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National Fastpitch Coaches College Course 408 Slated to be Held at WCWS for 12th Consecutive Year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches College will conduct its World Series Game & Coaching Observation class for the 12th consecutive year at the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla., over May 30-June 1.

Course 408 offers a balanced blend of classroom teaching and game-observation at softball's premier annual event. This year, the course will be led by St. Thomas (Minn.) head coach John Tschida and former Iowa head coach and fellow NFCA Hall of Famer Gayle Blevins.

Participants will work in a classroom setting on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the day and will then have the opportunity to attend and observe WCWS games on Thursday and Friday evenings. At the games, participants will discuss the happenings and decisions on the field with the instructors as they occur and after the game, they will have the opportunity to speak with actual WCWS coaches and ask them about their in-game choices.

Course 408 is one of eight courses that make up the National Fastpitch Coaches College curriculum. Since it’s founding in 2002, the NFCC has been one of the cornerstones of the NFCA’s pledge to help continually educate softball coaches of all levels. Along with earning the title of Four-Star Master Coach, completion of the eight-course curriculum can also count towards a master’s degree in coaching from Texas Woman’s University.

Three-time NCAA national champion John Tschida is largely regarded as one of the best softball clinicians in the nation. Now in his 19th season as a head coach, he has guided two different schools, St. Mary’s (Minn.) and St. Thomas (Minn.) to national championships and is currently the all-time winningest Division III coach by percentage. Tschida has had his team ranked during each year of his career and coached 29 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-Americans and 43 Capital One Academic All-Americans. Since his career began in 1995, Tschida has only had two 10-plus loss seasons, has not had one since 1996 and has never had one at St. Thomas

After retiring at the helm of the Iowa program in 2010 after 31 seasons as a head coach, NFCA Hall of Famer Gayle Blevins continues to be one of the sport’s leading voices. The fourth winningest coach in NCAA history, Blevins ended her career with an astonishing 1,245-588. While at the helm of Iowa and Indiana, Blevins led the teams to a combined seven WCWS appearances and won eight Big Ten championships. However, the most amazing statistic may be the fact that in 31 years as a head coach Blevins never had a losing season.

Registration for the course is available at nfca.org/college or by calling (502) 409-4600. The cost is $275 for members and $300 for non-members. A discount of $100 is also being offered for this course for programs that have more than one coach attend the class. For programs with multiple coaches attending, the head coach will pay the regular price while any other members of the staff can attend for $100 off. Tickets to the evening session of the WCWS on Thursday and Friday are included in the price of the course.