Talya (Trudell) DiGirolamo grew up in Chino Hills, CA. She began playing at age 10 and soon found to be an accurate pitcher without any lessons. With potential, Talya began lessons at age 11 and started playing for her first travel ball team, American Pastime. Though age 11 sounds young, Talya was behind so she played both travel and recreation ball until age 14, trying to catch up in skill and game knowledge. Talya attended Ayala High School, playing varsity softball all four years. She was awarded All-Inland Empire honors, All-CIF honors and team most valuable player. She was voted honorary senior female athlete of the year. She remained with American Pastime Gold all but one year of her travel years.
Talya received a full athletic scholarship to play for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. During her four years at UTC, she was awarded multiple SoCon pitcher of the week honors, a player of the week honor, SoCon Pitcher of the Year (sophomore) and First Team All-Conference as a Pitcher (senior). UTC remained conference champions all 4 years, one year was a co-championship. Talya was on the mound when UTC won their first game in school history at a NCAA Regional Tournament. This included the first win of this kind in any female sport at UTC. When not on the mound, Talya played outfield, playing almost every game her entire college career.
After graduation, Talya brought on both hitting and pitching students, building her base to coaching over 40 students per week. She was also assistant coach at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga at this time. Many of her students were very successful and she loved coaching them, however she decided to pursue furthering her education.
With a bachelors degree in environmental science, Talya entered graduate school at Georgia Tech. While in graduate school, Talya coached a recreation team out of Decatur Active Living and was a coach for Roswell Orange Crush travel team. She received a masters of science in civil engineering and a masters in city and regional planning. After working a few years as a transportation planner for the metro Atlanta area and surrounding counties, the call of softball was clear and she made the jump to be head coach at Agnes Scott College. With two regular season championships, two tournament championships and two NCAA Regional appearances, Talya had a successful performance at Agnes Scott College.
As of summer 2016, Talya decided to make another change and pursue individual lessons full time and opened up her business, Triple Threat Softball Academy. She is eager to pursue this new journey.
Coach Talya coached the Emory University softball pitching staff for the 2016-2017 season.
Talya lives in Atlanta with her husband Paul DiGirolamo and son Nolan.