U.S. Olympic Committee Honors Two Softball Coaches
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) today announced the finalists for its National, Developmental and Volunteer Coach of the Year honors. USA Softball Head Coach Mike Candrea has been named one of the five finalists for the second consecutive time while Tommy Ordnorff, head coach for the Shamrocks who won the 2005 ASA Girls’ 18-Under Gold National Championship, makes his first appearance as a finalists for the Developmental Coach of the Year honor. The awards will be presented, June 23 during the Night of Champions event at the U.S. Olympic Assembly in La Jolla, Calif.
U.S. Olympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2005 National, Developmental and Volunteer Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The five finalists in each category were selected by a panel of former coaches and officials. Winners in each category will be announced at the June 23 Night of Champions event.
Finalists for the USOC National Coach of the Year are Mike Candrea (Tucson, Ariz./USA Softball), Gail Goestenkors (Hillsborough, N.C./USA Basketball), David Johnson (Colorado Springs, Colo./USA Shooting), Bobby Kersee (Ballwin, Mo./USA Track & Field) and Eddie Reese (Austin, Texas/USA Swimming).
Candrea, winner of the 2004 USOC National Coach of the Year award, managed the 2005 USA Softball Women's National Team in continuing its winning ways a year out from winning Olympic gold, finishing the season with a 21-5 record. The team went undefeated (5-0) at the International Sports Festival in Chula Vista, Calif., outscoring opponents 34-2. Team USA defeated 2004 Olympic silver medalist Australia with a 10-0 shutout in the Champions Cup in Irvine, Calif. At the first-ever World Cup in Oklahoma City, Okla., Team USA finished second to Japan, losing 3-1 in the Championship game. The team bounced back on their trip to Japan, taking the Japan Cup series with a 4-3 record and outscoring Japan, 22-8. The team wrapped up its 2005 campaign at the Pan Am/World qualifier in Guatemala City, Guatemala securing the top seed to the 2007 Pan American Games with a 2-0 win over Canada. The team also qualified for the 2006 World Championships, outscoring opponents 87-3 in nine games. Candrea is the head softball coach for the 2006 National Champion University of Arizona Wildcats.
Finalists for the title of Volunteer Coach of the Year are Don Casey (El Cajon, Calif./USA Basketball), Cindi Hart (Indianapolis, Ind./U.S. Speedskating), James Johnson (Scottsdale, Ariz./USA Hockey), Tommy Orndorff (Vienna, Va./USA Softball) and Daniel Rutenberg (Frisco, Texas/USA Table Tennis).
Orndorff led his team, the Shamrocks, to an Amateur Softball Association gold title; the first time an east coast team has won the title in the 12 year history. The team compiled a 7-0 record during this elite event which features the nation's top 64 ASA teams. The team recorded four shutouts, outscoring opponents 25-5. The Shamrocks won the title with eight players 16 or younger. The team wrapped up its stellar 2005 season with a win at the Junior Girls' World Cup. The Shamrocks beat out 20 teams from five countries including a 2-1 victory over Chinese Taipei to clinch the title. Orndorff has coached the Shamrocks since 1974 and is the High School Coach at Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School. Many of his players have gone on to play softball for major universities.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visitwww.asasoftball.com
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive.