May 14, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY - Fresno State softball head coach Trisha Ford was honored by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball as one of 25 coaches named to its 2015-16 National Team Coaching Pool this week.
Ford will be among the names used to pick coaching staffs for several of the world's highest-level softball competitions, including the Pan American Games in Toronto (7/10-26/15), the XV ISF Women's World Championships in Surrey, British Columbia (7/15-24/16), and XI ISF Junior Women's World Championships in Oklahoma City (8/7-17/16).
"We are thrilled to have another outstanding group of coaches make up the 2015-16 USA Softball Women's National Team Coaching Pool," said ASA/USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham. "These coaches have proven themselves to be some of the best in the game, and they will do a tremendous job of carrying on the legacy that USA Softball has established."
The Women's National Team Selection Committee selects the coaching pool every two years based on the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships biennial cycle.
Also in the selection pool is former Bulldog All-American and Olympian Laura Berg who recently wrapped up her second season as the Oregon State softball head coach.
Last summer, Ford served as an assistant coach for the U.S. squad that claimed the silver medal in the 2013 ISF X Jr. Women's World Championships. The Americans went 8-1 in the event in Brampton, Ontario with its only loss in the tournament final to Japan.
Team USA pitchers didn't allow a run in the first eight games that included one no hitter, five one-hitters and two two-hitters, and overall sported a 0.45 ERA for the tourney with 61 strikeouts, three walks and 16 hits allowed in 46 innings.
For updates on the USA Softball Women's and Junior Women's National Team and events visit the www.USASoftball.com Web site.
The second-year Fresno State head mentor recently led the `Dogs (31-21, 15-9) to their second straight MW runner-up finish.
Individually this week, a conference-high five Bulldogs received All-MW acclaim. MW Defensive Player of the Year and junior center fielder Brenna Moss and sophomore pitcher Jill Compton were repeat All-MW First-Team selections, and senior first baseman Stesha Brazil, sophomore pitcher Hannah Harris and freshman left fielder Kierra Willis were All-MW Second-Team honorees.
2015-2016 USA Softball Women's National Coaching Pool
Trisha Ford - Fresno State Head Coach
Laura Berg - Oregon State Head Coach
Suzy Brazney - Golden West College Head Coach
Patrick Clark - Massac County High (Kentucky) Head Coach
Howard Dobson - LSU Assistant Coach
Lisa Dodd - UNLV Head Coach
Tairia Flowers - Cal State Northridge Head Coach
Ken Eriksen - South Florida Head Coach
Kristie Fox - UT Arlington Head Coach
Mark Griggs - Witchita Mustangs Head Coach
Stacy Iveson - Arizona Assistant Coach
Kyle Magnusson - Southern Utah Head Coach
Peter Meredith - BYU Assistant Coach
Jay Miller - Louisville Assistant Coach
Stacey Nuveman - San Diego State Associate Head Coach
Tommy Orndorff - Former Coach of the Shamrocks & 2014 ASA Hall of Fame Inductee
Rick Pauly - USC Upstate Assistant Coach
Jamie Pinkerton - Montana Head Coach
Dot Richardson - Liberty Head Coach
Tim Walton - Florida Head Coach
Karen Weekly - Tennessee Co-Head Coach
Mike White - Oregon Head Coach
Ernie Yarbrough - Georgia Power Head Coach
Charles Zerkle - Former J.W. North High Head Coach
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