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NFCA NCAA DIVISION II NATIONAL COACHING STAFF OF THE YEAR Humboldt State University
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Convention Schedule. . . . . . 5 List of Exhibitors . . . . . . . . . . 15 Products on Display . . . . . 29 More Products
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Convention Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The NFCA celebrates its 25th anniversary in Marco Island, Fla. … Pre-convention seminar on improving players’ performance … Christine Grant to deliver keynote speech … Top coaches featured during three days of clinics ... National Fastpitch Coaches’ College provides opportunities for educational credits … Gary Bryce, Sandy Fischer, Eugene Lenti, Jay Miller, Donna Newberry, and Gary Torgeson are welcomed into the NFCA Hall of Fame.
Humboldt State University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Head Coach Frank Cheek and Assistant Coach Shelli Maher-Sarchett talk about leading their team to a national title, developing players, and recruiting in Division II.
2008 Award Winners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 The NFCA National Coaching Staffs of the Year … The NFCA Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year … The 2008 Easton Victory Club Award Winners. On the cover: After losing its first game in the NCAA Division II playoffs, Humboldt State University rallied to win 10 straight games and take home the national title. A Q&A with the HSU coaches begins on page 20.
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NFCA CONVENTION PREVIEW 25th Anniversary Celebration This year marks the 25th anniversary of the NFCA and we hope you’ll join us for a very special national convention, Dec. 10-13 at the Marco Island (Fla.) Marriott Resort. In addition to all the great features of past conventions, this year’s event will be a celebration of our growth and success during the past 25 years. A documentary film, NFCA prize trivia, increased opportunities to visit with NFCA Hall of Fame coaches, and a special Hall of Fame Red Carpet Gala will enhance the already popular convention format. Pre-convention activities include NFCC Course 404, covering Solid Team Defense and Strategy and a half-day seminar with Brandon Marcello, U.S. Olympic Softball Team Director of Human Performance. Wednesday’s activities feature golf and tennis tournaments and an opening reception sponsored by Louisville Slugger. Thursday morning offers committee and business meetings. The afternoon sessions open with the Assistant Coach Caucus and panels discussing issues facing softball and looking back at the Beijing Olympics. Friday features a continuation of business and committee meetings with panels focusing on hitting, coaching philosophy, outfield play, and drills. The signature event of the entire week, the Hall of Fame Red Carpet Gala, will take place at 5:30 p.m., immediately followed by the NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet when six new members will be inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame. The final day of the convention features the Coaching Staff of the Year brunch and the adidas Roundtable with five topics covered over a three-hour period. Saturday afternoon starts with Hara Estroff Marano, who will present a lecture based on her book, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting. Three afternoon sessions,
including a catching clinic with Division I National Coach of the Year Clint Myers, conclude the regular convention schedule. NFCC 407: Winning Strategies for Game-Day Coaching follows as a postconvention course.
Enhancing Athletic Performance Brandon Marcello, The U.S. Olympic Team Director of Human Performance, will present a four-hour pre-convention seminar for NFCA members on Dec. 9, from 1-5 p.m., at the Marco Island Marriott Resort. In addition to his duties with USA Softball, Marcello also serves as the Director of Sports Per-
tain speed and strength, length of a warmup schedule on days with multiple games, and techniques to aid in athlete recovery so they can stay “fresh” for postseason play. The position-specific strength and speed development section will include several handson and interactive learning techniques. Marcello will cover drills to improve speed on the bases and out of the batter’s box, techniques to improve lateral movement and pitcher footwork, training techniques to use when a weight room is unavailable, and specific exercises for female athletes.
Grant to Deliver Keynote Speech Christine Grant, former Director of Women’s Athletics at the University of Iowa and the 2007 recipient of the prestigious NCAA President’s Gerald R. Ford Award, is the 2008 NFCA National Convention keynote speaker.
Brandon Marcello, USA Softball formance at Stanford University. He holds a PhD in sports nutrition from Baylor and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from Marshall University. Marcello will discuss many of the techniques used by top collegiate programs as well as Team USA. He will cover sportand position-specific training techniques that include warmup and recovery techniques, position-specific strength and speed development, practical game day nutrition, and answers to common softballspecific strength and conditioning questions. The warmup and recovery section includes techniques that can develop and main-
NACWAA and the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association; received the Billie Jean King Contribution Award from the Women’s Sports Foundation; been selected as the 1996 NAGWS Honors Award
An associate professor for the Department of Health and Sports Studies at Iowa, Grant has a long history in the Title IX arena. She testified before Congress several times and served as a consultant for the Health, Education and Welfare Office for Civil Rights Title IX Task Force. She was a founding member of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and served in a variety of leadership roles within the organization, including president. She also served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA). Her honors have been frequent and many. In addition to receiving the Gerald R. Ford Award, honoring an individual who has provided significant leadership as an advocate for intercollegiate athletics over the course of their career, Grant is also a member of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) Hall of Fame. In addition, she has been named the National Administrator of the Year by
Christine Grant, keynote speaker Recipient; and received the 1998 NCAA Honda Award of Merit for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Collegiate Athletics. A native of Scotland, Grant served as Director of Women’s Athletics at Iowa from the time the department was established in 1973 until her retirement in 2000. She graduated from the Dunfermline College of Physical Education in 1956 and was a field hockey coach and player in Scotland and Canada. She came to Iowa in 1969, receiving a bachelor’s degree in physical education as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in sport administration.
Teaching Moments The 2008 NFCA National Convention will offer an assortment of clinics and presentations by a wide variety of softball’s elite. At 9:30 a.m., Friday, (Dec. 12), Michigan State Head Coach Jacquie Joseph, LouisianaLafayette Co-Head Coach Michael Lotief, and Texas A&M Head Coach Jo Evans will present “The Hitting Debate.” Joseph is entering her 16th season as the head coach at Michigan State. A former NFCA
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Step: Advanced Tips and Drills for the Outfield.” A four-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA firstteam All-American, Mendoza is a two-time Olympic outfielder for Team USA. She completed her Stanford career in 2002 as the school’s all-time leader in batting average, hits, home runs, runs scored, and stolen bases. A member of Team Darfur and the president-elect of the Women’s Sports Foundation, Mendoza is also a board member of the National Education Association. The 3:30 p.m. session called “Drills, Drills, Drills,” will be presented by University of St. Thomas (Minn.) Head Coach John Tschida. The NFCA Division III National Coach of the Year in three of the last six seasons, Tschida became the first softball coach to pilot two different schools to NCAA Championships when he coached St. Thomas to the 2004 title. Tschida had coached St. Mary’s to the 2000 NCAA Division III title in his sixth season at his alma mater before moving to St. Thomas and winning a championship in his fourth season with the Tommies. An active instructor with the NFCC, Tschida has won three NCAA titles and has won over 80 percent of the games he has coached during his 15-year career. Saturday’s program opens with an adidas Roundtable featuring four different topics. Dana Cavalea, the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees will present the roundtable topic “Strength & Conditioning for Softball.” Cavalea is considered one of the bright young minds in performance training/ strength and conditioning. He specializes in the development in multi-planar strength, power, and speed. Two-time Olympic gold medalist Michele Smith will discuss “How to Correct Pitching Problems.” An ASA Hall of Fame pitcher, Smith was a four-time All-Big Eight Conference pitcher for Oklahoma State from 1986-1989, while also leading the nation in
home runs and twice earning All-America honors at the utility position. Smith went on to an extremely successful playing career both with USA Softball and with Team Toyota Shokki in the Japanese pro league. Arizona State Head Coach Clint Myers will present three separate sessions all relating to catching. Myers will discuss “Catching: Blocking and Receiving,” in the first hour, “Catching: Throwing on Steals and Pickoffs,” during the second hour and “Catching: Other Areas (Pop-ups/Bunts/Calling the Game),” during the final hour of the Roundtable session. The Head Coach of the 2008 NFCA/ NCAA Division I Coaching Staff of the Year, Myers led Arizona State to its first WCWS championship in June as the Sun Devils went undefeated in Oklahoma City and capped off the weekend with a two-game sweep of Texas A&M in the Championship Series. The fourth roundtable will be a Hall of Fame Panel on practice organization. At 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Hara Estroff Marano will present a lecture based on her book, A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting. Marano has been the editorat-large of Psychology Today since 1991. She has written on many aspects of human behavior. Marano has also written for many well-known publications, such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, New York, USA Today, Self, Glamour, and Ladies Home Journal. Florida Head Coach Tim Walton follows at 2:30 p.m. with a one-hour session on “Offensive Strategies to Build a Hitter’s Confidence.” Walton coached the Gators to an NCAA-record 70 wins in 2008 (70-5), finishing as an NCAA semifinalist at the Women’s College World Series. Entering his fourth season at Florida, Walton also served as the Head Coach at Wichita State from 2003-2005.
The final non-NFCC session of the convention will begin at 3:30 p.m. Saturday when John Kuehl tackles “Mental Fundamentals: Taking Your Game to the Next Level.” Kuehl is the co-author of “Mental Fundamentals of Baseball and Softball.” He played six minor league seasons in the San Diego Padres and Oakland A’s organizations before a back injury ended his playing career. The son of a Major League manager, Kuehl grew up in MLB clubhouses and has a devotion to the importance of the mental game in baseball and softball.
Back to School The NFCA is offering two National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC) courses that will bracket the NFCA Convention. The pre-convention course, which will take place from Dec. 7-9, is Course 404: Solid Team Defense and Strategy. The instructors will be Alabama Head Coach Patrick Murphy, Iowa Head Coach
Patrick Murphy, University of Alabama Coach and NFCC Instructor Gayle Blevins, and Louisville Associate Head Coach Carol Bruggeman. This course is structured to help coaches learn how to put individual players together to build a defensive team. Participants will receive instruction on the following topics:
• Defensive sets and how to select the appropriate set for various game situations; • skills required to execute pickoffs and rundowns; • handling special situations including wild pitches, passed balls, dropped third strikes, and intentional walks; • responding to steals, extrabase hits, bunts, and slap hitters; • understanding angles, principles of jurisdiction, communication systems and primary/secondary back-up charts; • interpreting statistics and positioning your players with a purpose in mind;
• using the DP/Flex rule to your advantage; • pitch calling, pitching strategy and defensive game plans, and more. Patrick Murphy has worked with the Alabama softball program since its early days when he served as an assistant coach. After taking over as the Crimson Tide’s Head Coach prior to the 1999 season, Murphy has built the program into one of national prominence. Alabama has had a winning record in all 10 seasons and has made five appearances at the Women’s College World Series, including an appearance in the national semifinals last season.
