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10-29-2016 JUNIOR WOMEN NATIONAL TEAM CAMP

JWNT CAMP

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today a list of 20 initial invitees for the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team Selection Camp to be held December 31-January 1, 2017  at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla.  Those athletes who accept the invitation to try out will vie for 17 spots on the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) roster.  Additional athletes may be invited to the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp at a later date.

Selection Camp Invitees

Name  Hometown University
Hannah Adams Roopville, Ga. Florida*
Alexis Allen Hesperia, Calif. Michigan*
Holly Azevedo San Jose, Calif. UCLA*
Elissa Brown Eclectic, Ala. Alabama
Katie Chronister Gainesville, Fla. Florida
Amanda Doyle Canyon Country, Calif. LSU
Eliyah Flores Grand Terrace, Calif. Oklahoma*
Jessica Harper Valencia, Calif. Arizona
Aaliyah Jordan San Diego, Calif. UCLA
Giselle Juarez Glendale, Ariz. Arizona State
Mary Iakopo Carson, Calif. Oregon*
Mariah Lopez Saugus, Calif. Oklahoma
Mariah Mazon Tulare, Calif. Oregon State*
Dejah Mulipola Garden Grove, Calif. Arizona
Madilyn “Bubba” Nickles Merced, Calif. UCLA
Brianna Perez Martinez, Calif. UCLA*
Alyssa Rivera Eagle Lake, Fla. Auburn
Gabby Sprang Rosemount, Minn. Tennessee*
Brooke Vestal New Braunfels, Texas Oklahoma*
Camryn Ybarra Mission Viejo, Calif. Oregon State*

*Indicates University athlete has committed to

During the selection process, athletes will participate in position drills as well as simulated games and be evaluated by the USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC).  Athletes who make the 2017 USA Softball JWNT roster will be competing at the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship, which will be held July 24-30 in Clearwater, Fla.  The complete 2017 schedule for the JWNT, including exhibition games, will be announced at a later date.

The 2017 USA Softball JWNT will look to defend the Gold after a record-breaking performance at the 2015 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship in Oklahoma City, Okla. last August.  In Oklahoma City, the JWNT went undefeated, finishing the tournament as the leaders in batting average (.425 team batting average) and 119 runs scored while limiting opponents to just six runs in a 10-0 performance.

Led by Head Coach Laura Berg (Corvalis, Ore./Head Coach at Oregon State), Assistant Coaches for the 2017 USA Softball JWNT are Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif./Head Coach at Arizona State), Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif./Head Coach at UT- Arlington), and John Rittman (Valencia, Calif./Associate Head Coach at Kansas).

ASA/USA Softball will also hold an open tryout opportunity for players hoping to make the 2017 USA Softball JWNT.  Held December 30 at Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex in Clearwater, Fla., eligible athletes have from now through December 1 to sign up through USASoftball.com for the open tryout, which will involve a series of softball related skill drills for each position, hitting and bunting.  The top athletes from the open tryout will be selected to participate at the USA Softball JWNT Selection Camp along with the list of invited athletes.  At the last USA Softball JWNT open tryout in 2015, four athletes from the open tryout made the 2015 USA Softball JWNT.

For updates on the USA Softball JWNT and events throughout the 2017 season visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.

 

9-9-2016 NFCA Announces Assistant Coach Honors

2016 NFCA Assistant Coach of The Year recipients announced

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Roger Willhite (DI / Houston Baptist), Pat Kent (DII / Wayne State University), Alicia O’Brien (DIII / Central College), Scottie Wilkes (NAIA / Auburn Montgomery, Brett Magorian (Cal JC/Sierra College) and Errica Cantu (High School / Deer Park [Texas]) are the 2016 recipients of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association’s Assistant Coach of the Year award.

These awards salute the efforts of coaches from the various NFCA membership categories for their tireless dedication to the sport of softball and to the continued education, growth and development of young women, both on and off the playing field. All five of this year’s class of recipients played a pivotal role in their team’s success during the 2015-16 softball season.

