OKLAHOMA CITY – The Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz./ head coach at Cal State Northridge) has been selected as the Head Coach for the 2015 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team that will compete at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship (19-Under) in August of 2015 in Oklahoma City, Okla.
“It’s an honor anytime you are selected to be involved with a USA Softball National Team,” said Flowers. “I’ve had the privilege to participate as a player on the Women’s National Team, an assistant coach on the Women’s National Team and now for the second time as the Head Coach with the Junior Women’s National Team and it’s a thrill every time. Our goal will be to take Gold at the 2015 Junior World Championships and we look forward to going after that goal on home soil with the tournament being held in Oklahoma City.”
Flowers will head up the Junior Women’s program for a second time, previously leading them to a Silver Medal finish at the 2013 World Championships. She was also a member of coaching staffs that lead the Women’s National Team to the 2011 Pan American Games Gold medal in Guadalajara, Mexico and a Silver medal at the 2012 ISF Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Flowers along with the USA Softball Women’s Selection Committee will name assistant coaches for the 2015 Junior Women’s National Team at a later date.
Flowers recently completed her third full season as the head coach at Cal State Northridge. Prior to her duties at Northridge, she spent four seasons (2007-10) as an assistant coach at Long Beach State.
As a player on the USA Women’s National Team, Flowers helped the United States to a perfect record and the Gold medal in the Athens Olympics in 2004, and to a Silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also won Gold medals at the 2002 and 2006 ISF Women’s World Championships, the 2003 and 2007 Pan-American Games, and the 2001 U.S. Cup.
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Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is a member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body for the sport which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.
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 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.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 nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.