Gayle Blevins has been Iowa’s head coach for 21 seasons after coaching at Indiana from 1980-87. She has led her teams to seven Women’s College World Series appearances, most recently in 2001. Blevins has won over 1,100 games as a college head coach while winning eight Big Ten titles and has been inducted into both the Indiana University and NFCA Halls of Fame. Carol Bruggeman recently completed her third season as the Associate Head Coach at Louisville after starting the softball program at Purdue (1994-2005). In her first season with the Boilermakers, Bruggeman led Purdue to the best
first-year record in Big Ten history (21-17-1). During her tenure, Bruggeman’s Boilermakers had 23 All-Big Ten selections, 24 All-Mideast Region selections, and one Louisville Slugger/NFCA first-team All-American. At Louisville, Bruggeman is responsible for recruiting and works primarily with the defense while also assisting with offense and game preparation. The class schedule for Course 404 includes instruction on Sunday from noon-6 p.m., Monday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m.-noon. The Post-Convention course will take place Dec. 13-15. Course 407: Winning Strate-
2008 NFCA CONVENTION SCHEDULE Sunday, December 7 Noon NFCC Course 404 (through noon Tuesday)
Tuesday, December 9 1 p.m.
9 a.m. Business Meetings/College Groups
11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
Easton Victory Club Luncheon “Building the Prepared Athlete: Success through Strength and 1:30 p.m. Conditioning” Pre-Convention Assistant Coach Caucus Seminar with Brandon Marcello, 2:30 p.m. USA Olympic Softball Team Softball Summit: A Look at the Wednesday, December 10 Issues Facing the Sport
8 a.m. Golf Scramble
10 a.m. Tennis Tournament
2:30 p.m. Awards & Hall of Fame Committee
3:30 p.m. Committee Meetings: Rules, Internet, and Diversity
5 p.m. General Business Meeting
7 p.m. Louisville Slugger Reception
Thursday, December 11 7 a.m. Adams USA Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Committee Meetings: AllAmerican Regional Chairs, Camps & Clinics, Education & Publications, Nominating, Awards & Hall of Fame
4:30 p.m. Olympic Panel: Observations from Beijing
5:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Happy Hour
6:30 p.m. Division I Conference Meetings
9 p.m. Diamond Sports Hospitality
Friday, December 12 7 a.m. Schutt Sports Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. High School & Travel Ball Business Meetings and continuation of other group business meetings
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
9:30 a.m. “The Hitting Debate” with Jacquie Joseph, Head Coach, Michigan State; Jo Evans, Head Coach, Texas A&M; and Michael
Lotief, Co-Head Coach, University of Louisiana-Lafayette
11 a.m. “The Diamond of Success: A Philosophical Model for Coaching” with Holly Hesse, Head Coach, Missouri State University
Noon Mizuno Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Noon – 2 p.m. Silent Auction in Exhibit Hall
2:30 p.m. “Taking the Next Step: Advanced Tips and Drills for the Outfield” with Jessica Mendoza, two-time USA Olympian and President-elect of the Women’s Sports Foundation
3:30 p.m. “Drills, Drills, Drills” with John Tschida, Head Coach, University of St. Thomas (Minn.)
5:30 p.m. Hall of Fame Red Carpet Gala
6:30 p.m. NFCA Hall of Fame Banquet
Saturday, December 13 8 a.m. Texas Woman’s University Master’s Info Session
9 a.m. NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year Brunch
“Strength & Conditioning for Softball” with Dana Cavalea, Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees “How To Correct Pitching Problems” with Michele Smith, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, and broadcaster “Catching: Blocking and Receiving” first hour; “Catching: Throwing on Steals and Pickoffs” second hour; “Catching: Other Areas (Popups/ Bunts/ Calling the Game)” third hour; all with Clint Myers, Head Coach, Arizona State “Hall of Fame Panel on Practice Organization”
1:30 p.m. “A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting” with Hara Estroff Marano, author, and Editor-at-Large of Psychology Today
2:30 p.m. “Offensive Strategies To Build a Hitter’s Confidence” with Tim Walton, Head Coach, University of Florida
3:30 p.m. “Mental Fundamentals: Taking Your Game to the Next Level” with John Kuehl, co-author of Mental Fundamentals of Baseball and Softball
adidas Roundtable in three dif- 6 p.m. ferent time slots: 10:30, 11:30 NFCC 407 (through 2 p.m. and 12:30, with lunch provided Monday) at 12:30
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• make real-time strategy decisions based on game clips;
The schedule for Course 407 will include instruction on Saturday from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and Monday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
This course focuses on the game-day experience. Students will develop and apply the skills of coaching through observation, analysis of game clips and real-time strategy decisions. They will: • analyze selected game match-ups, developing prospective game plans and discussing them in a group setting; • identify basic opponent game plans; • scout from within a game and assess opponent’s strengths and weaknesses;
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• address difficult coaching situations and brainstorm how to handle them; • recognize rules issues and answer questions relative to their resolution, and more.
Gayle Blevins, Iowa Head Coach and NFCC Instructor • evaluate team and individual performance; • discuss how to handle “teachable moments” during a game;
Sharon Drysdale spent 23 years and 1,155 games as the head coach at Northwestern, sending five squads to the NCAA Tournament, finishing as the second-winningest coach in Northwestern history in any sport with 640 career wins. She piloted the Wildcats to Women’s College World Series appearances in 1984, 1985, and 1986. In addition to working closely with the NFCC since her retirement from Northwestern, Drysdale also served as the Head Coach for
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the NPF’s New England Riptide from 2005-2007. Carol Hutchins, a 2006 NFCA Hall of Fame inductee, is about to begin her 25th season as Head Coach at the University of Michigan, where she has molded the Wolverines into one of the elite programs in collegiate softball. Hutchins coached the Wolverines to the 2005 NCAA Championship and eight Women’s College World Series appearances in the last 14 seasons. Michigan has captured 11 Big Ten regular-season titles, 11 NCAA Regional crowns, and eight Big Ten Tournament championships. Cindy Bristow has been involved in virtually every facet of softball throughout her 30-plus year career in the sport. An NFCA Hall of Famer, Bristow was an AllAmerica pitcher-first baseman
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the Hall of Fame, the most prestigious award given by the organization. In 2008, this honor goes to Gary Bryce, Sandy Fischer, Eugene Lenti, Jay Miller, Donna Newberry, and Gary Torgeson. Gary Bryce, a veteran of more than 1,400 games and nearly 900 wins, enters his 28th season as the Head Coach at Wayne State in 2009. Bryce has built one of the most successful collegiate programs in Michigan, compiling a 885-561-6 (.612) overall record in 27 seasons. Under Bryce’s guidance, Wayne State’s softball program has been nationally ranked 22 times in 27 seasons and made 14 appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament since its inception in 1982. Bryce’s 2003 squad became the first in school history to win the
Great Lakes Regional and advance to the NCAA Division II Championship.
of his teams have ever finished at or below .500 and all have won at least 21 games.
Bryce’s 885 wins rank seventh all-time among NCAA Division II head coaches. When he reached 800 career collegiate victories on April 15, 2006, Bryce became the 29th coach in any division to reach that mark in NCAA history. In 2008, the Warriors won their 15th Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title overall and the 14th during Bryce’s tenure. He has been named GLIAC Coach of the Year 10 times, most recently in 2007. After his 1983 squad won a school record 43 games, Bryce became the first GLIAC coach to be named the Division II Central Region Coach of the Year by the National Softball Coaches Association (now the NFCA). Only three
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Gary Bryce, Wayne State University Head Coach and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Bryce has coached 17 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans during his tenure at Wayne State.
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Prior to Wayne State, Bryce amassed an impressive scholastic coaching career in Michigan girls’ softball and basketball, as well as boys’ baseball and wrestling, first in the Clawson public schools then with the Royal Oak public schools. At Royal Oak Dondero High School, Bryce taught social studies and coached the Oaks’ varsity softball squad for five seasons with a 130-36 (.783) record. He guided the Oaks to four Metro Suburban Association crowns, three state district titles, one state regional championship, and the 1979 Michigan Class A State Championship. As a student at the University of Michigan, Bryce played football and baseball at both the intercollegiate and intramural levels while earning his degree in physical education and social studies. He then earned a master’s degree and
a UM Certificate in Industrial Relations, also from Michigan. In addition to his coaching duties at Wayne State, Bryce is also an instructor of physical education in the Division of Health and Physical Education. From 1984-1992 he was the Warriors head women’s basketball coach, and he also served as WSU’s director for athletic development from 1992-1999. Sandy Fischer spent 23 seasons as the head coach at Oklahoma State University before retiring in 2001 as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA softball history. After arriving at Oklahoma State in 1978, Fischer and her teams garnered an impressive list of honors. The Cowgirls won nine Big Eight Championship and appeared in 17 AIAW or NCAA Regionals, winning nine of them. Oklahoma State
participated in the AIAW Nationals or the NCAA Women’s College World Series a
Sandy Fischer, former Oklahoma State University Head Coach and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee total of nine times, with its best finish coming with a second-place showing in 1982,
the first year the NCAA sanctioned softball. The Cowgirls made backto-back appearances at the WCWS in 1989 and 1990, then returned for consecutive appearances in 1993 and 1994. A fifth WCWS appearance came in 1998 when OSU finished fourth. Fischer’s best season was 1989 when the Cowgirls finished 46-6, won Big Eight and NCAA Regional championships and tied for third at the WCWS. That team—which included first-team All-Americans Michele Smith, Lisa Harvey, and Shari Johnson—spent much of the year ranked first in the nation. During her collegiate coaching career, Fischer mentored two Olympians—Smith, a twotime gold medalist for the U.S., and four-time Australian medalist Melanie Roche—12
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NFCA CONVENTION PREVIEW first-team All-Americans, eight second-team, and eight thirdteam selections. Her teams also included 60 all-conference players and 49 All-Academic selections, headlined by Harvey’s selection as the 1993 GTE/CoSIDA Academic AllAmerica Player of the Year. Fischer concluded her collegiate coaching career following the 2001 season, finishing with a 900-373-3 career record. Her collegiate coaching honors include four Big Eight Coach of the Year selections, four NFCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year honors, and National Softball Coaches Association (now NFCA) National Coach of the Year recognition in 1988. After retiring from Oklahoma State, Fischer spent time coaching with the Professional Fastpitch Extreme (PFX) Tour and is the founder of Game-
time Training Tools, a company that started with a simple idea to help players improve their hitting mechanics using “Tee Stackers,” the company’s signature product. Originally from Quincy, Ill., Fischer pitched for Western Illinois University from 19711975, leading the Westerwinds to the Women’s College World Series semifinal on three occasions. She played professionally for the Connecticut Falcons from 1976-1979, leading them to four consecutive world championships. Fischer was also a member of the “Friendship Team,” which traveled to China in 1980. In 1990, she was inducted into the Western Illinois Athletic Hall of Fame. A charter member of the NFCA, Fischer has served the association in numerous capacities throughout her career.
