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University of Oregon Hires New Assistant Coach

Tom Royder, a former fastpitch softball coach at Olympic College in Bremerton, Wash., has been named assistant softball coach at Oregon, head coach Rick Gamez announced.

Royder will work primarily with Oregon's pitchers. He replaces Eric Leyba, who resigned in June.

Royder brings to the Oregon staff an extensive softball background that includes 29 years of ASA competition, the last 17 of which he pitched almost exclusively. He has played in 14 ASA national tournaments and has won two national titles. In 1998, he played with the Seattle Eagles Fastpitch Club and won three team tournament titles and three most valuable pitcher awards.

He just finished his second year as an assistant coach at Olympic College and was also an assistant coach for the South Kitsap High School softball team for the past four years. "We're real excited to have him join our program," said Gamez. "His knowledge and experience with a pitching staff will be a huge positive for this team."  

Royder graduated from Texas A&M University in 1976 with a degree in psychology. He then earned a Master of Education degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas in 1979.