6-24-2013 Update; GA Tech, Purdue New Coaches



June 21, 2013

THE FLATS – Shelly Hoerner, a successful head coach for 14 seasons including the past eight years at the College of Charleston, was named Georgia Tech’s head softball coach, athletic director Mike Bobinski confirmed Friday.

Hoerner compiled a record of 254-206 at the College of Charleston, including a 105-72 mark in Southern Conference play. The Southern Conference Coach of the Year in 2007, Hoerner led the Cougars to a record of 37-20 overall, 15-8 in the Southern Conference, last season. Her career record in 14 years overall is 458-326.

“We are excited to have Shelly Hoerner take over the reins of our softball program,” athletic director Mike Bobinski said. “She demonstrated a great understanding of and appreciation for Georgia Tech, and her passion to become our head coach was evident. We have every confidence that she is the right person to lead our program to new heights.

“(Associate athletic director) Theresa Wenzel and the search committee did an excellent job of identifying Shelly as a candidate with previous success as a head coach, and someone who will be a great fit at Georgia Tech.”

Hoerner takes over a program that has captured three Atlantic Coast Conference championships over the last five years, although the Yellow Jackets slipped to 25-30 in 2013 under former coach Sharon Perkins.  Hoerner is just the fifth full-time head coach in the program’s history. Georgia Tech began varsity competition in 1987 and hired its first full-time head coach, Regina Tomaselli, in 1991.

During her time at College of Charleston, Hoerner coached the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 2007 and 2009, and the SoCon Pitcher of the Year in 2011. Her Cougar teams were runner-up in the Southern Conference Tournament in 2011 and 2012.

Since 2005, Hoerner has also served as head coach of USA Athletes International, which has played in foreign tours all over Europe. Prior to working at College of Charleston, Hoerner spent a month in 2005 at NC State, where she served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

From 2000-2005, Hoerner was a successful head coach at Barry University, compiling a cumulative record of 191-82. She led Barry to Sunshine State Conference championships in 2002 and 2003, and she was named the conference’s Coach of the Year both of those seasons. In 2002, she led Barry to a regional title and was selected as the regional Coach of the Year.

Hoerner began her head coaching career at Valdosta State, where she coached one season (2000).

She first embarked on a coaching career as an assistant coach at Barry from 1996-99.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Hoerner was an outstanding player on the collegiate level. In two years at Barry University (1993-94), the Buccaneers won 80 games. An all-conference selection, Hoerner helped Barry advance to the NCAA Division II College Softball World Series, where the Buccaneers finished in fifth place. In her two seasons at Barry, Hoerner struck out just six times in 224 at bats while scoring 41 runs and collecting 30 RBI.

Following the 1994 season she transferred to Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y., where she ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in fielding percentage and stolen bases. In 1995, Hoerner led the Golden Griffins to a 28-14 mark, 11-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and records of 33-7 and 11-1 in 1996. Canisius won the MAAC title in both years and Hoerner was a two-time all-conference selection.

Hoerner also gained both professional and world experience in 1998 when she signed with Cavigal Nice Sports, a team in Nice, France, during the summer. She played catcher and helped guide the team to a fifth-place finish in the European Championships.

A 1996 graduate of Canisius, Hoerner also holds a Master’s degree from Barry in 2003. Hoerner and husband, Jeff, were married in 1999.

“I would like to thank Athletic Director Mike Bobinski and Associate Athletic Director / Senior Women’s Administrator Theresa Wenzel for providing me this amazing opportunity to be part of such a successful athletics department and high academic institution as the new Georgia Tech head softball coach. I am excited about the vision Georgia Tech athletics has and am looking forward to leading this very talented softball program to the top of the ACC and national prominence. I am really looking forward to meeting the current student-athletes and to begin putting in place our game plan to compete for an ACC Championship.

“The opportunity to be the head coach at Georgia Tech and compete in the highly competitive ACC is a dream come true. There is a family atmosphere and competitive demeanor at Georgia Tech that made me feel right at home and gave me the sense that this was the perfect fit. My family and I are truly ready to make Georgia Tech our home.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the College of Charleston, the athletic department, and especially my team. The support they have shown me in the last 24 hours is what has made this decision so bittersweet. They are a terrific group of student-athletes but even better people. I wish them and their families happiness and much success. ”

June 24, 2013

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Kim Schuette, who led Eastern Illinois to Ohio Valley Conference championships in 2011 and 2013, today was named the third head coach in Purdue softball history.

