TORONTO – Toward the end of her days as a student-athlete at the University of Guelph-Humber, Jaime Vieira began considering possibilities for the future.
Coaching softball had gotten her through trying times as a teenager, when two rods were inserted into her spine to correct scoliosis, and offering lessons or running clinics at a private facility was probably her only path to get paid doing it, she figured. Staying involved on the field was one part of her plan, and another was building on a kinesiology degree by pursuing a Master of Science, using it as a springboard to eventually teach at a university.
“That was kind of my path,” she said.
Her dream, however, was different.
More than anything, Vieira wanted to coach full-time, a paid position at an American college, perhaps, or a job one day in the major leagues. Baseball was her passion and a career in the sport really appealed to her, although it felt too impossible to pursue.
“I thought I’d be setting myself up to fail if that would be my path,” she said. “I was talking myself down and being like, ‘You’re OK, you could settle for being a teacher and doing this on the side and coaching in the summers and with (Humber).’”
Fate, as it turned out, twisted those plans and instead of chasing an alternative to the dream, she’s now living it as a hitting coach in the Toronto Blue…