NCAA Division I: Roger Willhite, Houston Baptist

Willhite, who built the softball field and everything around it, including a six-foot, three-sided Husky sculpture, will be entering his 24th year as an assistant coach at Houston Baptist, all by the side of head coach Mary-Ellen Hall. Six days before the start of the 2015-16 school year, Hall suffered a stroke leaving her paralyzed on the right side and in the hospital for 31 days. With no other assistants on staff, Willhite managed the program the entire fall and kept it going in the right direction, while still making time to visit Evans twice a day to keep her up to speed. Evans returned to school in the spring, but Willhite continued to work tirelessly taking on all the physical parts of coaching and recruiting, which included running all aspects of pregame warm up, batting practice, infield and outfield fungos. He also provided Evans with a ride to and from the office every day and made sure she was at every game in the spring.

In the words of Central Arkansas head coach David Kuhn- “I know the accomplishments for HBU Softball didn’t come in a championship. But to see, the loyalty, love, work ethic and compassion that Roger has for his university, softball team, his friend and head coach, was the best accomplishment I’ve witnessed.”

NCAA Division II: Pat Kent, Wayne State University

Kent has been associated with the Wayne State softball program since 1980, first as a player, then as a graduate assistant and for the last 31 years, assistant coach. The program’s first First-Team All-American (1983) has been a key cog over the past 33 years as the Warriors have won 1,209 games, including 50 in 2016. In addition to her role as the program’s defensive coach, Kent serves as academic advisor, creates practice plans and assists in all other aspects of the program, including scheduling, recruiting fund raising and budget preparation. She, along with NFCA Hall of Fame head coach Gary Bryce, is the driving force behind the fund raising efforts of the program and Wayne State’s pitching clinic, one of the most successful camps in Southeast Michigan. Kent has worked tirelessly for the program and all the while holds a full time job as a physical education teacher in the Clarkston (Mich.) Public Schools system.

In the words of Bryce- “I cannot express how important she is to the welfare and makeup of our team. Her energy cannot be matched by any other assistant for planning and implementing what has to be done to be successful. She has had opportunities to leave and become a head coach, but thank heaven she has stayed with our program. She would make any program better if she was a part of it.

NCAA Division III: Alicia O’Brien, Central College

O’Brien joined Central College as an associate head coach in 2006 after a highly successful head coaching career at Western Connecticut State University (18 years). Along with her coaching duties, O’Brien serves as the athletics department’s associate athletics director and senior woman administrator. Beyond the many regular duties she performs- recruiting coordinator, outfield coach, supervises study table, team travel- O’Brien has a willingness to always go the extra mile in serving the student-athlete and ensuring that every player has a successful experience at Central. One example of her selflessness is helping a recent player, who did not pan out as a player, get through college and graduate. She identified an undiagnosed learning disability and spent extra time each week, encouraging her and not only make sure she completed assignments, but was comprehending the subject matter. The student continued to seek her assistance and her graduation was a milestone day.

In the words of NFCA Hall of Famer and Dutch head coach George Wares- “The player’s graduation and continued development in life after graduation ranks as Alicia’s greatest coaching achievement.”

NAIA: Scottie Wilkes, Auburn Montgomery

Wilkes has played a key role in Auburn Montgomery’s success in just four years on the coaching staff, the last three as an assistant. Wilkes has helped the Warhawks to back-to-back NAIA national championships (2014 &15) and a final four finish in 2016. This past season also marked the first time the program won the Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament and Gulf Coast Invitational. She works with pitchers and catchers, while also serving as the program’s director of operations, which includes ordering equipment, preparing scouting reports coordinating travel and umpire assignments and monitors academic study halls. Wilkes also does the leg work for the “pink out” day at AUM and coordinates all community service projects.

In the words of AUM head coach Eric Newell- “Scottie is really humble and valuable to the success of our program. Every coach desires a loyal assistant and coach Scottie shows me her commitment on a daily basis. She sometimes goes unnoticed because she does not like the limelight, but I can ensure you that she deserves a great deal of credit for the success AUM has had.”

