Many of our customers have remarked on Tabatha “Tabby” Prushing’s flair for organizing their moves. As a long-distance move coordinator, Tabby expedites the details of moves that begin or end in Ohio. She handles inbound and outbound shipments, containers and national accounts and provides telephone and email customer support.
“The best part about my job is getting to meet new people from all over the world,” she says. ”It’s great to hear their stories and to help them set up house in new communities.”
As a big Buckeye fan, Tabby says her favorite move so far was transporting the Ohio State University Marching Band 2,600 miles to be at the University of California game on September 14, 2013. She enjoyed the challenge of coordinating transport of the Brutus Buckeye costume and more than 200 cornets, trumpets, baritones, flugelhorns, mellophones, trombones, snare drums, bass drums and sousaphones so that the band could perform. “It meant a lot to know that it was our Mayflower truck that was able to make all the fans around the world happy to hear ‘The Best Damn Band In The Land’ play the fight song as we scored another victory.”
She credits the teamwork at Herlihy Moving & Storage for helping her master the ins and outs of the moving business in just two years. “The teamwork in the office makes Herlihy a better company because we are all working together to succeed at what we do,” she says. “I like the fact that this is a family owned company. I couldn’t ask for a better boss! He is dedicated to his employees and makes us feel like part of the family.”
Playing softball from the age of five taught Tabby the value of teamwork and inspired her to give back to the sport she loves. She now is in her first year of coaching for the Williamsport Gold fast-pitch softball team. The 10 girls on the team, aged 10 to 13, attend Westfall Elementary School, Westfall Middle School and Teays Valley Middle School.
“After playing for 25 years, I know softball like the back of my hand,” she says. “My father used to coach me, and I wanted to pass on all I’ve learned to a younger generation.”
Softball gave Tabby a platform to excel. She received all her varsity letters during her freshman year at Westfall High School, going on to win most valuable player and two honorable mentions during her high school career. The Westfall Mustangs won the SVC championship in 2002, which the team had last won in 1984. “We went to state and lost by a few runs before we went to nationals,” she recalls. “With a 14-1 record, our senior year was a present for us because the championship was last won the year we were all born.”
Tabby notes that teamwork is critical in softball. “Everyone on the team must be able to work together and communicate as one.”
At the end of each practice or game, she gathers the team in a circle and has each team member tell another player something they did well. “This teaches communication and observation and brings the girls together,” she says. “It’s often more valuable to hear feedback from a teammate than a coach.”
So far this season, the Williamsport Gold team has established a 2-1 record and is in second place among seven teams. They will play weekly until the last week of June, traveling to Derby, Obetz, Mt. Sterling and Ashville as well as hosting games on their home field at The Village of Williamsport Diamonds. After that, they’ll enter tournament play.
“The most important thing I have learned so far from coaching is that these kids have big hearts and love the game,” she says. “Their passion makes coaching rewarding!”
In addition to work and softball, Tabby also manages to find time to pursue college studies in Criminal Investigations at Everest College of Phoenix. She anticipates graduating with an Associate’s degree in October 2015.
Tabby spends her spare time with her boyfriend, Lee. “He is my rock,” she says. “I wouldn’t be able to strive for success in school or at work without him.” She also is close to her family, including her mom, dad, sister, brother and sister-in-law as well as her two-year-old nephew. “I also received good news that my sister is going to have a baby and it’s a boy, so I will have another nephew to spoil,” she says.
“I like to have fun with anything outdoors because I am a country girl at heart,” she adds. “That means riding four wheelers, going to truck pulls, rodeos, and pay lake fishing.”