The journey for Notre Dame softball captain Chloe Saganowich is almost over, although she hopes to continue it a little while longer. The senior will lead the Irish into the NCAA Regionals beginning Friday at 6pm against Long Beach State in Los Angeles.
"My four years here have been absolutely incredible and I'm so very proud to be a part of something bigger than myself," Saganowich says.
Chloe has been everything Notre Dame Coach Deanna Gumpf could ask for in a captain.
"She is confident, she is a consistent, she keeps it simple, she doesn't get rattled," Gumpf explains. "She's completely unshakable--all the things you look for in a leader."
No one loves watching Chloe succeed more on the field than her dad Jerry.
"As nastiness can be proudness, I'm as proud of her as any father can be of his daughter," Jerry explains.
Nastiness? What is he talking about you ask?
Jerry Saganowich is best known to the world as Jerry Sags. In the early 90s, he was one half of the then WWF Tag Team Champions----the Nasty Boys.
"Jerry's an awesome guy but around here he's just Chloe's dad," Gumpf says. " He's crazy and a little nuts but I wouldn't want it any other way."
Depending on the game, it's hard to know whether Chloe's dad or the "Nasty Boy" will be in the stands.
"Every now and then he gets a little into it," Chloe says with a smile. "That's just my dad."
A little into it?
Jerry sports just about every emotion when he's in "nasty mode." There's no question the biggest emotion is pride and joy. When Chloe makes a big stop at shortstop or picks up a base hit, he's going crazy and loving every second of it. He's become his daughter's biggest cheerleader.
Of course, at times--Jerry's cheers are a little different than the typical cheers you may here. There's strong words of encouragement, some yelling at the umps and well--even some 'nastiness.'
So if Jerry still has the 'nasty' in him, does Chloe?
"I'd like to think that I acquired that trait from my dad," Chloe says.
Coach Gumpf says without a doubt that Chloe does. It's a part of her competitiveness and feistiness, Gumpf says.
"She's got more than nasty in her," Sags says in his full Nasty Boy persona. "She's got the old man's blood pumping through her veins and its going to be nasty."
So when this softball and college ride ends---could Chloe be on the fast track to be the next WWE Diva?
"She has the attitude to be a pro wrestler. I don't want her to be one but she can be one," Jerry says talking again like a dad.
"Oh my gosh," Chloe says with a big laugh when asked if she pursue the family business. "That would be a sad day for my dad. I don't think he wants any of us to take over his legacy in the WWE, especially not his daughter. I'm going to say no."
For now, Chloe just wants to take that nasty streak out on her opponents in the NCAA regionals and hold off the future--just a little longer.
They're quite the father-daughter tag team.
You could call it a family dy-'nasty'.