Michelle Venturella Joins Elite Hoosier Hall Of Fame

Michelle Venturella
Michelle Venturella

Nov. 2, 2012

Video Interview with Coach Venturella

CHICAGO - UIC head softball coach Michelle Venturellais one of seven former student-athletes set to be inducted in to the Indiana University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame Friday in Bloomington, Ind.

The Hall of Fame was formed in 1982, and now Venturella joins the elite group as the 31st class.

Venturella was a member of Indiana's softball program from 1991-95. Venturella served as the Hoosiers' catcher, and earned letters in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1995. She garnered all-Big Ten honors in 1994 and 1995, while being named an All-American in 1994 (second team) and 1995 (third team). In 1995, she was named the Hoosier Female Athlete of the Year and received Indiana's Big Ten Medal.

Venturella still holds four single-season records for the Hoosiers, including runs with 57, doubles (17), home runs (16) and RBIs at 65. She also holds the highest career RBIs with 153. She ranks second in career hits with 225, third in runs (137) and home runs at 28 and fourth in batting average, .351.

Not only did Venturella excel on the field, but in the classroom as she earned Academic All-Big Ten in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Venturella's induction is Friday evening, and she will be honored during halftime of the Indiana football game Saturday.

Check back to Tuesday for a video featuring Venturella, where she discusses her playing days with the Hoosiers and what the honor means to her.