OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today the selection of Denny Bruckert (Gillespie, Ill.) as the head coach of the USA Softball Men's Fast Pitch National Team for the 2013-16 seasons. Bruckert has previous USA Softball coaching experience, serving as an assistant coach at the 1996 International Softball Federation (ISF) Men's World Championship (fourth place finish) and at the 1999 Pan American Games, where the team earned a silver medal.
“I’m very grateful, excited, humbled and honored to be selected as the head coach for the Men's National Team,” said Bruckert. “I'm looking forward to working with the best of the best in men's fast pitch softball and bringing the history and tradition of winning back to the Men's National Team Program. With everyone pulling together, I'm ready to get this program back to the highest level."
Bruckert has over 20 years of coaching experience in men's softball and has coached seven ASA Men's Major Fast Pitch National Championship squads. He coached the Decatur Pride to back-to-back National Championships in 1994 and 1995 and added another in 1999 prior to the team's disbanding. Bruckert would add another three Men's Major Fast Pitch titles to his resume: in 2002 with the St. Joseph Frontier Casino Players, in 2005 with the Tampa Bay Smokers and in 2006 with the Green Bay Circle Tap. Most recently, Bruckert claimed the 2012 Men's Major title with the New York Gremlins and earned a runner-up finish at the 2013 National Championship.
“We're excited to welcome Denny back to the National Team Program,” said ASA and USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “He has a long and storied career with ASA/USA Softball, both on an National and International level, which will greatly impact our current and future athletes.”
Bruckert is a member of the Illinois ASA Hall of Fame and earned softball's highest honor with his induction into the National Softball Hall of Fame in 2012.