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USA Softball Names 2009-12 Women’s National Team Coaching Pool; Jay Miller Named WNT Head Coach

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Courtesy ASA, Full release on Coaching Pool here, Full release on Miller here) --- The Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) and the USA Softball Women’s National team selection committee announced the selection of Jay Miller (Starkville, Miss.) as the USA Softball Women’s National team coach. After leading the 2007 USA Softball Junior Women’s World Championship team to the gold medal, Miller now will lead the four-time Olympic medal winning team as they head into the 2009 season. 

The 14 coaches selected to the 2009 Women’s National Team coaching pool have been selected for the 2009-2012 quadrennium and are responsible for the training and preparation for the Women’s National team program. Listed below are the coaches selected: 


Suzy Brazney (Buena Park, Calif. – Head Coach at Golden West College)

Chuck D’Arcy (Sacramento, Calif.)

Kate Drohan (Chicago, Ill. – Head Coach at Northwestern University)

Gordon Eakin (Sandy, Utah – Head Coach at Brigham Young University)

Ken Eriksen (Tampa, Fla. – Head Coach at University of South Florida)

Stacy Iveson (Prescott Valley, Ariz. – Head Coach at Yavapai College)

Karen Johns (Whippany, N.J.) – Associate Executive Director, NFCA

Barbara Jordan (Northridge, Calif. – Head Coach at California State University, Northridge)

Michael Larabee (Bellbrook, Ohio – Head Coach at Wright State University)

Jay Miller (Starkville, Miss. – Head Coach at Mississippi State University)

Patrick Murphy (Northport, Ala. – Head Coach at University of Alabama)

Jamie Pinkerton (Fayetteville, Ark. – Head Coach at University of Arkansas)

Shawn Rychcik (North Andover, Mass. – Head Coach at Boston University)

Scott Whitlock (Marietta, Ga. – Head Coach at Kennesaw State University)

The USA Softball Women’s National team coaching staff will be selected from the existing coaching pool and will be named at a later date. 

“This a tremendous honor,” said head coach Jay Miller. “I have been fortunate to work with USA Softball for almost 20 years in one capacity or another and this is a great opportunity. I have been fortunate to work with the best softball players in the world and I look forward to doing so again this summer.” 


"Jay brings to the table proven success at the international level, extensive knowledge of the game and a long history in several capacities with the USA Softball Women's Program,” said USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham. “I look forward to working with Jay and his leadership of the USA Softball Women's Program into the future." 


“Jay Miller’s selection as the Head Coach of our Women’s Team will bring a wealth of experience to our Program,” said ASA/USA Softball Executive Director Ron Radigonda. “All of us at ASA/USA Softball are fortunate to have coaches like Jay that are committed to our Program and the development of softball worldwide. I am looking forward to working with Jay as USA Softball embarks on a very aggressive 2009 schedule to showcase softball this year prior to the IOC vote that hopefully reinstates softball to the Summer Olympic Program.” 

About ASA

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 83 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 240,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/. 


About USA Softball

USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.