Lindsay Fico prepares for her second year as Head Coach at Santa Fe College. Under the helm of Fico, the Saints finished their 2018-19 season with a 23-28 overall record. Santa Fe improved their position in the conference almost doubling their conference wins to 11. The Saints fell to FSCJ in post season play landing them in 4th place in a very competitive Mid-Florida Conference. Fico also helped lead her team in the classroom. The 2018-19 team GPA improved to a 3.0 and all 8 sophomores graduated with their AA degree. The Saints had 10 Mid-Florida Scholar Athletes, 8 NJCAA All-Academic Honors, and 10 athletes named to the FCSAA All-Academic Team.
Fico spent most of her first season working diligently to change the culture of the Saints softball program. Throughout both her coaching career and playing days at the University of Florida, Fico has always prided herself in outworking her opponents both on and off the field. She hopes to continuously improve Santa Fe’s program, putting it back on the map within both the conference and throughout the state.
First and foremost, Fico is a teacher of the game. She started giving individual lessons upon graduating from UF in 2006, which was the catalyst that led to coaching. Along with giving individual lessons for the last 13 years, Fico has spear-headed many softball clinics and camps over the years within the greater Gainesville area. She coached a Santa Fe Inferno travel team for 6 years before being hired at Santa Fe. During her time as head coach, Fico helped propel her team to be one of the best in the state. They competed at the highest level and she helped many players reach their goal of playing college softball through the relationships she has built within the coaching community. Her first head coaching experience came in 2014 with a Santa Fe All-Star team hoping to make a run in the Babe Ruth World Series. She started with the team as a hitting coach, but that quickly progressed, and they finished 3rd atop more than 30 teams across the nation.
As a player at the University of Florida, Fico (Lindsay Norfleet) played in 206 games, was a National Fastpitch Coaches Association scholar-athlete from 2003-2006, named SEC Freshman Honor Roll in 2003 and SEC Honor Roll in 2004. She was a speedy player who served primarily as an infielder, splitting time between 2nd and 3rd as a sophomore, middle infield and some outfield as a junior, and started at 2nd her senior year under Coach Tim Walton. Her versatility and willingness to do whatever was needed for the team also made her a favorite among her teammates. She was elected co-captain of the team in 2006. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2006 with her Bachelor of Science in Public Relations.
Upon graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, Damon Fico, in June of 2007 while he was serving in the United States Navy. They had their son, Damon “DC” Fico Jr. in February of 2015 and now live in Newberry, FL.
“I am so excited and proud that Coach Lindsay Fico is the new head coach at Santa Fe College. She is going to bring great passion, energy and detail to student-athletes every single day. Congratulations to Santa Fe College on this great hire.”
Tim Walton, UF Softball Head Coach
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to be a part of this program’s continued growth and success. I promise to use my invaluable experience as a student-athlete at the UF to help encourage these young ladies to not only excel academically, but also be a force to be reckoned with on the field.”
Lindsay Fico, Santa Fe College Head Coach