Cal JC: Brett Magorian, Sierra College

Magorian joined the staff in 2013 as a volunteer assistant and has been an instrumental part of Sierra College’s success since. After one full season on the staff, Magorian, who works with infielder and hitters, played a key role in the program’s first State Championship title. He also assists in recruiting and according to head coach Darcie Brownell- has made the difference in our recruiting process and parents and players are intrigued by his passion for the game and Sierra College. Along with his on-the-field coaching and recruiting duties, Magorian put in the time and effort to solicit donations for and build an 800 square foot team room with customized lockers, along with walkways and landscaping. After the loss of his mother and fatal injury to his daughter in a 2014 car accident, Magorian returned after a short absence and dove right in to his responsibilities. According to Brownell It left an impression on the student-athletes and their respect for him grew tremendously. They learned a lifelong lesson from how Brett handle his tragic situation and put the game of softball in perspective for all of us.

In the words of Brownell- “He truly is my right hand man. My job has drastically changed and become easier after Brett joined our staff. Our program, facility and legacy has changed since Brett was hired. I understand that this tragic situation does not dictate an assistant coach of the year award, but what does is how you respond after a tragedy and how you do your job.”

High School: Errica Cantu, Deer Park High School (Texas)

Cantu has been a varsity assistant at Deer Park for seven years. During that time, she has been part of a program that has won two state championships (2012 & 2014) and was a state tournament semifinalist in 2013. With all the duties of the assistant coach (scouting, driving the bus and supervising managers to name a few), Cantu also juggles being a high school math teacher, mother of four children, the director of softball summer camp and administrator on duty for field use. In 2016, she had to step up in a big way after head coach Carrie Austgen was in a car accident, which limited her ability to engage in the day-to-day physical part of the job. Cantu stepped in and led the coaching staff and team with great success and the weekend the accident occurred. She was able to hold the line and guide Deer Park to an undefeated tournament, while Austgen was recovering.

In the words of Austgen- “It is these moments that we all find out what we are made of and I am very proud of the work she did and the coach she is becoming.”

The winners were nominated by their NFCA member head coach and selected by a panel of their peers on the NFCA Awards Committee. The recipients are all active NFCA members.

 

7-1-2016 USA Softball Name Change

ASA/USA Softball announces organization rename and rebrand to USA Softball and unveils new logo

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America/USA Softball, the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the U.S., announced today their organizational rename and rebrand to USA Softball and new logo, which will be effective January 1, 2017.  As the sport of softball continually evolves, focusing on the USA Softball brand better reflects the legacy that ASA/USA Softball has established over its 80 years as the leader in the sport of softball.

“This is an exciting time for ASA/USA Softball as the rebrand to USA Softball reflects our vision for the growth of the sport,” said ASA/USA Softball President Warren Jones.  “For over 80 years, ASA/USA Softball has been the driving force behind the sport of softball, and this new logo truly embodies that character and legacy.  I encourage all of our members to embrace the change of rebranding our organization to USA Softball that the ASA/USA Softball Board of Directors approved during its September, 2015 Board Meeting.  As the National Governing Body of Softball, USA Softball will continue to serve as the leader in the sport of softball while helping foster the passion and love for the game to all.”

When ASA/USA Softball entered the softball picture in 1933, the sport was in a state of confusion with no unified set of playing rules and no NGB to provide guidance and stability. ASA/USA Softball changed all that by adopting softball’s first universally accepted rules of play and by organizing consistent and fair competition across the nation.  Since its founding, ASA/USA Softball serves the softball community as the leader in certified equipment standards, coaching education and umpiring while providing the best-of-the best in softball at all levels.  Whether as a coach, athlete, umpire, administrator or fan, ASA/USA Softball provides the most exciting, level and competitive fields of play.

ASA/USA Softball has left an everlasting imprint on the sport, athletes and officials, creating many historic “firsts” for the game, including the first set of unified rules, the first standardized uniforms for officials, a Hall of Fame to honor those individuals who have left an impact upon our sport and fielding the first U.S. Olympic Softball team in 1996.  From this beginning, ASA/USA Softball has become one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations. In its long history, ASA/USA Softball has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 160,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.2 million.  That legacy will continue to live on through the USA Softball brand, providing a clearer identity of what USA Softball stands for, represents and embodies.

