
Now this story enters the next chapter. Ariana prepares for her first collegiate softball season at McCook Community College and Adam continues to coach with no more of his own children on the way.
When not coaching his current teams, Adam is now finally able to just be that dad cheering for his daughter in the stands once again.
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