In his 27 years at DePaul, Eugene Lenti has won 983 games and has taken four teams to the Women’s College World Series (1999, 2000, 2007, 2008) making DePaul one of only five programs since 1999 to have made four or more trips to the WCWS. Lenti is a master of teaching his players the game of softball but also the “game of life.” He challenges his players to become better people while in his program. He educates them about responsibility and accountability; qualities he demands both on the field and in the classroom. He stresses critical thinking and appropriate behavior and wants each of the women in his program to become exceptional human beings as well as extraordinary softball players. A remarkable 22 All-Americans have been crowned dur-
ing Lenti’s tenure. Eight of his student-athletes have been named conference Player of
Eugene Lenti, DePaul University Head Coach and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee the Year and another nine have earned conference Pitcher of the Year accolades.
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Lenti’s teams are known for being competitive from the first out to the 21st and for playing an exciting, aggressive and fundamentally sound style that is fun to watch. DePaul has made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances and 11 times has been crowned regular season conference champions. His pitching staffs are no stranger to the NCAA rankings as the 1998 group led the nation with a school record 0.60 ERA. That same season, Liza Brown was the national individual ERA champion. The 2003 pitching staff also left its mark on the NCAA rankings, finishing third nationally with an ERA of 0.83. A true believer that academics are a primary focus, Lenti ensures that athletes come to DePaul to be students
first and softball players second. Under his direction 17 student-athletes have been named Academic All-Americans while 29 were named Academic All-District, and 178 have earned academic distinction on the conference level. In 1999, Lenti and his staff were honored as the NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year while Lenti earned Mideast Coach of the Year honors. Lenti’s coaching staff was honored by the NFCA in both 2005 and 2007 as the Mideast Coaching Staff of the Year and he was named the Conference USA Women’s Coach of the Decade in 2005 after amassing a 105-21 record during the six seasons the Blue Demons competed in the league. Lenti and his staff have been honored nine times as either the conference Coach or Coaching Staff of the Year during his tenure.
Prior to DePaul, Lenti was an English teacher and chair of the English department at St. Francis DeSales High School. He is a 1979 graduate of DePaul with an English education degree. A charter member of the NFCA, Jay Miller is entering his 27th season as a college head coach and seventh at Mississippi State. He has won over 900 games and coached over 1,500 collegiate contests in addition to numerous offseasons spent working with USA Softball coaching national teams at various international competitions. Prior to Mississippi State, Miller spent 15 years as the head coach at the University of Missouri. Miller led the Tigers to a pair of Women’s College World Series appearances (1991 and 1994), five NCAA regionals, and league regular-
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Jay Miller, Mississippi State University Head Coach and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee Miller played men’s fastpitch in Aurora, Ill., during his high school and college years and started his coaching career as
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NFCA CONVENTION PREVIEW the pitching coach at Purdue in the late 1970s, eventually becoming the Boilermakers’ head coach in 1980. Following two seasons coaching Purdue, Miller made the first of his two stops at Missouri, serving as the Tigers’ pitching coach. Over a three-year span, he helped the Tigers to the Big Eight championship and Women’s College World Series in 1983, and two other NCAA tournament showings. He left Missouri to take over the head coaching reins of now-NAIA powerhouse Oklahoma City University. OCU was an NCAA Division I school during Miller’s first year before moving to NAIA the following season. Miller coached Oklahoma City to a pair of NAIA top-five finishes, first in 1986 (second) and then in 1987 (fourth) and was named the District IX Coach of the Year in each of his last two sea-
sons. He was also selected the Southwest Region Coach of the Year in 1987. Miller’s involvement with USA Softball began in 1987 when he served as the housing coordinator for the Junior World Championships held in Oklahoma City. When softball was accepted as an Olympic sport in 1991, Miller was named a member of the first National Team Selection Committee charged with selecting the players and coaches during the 1993-96 quadrennium, including the inaugural U.S. Olympic Team which won gold in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. Since 1997, Miller has served as one of the National Team coaches, coaching the USA Red squad to Gold at the 2001 U.S. Cup (now the World Cup of Softball) and a USA Elite team that took
runner-up honors at the 2002 Canada Cup and the 2003 Canada Cup Championship. He was an assistant coach for the USA National Team in gold medal runs at both the Pacific Rim Sports Summit and Intercontinental Cup in 2004. That same year, he guided the USA World University team to a gold medal at the first ever World University Softball Championships in Plant City, Fla. Miller coached the USA Elite squad to a silver medal at the 2005 Canada Cup, and the next summer he assisted the World University squad that won a gold medal in Taiwan and headed up the Junior National team that claimed gold at the Pan-Am Qualifying tournament in Puerto Rico. His most recent international success came in 2007 when his U.S. Junior National team won gold at the Junior World
Championships in Holland, the first for the U.S. since 1995. Donna Newberry embarks upon her 35th season as a collegiate head softball coach as the winningest head coach in NCAA Division III history with 858 career victories. She enters the 2009 season with a career record of 858-382-1 (.692 winning percentage) and an amazing 334-64-1 (.839) mark in Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) play. Over the last nine years, her teams have posted a 38167 (.850) record including a 179-14 mark (.927) against OAC teams. Muskingum has swept through the OAC regular season and tournament and earned the No. 1 NCAA Regional seed in 10 of the last 11 years, including 2001 when it won the NCAA Division III Championship. Newberry has won 18 OAC confer-
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Donna Newberry, Muskingham College Head Coach and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee OAC tournament every year since its inception in 1985. Muskingum has reached the
OAC championship game 22 times, including a current streak of 12 straight appearances. Her peers have selected Newberry as the OAC Coach of the Year 10 times and her coaching staffs have been selected NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year seven times and National Coaching Staff of the Year once. More than 60 of Newberry’s players have earned all-league honors and at least one has been named a Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III All-American in each of the last nine years with a total of 14 players accumulating 22 All-America honors. During her tenure at Muskingum, she has served on the NCAA Softball Rules Committee, was the National Chair of the NFCA All-America and Coaching Staff of the Year committees, and is currently serving on the NCAA Division III Softball Committee.
In addition to her softball coaching duties, Newberry also serves as the Assistant Athletic Director and as an Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education at Muskingum. She previously coached the Lady Muskies field hockey and women’s basketball programs, and her 403 victories in basketball makes her the only women’s coach in Division III history to surpass 400 wins in more than one sport. Each summer, Newberry leaves the Muskingum campus for an educational experience. She says the purpose of her journeys is to help her become a wiser person through gaining an understanding of the world. Her journeys during the summers of 1999 and 2000 were to Guyana where she has taught the sport of softball to the natives. Some of her other destinations have included trips to Colorado for Outward
Bound, the Betty Ford Center in California, and to Alaska to live with the Koyukon Indians. A 1973 graduate of Glenville State (W.Va.) College, Newberry also has a master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University. Gary Torgeson’s induction into the NFCA Hall of Fame is not his first such honor. The fourtime national coach of the year was also a 1994 inductee into the Cal State-Northridge Athletics Hall of Fame. During his 13 years at the helm of the Matadors softball program, Torgeson has collected a 646-216-8 record and a .744 winning percentage, which is the 17th-best winning percentage in NCAA softball history. Torgeson led Cal State-Northridge to four NCAA Division II national championships and 11 consecutive California Collegiate
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Torgeson was named the CCAA Coach of the Year five times as well as the NSCA Coach of the Year in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1987 and West Regional Coach of the Year in 1987. In May of 2006, Torgeson was named the coach of the NCAA’s 25th Anniversary All-Division II Softball Team. In addition to four NCAA Division II titles (1983, 1984, 1985, 1987), the Matadors turned in three runner up finishes (1982, 1986, and 1990) with eight appearances at the finals site, including seven consecutive trips from 1982-1988.
play with a fourth-place finish at the 1993 Women’s College World Series. In 1994, Torgeson’s squad overcame major adversity when the Northridge earthquake hit on the first morning of double-day workouts in January of that year. In perhaps the finest season of his career, Torgeson and the Matadors persevered through the chaos and construction that ensued in the earthquake’s wake and the team finished 52-10 overall and 21-3 in the WAC to claim their second-straight conference crown.
Gary Torgeson, former Cal St. Northridge Head Coach and 2008 Hall of Fame inductee
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Athletic Conference (WAC), winning the league title. That spring, Torgeson and the Matadors returned to postseason
The dramatic season concluded for the Matadors when they were able to advance to the NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series. Taking the first two games of the series with wins over Missouri and Utah, Northridge dropped
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HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY BY ABIGAIL FUNK After losing their first game in the NCAA Division II Western Regional, the Humboldt State University Lumberjacks knew they faced a long, hard road. Despite entering the tournament as the region’s top seed, the Jacks would have to battle back through the losers’ bracket just to have a shot at advancing to the Division II Women’s College World Series. But the Jacks did just that, winning six games over three days to earn a trip to Houston for the Division II Spring Sports Festival. While the pace was a little less frantic there, the task was no easier as Humboldt had to survive a 10-inning opener, a 17inning semifinal squeaker, and a nailbiting 1-0 victory in the finale to claim the 2008 Division II crown.
