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Class of 2001
New Mexico State: 1984
Cindy Bristow, inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 2001, has been involved in virtually every facet of softball throughout her 30-plus year career in the sport.
As a player, she pitched and played first base for Cal Poly Pomona for another NFCA Hall of Famer Carol Spanks. She also played professionally for the Santa Ana Lionettes.
As a coach, Bristow began her career as an assistant for NFCA Hall of Famer Mary Littlewood at Arizona State, followed by coaching stints at New Mexico State, Wichita State and then in the Women's Professional Softball League. She was head coach and assistant general manager for the Georgia Pride, which eventually became the Florida Wahoos. She led the team to a pro league championship in 2000 and was awarded WPSL coach of the year honors in the same year.
Her administrative career began with the Amateur Softball Association as the national director of Junior Olympic softball. Eventually, she became the ASA director of national teams and coaching development. She followed that with a director of development position with the International Softball Federation. In that role, she coordinated the Greek Olympic Softball Team's creation and first-ever appearance in an Olympic Games. During the course of her career, Bristow has worked with three different countries' Olympic teams: Greece, USA and China.
Bristow, a former president of the NFCA, has authored eight softball instructional books and produced 14 instructional videotapes. She continues to be a prolific writer, developing instructional content for her web site SoftballExcellence.com. She also is one of the world's top softball clinicians and serves on teh staff on the NFCA's National Fastpitch Coaches College. During the collegiate softball season, she also is a color analyst for ESPN's softball coverage.
Bristow continues to travel the world to help increase the level of softball coaching and play on a global level.