CHANGES IN NATIONAL TEAM
OKLAHOMA CITY – Former USA Softball athlete Michelle Gromacki (Fullerton, Calif.) has accepted a coaching position with the 2010 USA Softball Women’s National Team, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America announced today. Gromacki replaces Barb Jordan (Northridge, Calif.), who relinquished her position as National Team Assistant Coach for personal reasons, and will coach in place of Jordan July 22-26 at the KFC World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sydney Olympic Champion Jennifer McFalls (Grand Prairie, Texas), a former Texas A&M Infielder, replaces Jordan at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, July 7-11, in Surrey, B.C., and exhibition games, July 13-14, in Whitehorse, Yukon. Among McFalls’ other accolades with USA Softball: 1996 Olympic Team alternate, 1998 World Champion, 1999 Canada Cup Champion and 1999 Pan American Games Champion. She also previously served as an Athlete Representative on the USA Softball Women’s Selection Committee.
Gromacki, who is in her 11th season as Cal State Fullerton Head Coach, recently served on the coaching staff at the ISF Women’s World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela, where Team USA won a seventh consecutive and ninth overall World Gold Medal. Gromacki previously served as the assistant coach for the USA Blue Team in 2001 and the U.S. “Elite” National Team in 2002-04. In 2003, she helped lead the “Elite” Team to a Gold Medal at the Canada Cup with an 11-1 record.
Once regarded as one of the best catchers in the nation, Gromacki helped Fullerton to a combined 170-19-1 overall record as a player from 1985-87 while also leading the team to the 1986 NCAA National Championship. She was a member of several U.S. National Teams, claiming Gold Medals at the South Pacific Classic Tournament, the Women’s World Championship and the Pan American Qualifier.
Gomacki’s appointment as National Team Assistant Coach and the addition of McFalls to the Canadian event rosters highlight recent changes made in the USA Softball program.
- USA Softball Women’s Futures National Team member Meagan May (Spring, Texas) did not make the trip to the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship and exhibitions, July 7-14, due to injuries sustained in a June 27 car accident. The Texas A&M catcher, who was released from the hospital Sunday, remains on the Futures roster but will not see any USA Softball action in 2010.
- Brigham Young University senior catcher Jessica Purcell-Fitu (Walnut, Calif.), who made the Top 50 Watch List for the 2010 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, is now a member of the Futures National Team. The 2010 Mountain West All-Conference First Team member will make her international debut at the World Cup.
- Catcher Stacie Chambers (Glendale, Ariz.) has joined the USA Softball program. The University of Arizona redshirt senior, one of the Top 10 Finalists for the 2009 Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award, will compete for Team USA at the Japan Cup, Aug. 3-9, in Sendai City, Japan. It will be her first international event.
- Futures outfielder Jamia Reid (Buena Park, Calif.), a Cal sophomore, has been tapped to replace Arizona senior Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) on the Japan Cup roster. Lastrapes will compete at the World Cup with the Futures Team but withdrew from Japan Cup.