CM: How did you prepare your team for postseason play? Cheek: We approach every team as if they were national champions. We put on our game faces when we assemble in the parking lot at the motel or when we walk on the field at home. We don’t ever want our players to be caught flat-footed, so Shelli prepares a scouting report on every team to eliminate possible surprises. That way, our players enter each contest knowing that if they do their job well, they will win. Practice is hard work and takes dedication, but winning is fun. What will you always remember from the tournament? Cheek: During our 17-inning game against Lock Haven University, Natalie Galletly, our number-three hitter and top run producer, came up with nobody out and runners on first and second. Now, solid softball says you want to bunt
The perch at the top was a familiar one for both Head Coach Frank Cheek and Assistant Coach Shelli Maher-Sarchett, the NFCA NCAA Division II Coaching Staff of the Year. The two previously collaborated to win the 1999 Division II title with Cheek as Head Coach and MaherSarchett a player. And that experience came in handy as the duo guided a team that had only one senior in the starting lineup. Cheek’s second national championship came in his 20th season as Head Coach, which also ran his count of conference championships to 16 and regional crowns to five. He has led his teams to 16 straight playoff appearances while being named conference Coach of the Year a dozen times. Prior to taking
those runners over. So I called a timeout and told Galletly she had to get the ball down. She looked me in the eye and said, “Coach, I can hit her.” She was already 0-for-6 against this pitcher, but I looked her right in the eye and said, “Well then do it.” Then it was strike one, strike two, base hit. When a player tells me she can do it in a game like that, I don’t question it. That hit won the ball game. What was it like competing at the NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival? Maher-Sarchett: What really stuck out is that when I went to the national championship as a player, the entire event was built around one sport. This time, there were four sports to worry about, and unfortunately, I don’t think softball got the attention it deserved for its national championship.
over the softball program, Cheek served as Head Wrestling Coach at HSU for 22 years. Maher-Sarchett was a three-time All-American third baseman and catcher for Humboldt State and is listed among the leaders in every career hitting category in the HSU record book, including doubles, where she tops the list. After serving as an assistant and then Head Coach at Dominican University of California, Maher-Sarchett brought her hitting expertise back to HSU in 2005. In this interview, Cheek and Maher-Sarchett talk about the challenges of recruiting in Division II, the importance of practicing pressure situations, and their philosophies on playing time.
Cheek: I think the festival approach really added to the overall experience and brought a new dimension to the national tournament. Everyone enjoyed the exciting events because they were free and accessible. The first day we got there we went to an aquarium, which was time well spent. We did the Habitat for Head Coach Humanity project, too. Frank Cheek And on the last night, there was a big barbecue, which was fantastic. But sandwiched in between we played ball, and that’s all we had time to do. We went to the dinners at night, but as far as socializing with other teams, we just didn’t have the time.
Guided by Head Coach Frank Cheek and Assistant Coach Shelli Maher-Sarchett, Humboldt State University won the 2008 NCAA Division II championship. The Lumberjacks’ first title came nine years earlier, when Maher-Sarchett was an All-American third baseman for Cheek.
Was there a big celebration when you returned home to campus after the tournament? Cheek: Our arrival home at the airport would have been spectacular since about 500 people were waiting there for us to land. But the weather at the airport was too overcast and we had to land in Chico and drive five hours before we made it home. The next day, though, about 400 people came to a local restaurant where we were honored. There was a live radio broadcast and we signed T-shirts and other memorabilia throughout the evening. My grandson got a lot of foul balls in Houston that he sold to me so the girls could autograph them, and we gave them to our fans and contributors back here in Humboldt County. We’ve also received congratulations from city, state, and national officials.
department notified people what times and channels we would be on. Winning the title in ’99 had nowhere near the positive effect on this community as it did this year.
Did the tournament’s media coverage play a role in your reception? Cheek: I’ll tell you, that championship game being televised did more for our program than anything we’ve done in the past 10 years. On top of that, our sports information director was at the tournament broadcasting the games on the radio, and we had great newspaper coverage back at home. The athletic
Unless a player believes extra work is going to make her better, she won’t put forth a good effort. By her senior year, Lizzy realized that if she wanted to be successful, she had to go the extra mile. She bought into the fact that if you want to be better than your opponent, you have to work harder than your opponent. We certainly won’t be able to fill Lizzy’s shoes by recruiting a freshman, so we
Senior pitcher Lizzy Prescott had an extremely successful year, capping the season with the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award. What has it been like to coach her? Cheek: Lizzy improved each of the four years she was in our program. By the time she was a senior, she had learned to control her emotions over outside factors such as the weather, infield surface, umpires, and any lack of hitting. It was a learning process for all of us, and as the seasons went by, our relationship improved to the point where we could easily relate to each other.
hope our offense and defense can pick up the slack. You’re notorious for tough practices. What is your practice philosophy? Cheek: We try to make every drill in every practice session meaningful by keeping it as close to a real game situation as possible. By putting pressure on players during practice, they become acclimated to the pressure of a game. For example, in our bunting drills, if our players bunt a bad pitch or fail to get the bunt down, they run. The first time a player fails, she has the option to go double or nothing on her second try. If the players learn to take care of business in practice, they’ll have fewer jitters and play with confidence in the games. If somebody needs to practice something 100 times to get it right, we’ll do it 100 times. But there’s always
Assistant Coach Shelli Maher-Sarchett
the question of how much pressure to apply and when you come to the point of diminishing returns. We don’t want to destroy a player’s confidence. How do you critique your players in a constructive way? Cheek: During our practices and scrimmages, we take advantage of every teachable moment. For example, say there’s a runner on second. A ground ball is hit to the second baseman and the runner breaks for third. We’ll stop practice and talk about it because you just don’t do that. But I don’t want there to be hard feelings, so I say, “We’re doing this for the betterment of the team. You just happened to make the mistake.”
We take that positive approach, and if we fail—and we have—I blame it on whoever or whatever the failure should be blamed on. One year I blamed it on an umpire who called seven illegal pitches that cost us the ball game. Another year Lizzy was sick as a dog. To win a national championship, the stars have to line up. But when preparation meets opportunity, and you add a little luck, you win. Shelli, what was it like to come back to your alma mater as a coach? Maher-Sarchett: My experience on the ’99 team was great, but now coaching is such a rush for me. To see my efforts come to fruition as a coach is just amazing. My level of pride is similar to that of a parent—it’s very different from being a player. When I put the time and effort into making someone a better player, and they respond by doing well, I’m on cloud nine.
I tell them I’m going to put the best team out there that we can find. I’ve had players come into my office and say, “Coach, you’ve got your favorites and it’s not fair.” Well, you’re damn right I’ve got my favorites. A first-team All-American? I love her! I don’t lie to them. Whoever gets the job done is going to be my favorite. I tell them, “You have to work for your spot, especially if you’re an underclassman.” Being singled out can be especially tough on the older players because they feel they should have known better. But I don’t ever want a girl to leave practice with her head down and feeling inadequate. If I correct a player, later in practice I make sure to give her an opportunity to redeem herself. I might hit her a tough ball so she can make a great play on it. What are your team goals? Cheek: Our expectation is always the same from day one, and that is to win a national championship. The players know this even if we don’t say it all the time. I listen to coaches give themselves excuses for failure all the time by offering great accolades to each other. Well, we’re not in the business of praising other teams. We’re in the business of saying we’re going to win. Abigail Funk is an Assistant Editor at Coaching Management. She can be reached at: afunk@MomentumMedia.com.
Leaving a head coaching position to come back to HSU and be an assistant was an easy choice. Ever since I decided coaching was what I wanted to do, I knew HSU was the place where I wanted to do it. The opportunity to come back to my alma mater and work with Coach Cheek was a great one. I get the chance to say that I played for and learned from one of the best in the sport. Of course, I plan on returning to head coaching, and I hope to be able to do it here at HSU.
Frank, why did you bring Shelli back into the program? Cheek: I knew Shelli’s attributes and she knew mine. She was already fully knowledgeable about our practice sessions, recruiting process, academic requirements, fundraising, and other facets of our program. We were off and running on the first day. She already knew most of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) coaches and teams in California. Shelli also brought a computer-based approach to our program, which was sorely needed. I don’t even have to be there for practice, I know Shelli will get the job done. Shelli, what’s it like working with Frank now? Maher-Sarchett: Truthfully, it’s not always a pleasure working for him. It can be hard. He expects more from me than he does from our players, and I understand that. Coach Cheek was also tough to play for. He drove us hard every day to get the best out of us, and we produced for him like no other team had done here before.
Working with him now is different in that I can’t let go as easily as I could then. When I was playing, I was able to leave my emotions and hangups on the field. For example, if Coach Cheek yelled at me for doing something really boneheaded, I would take the criticism and fix it. Now, I still want to fix the problem, but I take it a lot harder because I feel I have more at stake. What is the recruiting picture like in Division II? Cheek: Based on our financial situation at Humboldt State, Division II is the best place for our program, though we do lose players who want to be in Division I. Our philosophy is that we prefer to recruit freshmen we can work with for four years, but we currently have three junior college players on our roster. Shelli does 90 percent of the recruiting. She does the screening, and I trust her judgment. When she wants me to evaluate a recruit, she already has confidence the recruit will be a good fit as HSU. Maher-Sarchett: One thing that has helped a lot is a program called the Western Undergraduate Exchange program. Basically, all the West Coast states have an agreement that doesn’t force students to pay out-of-state tuition if they’re from another West Coast state. Instead of paying by the unit, it’s a set amount that’s closer to what in-state tuition would cost. How do you divvy up scholarship money? Cheek: It can be a hard pill to swallow for prospective players to accept a smaller scholarship, but we don’t pull any punches. We’re up front with them about the lack of scholarship money from the beginning. Our main goal with that money is to better prepare for the future and not be caught without an experienced replacement for the following year. What are the biggest issues facing softball? Maher-Sarchett: I think young players making verbal commitments to schools is a problem. I’ve noticed in my recruiting work that this has become much more prevalent in the past two years. There are schools that have their recruiting classes set for two years from now when we’re still working on this year’s group. I don’t know how they do it, but some schools have that ability and they’re using it to attract great young players very early on. Cheek: These young players are forced into committing at an early age without knowledge of what their major might be, cost of attendance, or other social and financial issues. I wonder how some pro-
grams are getting away with it. I think there’s some gray area here that needs to be addressed. We’re not even supposed to talk to them until they’re seniors, yet early in the season there are juniors, even sophomores, who have verbally committed. How do you approach coaching your batters? Maher-Sarchett: I believe in rotational hitting, which is very popular in Major League Baseball. A player’s swing is powered by the rotation of the hips and torso, so a player isn’t just using the movement of her hands and wrists. However, each batter is different. Some, I can just talk to and they get it. Others are visual learners and have to be shown. We’re pretty stuck on the way we like our batters to hit here, but if a girl can get the job done with an unconventional swing, I say go for it. However, if her swing isn’t working and she isn’t hitting the ball well, we have work to do—even if it means changing her swing. How do you handle issues surrounding playing time? Cheek: Shelli is more benevolent than
I am—on the field, I do not want to be challenged. In my office, we can take the gloves off and anything goes. If a young lady wants to know where she stands, I will gladly let her know.
it’s something I think Coach might need to know about I’ll bring it up to him, but that hasn’t happened yet. The captains and I try to figure things out ourselves first.
