USA Softball announces two National Coaching School locations

Sept. 13, 2017, 3:12 p.m. (ET)

OKLAHOMA CITY  – Coaches will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the game as USA Softball has announced the locations for the 2017-18 USA Softball National Coaching Schools.  Held in two locations, the schools feature instruction from current and former USA Softball Women’s National Team (WNT) coaches and athletes and will take place during the months of November and January.

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The first USA Softball National Coaching School will be held November 17-19 in Salinas, Calif. and is hosted by USA Softball of Northern California.  Open to 250 participants the cost of registration is $200 per coach while the first 150 coaches will receive a commemorative gift.  Held at the Salinas Storm House (185 Maryal Drive), lunch will be provided on Saturday while continental breakfast will be served Saturday-Sunday.  Leading the Salinas National Coaching School is Women’s National Team (WNT) Head Coach Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla./University of South Florida Head Coach), two-time Olympic Head Coach Mike Candrea (Tucson Ariz./University of Arizona Head Coach) and 2017 WNT Assistant Coach Heather Tarr (Redmond, Wash./University of Washington Head Coach).  Eriksen has been at the helm of the USA Softball WNT since 2011 and has led the program to a Pan American Games Gold, four World Cup of Softball titles and recently claimed Gold at the 2016 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) World Championship. Two-time Olympic Head Coach Candrea led the program to a Gold Medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and a Silver Medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing as well as numerous other medals in international competition before retiring from his USA Softball coaching duties in 2008.  Tarr recently served her first season with the WNT program as an Assistant Coach where she helped guide the Red, White and Blue to a Gold Medal finish at the Pan American Championship and runner-up finish at the Japan Cup.  Click here for more information on the Salinas Coaching School.

Hosting a USA Softball National Coaching School for the second year is USA Softball of Dallas/Ft. Worth.  Scheduled for January 19-21, 2018 in Plano, Texas, the school is open to 250 participants with a cost of registration of $250 while USA Softball-registered coaches pay $200.  Held at the Hilton Granite Park (5805 Granite Park), coaches who register by December 15 will be entered into a drawing to receive free tuition for the school.  Eriksen will be joined by current USA Softball WNT members Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif./University of South Florida Assistant Coach) and Janie Takeda (Placentia, Calif./University of Oklahoma Volunteer Assistant Coach).  Click here for more information on the Plano Coaching School.

Following the opening of each school, Eriksen and instructors will cover a variety of topics that relate to coaching fast pitch softball teams.  Topics include: pitching strategies, hitting, base running, pitching, embracing the process, slapping and bunting, defense, outfield play, hitting drills, how to plan a practice, leadership and what it takes to play USA Softball.

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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,