Holy Trinity’s Nimmo signs to play softball at Niagara University


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Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy senior Olivia Nimmo has signed to play softball at Niagara University next year.

CARL KOTALA

Olivia Nimmo wasn’t really planning on playing college softball.

Now, the Holy Trinity senior is going Division I.

Nimmo signed to play at Niagara University last month after a whirlwind courtship sparked by her neighbor and Niagara University alumnus, Dave Costello.

“I looked at it based off what he told me, and the (Niagara) coach was really interested in me,” Nimmo said. “I gave him all my information and he offered me a full ride and I took it.”

Costello used to coach track and field at Viera High School, which is where Nimmo went to school before transferring to Holy Trinity for her junior and senior seasons.

Although she played catcher and third base at Holy Trinity, she has been recruited by Niagara to play center field. The position is hardly foreign to her since she played center field in travel ball and at Viera.

“They have two sophomore catchers up there and they need outfielders, so I said I’d do that,” she said. “I love playing center field. Lots of action, especially in college.”

Nimmo plans to major in biology at Niagara with the idea of becoming either an orthopedic or flight surgeon in the Air Force or Navy.

She might not have planned on playing college softball before the Niagara offer came along, but she always has planned on joining the military after college. Her father was in the Navy and her brother is in the Air Force.

“Just the fact that I could help serve my country and do medical … that’s been my goal since I was young,” she said.

Nimmo plans to visit the Niagara campus soon. She is going to have to get used to a few new things such as snow and colder weather. Nimmo is looking forward to getting to know Purple Eagles coach Larry Puzan and her new Niagara teammates.

“He’s an awesome guy,” she said of Puzan. “He made me want to go there, even without looking. Everyone I’ve talked to there, the people in admissions, they’ve all been super helpful.

“I feel like it’s a good fit for me.”