From 2013-2017 the name Ally Repko was synonymous with Broadway Athletics. A multi-sport athlete, Repko quickly earned the reputation of being a difference maker both on the basketball court and the softball field. By the time her career at BHS ended, Repko had helped guide the BHS Girls Basketball Team to the 2016-2017 State Championship and she would have her named placed in the BHS Record Book as one of the most prolific power hitters in BHS Softball history.
After hitting 35 career Home Runs for the BHS Softball team, a Broadway High School record, Ally continued her playing career at Elon University where she was named a member of the CAA All-Rookie team in 2018, her stellar career continued as she was named to the All CAA-First Team and the CAA All-Tournament Team in 2021. In 2022, Ally transferred to Virginia Tech, playing on the Hokies team that advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals.
Since graduation, the lure of the softball field has continued to call Ally, as she is now an Assistant Coach for UVA-Wise.
Recently, Ally took some time to look back at her BHS days and how her time in Broadway helped influence her journey since leaving the Broadway Community.
Gobblers Sports Network: Since you graduated from Broadway High School, where has your life taken you?
Ally: “After graduating Broadway High School, I continued my softball career at Elon University in North Carolina. I graduated from Elon with a degree in Marketing and a Sport and Event Management minor. As a result from COVID, I was granted an extra year of eligibility and decided to use that year at Virginia Tech and start my masters in Information Technology. I was super blessed to be able to join that program after their deep post-season run in 2021. During my time at Virginia Tech, not only did I get to be a part of a team with high success, I made incredible connections and memories that gave me a sweet ending to my softball career.
Gobblers Sports Network: After a college softball career at Elon and Virginia Tech, you are now an assistant at UVA-Wise. What made you want to get into coaching?
Ally: “While living in Blacksburg, I was able to take advantage of the new NIL deals and was connected with a travel organization in Roanoke. They allowed me to use their facility to give hitting lessons to local players that ages ranged from 10-17. As the weeks went on, I found a passion in the player development from working with these girls. I loved talking the game with them and looking at it as a puzzle to find what will work for each hitter. Following my season at Virginia Tech, Coach Pete asked if I had any interest in coaching, which led to him connecting me with other coaches and schools that needed an assistant coach. I am very happy that I found UVA-Wise and that they took a chance on a player fresh out of the game to help their program. At Wise, I am in charge of defense and have enjoyed working through drills with the team.”
Gobblers Sports Network: What were some of your favorite memories while playing for the Gobblers?
Ally: “Two games that stand out the most to me during my career at Broadway is the home games against Spotswood and Lord Botetourt. I remember not being able to hear the other players on the court because the fans were so loud! Those were 2 huge games on our schedule that year and the fans did not disappoint with attendance.
All of my favorite memories include Coach [Marlin] Fulk and the imprint he left on all of his players. He was your best friend when you needed a shoulder and hard on you when you needed to be pushed. I looked forward to coming to practice every day to hear him ask, “Little Spitzer, how was your day?”. I couldn’t imagine making any of our deep season runs without him.”
Gobblers Sports Network: The Broadway community is a special, tight knit community. Talk about how much playing in the community meant to you.
Ally: “I am super proud of my roots. The Broadway Community would show nothing but unconditional love and support to all Gobblers. Most games I wanted to walk out and just hug my family, but it was almost impossible. There was always so many fans that aren’t related to you and you might not even know that are waiting for us right outside the locker room to say they are proud of each of us no matter the result of the game. We didn’t only have a lot of fans at home games, but away games too. Gobbler Nation made VCU feel like a home court and very few teams are able to say that.”
To see the rest of our interview with Ally Repko, visit http://www.gobblerssportsnetwork.com/blog