The ladies who come here already know what they’re getting into. My methods and procedures are quite well known in the state of California—we’re a no-nonsense program. If a player is not doing her job and we can’t correct it, we’ll get someone else to do her job the next year.
How do you keep a good work-life balance? Cheek: I don’t have a good work-life balance. I’m a dedicated coach whose work comes first. Unfortunately, my wife, daughter, and grandson have a secondary role as a result. In the summertime, I try to make up for those shortcomings. And during the school year, I have lunch with my wife, attend church, and walk in the bird sanctuary on Sundays. After 49 years as a coach, I’m getting better at spending quality time with my wife.
I tell them I’m going to put the best team out there that we can find. I’ve had players come into my office and say, “Coach, you’ve got your favorites and it’s not fair.” Well, you’re damn right I’ve got my favorites. A first-team All-American? I love her! I don’t lie to them. Whoever gets the job done is going to be my favorite. I tell them, “You have to work for your spot, especially if you’re an underclassman.” Maher-Sarchett: I do get a lot of the personal issues. The girls would often rather come talk to me than Coach Cheek. I’m always there for them, and if
Frank, you’re 70 years old. What are your future coaching plans? Cheek: I am fortunate to have reached 900 wins, and once I did that, I realized that a goal of 1,000 victories is within my reach. I’ve always held coaches who achieve that goal in high esteem. Naturally, I’d like to leave a legacy at this institution, and 1,000 wins goes a long way toward that goal.
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NFCA NATIONAL COACHING STAFFS OF THE YEAR NCAA Division I
Arizona State University Head Coach Clint Myers along with assistant coaches Kirsten Voak and Robert Wagner piloted the Sun Devils to a 66-5 record, the Pac-10 title, and the school’s first NCAA Championship, sweeping Texas A&M in the Championship Series after posting two wins over Alabama and one over UCLA to advance to the series. The Sun Devils did not lose a game in postseason play. Arizona State’s 66 victories mark a new school record and included a 12-game winning streak to conclude the season. ASU had six players named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Pacific Region team with five earning Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America honors.
University of Mobile Head Coach Terri McCormick and Assistant Coach Maribel Riera led the Rams to a 42-10 record and advanced to the final day of the 2008 NAIA National Championship Game. First-year head coach McCormick guided the Rams to the Region XIII title and the fourth spot in the final NAIA Top 25 Poll.
NCAA Division II Humboldt State University Head Coach Frank Cheek and Assistant Coach Shelli Maher Sarchett led the Lumberjacks to the 2008 NCAA Division II Championship behind the pitching of senior Lizzy Prescott. After losing both games at the CCAA Championship Tournament, the Lumberjacks played host to the NCAA West Regional, where they lost to Cal State-San Bernardino before bouncing back with six straight wins to advance to the NCAA Championship in Houston. There, HSU opened with three straight wins, two of them requiring extra innings to reach the finals. HSU scored early against Emporia State and never looked back, posting a 1-0 victory following a home run by Natalie Galletly in the top of the first inning.
NCAA Division III University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Head Coach Leslie Huntington, along with assistants Robin Baker and Billie Buss, led the Blugolds to their first national title and a 36-11 finish. After falling in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) semifinals and receiving an at-large bid, Eau Claire won eight straight to capture the second NCAA title in any sport for the school. In the championship game, Huntington and her staff led the Blugolds to a victory over WIAC rival Wisconsin-Whitewater with a ninth inning walkoff home run. In her seventh season with the Blugolds, Huntington led her squad to its third straight regional appearance and second straight national championship tournament appearance. She also surpassed 200 career victories during the regional tournament, hosted by Eau Claire.
NJCAA Division I Wallace State-Hanceville Head Coach Jayne Clem and Assistant Coach Tracy Grindrod led the Lady Lions to the NJCAA Division I title, becoming the first Alabama school to win the championship. Clem was recognized as the Karen L. Sykes Outstanding Coach of the Tournament. The Lady Lions advanced to Jayne Clem, Wallace the championState-Hanceville ship tournament Head Coach by winning the Region 22 Championship. WallaceHanceville finished the season with a 41-game winning streak over two months, including wins in all five national tournament games. The Lady Lions’ final record was 68-8. They also had a nationleading five Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division I All-America selections.
NJCAA Division II Iowa Lakes Community College Head Coach Mike Bosch and Assistant Coach Megan Anderson led the Lakers to the NJCAA Division II Region XI Championship and a fifth-place national finish. Iowa Lakes finished the season with a 56-13 record. The Lakers had a pair of Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division II All-Americans, infielder Stephanie Ochoa and outfielder Kimmie White. Brittany Brohmer was also named to the NJCAA Division II National All-Tournament Team.
NJCAA Division III Westmoreland County CC Head Coach Jim Roberts and assistants Lisa Octave and Dan Terlizzi led the Wolfpack to NJCAA Division III Region XX and District H Championships and a thirdplace finish at the NJCAA Division III Championship. WCCC fell to champion Monroe on the final day of the championship tournament. Three WCCC
players, Nikki Lindberg, Kari Margliotti, and Kelsey Criner, were selected to the all-tournament team.
Cal JC Sacramento City College Head Coach Bob Maglione along with his assistants Robert Cameron, Bob Newman, Bob Hayes, and Cindy Oseguera piloted the Panthers to a Big 8 Conference Championship and third-place finish in the California State Championship. Sacramento City College had three first-team All-Americans including pitcher Amanda Monday, infielder Lindsey Bruno, and outfielder Laeha Hill. The Panthers won the Nor-Cal Regional I and II playoffs to advance to the California State Championship.
NWAACC Mt. Hood Community College Head Coach Meadow McWhorter, Assistant Coach Kimi Daniel and Student Assistant Coach Rachel Davis led the Saints to a second-place finish at the NWAACC Softball Championship with four players earning All-Tournament Team honors. The Saints also had two players named to the 2008 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NWAACC All-America Team.
High School Broad Run High School (Ashburn, Va.) Head Coach Ed Steele and Assistant Coach Dave Morris led the Spartans to an undefeated (26-0) season, their second straight state championship, and the top spot in the final 2008 USA Today/NFCA Top 25 High School Poll. Broad Run hit .413 for the season and outscored its opponents 218-3. Four Broad Run seniors are moving on to play at NCAA Division I programs.
Travel Ball Head Coaches Gary Lagesse and Mike Batts along with Assistant Coaches Al Lierman, Pat Rzegoski, and Dan Bryant teamed to lead the Lemont (Ill.) Rockers 18U DD team to the 18A ASA National Championship. The Rockers opened the double-elimination Gold Nationals tournament with a 2-0 victory over the Orange County Dynasty. Following that game, Team Manager Jim (DiDi) DiGregorio passed away while en route to a team meal. Back at the hotel, the team voted to stay and finish out the tournament, despite the death of its coach. The Rockers returned to the field at 8 p.m. that night and proceeded to win an additional seven games to earn the title.
