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2009 Hall of Fame Class Announced by the NFCA

 The morning after inducting a six-member Hall of Fame class as part of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) annual convention, the NFCA announces its Hall of Fame class of 2009. 

Frank Cheek of Humboldt State University, Bill Edwards of Hofstra University, Diane Ninemire of the University of California will be inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame on Friday, December 11, at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The 2009 class will bring the NFCA’s Hall of Fame to 50 members. 

Frank Cheek is in his 21st season as the head coach of the Humboldt State softball program, twice capturing the NCAA Division II Championship (1999, 2008). During his first 20 seasons with the Lumberjacks softball program, Cheek has guided the team to 16 conference championships, 19 west regional playoff appearances and five west region titles. The leader of the 2008 NFCA Division II’s Coaching Staff of the Year, Cheek has also served as the wrestling coach and athletic director at Humboldt State. 

Bill Edwards embarks upon his 20th season as the head coach at Hofstra University in the spring of 2009. He has led the Pride to NCAA Tournament regional finals in 2004, ’05 and ’08 and has helped Hofstra capture an NCAA Division I softball record 11 straight conference tournament titles from 1998-2008. Edwards holds a 695-330-3 record over his 19 previous seasons, ranking him in the top-25 in NCAA history in career winning percentage. 

Diane Ninemire will enter her 22nd season as the head coach at Cal this spring. From 1999-2005, the Golden Bears made seven straight trips to the Women’s College World Series, earning a National Championship in 2002. She has coached Cal to 21 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Honored for her 900th career victory as part of the Easton Victory Club luncheon at the 2008 convention, Ninemire has accumulated the second-most wins in Pac-10 history (932) and is the 11th softball coach in NCAA history to achieve the 900-win plateau. 

The 2009 NFCA Convention will take place December 9-12, 2009, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The NFCA’s annual Hall of Fame banquet will take place on Friday night, December 11.