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NFCC Begins Its 2013-14 Slate With Course 405: Explosive Team Offense & Strategy

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The National Fastpitch Coaches College will kick-off its 2013-14 class schedule over August 30-31, 2013, at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., by holding Course 405: Explosive Team Offense & Strategy. Instructors for the two-day course include St. Thomas (Minn.) head coach John Tschida, LSU head coach Beth Torina and Oregon head coach Mike White.

During the two-day program, coaches will learn how to read opponents and coordinate actions of their individual players in order to manufacture and score runs. In addition pupils will examine the pieces of an explosive offensive puzzle (power, running, short game), learn the elements of play-mapping and how to apply them to numerous tactics and strategies, go head-to-head with classmates and instructors in practicing and evaluating play calling, discuss how to put together a batting order and good DP-Flex practices, learn how to interpret opponent statistics and apply that information to game plans and accumulate drills for the practice of offensive team skills and strategies.

Course 405 is one of eight courses that make up the NFCC 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. 

Registration for the course is available at https://nfca.org/index.php/nfcc-main-home-page or by calling (502) 409-4600. The cost is $225 for members and $250 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.

Three-time NCAA national champion John Tschida is largely regarded as one of the best softball clinicians in the nation. Having just completed his 19th season as a head coach of the Tommies, 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. He has been named MIAC Coach of the Year after 10 of his 19 seasons at the helm. His teams have been nationally ranked each season, and in the last 17 seasons, have posted a 336-15 record in conference regular-season play. At St. Thomas his players have earned 30 NCAA All-American honors, 44 Academic All-American honors and 86 first-team All-MIAC honors.

Heading into her third season in charge of the program at LSU, Torina has wasted no time in helping the Tigers return to national prominence. During her inaugural campaign in Baton Rouge, she guided the Tigers to a 2012 Women's College World Series berth, marking the program's third overall appearance on college softball's biggest stage and first since 2004. Along the way the Tigers became the third team since the current regional/super regional format that was adopted in 2005 to knock off two seeded teams in No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 Missouri on the road en route to Oklahoma City. Torina has also served in the past as the head coach of the USSSA Florida Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League. Before joining the LSU program in June 2011, she took Florida International of the Sun Belt Conference to new heights. The two-time SBC Coach of the Year led the Golden Panthers to a 129-111 record in four seasons and directed FIU to its first NCAA Tournament victory in 2010.

After leading Oregon to many of its biggest wins in recent memory, fifth-year head coach Mike White has unquestionably established the Ducks as one of the nation’s top softball programs. His .723 winning percentage (173-66) over his first four years is the best all-time among Oregon head coaches. In 2013, the Pac-12 Coach of the Year led UO to its first-ever Pac-12 title, its second-highest overall win total (50) and its best rankings in both coaches polls (No. 3) in the regular season’s final edition while advancing to its fourth straight Super Regional (and overall). During 2012, Oregon made its second-ever Women's College World Series trip, racking up its then-second-most wins (45) and ending the season rated fifth nationally in both polls. Before his current Duck tenure, White was already well known in softball circles as an International Softball Congress (ISC) Hall of Fame pitcher and 30-year coaching veteran.