Schuette (pronounced SHOOT-ee) has spent the last eight seasons with the Panthers, compiling a 232-191-1 record, while boasting a 256-219-1 mark in nine overall seasons as a head coach. The 2011 and 2013 OVC Coach of the Year kept Eastern Illinois among the top half of the conference each of her eight years, including spots among the top four seven times, the regular season titles in 2011 and 2013 and a runner-up finish in 2012.

Schuette coached 29 All-OVC honorees in her tenure at EIU, including two Pitchers of the Year, and three NFCA All-Region honorees, including two in 2013. Her teams also found success in the classroom, carrying a 3.45 grade-point average, while five players have received Academic All-District honors and one went on to earn an Academic All-America nod in 2011.

“Kim has a proven record of success in the Ohio Valley Conference. Her teams have consistently been among the top of the conference, and won two titles, earning her Coach of the Year honors,” associate athletics director Calvin Williams said. “She also brings a level of maturity and focus that will be conducive to taking our program to the championship level.”

In 2013, EIU posted a 36-14 record, including a 20-3 mark in Ohio Valley play, en route to the league title. The Panther pitching staff ranked fourth nationally in ERA (1.59), while the squad also ranked 29th in doubles per game (1.42) and 33rd in fielding percentage (0.970). Pitcher of the Year Hanna Mennenga ranked second nationally in strikeouts per seven innings (11.0), seventh in hits allowed per seven innings (3.88), 12th in strikeouts (291) and 35th in shutouts (7).

“I am thrilled to get on board with Boilermaker Athletics and Purdue University,” Schuette said. “I am eager to partner with such quality leadership and people in Morgan Burke, Calvin Williams, Nancy Cross and the rest of the Boilermaker staff and coaches. Purdue offers the whole package of success: a prominent degree, an outstanding personal experience, and a great opportunity in Boilermaker Athletics. 

“I look forward to propelling the softball program to the national stage as Purdue has the facilities, the resources, the tradition of excellence and, most importantly, quality people supporting each other to be successful. The family atmosphere in Boilermaker athletics, the university, and the West Lafayette area make it a perfect fit. It’s a great day to be a Boiler and we are so excited to be on the train.”

In 2011, Schuette led the Panthers to the school’s first ever regular season OVC title including a 40-12 overall mark, the best in school history. Her teams were known for their speed and power, setting the school steals mark in 2008 with 85, a tally which ranked 16th nationally, and snapping the home runs mark three straight years (2009, 2010, 2011). Her EIU squads also set school marks in all major pitching categories, team batting average, doubles, fielding percentage and double plays.

“With the hiring of Kim Schuette, we believe our softball program now has everything it takes to vie for a Big Ten championship and to continue its push into the national spotlight,” athletics director Morgan Burke said. “With the solid foundation that we have built over the last 20 years, the talented roster of current players and a new stadium coming online in 2015, we are excited about the future of Purdue softball.”

Prior to her time at EIU, Schuette was the head coach at Quincy University in 2005 and spent three seasons as an assistant coach at San Jose State.

A two-time Academic All-American (1999 and 2001), Schuette played collegiately at Eastern Illinois and Indiana State. In two seasons at EIU, she saw action in the outfield, at first base and at pitcher, while earning OVC All-Academic honors twice. At Indiana State, the lefty garnered All-Missouri Valley Conference honors in 2001 after leading her team in batting average, hits and runs as a senior. She also capped her career with her second Academic All-America nod and the President’s Scholar Athlete Award.

Schuette graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in physical education at Indiana State in 2001 and received a master’s degree in kinesiology and societal studies (sports management) from San Jose State in 2002.

A native of Itasca, Ill., Schuette is married to EIU assistant coach Jason Dorey. The couple, which married in 2007, has a daughter, Lauren Lynn (3).


ESPN set to televise the General Tire World Cup of Softball VIII, Border Battle V, and Slow Pitch Showdown

OKLAHOMA CITY — Beginning July 11, the General Tire World Cup of Softball will be telecast around the world across ESPN networks. . Five women’s fast pitch games and two men’s slow pitch games, including the annual Border Battle matchup between USA and Canada and the second annual Slow Pitch Showdown between the USA Men’s National Team and USA Men’s Futures Team, will air on either ESPN or ESPN2.

