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Nineteen Coaches Earn Four-Star Master Coach Accolades Through NFCC


STARKVILLE, Miss. — The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) awarded 19 coaches the distinction of Four-Star Master Coach for completing all eight courses of the association’s National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC). 

The 19 coaches, the second graduating class to earn the honor, completed the curriculum during the 2006 year and were awarded plaques to commemorate the accomplishment during the closing business meeting of the 2006 NFCA National Convention in Tucson, Ariz. 

Kevin Allison of Northeast Texas Community College, Jim Clift from Academy of Our Lady of Peace and Kelly Warren each completed six courses in 2006 to earn their two-, three- and four-star certifications, while Mike Hart from the Texas Glory completed four courses during the year to receive his three- and four-star awards. 

Kelly Burns of the University of North Texas, Chris Cannata from the University of Albany, Tracy Cromer from Northwestern College, Jack Daniels of North Platte Community College, Cheryl Dickens from Tarleton State University, Jodi Eickemeyer from the University of Dayton, Ellen Eubanks from Northeast Texas Community College, Becky Hall of Wittenberg University, Jodi Hermanek and Julie Strand from Southern Utah University, Jennifer Jones of Mary Washington College, Mamie Jones from North Carolina A&T State University, Della Mitchel of McCook Community College, Jennifer Walter of College of St. Scholastica and Jim Ware from Broadneck High School all completed either one or two courses to receive their four-star award during the convention. 

“These awards show the commitment of these coaches to professionalism and the sport,” NFCC Director Sharon Drysdale said. “It reflects the time and energy they put into bettering their coaching, and not only will it make them better coaches, but it will make their teams and the game better. It also makes the NFCC courses better when you have such quality individuals taking the courses and sharing their experiences.” 

The NFCC awards a star for every two courses taken leading up to the four-star distinction, which is received upon completion of all eight NFCC courses. 

“We looked forward to presenting the four-star master coach awards when we started the NFCC six years ago, and it is exciting to see the culmination of the hard work of those who have completed the NFCC curriculum,” NFCA Executive Director Lacy Lee Baker said. “Our goal is to help coaches be the best they can be, and we feel that this honor will aid the professional advancement of these coaches, their players and their programs.” 

The NFCC has proven to be valuable to seasoned veterans and newcomers of the coaching community. The course not only teaches new skills, but it also allows for sharing of skills with colleagues in the coaching profession. The NFCC reinforces the weekend’s education with an in-depth manual of course content that attendees can utilize for future reference. 

The NFCC offers eight courses at different locations around the country, and coaches can take the courses just for the learning experience or apply the credit to earning the Four-Star Master Coach title. The courses can also work toward the completion of a master’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching from Texas Woman’s University. High school coaches can earn two continuing education units per course through Mississippi State University. 

Coaches looking for additional information or wanting to sign-up for a course can do so online at http://nfca.org/college/ or by calling (662) 320-2155. 

The weekend course is $225 for NFCA members, and $200 if registered 14 days in advance. Coaches can join the association to receive the member discount or attend at the non-member rate of $250 ($225 if registered 14 days in advance).