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Louisville Lady Sluggers head coach Don Dobina and assistant coaches Ricki Rothbauer and Becky Bishop have been named the 2006 Speedline/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Travel Ball National Coaching Staff of the Year, the association announced Wednesday.  

Dobina and his assistants will be honored Fri., Dec. 8, during the Speedline Coaching Staff of the Year/NFCA Hall of Fame banquet, part of the 2006 NFCA National Convention in Tucson, Ariz. 

Dobina guided his Lady Sluggers to a fifth-place showing at the ASA 18A National Championship. The fifth-place showing followed 2005’s run to the national title and a runner-up showing at the 2004 tournament. 

Dobina’s Lady Sluggers had a stellar showing at the Team NJ Invitational against some of the nation’s top Gold teams, and it finished fourth out of 150 teams in Westminster, Colo., before winning tournaments in Columbus, Ind., and Toledo, Ohio. 

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