Lady Vol Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly
Dec. 4, 2009
By Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Tennessee Lady Vol co-head softball coach Ralph Weekly has been chosen to the five-member selection committee for the USA Softball Women's National Team according to a Friday release by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA). He will assist in choosing the elite-level athletes that will represent USA Softball in international competition during a three-year appointment that spans from 2010-2012.
"I look forward to working with USA Softball once again," Weekly said. "In my 10 years with the ASA as a coach and later as Director of the U.S. National Teams, I met and worked with some of the brightest softball minds in the business. It will be nice to work alongside those people once again. I want to help ASA/USA Softball remain the dominant world power in our great game."
Weekly has had a long and storied career involved with the USA Softball program. Included were stints as the USA Softball National Teams Director (1999-2001) and previously as a liaison to the ASA National Team Selection Committee responsible for the elite level selection process for Olympic, Pan American Games and other USA Softball National Teams. Weekly also served as a hitting coach, third-base coach and team leader with the high-profile gold medal-winning 1996 and 2000 U.S. Olympic Softball squads.
Between 1998 and 2001, Weekly worked closely with the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) to ensure that USA Softball received adequate funding for its programs and was fully equipped with the technical assistance it needed. He was also instrumental in securing the funding for the development of a state-of-the-art practice facility at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. This facility has been used by all of the USA Softball National Teams and continues to be an integral part of USA Softball's success.
Under his direction, USA Softball captured the gold medal at the 1994 Pan American Games qualifier in Guatemala. He was an assistant coach on teams that won additional gold medals at the 1994 World Games in Nova Scotia, the 1995 Pan American Games in Argentina, the 1996 South Pacific Classic in Australia, the 1997 Canada Cup, the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, the inaugural 1999 America Cup in San Diego, the 2000 European Championship in Rome, Italy, and the 2001 Hawaii Cup in Honolulu.
As a coach and National Teams Director for USA Softball, Weekly has appeared in 13 international tournaments, winning a gold medal each time. His international coaching record is a sterling 130-15 (.897). He is the only person in collegiate softball to have served on a pair of Olympic gold medal-winning coaching staffs and to have claimed two national championships as a head coach (Pacific Lutheran, NAIA National Softball Champions, 1988 & 1992). He also directed all facets of the USA Men's National Team from 1999-2001.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation's largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 77 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 210,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million.
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men's, Women's, Junior Boys' and Junior Girls' National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women's National Team is one of the only two women's sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won eight World Championship titles including the last six consecutive as well as claimed two World Cup of Softball titles.