“The evolution of our brand to USA Softball showcases our organization to its fullest potential,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Craig Cress.  “Rebranding shows our members, teams, umpires, players and fans that we are continually evolving and furthering the softball community while connecting and unifying them under the USA Softball brand.  I’m excited for our fans, members and administrators to connect and identify with our new look and the USA Softball brand.”

In addition to rebranding, ASA/USA Softball has also unveiled a new redesigned logo, approved by the ASA/USA Softball Board of Directors at its April 2016 board meeting, which will replace the ASA/USA Softball split logo throughout the transition to USA Softball.  The redesign contains several key elements of previous ASA/USA Softball logos, while clearly identifying the USA Softball brand as the organization evolves towards the future.  The home plate shape embodies the sport, while bold, block USA Softball lettering symbolizes USA Softball’s authority as the NGB.  Along with the redesigned prominent features of the logo, the stars and stripes pay homage to the U.S. flag and classic American iconography, connecting fans and members with the Team USA brand.  Several subtleties also lie within the new logo, as the three red stripes reference 1933, the year ASA/USA Softball was founded, and the stars represent the four territories of ASA/USA Softball.

For more information on ASA/USA Softball, please visit www.ASAUSASoftball.com.

6-25-2016 ASA 18U Hall of Fame Qualifier

ASA Hall of Fame Qualifier

ASA Hall of Fame Complex welcomes 16 teams for 18-Under Hall of Fame Qualifier

OKLAHOMA CITY – The ASA Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field will play host to the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ 18-Under (18U) Hall of Fame Qualifier June 25-27, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. A total of 16 teams will compete in a triple-elimination bracket over the span of three days.

Click here for live streaming and live stats throughout the ASA/USA Softball Girls’ 16-Under (16U) Hall of Fame Qualifier

The 18U tournament will kick off on Saturday, June 25 at 9 a.m. CT and continue through Monday with the Championship Game on OGE Energy Field at 1:00 p.m. CT with the “if-necessary” game to follow scheduled for 3:00 p.m. CT.

Participating teams this weekend include Windy City Ice Blue, Gametime Stars Prieto/Millus, Aloha Breeze-Combs, Tucson Scramblers, Centex Buzz Waller, Oklahoma Exclusive-Schmidt, Oklahoma Diamond Girls, Tulsa Elite, Texas Blaze Kirk, Team Power 97, Stealth Fastpitch – Snyder, Oregon City Nightmare, 98 Black Widows, Michigan Lookouts, Easton Softball and Oklahoma Ultimate.

Daily admission for the 18U Hall of Fame Stadium National Qualifier tournament is $7 for adults and $5 for youth and senior citizens. Fans will also have the option to purchase a three-day tournament pass for $19 on the first day of the tournament. The Hall of Fame Museum and gift shop will be open for fans attending the tournament. Hours of operation Monday through Friday are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, while Saturday’s hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. CT.

Fans that cannot make the trip to Oklahoma City can watch their favorite team play as ASA/USA Softball will be offering free live streaming and stats at ASAUSASoftball.com.

5-25-2016 Final DII coaches Poll

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 25, 2016

First-time national champions North Alabama, unanimous No. 1 in final NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – First-time national champion University of North Alabama is the unanimous No. 1 team in the final 2016 NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll.

Completing a historical campaign with a 60-7 record and the NCAA Division II National Championship, the Lions, under the guidance of head coach Ashley Cozart, defeated Humboldt State in the three-game Championship series. UNA rebounded from a 5-0 game-one loss with 10-1 and 4-1 victories. The Lions went 11-2 in the postseason, suffering its first loss on the second day of regionals to UAH, which forced them to battle from the losers bracket. North Alabama reeled off three straight shutout wins over Saint Leo (1-0) and UAH (7-0 & 7-0) to advance to Super Regionals where it swept Rollins (9-0, 6-5).

National runner-up Humboldt State finished just short of it third national championship falling to North Alabama. The Jacks (54-8-1) posted a 9-3 mark in the postseason and was one of two programs to have an undefeated run to the National Championships. HSU won five games during regionals and super regionals and continued its run with victories over Armstrong State (3-2) and West Texas A&M (8-5) before dropping one game to Armstrong in the semifinals. The Jacks rebounded with a 6-2 win over the Pirates, advancing them to the Championship series.

