Coach award winners named at BSUK’s 2019 Coach Summit

Mon 28 Jan 2019

Six prestigious awards for coaching and one award for volunteer services were presented at a ceremony following the 2019 BaseballSoftballUK Coach Summit on Saturday 26 January in Milton Keynes.

“Without coaches,” Chris Rawlings told more than 50 people in attendance as he Introduced the award presentations, “no one plays.  That’s why we have established the BSUK Coach Awards, to recognise coaches and what they bring to the community.”

There had been, Chris noted, a large number of nominations for most of the awards.

The winners in each of seven categories received plaques and £25 vouchers from The Baseball Outlet, and were as follows:


YOUNG COACH OF THE YEAR

The shortlisted coaches were Dan Patterson for his work with the Reading Knights University Softball Club, Jessica Vernon for working with teams in both formats at Bracknell Baseball and Softball Club and Sian Wigington for coaching The Mix in the Great Britain Fastpitch League and running softball sessions in local schools in the Slough area.

The winner was Dan Patterson.


BASEBALL YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR

The shortlisted coaches were John Ferlazzo for his long-time work at London Mets Baseball Club, Will Lintern for his efforts as Head Coach of the GB Under-18 Baseball Team and Jessica Vernon for setting up a junior baseball section at Bracknell Baseball and Softball Club. 

The winner was John Ferlazzo.


SOFTBALL YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR

The shortlisted coaches were Warren Furst for his work in building up the softball programme at LondonSports, Alexis Markham-Hill for her work as an Academy and HPA coach and coaching the young Free Agents team in the Great Britain Fastpitch League and the trio of Jodie Rushin, Nadya Pavlova and Elysee Laporte for coaching the GB Under-13 Girls’ programme to increasing success last year.

The winner was Alexis Markham-Hill.


BASEBALL ADULT COACH OF THE YEAR

The shortlisted coaches were Darrel Barsby for building up and coaching the new South Coast Pirates Baseball Club, Ian Blease for his long and successful service as Head Coach of the Liverpool Trojans Baseball Club and Jose Lopez for his inspiring coaching at the new Bournemouth Bears Baseball Club.

The winner was Darrel Barsby.


SOFTBALL ADULT COACH OF THE YEAR

The shortlisted coaches were Jennifer Edis for her coaching work with the Oxford Brookes University Softball Club, Liam Morrison for organising and delivering Softball 101 sessions for the Greater London Softball Mixed League and Ryan Turtill for his inspiration and comprehensive Softball 101 coaching.

The winner was Ryan Turtill.


SERVICES TO COACHING

The shortlisted coaches were Margaret Borley MBE for her long-time and inspirational work coaching the Tonbridge Bobcats Youth Baseball Team, Joss Thompson for sharing her knowledge and passion for softball over many years and in many settings and Dave Wareham for 20 years of organising and coaching teams in the Manchester Softball League.

The winner was Joss Thompson.


VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

The shortlisted candidates were Kim Hannessen for her work as a sports therapist with multiple GB Softball Teams at European and World Championships, Julie Spittle for her work organising and coaching softball at various levels in many settings and Kellie Whitaker for outstanding organisation and management work at both club and at a national team level with GB Slowpitch.

The winner was Kim Hannessen.

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