May 13, 2014
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tennessee softball co-head coach Karen Weekly was one of 25 coaches selected to the 2015-16 USA Softball Women's National Team Coaching Pool, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball on Monday.
Karen Weekly has been in the Women's National Team Coaching Pool dating back to the 2011-12 cycle. She previously served as the coach for the USA Elite Team and helped the U.S. Senior National Team win the World Cup of Softball VII and take silver in the ISF Fastpitch Championships. In 2013, she served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women's Senior National Team in August, helping the Red, White and Blue win gold medals in both the Mayor's Cup and the Pan American Games Qualifier.
The Weeklys have a long history with USA Softball. Ralph Weekly helped lead the U.S. to 13 gold medals and a 130-15 overall record as a coach and Women's National Teams Director in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was the U.S. hitting coach during the Americans' gold medal runs in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
If selected, Karen Weekly may have the opportunity to coach several former and current Lady Vols as Annie Aldrete, Ellen Renfroe, Madison Shipman and Tennessee alums and returning U.S. Senior National Team players Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson have all been invited to next month's Selection Camp.
Head coaches and assistant coaches for the Women's National Team and Junior Women's National Team will be selected from this list for all 2015 and 2016 competition. The Women's National Team Selection Committee selects the coaching pool every two years based on the International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championships biennial cycle.
"We are thrilled to have another outstanding group of coaches making up the 2015-16 USA Softball Women's National Team Coaching Pool," ASA/USA Softball Director of National Teams Ronnie Isham said. "These coaches have proven themselves to be some of the best in the game and they will do a tremendous job of carrying on the legacy that USA Softball has established."
Coaches selected from this pool will have the opportunity to coach in some of the highest level softball competitions in the world over the course of the next two years. The USA Softball Women's National Team is slated to compete in the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada July 10-26 and the XV ISF Women's World Championships in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada in 2016 as well as a series of exhibition each year.
The USA Softball Junior Women's National Team will compete in the XI ISF Junior Women's World Championships on home soil in Oklahoma City, Okla. August 7-17 and in 2016 as well as a series of exhibition games leading up to the event.
2015-2016 USA Softball Women's National Coaching Pool
Laura Berg - Oregon State Head Coach
Suzy Brazney - Golden West College Head Coach
Patrick Clark - Massac County High (Kentucky) Head Coach
Howard Dobson - LSU Assistant Coach
Lisa Dodd - UNLV Head Coach
Tairia Flowers - Cal State Northridge Head Coach
Trisha Ford - Fresno State Head Coach
Ken Eriksen - South Florida Head Coach
Kristie Fox - UT Arlington Head Coach
Mark Griggs - Witchita Mustangs Head Coach
Stacy Iveson - Arizona Assistant Coach
Kyle Magnusson - Southern Utah Head Coach
Peter Meredith - BYU Assistant Coach
Jay Miller - Louisville Assistant Coach
Stacey Nuveman - San Diego State Associate Head Coach
Tommy Orndorff - Former Coach of the Shamrocks & 2014 ASA Hall of Fame Inductee
Rick Pauly - USC Upstate Assistant Coach
Jamie Pinkerton - Montana Head Coach
Dot Richardson - Liberty Head Coach
Tim Walton - Florida Head Coach
Karen Weekly - Tennessee Co-Head Coach
Mike White - Oregon Head Coach
Ernie Yarbrough - Georgia Power Head Coach
Charles Zerkle - Former J.W. North High Head Coach
For updates on the USA Softball Women's and Junior Women's National Team and events visit www.USASoftball.com.