USA SOFTBALL ANNOUNCES NINE-MEMBER NATIONAL COACHING POOL

USA SOFTBALL ANNOUNCES NINE-MEMBER NATIONAL COACHING POOL

Post by RPRStrik » Sat, 10 Jan 1998 04:00:00


USA SOFTBALL ANNOUNCES NINE-MEMBER NATIONAL COACHING POOL
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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) has
announced the selection of nine coaches to form the USA Softball National Team
Coaches Pool through the 2000 Olympic Games.

The selections represent a wide range of experience and include Roger Dawes,
Redding, Calif.; Margo Jonker, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; Jay Miller, Columbia, Mo.;
Ralph Raymond, Worcester, Mass.; Mona Stevens, Provo, Utah; Shirley Topley,
Anaheim, Calif.; Ralph Weekly, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Teresa Wilson, Seattle,
Wash. and Margie Wright, Fresno, Calif.

Dawes has extensive national and international coaching experience including as
head coach of the three-time (1993, 1994, 1995) ASA Women's Major National
Champion Redding Rebels. Since his debut as head coach in 1978, the Rebels have
never finished out of the top ten nationally including top three finishes for
the last nine seasons. Dawes has coached nine players from the 1996 USA
Softball gold medal team, four ASA National Championship MVP's, four Bertha
Tickey (Best Pitcher) award winners and two Erv Lind (Best DefensivePlayer)
award winners.

Internationally, Dawes has led the Rebels to three Canada Cup championships and
was an assistant coach on the USA Softball gold medal winning ISF World
Championship team in 1990. He has also served as head coach of USA teams at the
Challenge Cup in 1986 and the South Pacific Classic in 1988.

Jonker, as head softball coach at the University of Central Michigan since
1979, has won eight Mid-America Conference titles and has been named conference
Coach of the Year seven times. In 1987, Jonker led Central Michigan to the NCAA
Mideast Regionals title, finished fifth at the NCAA Women's College World
Series (WCWS) and was named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year.

During her tenure, Jonker has coached five NCAA All-Americans, 13 All-Region
players, 30 All-Conference and 16 Academic All-Conference selections.

Miller, as head softball coach at the University of Missouri, has estabished a
338-162 record in nine years, including appearances at the 1991 and 1994 WCWS.
Missouri, under Miller's direction, has participated in NCAA Regional
Tournaments in 1991, 1994 and 1995, winning regional titles in 1991 and 1994.
He has received numerous coaching awards including NCAA Midwest Regional Coach
of the Year in 1994 and Big-8 Conference Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1991. He
also received the GTE Coaches Academic Enhancement Award in 1996.

Miller is recognized as one of softball's top instructors and has conducted
clinics around the world including stops in France, Malaysia, Czechoslovakia,
Netherlands, Netherland Antilles and Italy.

Miller also served on the USA Softball National Team Selection committee that
selected the 1996 Olympic gold medalist USA team in 1996.

Raymond's distinguished coaching career has taken him around the world and to
the medal stand at the 1996 Olympic Games where he served as head coach of the
USA team that won a gold medal at softball's Olympic debut. Raymond's record
nationally and internationally is legendary including 19 National Championship
titles as head coach of the Raybestos Brakettes and a 74-0 record in ISF World
Championship competition. Raymond has brought home gold at ISF World
Championships in 1974, 1978, 1986, 1990 and 1994.

Raymond's career record with the Brakettes is 1,836-134 and 114-2
internationally. Collectively, Raymond has coached USA teams to 17-gold medals
during his career. He is also a popular instructor and has conducted clinics in
Italy, Holland, Belgium South America, Chinese Taipei and the United States.

Stevens distinguished herself in 1997 by leading a young USA Softball Women's
National Team to the gold medal at the Pan American Games Qualifier in
Medellin, Columbia. The USA's 12-1 performance included shutout wins in all but
two games as the USA outscored their opponents collectively 114-6. Her efforts
helped earn her recognition as the United States Olympic Committee's (USOC)
Coach of the Year in softball in 1997.

In Stevens first year as head softball coach at the University of Utah, she
compiled a 44-18 record. Prior to Utah, Stevens was the associate head coach at
the University of Massachusetts where she helped UMass reach the WCWS and win
the Atlantic-10 Conference season and tournament championships. Stevens' record
at UMass was 78-37-1 (.663). Stevens is also a popular clinician and
participates regularly as a lead instructor at National Coaching Schools
conducted by the ASA.

Topley has been playing or coaching at the international level since 1970 and
was a member of the 1970 team that won the silver medal at the ISF Women's
World Championshhip in Osaka, Japan. Twenty years after winning the gold medal
as a player, Topley returned as an assistant coach for the USA Softball team
that won the gold medal at the 1990 ISF Women's World Championship.