NFCA REGIONAL COACHING STAFFS OF THE YEAR NCAA Division I Great Lakes Region: University of Michigan Head Coach: Carol Hutchins; Associate Head Coach: Bonnie Tholl; Assistant Coach: Jennifer Brundage; Volunteer Assistant Coach: Becky Marx Mid-Atlantic Region: Hofstra University Head Coach: Bill Edwards; Associate Head Coach: Larissa Anderson; Assistant Coach: Ryan Realmuto Mideast Region: Purdue University Head Coach: Kim Maher; Assistant Coaches: Linda Garza, Boo Gillette Midwest Region: Texas A&M University Head Coach: Jo Evans; Associate Head Coaches: Joy Jackson, Mary Joe Firnbach Northeast Region: Virginia Tech University Head Coach: Scot Thomas; Assistant Coaches: Al Brauns, Tiffany McVay South Region: University of Alabama Head Coach: Patrick Murphy; Assistant Coaches: Alyson Habetz, Vann Studeman Southeast Region: University of Florida Head Coach: Tim Walton; Assistant Coaches: Jennifer Rocha, Jenny Gladding West Region: University of Nevada Head Coach: Michelle Gardner; Assistant Coaches: Melanie Meuchel, Annie Stevens, Andy Dominique
NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region: Ferris State University Head Coach: Keri Becker; Assistant Coaches: Lesa Bickley, Chad Haberland Mid-Atlantic Region: Lock Haven University Head Coach: Kelley Green; Assistant Coach: Kelly Shannon North Central Region: Emporia State University Head Coach: Kristi Bredbenner; Assistant Coaches: Bree Beattie, Lauren Loucks Northeast Region: C.W. Post Head Coach: Jamie Apicella; Assistant Coach: Kelsey Walker
South Region: Barry University Head Coach: Danielle Penner; Assistant Coaches: Melissa Wiggins, Heather Gelbard South Atlantic Region: University of North Carolina-Pembroke Head Coach: Steve Johnson; Assistant Coach: Theresa Walker South Central Region: St. Edwardâ€™s University Head Coach: Amy Coulter; Assistant Coach: Lindsay Gardner
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Midwest Region: Central Methodist University Head Coach: Pat Reardon; Assistant Coaches: Gene Reardon, Ross Dowell, Janeil Draffen, Danielle Dunn Southwest Region: Dickinson State University Head Coach: Guy Fridley; Assistant Coach: Jamie Jung Southwest Region: University of Houston-Victoria Head Coach: Keri Lambeth; Assistant Coach: Ryan Lambeth
Atlantic Region: Louisiana College Head Coach: Tim Whitman; Assistant Coaches: Aleshia Perry-Davis, Rawlen Scully, Leanne Shanks, Emilie Collins
West Region: California Baptist University Head Coach: Mike Smith; Assistant Coach: Bill Baber
Central Region: Muskingum College Head Coach: Donna Newberry; Assistant Coaches: Natalie Layden, John Ritts
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East Region: Montclair State University Head Coach: Anita Kubicka; Assistant Coaches: Kim Broking, Ryan Doty Great Lakes Region: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Head Coach: Brenda Volk; Assistant Coaches: Beth Bonuso, Steve Evans, Erin Weber Midwest Region: Wartburg College Head Coach: Kara Kehe; Assistant Coaches: Heather Zajicek, La Toshia Burrell New England Region: Rhode Island College Head Coach: Maria Morin; Assistant Coaches: Ken Stanley, Kristen Norberg Northeast Region Cortland State University Head Coach: Julie Lenhart; Assistant Coaches: Tara Schanbacher, Brad Posner, Mallory LeSieur, Katie Fusco West Region: University of Mary HardinBaylor Head Coach: Kasey Blomquist; Assistant Coach: Denise Lira
NAIA Great Lakes Region: Bethel College Head Coach: Anna Welsh; Assistant Coaches: Gessica Hufnagle, Samantha Creakbaum, Stephanie Hochstetler, Jeff Welsh
Midwest Region: San Jacinto College Head Coach: Kelly Saenz; Assistant Coaches: Dionna Lopez, James Perry, Kevin Mentzel West Region: Yavapai College Head Coach: Stacy Iveson; Assistant Coaches: Nicki Johnson, Lisa Parks
NJCAA Division II South Region: Johnson County Community College Head Coach: Kelly Latendresse; Assistant Coach: Lindsay Wells East Region: Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville Head Coach: Chuck Slater; Assistant Coaches: Fred Maril, Charles Saunders, Beth Slater, Marty Rouse, Rob Hess
High School East Region: Masuk H.S., Monroe, Conn. Head Coach: Jacqui Sheftz North Region: Susquehannock H.S., Glen Rock, Pa. Head Coach: Dave Pollick; Assistant Coaches: Don Mercadante, Katie Pollick South Central Region: Aledo (Texas) H.S. Head Coach: Kevin Cook; Assistant Coaches: Kelly Skidmore, Tricia Hackfield West: Region: Sheldon H.S., Sacramento, Cal. Head Coach: Mary Jo Truesdale
2008 EASTON VICTORY CLUB AWARD WINNERS NCAA Division I JoAnne Graf, Florida State University Margie Wright, Fresno State University Elaine Sortino, University of Massachusetts Scott Whitlock, Kennesaw State University Diane Ninemire, University of California Jay Miller, Mississippi State University Bob Brock, Sam Houston State University Robert L. Coolen, University of Hawaii Kathy Strahan, Sacramento State Bob Heck, Georgia State University Mark Cooke, Winthrop University Rhonda Revelle, University of Nebraska Joan Joyce, Florida Atlantic University Lu Harris-Champer, University of Georgia Jacquie Joseph, Michigan State University Mary-Ellen Hall, University of Houston Karen Linder, Kent State University Patrick Murphy, University of Alabama Sonya Wilmoth, University of North Florida Tracey Kee, East Carolina University Renee Luers-Gillispie, University of Central Florida John Rittman, Stanford University Drew Peterson, Campbell University Kathy Leitke, Western Michigan University Gary Ferrin, Loyola Marymount University Brian Kolze, University of the Pacific Fran Troyan, Lehigh University Dick Blood, Cornell University Paul Wetmore, Liberty University Chris Cannata, University at Albany Kathy Van Wyk, San Diego State University Stefni Lotief, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Roy Kortmann, Long Island University Kathy Rodolph, New Mexico State University Michael Lotief, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Shonda Stanton, Marshall University Richelle Woodard, Texas State University Shelly Hoerner, College of Charleston Kyla Holas, University of Houston Natalie Poole, Georgia Southern University Randy Schneider, Valparaiso University Karen Baird, Eastern Michigan University Shawn Rychcik, Boston University Angie Nicholson, Cleveland State University J Gaudreau, University of Oregon
Record Years 1,437-478-6 30 1,307-459-3 29 1,017-432-5 29 1,006-188 22 932-457 21 928-578 26 910-499-1 23 709-480-1 22 703-661-3 25 628-540-2 21 625-558 22 623-339 17 622-322 14 614-220-1 12 607-533 20 605-244 17 603-471-1 26 553-177 11 537-375 18 534-279-1 12 530-387 16 514-239-3 12 513-400-3 18 505-357-1 17 502-358 14 501-402-1 16 436-233-4 13 436-195 13 413-461-1 15 411-205-1 14 408-293-1 12 407-97 8 401-300-2 14 322-258 10 306-74 6 306-245 10 301-165-1 8 300-209 9 245-176 8 212-215 7 212-189 9 210-264 11 118-85-1 4 107-79-1 4 103-77 15
NCAA Division II Jan Hutchinson, Bloomsburg University, Pa. Judith Groff, American International College George DiMatteo, Lewis University Sandy Montgomery, SIU-Edwardsville Howard Okita, Hawai’i Pacific University
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Les Stuedeman, University of Alabama-Huntsville Michelle Frew, Rollins College Brad Horky, Pittsburg State University Donna Fields, St. Mary’s University Jim Kiernan, Dowling College Paula U’Ren, St. Cloud State University Alvy Early, University of Arkansas-Monticello Dean Johnson, Caldwell College Michelle Caddigan, Wingate University Kevin Blaskowski, West Texas A&M University Christi Wade, Saint Leo University Travis Scott, Angelo State University Greg Jones, Winona State University Mike Davenport, No. Georgia College & State Univ. Jeff Franquet, Georgian Court University Scott Peterson, Univ. of Colorado-Colorado Springs Joe Elston, Newberry College Sue Kunkle, University of Southern Indiana Stacey Vallee, Francis Marion University Bob Allen, West Virginia State University MIke McGhee, Ouachita Baptist University Jennifer Banford, University of Minnesota Duluth Sara Headley, Mercyhurst College
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NCAA Division III George Wares, Central College (Iowa) Bob Timmons, Coe College Denny Griffin, Alma College John Tschida, University of St. Thomas Sandy Douglas, Mount Union College Len Maiorani, St. John Fisher College Henry Christowski, Simpson College Donnie Fulk, Bridgewater College Maria Morin, Rhode Island College Lori Mayhew, Western New England College Penny Siqueiros, Emory University Bonny Brown-Denico, University of Southern Maine Bruce Weckworth, Curry College Jen Walter, College of St. Scholastica Tim Whitman, Louisiana College Mike Reed, University of Texas at Tyler Becky Hall, Wittenberg University Leslie Huntington, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Phil McElroy, Emerson College Dante Fedeli, Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Kama Tucker, Greensboro College Bill Saar, Neumann College Beth Goderwis, College of Mount St. Joseph Sandra Sanford, Allegheny College Tracy Cromer, Northwestern College Rich Paulhus, Framingham State College Erin Van Nostrand, Pine Manor Col./Pacific Lutheran Jennifer Benway, Lesley University
NAIA Wes Holly, Milligan College Hal Wynn, Faulkner University Mike Smith, California Baptist University Marcella Vanlandingham, Ohio Dominican University Tracy Gastineau, William Woods University Jessica Jones-Sitzmann, Morningside College Lou Yacinich, Grand View College Tom Opdenbrouw, Lindsey Wilson College Anna Welsh, Bethel College (Ind.) Scott Fleming, Marian College (Ind.) Tony Segovia, Friends University Chad Slyter, Valley City State University Jay Kahnt, Ottawa University Devon Thomas, Brenau University Carrie Kosderka-Farrell, Concordia University (Ore.) Steve Babinski, MidAmerica Nazarene University Dan Hurst, Hannibal-LaGrange College Melanie Carter, Shorter College
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NJCAA Division I Max Mothersbaugh, North Central Missouri College Dale Atkinson, Indian River State College Rick Church, Blinn College Jayne Clem, Wallace State-Hanceville Gary Barfield, Motlow State Community College Jennifer Hightower, Alvin Community College Lana Ross, Iowa Western Community College Johnny Littrell, Columbia State Community College Andrea Gustafson, Seward County Community College Ed Schutte, Georgia Perimeter College Maria Winn-Ratliff, Western Nebraska Comm. College Rick Wells, Aiken Technical College Carlos Caro, Miami Dade College Ed Yanes, Brevard Community College
NJCAA Division II Heinz Mueller, Phoenix College Jim Davis, Lincoln Land Community College Mike Bosch, Iowa Lakes Community College David Brooks, Hagerstown Community College Chuck Slater, CCBC Catonsville Kimberly Palmer, Shawnee Community College Joe Yegge, Kirkwood Community College
Cal JC Brad Pickler, Cypress College Donna Runyon, Ohlone College Steve Cassady, Merced College Nick Trani, Saddleback College Doug Eastman, College of the Siskiyous Michelle Daddona-Moya, Riverside Community College Suzy Brazney, Golden West College Jackie Boxley, Citrus College
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High School Tony Scarbrough, Baker High School Denny Dock, Lakeshore High School Kent Chambers, Bob Jones High School Donald Peters, Clarkston High School Mike Lambros, North Davidson Sr. High School Bob Ligouri, Des Moines East High School Mary Jo Truesdale, Sheldon High School Dale Palmer, Sparkman High School George Randolph, Owensboro Catholic High School Steven Baker, Centennial High School Larry Friedrichs, Adlai E. Stevenson High School Bob Diez, Chamberlain High School Ken Fenik, Elyria High School Lori Miller, Jensen Beach High School Ed Steele, Broad Run High School Gary Walin, Thousand Oaks High School Jo Beth Weaver, North Cobb High School Edward McIntyre, Easton Area High School Val Weldon, Splendora High School George Lynn, Shadle Park High School Tony Ellis, Lakeview Ft.Oglethorpe High School Aimee Lonigro, Lincoln-Way North High School Brian Mitchell, Riverton High School Angelo Forte, Davidson High School Michael K. Tomooka, Buena High School Mike Scanlon, Amity High School David McCorkle, Clements High School E J Thomas, Paul VI Catholic High School Mitsy Shaklee, Borger H.S./Putnam City North H.S. Paul Woodruff, Albertville High School Chad Huggins, Lake View High School Jennifer L. Silata, Troy High School Heather Tucker, Summerville High School Jim McGowan, Hauppauge High School Scot Stuart, Colville High School Kelly Murdock, Mill Creek High School
