Womens National Team Coaching Pool selected through 2019

Feb. 08, 2017, 9:30 a.m. (ET)

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Codi Warren
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OKLAHOMA CITY – USA Softball, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today 22 coaches who have been selected to the 2017-2019 USA Softball Women’s National Team Coaching Pool. Head coaches and assistant coaches for the Women’s National Team (WNT) and Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) will be selected from this list for all 2017, 2018 and 2019 competitions.   

“We are honored to have another outstanding group of coaches making up the USA Softball Women's National Team Coaching Pool,” said USA Softball National Teams Director Chris Sebren.  “Their experiences as both players and coaches at the elite level will bring a wealth of knowledge to our National Team Program.  We’re excited to see the contributions these individuals will provide to our Women's and Junior Women's National Team athletes as we look to continue the legacy of USA Softball and build towards qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.”

Women's National Team Coaching Pool
Tony Abbatine (Monroe, N.Y.) - Founder, Frozen Ropes 
John Bargfeldt (Tulsa, Okla.) - Head Coach at Tulsa
Laura Berg (Corvallis, Ore.) - Head Coach at Oregon State
Suzy Brazney (Huntington Beach, Calif.) - Assistant Coach at Chapman University
Howard Dobson (Baton Rouge, La.) - Assistant Coach at LSU
Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla.) - Head Coach at South Florida
Lisa Fernandez (Long Beach, Calif.) - Assistant Coach at UCLA
Tairia Flowers (Tucson, Ariz.) - Head Coach at Cal State Northridge
Trisha Ford (Fremont, Calif.) - Head Coach at Arizona State
Kristie Fox (San Diego, Calif.) - Head Coach at UT-Arlington
Lori Harrigan-Mack (Las Vegas, Nev.) - Pitching coach at College of Southern Nevada
Kyle Jamieson (Stittsville, Ontario, Canada) - Head Coach at Furman
Peter Meredith (Salt Lake City, Utah) - Assistant Coach at BYU
Patrick Murphy (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) - Head Coach at Alabama
Lisa Navas (Columbia, S.C.) - Associate Head Coach at South Carolina
Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) - Assistant Coach at Texas State
John Rittman (Valencia, Calif.) - Associate Head Coach at Kansas
Jennifer Rocha (Gainesville, Fla.) - Assistant Coach at Florida
Heather Tarr (Redmond, Wash.) - Head Coach at Washington
Gina Vecchione (New Rochelle, N.Y.) - Associate Head Coach at Cal Poly
Kirk Walker (Woodland Hills, Calif.) - Assistant Coach at UCLA
Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) - Director of Operations at Cal State Northridge

Selected to the coaching pool by the Women’s National Team Selection Committee (WNTSC), coaches may be required to participate in international events, player evaluations, selection camps and other specified events as part of the evaluation process.  Coaches selected from this pool will have the opportunity to coach in some of the highest level softball competitions in the world over the course of the next three years. The schedule for the WNT and JWNT has yet to be finalized for the 2017-19 cycle, but those international calendars will be highlighted by the 2017 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Junior Women’s World Championship to be held in Clearwater, Fla., 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship to be held in Chiba, Japan, the 2019 Pan American Games to be held in Lima, Peru and the 2019 WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship to be held in Irvine, Calif.

For updates on the USA Softball National Team Program and events throughout the 2017 season visit www.USASoftball.com.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million.  USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 

Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 213 National Federation and Associate Members in 142 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 

The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

For more information, visit: www.wbsc.org