Topley also served as head coach for the gold medal USA team at the 1991 Pan
American Games and as an assistant at the 1993 Intercontinental Cup in Holland,
the 1994 South Pacific Classic in Australia, the 1995 Pan American Games in
Argentina and the 1996 Olympic Games.

Weekly has become a veteran of international competition leading the USA to
gold medals at the 1995 Pan American Games Qualifier in Guatemala, the 1995 Pan
American Games in Argentina and the 1996 Olympic Games.

In 1995, Weekly became the head softball coach at the University of
Tennessee-Chattanooga, leading them to a share of the conference title his
first season. Weekly has been in the college coaching ranks since 1986, winning
NAIA national titles in 1988 and 1992 at Pacific Lutheran University.

While at Pacific, Weekly was named NAIA National Coach of the Year eight times.
Weekly's college coaching record is 350-118 (.748).

Weekly is among the nation's most popular hitting coaches and has conducted
numerous clinics nationally and internationally and has provided skills
instruction to some of the top players in the game including members of the
1996 USA Softball Women's National Team that won the gold medal at the 1996
Olympic Games.

Wilson has distinguished herself as one of the nation's top collegiate coaches
by leading a start-up University of Washington program to national prominence
with 1996 and 1997 appearances at the WCWS. In 1996, Wilson led Washington to a
runner-up finish at the WCWS in only the fourth year of the program's
existence, capturing the Pac-10 Conference title and Pac-10 Coach of the Year
honors in the process. Washington tied for third at the WCWS in 1997. Wilson's
career record at Washington is 236-100 (.702).

Prior to Washington, Wilson coached at the University of Minnesota and led the
team to the Big-10 Conference title in 1991 and was honored as conference Coach
of the Year. In 1989, Wilson coached the University of Oregon to a fifth place
finish at the WCWS and was named NCAA Northwest Region and Pac-10 Coach of the
Year for her efforts.

After 11 seasons as head softball coach at Fresno State University, Wright
ranks among the nation's all-time most successful coaches with a career record
of 715-255-3 (.736). Wright has guided Fresno State to the WCWS in seven of the
last ten seasons and captured seven regional championship titles. Under her
direction, Fresno State has finished second three times at the WCWS and won
eight conference titles.

In 1996, Wright had a milestone year serving as an assistant coach on the 1996
U.S. Olympic softball team, leading Fresno State to the Western Athletic
Conference (WAC) title and being named WAC and NCAA West Region Coach of the
Year.

Wright also led the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team to a gold medal
at the 1995 ISF Junior Women's World Championship and was an assistant coach
for the USA Softball Women's National Teams that won the gold medal at the ISF
World Championship in 1994 and Superball `95 in Columbus, Geo.

The nine coaches will be eligible for selection to such important coaching
assignments as the 1998 South Pacific Classic in New Zealand, the 1998 ISF
Women's World Championship in Japan, the 1999 Pan American Games in Canada and
the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia.

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Sat, 10 Jan 1998 04:00:00

I can hardly wait to say whats on my mind about these selections. Mona Who?
Margo Who? Jay Who? Teresa Who?

Where is Kirk Walker and Steve Alessi? They have coached the top 2 teams at
women's major each of the last two years. Roger finally made it, Shirley
deserved it, Margie and Weekly fell into it and Ralph Raymond won't give it up.

Mona a first year head coach at Utah?  FIRST YEAR oh my. Star must have pushed
for that one. Isn't it funny that Margo is a close childhood friend of one of
the committee members and has never done anything internationally and Mona is
at Utah and one of the committee members is from the same area.DUH DUH.
Mona led the Pan Am Qualifier team to a 12-1 record and gets voted coach of the
YEAR, Hell it wasn't so long ago a 16u team led by Larry Mays won the qualifier
and went UNDEFEATED and he did not get COACH OF THE YEAR.There is something
very wrong with whats going on in USA softball.

Don

 
 
 

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Post by UNLV SB » Sat, 10 Jan 1998 04:00:00

lets pray that Roger gets the team!!!
Amie

 
 
 

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Post by SWT00T » Sat, 10 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>lets pray that Roger gets the team!!!
>Amie

AS
Because..................................I know why?
He (RD) is good but Raymond will get the Job.
RR has the best resume per the article.

SS Mom/Dad

 
 
 

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Post by UNLVSBM » Sat, 10 Jan 1998 04:00:00

You might want to talk to some of the members of the team to see their views of
that pick.  

 
 
 

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Post by UNLV SB » Sun, 11 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Mona Stevens was my Olympic Festival Coach. I liked her a lot but I feel that
Kirk has always been with a winning program and deserved to be there. I really
don't even understand Jay or Margo. I know why..but it seems unfair. This is
the same as the players selection..Ridiculous. I am sure Ralph will get it and
there will be a lot of unhappy players if he does...from what I have heard.
Amie

 
 
 

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Post by UNLV SB » Sun, 11 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>I'll vote for R. Raymond as the head coach of USA team.
>Shortest of all but he the most qualified person out of the pack.