Travel Ball Dianne Baker, Texas Elite 18U George Lynn, Spokane Sliders Gold Terry Burdette, 18U Heartbreakers Robert Earl Radford, Bayside Blues Phil Berry, Atlanta Vipers (Berry) Jim Goranson, Homer Hawks 16U Michael J. Sarro II, DYBA Lady Wildcats Michael Pagliaro, Bees Softball
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Cocoa Expo Sports is one of Florida’s premier sports management and promotion companies. For 25 years, the company has owned and operated the highly regarded Cocoa Expo College and High School Softball Spring Training. This program annually attracts schools and clubs from throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition, Cocoa Expo hosts year-round softball tournaments at the new Chain of Lakes Softball Complex. The facility features seven lighted state-of-the-art softball fields located along central Florida’s east coast. Cocoa Expo Softball Spring Training and Florida’s beautiful Space Coast combine to provide teams with a memorable spring trip experience. Circle No. 500
girls got game has innovative styles and top-quality branded uniforms. The company’s uncompromising performance, fit, function, and personal service make girls got game the choice for women’s softball teams across the nation. Featured here is the Adidas uniform with a mesh jersey and Adidas Game Pant. To view girls got game’s complete product line or to request a free catalog, call or go online today. Circle No. 502
Nemo’s Speed Hitting Program 503-848-7889 www.speedbat.com Nemo’s Speed Hitting Program is the recipient of the 2000 B&N Softball #1 New Product of the Year award. This program includes Nemo’s Speed Training Bat, three instructional videos, and now his new Triple Hitting Tee. Coach Nemo released his fourth instructional video, “Increase Your Bat Speed with Combo Drills,” in January 2008. This is a complete training program following a speed circuit training format that uses underloading drills to increase bat speed and reaction time. In the words of Dr. McDowell and Dr. Noebe of B&N Sports, “Your product is one of the few products that can truly be used for baseball and softball. It really does work.” Circle No. 501
You believe in women, and so does girls got game. The company offers performance-driven products for softball players who take their game seriously. Products include uniforms, footwear, team wear, equipment, and accessories. In-stock items ship the next business day, and customized items ship in two to four weeks. See the quality for yourself--call today to order a sample. Shown here is the Russell Conquest uniform with jersey and shorts. Circle No. 503 M.A.S.A., Inc. 800-264-4519 www.masa.com www.sportsadvantage.com The revolutionary Handozer is a complete infield grooming solution. It cuts maintenance time by up to 75
percent and gets professional results. Traditional grooming requires four steps: a nail drag is used to create
loose dirt for smoothing, a leveling device levels the field, a roller is typically used for firmness, and a finishing drag mat makes the diamond sparkle. The new 30-inch-wide Handozer features all four tools on a compact frame designed for one-person operation. Call or go online for more information. Circle No. 504 M.A.S.A. has welcomed the new Fence Guard Lite to its family of fence guards. Fence Guard Lite is priced for the tightest budgets. It protects against chainlink fence injuries, increases fence visibility, and can add beauty to any field. With the addition of Fence Guard Lite, M.A.S.A. now offers three grades of Fence Guard: Premium, Standard, and Lite. All three feature exterior-grade UV-resistant polyethylene construction that is maintenance-free and designed to last for many years. Call or go online today for more information. Circle No. 505 Ringor Corp. 877-274-6467 www.ringor.com The Diamond Gem women’s spike is available as of November 2008. It features Ringor’s Ring-Grip spike pattern and a neoprene tongue, and is available with a choice of two uppers. The Diamond Gem Mesh features a leather/mesh combination upper for reduced weight and added ventilation, and the Diamond Gem Leather features a durable allleather upper. Ringor’s Pro-Tec-Toes option is also available. Colors to choose from are: red/white, royal/ white, black/ white, and navy/white. Circle No. 506
PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY Majestic Athletic 800-955-8555 www.majesticathletic.com The new Convertible Gamer Jacket shows why Majestic Athletic sets the standard for on-field per formance. Majestic’s Cool Base technology provides superior wind protection and breathability so players can concentrate on their game instead of the elements. Stretch fabrics and reversible sleeves enable full wear versatility—one, two, or no sleeves. The Gamer also comes in a traditional two-sleeve version, a quar ter-zip pullover with a funnel neck and front piping detail. Circle No. 507
Majestic Athletic sets the standard in on-field per formance apparel for baseball and softball. Majestic’s Cool Base Pro Style Wind Up softball jersey and per formance shor ts are crafted from advanced polyester fabrics to keep you dr y and cool so you can focus on your team’s per formance. Comfor t, per formance, and style, all from one uniform—that’s why Majestic is trusted on-field by National Pro Fastpitch. Circle No. 508
Pro’s Choice 800-648-1166 www.proschoice1.com Rapid Dry drying agent quickly wicks away excess water from your playing field and helps improve soil consisten-
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PIK Products, LLC 877-845-7845 www.pikproducts.com www.baseballtrainingaids.com The patented EZ Tee is lightweight, durable, and portable. The legs fold for EZ storage—no more clunky home plates. Use it with a golf ball-size Wiffle® ball for sharpening hand-eye coordination, or with a baseball or softball. The friction collar makes for EZ adjustment. The rubber topper is flexible so it won’t damage game bats. It allows the hitter to strike the ball more cleanly, so the tee stays upright. The EZ Tee was voted Best New Product at the 2007 American Baseball Coaches Association show. Circle No. 511
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Sports Attack 800-717-4251 www.sportsattack.com With the Hack Attack softball pitching machine, simply adjust the wheel speed dials to throw fastballs above 80 mph, risers, drops, right- and left-handed curves, screwballs up and in to right- and left-handed hitters, and knuckleball changeups. This machine has a unique three-wheel design that provides complete ball vision, lifelike timing, and pinpoint accuracy for college and serious high school athletes. Circle No. 512
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The Junior Hack Attack softball pitching machine is designed to develop serious young players. With a quick turn of the dials, this machine can throw fastballs above 60 mph, risers, drops, right- and left-handed curves, screwballs, and knuckleball changeups. The exclusive threewheel vision allows the hitter to see the ball clearly, just like with a live pitcher. At 75 pounds, it easily fits into a compact car, even a Mini Cooper. Circle No. 513 Sports Tutor 800-448-8867 www.sportsmachines.com The HomePlate Softball programmable pitching machine can simulate any pitch that batters are likely to face. It can throw a 70-mph riser, a 50-mph drop pitch, a curve, and a slider with only seven seconds between pitches. Store up to eight different pitches in each of the eight different programs. Programmed pitches can be thrown 4:01:51 PM sequentially11/11/05 for specific hitting drills, or randomly to simulate game conditions. Choose the auto-feed model, which holds up to 40 12-inch dimpled softballs, or the hand-feed model, starting at $4,995. Circle No. 514
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PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY speed is adjustable from 35 to 70 mph in five-mph increments, and it is digitally displayed. You’ll only spend about 30 seconds changing pitches. The softball is visible from the time it leaves the feeder’s hand until it is pitched, allowing hitters to more naturally time the pitches. TriplePlay also uses a three-wheel pitching mechanism for greater accuracy. Two large transport wheels make it simple to move to and from the field. A baseball model is also available. Circle No. 515 GameMaster Athletic 859-746-9800 www.sluggerupm.com The Louisville Slugger Instructo-Swing was developed to help hitters improve swing mechanics and technique. Included with the IS-5000 is a new drills DVD designed to showcase the power of perfecting the swing with the help of the Good Habit Bars and Angle Adjustment feature. Hitters can learn any hitting philosophy and use the Instructo-Swing to develop a swing that produces line drives, ground balls, and fly balls that carry. Circle No. 516
sional instruction, and a nationally recognized pro shop that carries the top names in equipment and apparel at the lowest advertised prices. Love baseball or softball? Want to run your own business? Then play ball with Extra Innings. To learn more about this winning franchise opportunity, go online today. Circle No. 517 The Pitching Pad 210-232-8392 www.thepitchingpad.com The Pitching Pad is a complete training system designed to make pitchers’ workouts more effective. Using the markings on the Pitching Pad as reference points, pitchers are forced to focus on location, and by seeing exactly where each pitch lands, they’re better able to make needed adjustments. The numbers are laid out like a clock, allowing the pitcher to perfect a 12-6 curveball or a 10-4 sinker. Suggested daily workouts, a pitching chart, and simulated game instructions are included. Circle No. 518
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MORE PRODUCTS Zingbat 866-ZINGBAT www.zingbat.com Zingbat™ offers the Trainer Series product line. This economically priced version of the regular Pro Series Zingbat is ideal for youth players. The Trainer Series teaches batters basic swing mechanics. The Composite Zingbat Trainer is available in one length and weight (30 inches, 17 ounces), while the aluminum Pro Series can be customized to meet your team’s specific length and weight requirements. Call today for a free instructional CD or video. Circle No. 520 Cages*Plus 866-475-9148 www.cagesplus.com The primary advantages of a Cages*Plus batting cage are its affordability, portability, and durability. All Cages*Plus cages come with a protective screen for the pitcher or pitching machine. Two people can assemble the cage in about 20 minutes. Schools like to use it as an extra indoor hitting station. All cages come with a one-year moneyback guarantee. Cages*Plus is a small company that offers excellent customer service. Circle No. 521 California University of Pennsylvania 866-595-6348 www.cup.edu/go California University of Pennsylvania has helped build the character and careers of its students for more than 150 years. Cal U’s dedication to providing high-quality, in-demand programs to its students continues through the
University’s Global Online 100-percent online programs of study. Through an asynchronous format, Global Online allows students the opportunity to complete coursework anytime, anywhere. All that’s required is a computer with Internet access. Go online for more information. Circle No. 522 DiGeronimo Aggregates 888-593-0395 www.digagg.com Game-On is a sports field soil conditioner that will not break your budget and will provide excellent results. It is a lightweight, expanded-shale product that absorbs more than 20 percent of its weight in water. Game-On is more durable than clay products and tends not to break down into fine particles. The Game-On product line also includes Game-On Red topdressing, Game-On warning track mix, and Game Dry drying agent. Game-On is available both in bags and in bulk. Circle No. 523 Game-On hits a home run with Game-On Red topdressing. GameOn Red has a brick-red color and gives your field that professional finishing touch. It offers a more consistent bounce, and the deep red color allows your infielders to see the ball more easily. Game-On Red is available in bags and in bulk. Circle No. 524 Earth & Turf Products, LLC 888-693-2638 www.earthandturf.com Earth & Turf has introduced a hydraulicdrive option for its MultiSpread model
