Feb. 21, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Former Villanova softball great, Mia Brickhouse (Philadelphia, Pa./Girard Academic Music Program), is one of 45 women selected to represent the United States at the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Women's World Championship. Team USA will travel to Vantaa, Finland, June 28-July 6 with the hopes to capture a world championship title.
The IFAF Women's World Championship is held every three years and features six competing nations. Brickhouse and her teammates will be led by head coach John Konecki.
On representing the United States, Brickhouse commented, "So few athletes get the opportunity to represent their country on the international level, that to say this is an honor for me is an understatement. The two jerseys I've been most proud of have been my Villanova jersey and my US National Team jersey."
Prior to making the Team USA roster, Brickhouse participated in padded, full-contact National Team Trials in Austin, Texas. She is listed as a running back and will be representing her club team, the Boston Militia.
Brickhouse, a 2000 Arts and Sciences graduate, was an exceptional outfielder for the Villanova softball team from 1997-2000. During that time she set numerous records, including most-career steals (80) and most career runs scored (137). During the 1999 season, she hit a single-season high eight triples.
She attributes her success in life to her time spent at Villanova and under the guidance of Head Coach Maria DiBernardi as a member of the softball team saying, "Many of the successes I've had in my life can be traced back to my Villanova experience. I was a local Philly kid who got up enough courage to approach Coach DiBernardi at a bus stop and express my desire to play for the Wildcats. It took the same type of courage to walk onto a football field and willingly run behind (and into) 275 pound female football players. For me, it has always been about viewing everything in life as an opportunity. Football for me has been about breaking the mold and opening people's eyes to women playing the greatest game on earth. "
Brickhouse currently resides in San Francisco, California.