What about the fact that the players cannot stand him? That could be a problem!
I have never experienced him, never even met him before but I have heard a
great deal about him and it is ALL NEGATIVE...I have never heard anything
positive about him.
Amie
 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Sun, 11 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>What about the fact that the players cannot stand him? That could be a
>problem!
>I have never experienced him, never even met him before but I have heard a
>great deal about him and it is ALL NEGATIVE...I have never heard anything
>positive about him.

Same here Amie. I have only had a couple of dealings with the man but one
happened at the Olympic taam tour in Long Beach.
You remember when the Select team scored the winning run to beat the Olympians?
Ralph turned to a member of the Olympic staff and said "We just got beat by a
bunch of f#$king nobodys". He then wisked the OIympians away from the venue
after signing autographs for only 20 mins or so. Dot even mentioned it in her
book so before everybody jumps on me IT HAPPENED. He is a sore head who had
enough of a sponser to buy a number of national championships. Look what has
happened since they lost the money.
Don
 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Sun, 11 Jan 1998 04:00:00

I think Ralph Weekly will get it because of Raymonds old age and health. I
don't understand why Kirk and Steve are not there. I know you and Steve don't
see eye to eye but you cannot discount what he and Kirk have done. Margo, Mona
, Jay, and others got a gift and I hope they don't get to take the Olympic team
because they just do not know what they are doing.
Don

 
 
 

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Post by SB Bandi » Sun, 11 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Lots of things to say on this subject!!!  

Don, I agree with you that Ralph Raymond has had a sponsor give him quite a
bit.  The Brakettes had an untouchable team for years, so the record is
inflated to do that!!   And the players should have a voice as to who is in the
pool.  

I don't know for sure, but the one name that everyone should be screaming is
MIKE CANDREA.  Do five WCWS titles not say anything?????  I don't know if he
applied to be part of the pool, if he didn't they should have drafted him.  

As far as the rest are concerned, there are a few I have met that I think are
good coaches, but more than half have left me scratching my head wondering what
ASA is doing????

Kyle

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Sun, 11 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>I don't know for sure, but the one name that everyone should be screaming is
>MIKE CANDREA.  Do five WCWS titles not say anything?????  I don't know if he
>applied to be part of the pool, if he didn't they should have drafted him

They drafted Candrea for the 96 games. I do not know exactly what happened but
he quit at the Olympic festival in Denver. What the rumor mill says is that he
did not want to put up with the politics and BS the selection committee
demanded. Its too bad.
Don
 
 
 

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Post by Nvr b st » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00

At this level or any level players don't select their coaches.
His/Her job is to extract the most out of the  players and win each game.

Ralph Raymond has the best W-L record and knows the selection comittee's pulse.
The bottom line is win. win, win and win baby at all cost.
Winning is everything, we Americans don't like lossers.

In any team sport, players win the games (or do they?) and  managers/coaches
lose it (or do they?).

 
 
 

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Post by SB Bandi » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00

The issue with Ralph Raymond was the fact that he himself made such a big deal
of winning the gold medal and retiring.  Almost every article about softball
before the olympics mentioned it.  Ralph also has a lot of wins because of the
nice people at Raybestos bring him the best players year after year.  I would
bet that many coaches at the Women's major level would have similar records if
they had received the backing that Ralph did.  I'm not saying that Ralph is a
not a good coach, just that the record that he has amassed is slightly tilted.

Kyle

 
 
 

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Post by Nvr b st » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>The issue with Ralph Raymond was the fact that he himself made such a big
>deal
>of winning the gold medal and retiring.  Almost every article about softball
>before the olympics mentioned it.  Ralph also has a lot of wins because of
>the
>nice people at Raybestos bring him the best players year after year.  I would
>bet that many coaches at the Women's major level would have similar records
>if
>they had received the backing that Ralph did.  I'm not saying that Ralph is a
>not a good coach, just that the record that he has amassed is slightly
>tilted.

>Kyle

KK

You are correct to some extend but RR  has the best record by hook or crook.
You just have to win, when you have the best team in the world. Specially for
yr 2000. ASA should put the most experienced person at the Team USA's  helm.

 
 
 

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Post by Jazzso » Mon, 12 Jan 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>You are correct to some extend but RR  has the best record by hook or crook.
>You just have to win, when you have the best team in the world. Specially for
>yr 2000. ASA should put the most experienced person at the Team USA's  helm.

Then has Ralph lost his touch by losing the gold medal at super ball? ASA
should put the best coach out on the field. You put supposedly the best players
on the field why settle for someone who is not the best anymore.
Don