320, a one-cubic-yard topdresser with an exclusive wide-spread beater. Normally driven by two-wheel ground drive, the model 320 with hydraulic drive offers several benefits for owners with tow vehicles equipped with a remote hydraulic valve and a minimum flow of six gallons per minute. With the hydraulic option, the speeds of the apron and beater are independent of ground speed. Both apron speed and beater speed are also infinitely adjustable independent of each other, providing excellent spreading flexibility for a wide variety of materials. Circle No. 525 Joyner Technologies, Inc. 770-867-1957 www.allstarbp.com Joyner Technologies received the American Baseball Coaches Association’s 2007 Best of Show award for its technologically advanced Allstar Ace 5000. This programmable multi-pitch video simulator features Sports Tutor’s HomePlate pitching machine and SurePitch synchronization system, making it an ideal fastpitch training tool. Coaches can choose from a wide variety of pitch types with different speeds and different locations, and also film their own pitchers. This video simulator is easy to operate with a remote start/stop and simple setup. Attractive lease options are available to accommodate all budgets. Circle No. 526 Jump Stretch, Inc. 800-344-3539 www.jumpstretch.com “Don’t Ice that Ankle Sprain!” by Jump Stretch founder Dick Hartzell and Dr. Michael Shimmel will introduce you to
MORE PRODUCTS the FlexBand Ankle & Strengthening Traction Technique, which is designed to reduce pain and swelling and to speed recovery time from ankle injuries. You will never deal with a sprain the same way again. This 85-page book includes a companion DVD, and covers horizontal traction, vertical traction, deferred pain, and more. It also includes testimonials from athletes and healthcare professionals. Circle No. 527
to withstand heavy use during high school and college team practices. Muhl Tech also offers its own line of batting cages and screens, sold direct to save you money. Circle No. 529 Why is the Advanced Skills Tee from Muhl Tech used by more than 2,000 high school and college programs? You get instant feedback with every swing. Its unique forward arm and outside barrier help develop a nice swing path
and keep the hands inside the ball. The tough polyurethane construction will give you years of worry-free use. Try one this season, and if you don’t like it, Muhl Tech will buy it back. Circle No. 530
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126 . . . Beam Clay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
102. . . Majestic Athletic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
129. . . BetterBaseball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
106. . . Muhl Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
122. . . Cages*Plus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
116 . . . Nemo’s Speed Hitting Program . . . 17
114 . . . California University of Pennsylvania . 16
120. . . NFCA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
117 . . . Cocoa Expo Sports Center . . . . . . . 18
111 . . . PIK Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
128 . . . Diamond Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
121 . . . Pitcher’s Mate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
124 . . . Earth & Turf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
113 . . . Pro’s Choice Field Products . . . . . . 14
132 . . . Extra Innings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
104. . . Ringor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
115 . . . Fuller Five
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133. . . Soft Touch Bases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
112 . . . Game-On Field Conditioner . . . . . . 13
107. . . SPI Nets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
101 . . . girls got game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
134. . . Sports Attack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IBC
125. . . Granada Pitching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
118 . . . Sports Tutor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
103. . . HighSchoolSports.net . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
123. . . TeamPacks.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
130. . . Hot Glove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
108. . . The Pitching Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
119 . . . Jump Stretch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
131 . . . United States Sports Academy . . . . 38
105. . . Louisville Slugger UPM
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501. . . Nemo’s Speed Hitting Program . . . 29
522 . . California University of Pennsylvania . 34
511 . . . PIK Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
500 . . Cocoa Expo Sports Center . . . . . . . 29
542 . . Pitcher’s Mate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
536 . . Diamond Pro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
532 . . Power Systems
525. . . Earth & Turf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
533 . . Power Systems
(Jumbo Reflex Ball)
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517 . . . Extra Innings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
510 . . . Pro’s Choice
(Pro Red topdressing) .
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509 . . Pro’s Choice
(Rapid Dry) .
528. . . Fuller Five
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523 . . Game-On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
506 . . Ringor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
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534 . . Schedule Star . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
516 . . . GameMaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
519 . . . Soft Touch Bases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 538 . . SPI Nets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
524. . . Game-On
502 . . girls got game
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503 . . girls got game
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512 . . . Sports Attack
543 . . Granada Pitching . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
513 . . . Sports Attack
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535 . . HighSchoolSports.net . . . . . . . . . . . 37
514 . . . Sports Tutor
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537. . . Hot Glove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
515 . . . Sports Tutor
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526. . . Joyner Technologies . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
544 . . TeamPacks.com . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
527. . . Jump Stretch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
518 . . . The Pitching Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
505 . . M.A.S.A.
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504 . . M.A.S.A.
508 . . Majestic Athletic
100 . . Adams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . IFC
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539 . . United States Sports Academy . . . . 38
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520 . . Zingbat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
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MORE PRODUCTS Beam Clay® 800-247-BEAM www.beamclay.com Beam Clay®, a supplier to every Major League Baseball team, more than 150 minor league teams, more than 700 colleges, and thousands of towns and schools from all 50 states and many countries around the world, makes special mixes for infields, pitcher’s mounds, home plate areas, and red warning tracks, as well as infield conditioners and drying agents. The company also offers more than 200 other infield products, including regional infield mixes blended for every state and climate from bulk plants nationwide. Circle No. 531 Power Systems 800-321-6975 www.power-systems.com Revolve to evolve. All athletes can intensify their workouts with the new Airope. With handles like a jump rope and soft PVC balls on the ends, this weighted rubber rope creates swing resistance, intensifying cardio conditioning and recruiting the upper body. Perform traditional jump rope actions, incorporate it into sport-specific drills, or combine it with other equipment. It’s available in original and pro models—the pro has a thicker rope for increased resistance. Circle No. 532 Want to improve reaction time and hand-eye coordination? The Jumbo Reflex Ball from Power Systems forces athletes to make split-second decisions with its
erratic bounce patterns. When thrown against any hard surface, the dense rubber ball bounces softly yet unpredictably to challenge athletes’ reaction time while helping to improve their overall coordination and depth perception. This bright orange ball’s four-inch size makes it easy to handle. Circle No. 533 Schedule Star 800-258-8550 www.schedulestar.com Schedule Star’s patented Game Wizard™ saves you time and sets defaults for the things athletic directors
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one location. Coaches can save time using these tools to stay ahead of the game. Add, postpone, or cancel events and practices, enter scores and stats, access your team roster, and get cumulative player and team stats—all on HighSchoolSports.net. To start saving time today, go to HighSchoolSports.net and click on Coaches. Circle No. 535 TXI/Diamond Pro 800-228-2987 www.diamondpro.com Diamond Pro offers a complete line of professional groundskeeping products: infield conditioners, calcined clay,
mound and home plate clay, bricks, marking dust, and infield and warning track mixes. The company offers fast and convenient delivery. Diamond Pro’s vitrified red clay infield conditioner is available in bulk nationwide, and is easy to handle and apply. Truckloads are available in 10-, 15-, and 24-ton loads that save you both time and money. Circle No. 536 Hot Glove 800-554-3707 www.hotglove.com Make practice easier with the innovative Hot Glove Softball Caddy. Use it to pitch from, use it to pick up balls, or
use it to transport balls securely. The handles lock down to put the basket at waist height for pitching, then they lock up for picking up balls. The tough, lightweight polypropylene design holds 20 softballs. Also try the Baseball Caddy, which can hold up to 24 baseballs. Circle No. 537 SPI Nets, Inc. 866-243-6387 www.spinets.net SPI Nets’ full-ser vice net building facility offers top-quality nets at unbeatable prices. The company stocks and custom-builds a wide variety of nylon and poly batting cage nets, protective screens, and protective barrier netting products. All custom nets are guaranteed to be of the highest quality, and are built in the U.S. to meet all your needs. Call SPI Nets toll-free or go online to learn more. Circle No. 538
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The United States Sports Academy, known worldwide as America’s Sports University, is the largest graduate sport education program in the world. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the academy offers accredited sport-specific bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral (EdD), and continuing education programs in coaching, fitness, sports management, sports medicine, and sports studies. In 2008, higher education consumer advocate GetEducated.com rated the academy as the “best buy” in sports management. All courses are 100-percent online. Students can enroll and start anytime, from anywhere. Circle No. 539
BetterBaseball is a total baseball supply house, specializing in nets and batting cages that are custom-cut to any size you want. The company provides quick, friendly customer ser vice. BetterBaseball supplies ever ything, including bases, plates, mounds, gear, and hardware. All team equipment needs can be found easily online, or you can call the company toll-free for more product information. Circle No. 540 Want to save even more on great products at the Betterbaseball.com Web site? Try the new Easy Auction feature. Each item up for bid is described in detail and a product image is shown. Get fantastic deals on everything from
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