NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Dallas Charge General Manager Scott Smith announced the relocation of the Charge to Central Texas and will change its name to the Texas Charge. Following the announcement of the new name, Scott introduced three-time Olympian Crystl Bustos as the Charge's new head coach.

The Charge have played in McKinney, Texas the last two seasons at the Craig Ranch Softball complex, but cited challenges associated with the playing facility that forced the move. The team said it was unable to find a new home in the Dallas area.
Charge management is in negotiations with stadium locations with an announcement coming in the next few weeks. 

“This move did not come easily due to the awesome support that the DFW area gave to the Charge during its first two years in the league,” stated recently named GM, Smith. "It is our de- sire that we still honor those fans on and off the field. We certainly thank them for their support they gave this team.” 

“The Central Texas area is an exciting sports minded region and will be an amazing opportunity to continue to grow the NPF in Texas,” continued Smith. “The fans of Central Texas will love seeing this team play and we cannot wait to become part of that awesome community.” 

Regarded as one of the most decorated softball players in the history of the game, Bustos helped lead Team USA to two Olympic Gold Medals, an Olympic Silver Medal, a World Championship Gold Medal, two World Cup Championships and three Pan American Gold Medals. She owns Olympic records for home runs (6), RBI (10 – twice) and slugging percentage (1.318). She is a member of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame with the 2004 Olympic Softball Team.

“The Texas Charge took a huge step today with the addition of Crystl Bustos as our new head coach,” said Smith. “Our pursuit in winning a NPF Championship now is being led by one of the winningest individuals to ever play. Winning is all she has ever known, and that is the exact culture that we will strive to create here with the Charge.”    

In addition, Bustos help two professional teams to championships - the Orlando Wahoos of the WPSL and Akron Racer of the NPF. In leading the Wahoos to the title, Bustos was named the league’s MVP.

“I just want to say thank you to the Charge for giving me this opportunity to lead this team,” said Bustos. “ I am very excited and can’t wait to start on our journey to the ship. Time to take Charge to the top.”

Bustos, who enters her fourth season as an assistant coach at Mt San Antonio College, currently owns her own business, Ruthless Sports, where she spreaks her knowledge of the game to Gold Level Travel teams around the United States.

-- Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch 

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