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Bristow, Galloway inducted into NFCA Hall Of Fame

Columbia, MO -- International Softball Federation Director of Development Cindy Bristow and Louisiana Tech head softball coach Bill Galloway are the 2001 inductees into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The two were honored at the Speedline/NFCA Coaching Staff of the Year/Hall of Fame banquet during the NFCA National Convention in Scottsdale, Arizona, on November 30.

Cindy Bristow

Cindy Bristow has been involved in virtually every facet of softball throughout her 20-plus year career in the sport. After playing collegiately at Cal Poly Pomona, she began her coaching career in 1980 as an assistant at Arizona State. After two years at Arizona State, she spent a year as head coach at New Mexico State and then two years as head coach at Wichita State. In 1984, Bristow was elected president of the National Softball Coaches Association.

In 1986, Bristow moved from coaching to administration as she was hired as National Director of Junior Olympic Softball for the Amateur Softball Association. After six years in the position, she was named USA Softball Director of National Teams and Coaching Development.

In 1997, Bristow returned to the coach's box as she accepted a position of head coach and assistant general manager of the Georgia Pride of the upstart Women's Pro Softball League (then Women's Pro Fastpitch). In 2000, Bristow had her greatest success in the league. Bristow led the Florida Wahoos to their first-ever WPSL championship and she was rewarded with coach of the year honors.

In early 2001, Bristow earned the opportunity to combine coaching and administration when she was named Director of Development for the ISF. She has been instrumental in helping train softball coaches and players in many countries. One of her primary tasks is to help develop the Greek Softball National Team as Greece prepares to host the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Bill Galloway

Bill Galloway eclipsed the career 900-win mark during the 2001 season, his 23rd year of coaching and his 20th at Louisiana Tech. Galloway has a career record of 912-383-2 for a .703 winning percentage. Galloway has led Louisiana Tech to eight NCAA post-season appearances, including three trips to the Women's College World Series. He has guided the Techsters to a pair of 50-win seasons as his teams have posted a winning record in 20 of his 23 seasons.

Prior to coming to Louisiana Tech in 1981, Galloway led Texas A&M to three consecutive top-five finishes at the AIAW national finals, the predecessor to the WCWS. Galloway has a record of 704-335-2 at Louisiana Tech after posting a 208-48-0 mark at Texas A&M.

Along with the achievements on the field, Galloway's squads have also excelled in the classroom. Louisiana Tech had the highest team GPA of all Division I softball teams in 1999-2000 after placing second the previous year.