SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Dec. 10, 2022) – The 2022 NFCA Convention concluded an exhilarating four days of learning, collaborating, celebrating, networking and transforming as 1,625 attendees descended on the JW Marriott San Antonio Resort & Spa. It marked the third-highest attendee total in Association history.
On the final day, members were celebrated for their accomplishments on and off the field, absorbed three more Drills, Drills, Drills sessions and participated in three educational tracks.
After the NFCA’s respective All-America committees conducted business, Drills, Drills, Drills opened with the Texas Bombers’ Scott Smith on hitting, Texas A&M assistant Joe Guthrie on outfield defense and Ole Miss assistant Ryker Chason covering pitching.
Following drills, the membership recognized their peers, while enjoying a hearty breakfast at the Awards Brunch. Coaches earned Victory Club milestones, which included four lifetime honorees in NFCA Hall of Famers Patty Gasso, Oklahoma (1,500), Heinz Mueller, Phoenix College (1,500), retired Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins (1,700) and Oklahoma City’s Phil McSpadden (1,800).
Additionally, each 2022 National Coaching Staff of the Year winner addressed their peers, along with Humanitarian Award recipient Janae Shirley of East Texas Baptist via video.
The brunch closed out with a heartfelt speech from 2022 Donna Newberry “Perseverance” award recipient Sharon Panske, who touched on her life, friends, family and the support she has received during her fight against stage four carcinosarcoma of the uterus.
The Convention concluded with the education tracks, a specialty program broken into three 45-minute sessions for Assistant Coaches and Instructors, along with a brand-new Playing Rules Education track on obstruction, pitching rules and instant replay. Attendees followed one track or mixed and matched the three to fit their educational needs.
The NFCA Convention returns in 2023 in the Association’s home city of Louisville, Ky., when the NFCA will celebrate in 40th anniversary.
The NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) is the professional organization for fastpitch softball coaches. Known for its highly-regarded coaches polls and All-America awards, the NFCA also educates and supports softball coaches on a variety of different levels: from podcasts to awards, to in-person events and National Convention.