“We couldn’t be more happy to have the General Tire World Cup of Softball as well as the Border Battle and Slow Pitch Showdown returning to Oklahoma City this summer,” said ASA Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “The World Cup was created to give fans the opportunity to witness the top women’s softball players in the world on an annual basis, and to be able to televise the event worldwide on ESPN networks allows us to achieve that goal. We are thrilled to be working with General Tire again this summer as they have stepped up as the title sponsor.  We are grateful for their dedication and support of our sport and its mission.”

The ESPN networks are the exclusive domestic home of the General Tire World Cup of Softball and feature over 14 hours of live coverage including the Championship Game on Sunday, July 14 at 9 p.m. ET.  All telecasts will be aired in HD and also available for live streaming via WatchESPN.  “We look forward to once again sharing USA team competition with fans here in the United States and also viewers around the world,” said ESPN Vice President, Programming & Acquisitions, Julie Sobieski. The games will also be available on ESPN International networks, airing on either ESPN Atlantic, ESPN Israel, ESPN Pac-Rim, ESPN Middle East and North Africa, and ESPN Caribbean depending on the matchup.

“We are excited and honored to be back to the World Cup of Softball in 2013,” says Travis Roffler, Director of Marketing for General Tire. “Elevating our involvement to the title this year is a testament of our confidence in the series.  This is a fantastic event series with an enthusiastic group of fans for our General Tire brand.”

The complete domestic ESPN telecast schedule is below:


Date                             Game                                                                                      Time (CST)
Thursday, July 11          USA vs Canada                                                                        7:00 PM – ESPN

Friday, July 12               USA vs Australia                                                                       7:00 PM – ESPN

Saturday, July 13           USA vs Canada (Border Battle V; taped on Thursday)


USA vs Japan                                                                           8:00 PM – ESPN

Sunday, July 14             USA vs Puerto Rico                                                                  12:00 PM – ESPN

USA vs USA Futures (SP Showdown; taped on Thursday)           2:00 PM – ESPN

Championship Game                                                                  8:00 PM – ESPN2

All-session tickets, which are $30 for general admission seating, $60 for other reserved seating, and $250 for the Ultimate Fan Zone reserved seating in the first three rows of the stadium can be purchased by phone at 800-654-8337 or online at SoftballOutlet.com. Single-session tickets are also now available at $10 for general admission seating and $20 for reserved seating.

The Ultimate Fan Zone package includes a private autograph session and meal with the USA Softball Women’s National Team, open only to Ultimate Fan Zone (UFZ) ticket holders, as well as free parking, a white ASA/USA Softball hat and the opportunity for personalized name slide on the video board with a photo opportunity and more.

USA Softball Women’s National Team Roster
USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch National Team Roster
USA Softball Men’s Slow Pitch Futures Team

Colorado Fireworks/Sparkler Hosts Media Day at Aurora Sports Park

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Over 600 girls’ softball teams from across the United States will compete in the 2013 Colorado Fireworks and Colorado Sparkler Girls Fastpitch Tournaments the week of July 1-7 held at multiple facilities in  Aurora, Westminster, Loveland, and Greeley.  The two tournaments combined make it the largest fastpitch event in the country.

World-class competition is expected again this year as the tournaments host thousands of players, recruiters and spectators.  Hundreds of top college coaches will be on hand recruiting future student-athletes.

The week-long event also features special appearances, autograph sessions, and clinics run by Olympic and Professional softball players and nationally televised games live in HD on CBS Sports Network.

Media Day – July 3rd at Aurora Sports Park (19300 E. Colfax Ave. Aurora, CO)
Members of local and national media are invited to attend the event anytime July 1-7 and a special Media Day will be held Wednesday, July 3 where tours and interviews are available from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Interview subjects include:


  • Local and national softball teams participating in the tournament
  • Recruiters/Coaches from top colleges and universities
  • Olympic and Professional Softball Players
  • Triple Crown Tournament Organizers

NPF will hold its annual championship August 22-24 in Rosemont, IL.  Tickets now on sale.

The banquet is scheduled for August 21.

One game will be played on the 22nd; two games on the 23rd; and one or two games on the 24th.  Games will be on ESPN2.




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