Meet the freshmen: Stephanie Ceo
Nov. 1, 2012
Alex Hubbard, Texas Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas -- Stephanie Ceo, an outfidler/utility player on this year's squad, was a four-year starter at Bear River High School in Grass Valley, Calif. Ceo was ranked as the No. 20 recruit nationally in the 2012 ESPN High School 100 Softball rankings. She received all-state honors as a junior and a senior.
Ceo played travel softball in the summers for All American Sports Academy in Tracy, Calif.
Softball runs in the family as Ceo and all three of her older sisters are involved in the game. One older sister, Courtney, is a junior softball player at the University of Oregon. Ceo's mother also played softball and her father played baseball, and is now a softball hitting coach at Sierra College in Rocklin, Calif.
Ceo spent some time with TexasSports.com this week as she prepares for her first season as a Longhorn.
What brought you to Texas? It was my dream school.
Why was it your dream school? When I was little, I watched Cat Osterman play in the Women's College World Series. And ever since then, I just loved how they (Texas) presented themselves and I loved how they were on the field, so I wanted to come here. And then when I got here and actually visited the school, I fell in love with it. I knew for sure this was where I wanted to be.
What has been the best part of Texas softball so far? Probably being with the girls. Our team camaraderie is really good. I feel like we are like one big family. I know I am away from home, but they make it easier for me to be here. Being a part of one big family really helps.
What are some of the academic differences you have noticed between Texas and high school? You have to be more responsible for your own things here. It's ultimately up to you to make the decision whether you want to get good grades or not.
What are you most looking forward to in the spring? Playing. Playing in some games.
What has playing for Coach Clark, Coach Hill and Coach McFalls been like so far? I love it. They really come to you as an adult and try and work with your game. They talk to you and see how you feel about certain things, and really work with you. They talk you through things, and I really like that type of coaching.
What is your favorite spot on UT's campus? Probably either the athletes' dining hall, because I love to eat, or the bridge by San Jac (dorm) going towards the football stadium. I like the little creek it goes over.
How has your dad influenced your career? I owe everything to both of my parents. My dad played baseball and my mom played softball. They were the ones who taught me how to play softball. They were the ones that put all the time in for me. If it wasn't for them, I definitely wouldn't be where I am today.
Sisters' influence? Well, we always wanted to be better than each other. So, me being two years younger, I was always reaching to be better. It was a friendly competition between us, and that really helped. I have three sisters and we all play softball, so I was always chasing all three of them to be as good as them.
Favorite app on your phone? Right now, I would say Photo Grid because I like being able to move my pictures around. Which is funny, because I was never really a person that took a lot of photos. But now that I have this cool app, it makes me want to take more pictures.
For one day, I would love to be? Superman
First restaurant you have to go to back home? In-N-Out Burger
Three things on your bucket list? 1. I want to go backpacking in Europe.
Pretty excited about World Series then? I was so excited.
What did you do on Halloween? We had to dress up for practice. I was a jazzerciser. I had pigtails in my hair and a sweatband on. It looked pretty funny.
Favorite music? I like everything. When I'm with dad, we listen to oldies and rock. When I am with my sisters and we are getting ready to go do something fun, we listen to hip-hop. When I am by myself and want to relax, I like reggae and country music. So, I like everything.
Favorite movie? Tangled. I think it is so cute.
Favorite ice cream? Coffee or Jamocha Almond Fudge if we are talking Baskin-Robbins.
Favorite food? I love garlic bread.