National semifinalists Armstrong State and Southern Arkansas come in at three and four. The Pirates (43-15) put forth an 8-3 record in postseason, sweeping the Southeast Regional and going on the road a knocking off the defending national champion North Georgia Nighthawks in three games (0-4, 4-2, 5-3 in 8 inn.). After dropping its opener at the Championships, Armstrong State won three straight and forced an “if-necessary” game with Humboldt State in the semifinals.

Making their first National Championships appearance, Southern Arkansas enjoyed its most successful season in program history. The Muleriders (53-11) won their first regional and super regional, while setting a program-record for wins. SAU also enjoyed an undefeated postseason run into the Championships. They to rebounded from an opening day loss to North Alabama with triumphs over Charleston (7-0) and West Texas A&M (7-4) before falling to the Lions in the semifinals.

The final four Championship participants, West Texas A&M, Adelphi, Grand Valley State and University of Charleston fill in your No.5 to No. 8 rankings. The Lady Buffs (59-5) and Panthers (35-22) each went 1-2 at the Championships with WT recording a 7-3 postseason mark and AU finishing 6-2. The Lakers (43-13) and the Golden Eagles. (50-12) finished 6-2 and 5-3, respectively in the postseason, both winning their super regionals on the road. UC made its first National Championships appearance.

Rounding out the top-10 are Super Regional participants North Georgia and Arkansas Tech. The Nighthawks (54-8) swept through their regional and won game one against Armstrong State, but dropped two games to the Pirates on the second day. The Golden Suns (49-11) posted three shutouts to win their regional, but were swept by Southern Arkansas at home to close out the season.

Along with Adelphi, Grand Valley State and Charleston, Rollins, Colorado Mesa and Georgia College all return to the top-25 at the end of the season.

The NFCA Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll is voted on by 16 NCAA Division II head coaches, two representing each of the eight NCAA regions.

2016 NFCA Division II Softball Coaches Poll Final | May 25, 2016

Rank Team Totals 2016 Record Last Poll
1 North Alabama (16) 400 60-7 3
2 Humboldt State 384 54-8-1 5
3 Armstrong State 366 43-15 16
4 Southern Arkansas 353 53-11 15
5 West Texas A&M 336 59-5 1
6 Adelphi 320 35-22 RV
7 Grand Valley State 303 43-13 RV
8 Charleston 290 50-12 RV
9 North Georgia 264 54-8 4
10 Arkansas Tech 227 49-11 7
11 Wayne State (Mich.) 211 50-10 10
12 St. Mary’s 209 47-14 9
13 Indianapolis 174 51-6 2
14 Central Washington 160 41-14-2 17
15 West Virginia Wesleyan 150 54-11 12
16 Saint Leo 132 39-8 8
17 UAH 126 40-17 RV
18 Missouri-St. Louis 119 53-9 6
19 Southern New Hampshire 103 40-12-2 14
20 Missouri Western 84 45-13 11
21 California (Pa.) 78 38-6 20
22 Rollins 76 40-16-1
23 Azusa Pacific 69 40-12 21
24 Colorado Mesa 62 40-13
25 Georgia College 55 41-18

Dropped Out: No. 13 Caldwell, No. 18 Lenoir-Rhyne, No. 19 Bloomsburg, No. 22 West Florida, No. 23 LIU Post, No. 24 Chico State, No. 25 (tie) Texas Woman’s, No. 25 (tie) Catawba.

New to Poll: No. 6 Adelphi, No. 7 Grand Valley State, No. 8 Charleston, No. 17 UAH, No. 22 Rollins, No. 24 Colorado Mesa, No. 25 Georgia College.

Receiving Votes: Caldwell (37), Trevecca Nazarene (15), Bloomsburg (14), West Florida (14), Chico State (12), Lenoir-Rhyne (10), Texas Woman’s (8), UC San Diego (7) Valdosta State (7), Pfeiffer (6), California Baptist (5), LIU Post (5), Upper Iowa (4), West Chester (3), Catawba (2).