OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Amateur Softball Association announced today its USA Softball women’s national team coaching assignments for the 2006 season. Although there are several coaches selected to work the camps, held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., only a few will be selected to lead the team during competition.
The World University selection camp will produce a team that will compete at the World University Games in Taiwan. Carol Hutchins (University of Michigan head coach), Teresa Wilson (Texas Tech head coach), Scott Whitlock (Kennesaw State head coach), Gordon Eakin (BYU head coach), Mike Larabee (Wright State head coach) and Mark Lumley (Baylor assistant coach) will work this selection camp.
Hutchins was selected as head coach to lead the team to Taiwan and will be assisted by Wilson, Larabee and Lumley. The World University team will also compete against the National Pro Fastpitch team Chicago Bandits, July 26-30, in Chicago, Ill.
The Women’s National Team selection camp, held July 13-17, will be headed by Mike Candrea (Team USA head coach/University of Arizona head coach), Chuck D’Arcy (Team USA), John Rittman (Stanford head coach), Jay Miller (Mississippi State head coach), Karen Sanchelli-Johns (University of Virginia head coach), Cheri Kempf (Owner/Instructor-Worth Club K), Eakin and Whitlock.
Candrea will head up the Women’s National Team and the assistant coaches will be selected in May. This team will compete at both the World Cup in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the World Championships in Beijing, China. They will also play in exhibition games versus NPF teams Arizona Heat and Texas Thunder in July.
The Junior Women’s National Team selection camp will be held September 15-17 with the team selected playing in the 2006 World Qualifier in November and the 2007 World Championship. Miller, Kempf, Suzy Brazney (Golden West College head coach), Barbara Jordan (Cal State Northridge head coach), Lumley and Brian Kolze (Pacific head coach) will oversee the camp.
Miller was selected as head coach for the qualifier and will be assisted by Kempf, Brazney and Jordan. This is a two-year assignment for these coaches.
The 2007 National Training Team will be selected at the camp from Sept. 18-22 and a team will be selected to compete at the Japan Cup in November. Heading up this camp will be Candrea, D’Arcy, Rittman, Brazney, Sanchelli-Johns, Wilson, Jordan and Iveson.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 87 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 230,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit www.asasoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won seven World Championship titles including the last five consecutive. For more information about USA Softball, please visit www.usasoftball.com
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