The seventh annual British Baseball & Softball Coaching Awards will take place on the night of 28 January, as part of Coach Summit 2023. Nominations will open shortly.

The following awards are presented each year:

  • Young Coach of the Year: The coach aged 25 or younger deemed to have made the biggest contribution to coaching, managing and supporting baseball and/or softball in Britain.
  • Baseball Youth Coach of the Year: Outstanding contribution to coaching young people in baseball in Britain.
  • Softball Youth Coach of the Year: Outstanding contribution to coaching young people in softball in Britain.
  • Baseball Adult Coach of the Year: Outstanding contribution to adult baseball coaching in Britain.
  • Softball Adult Coach of the Year: Outstanding contribution to adult softball coaching in Britain.
  • Volunteer of the Year: A volunteer in a non-coaching role who has given up a substantial amount of time to support their local club, team or league and who has made a significant impact on the development of our sports.
  • Services to Coaching: the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach; someone who understands their sport and can use the lessons learned on the pitch to motivate and engage others. They have probably played a great number of roles, and without their services to coaching, your club, your league or perhaps even your national teams wouldn’t be the same.
  • *NEW FOR 2022* Equality, Inclusion and Diversity: Recognises a contribution made by a coach towards tackling inequality and removing barriers to participants from underrepresented groups. The underrepresented groups that have been identified are Women & Girls, disability, socio-economic status, ethnic diversity & LGBTQ+.

2022 British Baseball & Softball Coaching Award Winners

Baseball Youth Coach of the Year

The nominees were Paul Smith, Hartlepool Seals; Will Zucker, Herts Baseball Club; and Scott Bourgeois, London Youth Baseball League

Winner: Will Zucker

Softball Youth Coach of the Year

The nominees were Julie Spittle, GB Cubs; Holly Ireland, RBI Wales; and Natalie Fox, Lytham St Annes Softball Club

Winner: Holly Ireland

Baseball Adult Coach of the Year

The nominees were Cole Ryan, London Capitals Baseball Team; Martin Andrews, Leicester Diamonds Baseball Club; Ruari Dunn, Baseball Scotland & Edinburgh Cannons; and Rhodri Theaker, Bristol Baseball Club

Winner: Martin Andrews

Softball Adult Coach of the Year

The nominees were Leanne Plummer, Leicester Royals Softball Club; Trevor Sykes, Coventry Blitz Softball Club; and Adam Bee, Milton Keynes Softball Club

Winner: Trevor Sykes

Young Coach of the Year

The nominees were Jess Vernon, Belles Baseball/Bracknell Baseball & Softball Club/GB Baseball/Team UK Baseball; Pau Miquel Mir, Bristol Baseball Club; and Rose Bhanji, London Mets Baseball & Softball Club

Winner: Jess Vernon

Volunteer of the Year

The nominees were Alan Le Marquand, BSUK Academy Softball/Windsor & Maidenhead Softball League/GB Softball/Maidenhead Softball Club; Amanda “Doris” Hocking, WB-UK; Christian Carter, Kent Buccaneers & British Baseball Federation; and Kellie Whitaker, Manchester Thunder Softball & GB Softball

Winner: Amanda "Doris" Hocking

Services to Coaching

The nominees were Ian Tomlin, GB Softball U-18 & U-23 Teams; Holly Ireland, RBI Wales; and Chris Ward, Guildford Mavericks/Belles Baseball Team/GB U-12 Programme

Winner: Ian Tomlin


2018-2021 AWARDS HISTORY

YOUNG COACH OF THE YEAR*

  • 2021 - Andreas Fopp, Norwich Iceni Baseball Club
  • 2019 - Dan Patterson, Reading Knights University Softball Club
  • 2018 - Will Zucker, Durham University Baseball Club

Prior to 2020, Young Coach of the Year was open to coaches aged 22 and under; In 2021, the award was opened to ages 25 and under. There was no award given in 2020.

BASEBALL YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2021 - Casey Mackenzie, Aberdeen Baseball Club & Baseball Scotland
  • 2020 - Josh Mills-Knutsen, London Mets Baseball & Softball Club
  • 2019 - John Ferlazzo, London Mets Baseball & Softball Club
  • 2018 - Chris Stevenson, Brighton Baseball Club

SOFTBALL YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2021 - Kim Roberts, Horsham Broncos Softball Club
  • 2020 - Paul Archer, London Borough of Newham/New City Primary School
  • 2019 - Alexis Markham-Hill, BaseballSoftballUK Academy/HPA & Free Agents (Great Britain Fastpitch League)
  • 2018 - David Morris, Chichester Falcons Softball Club

BASEBALL ADULT COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2021 - Greg Gillette, London Mustangs
  • 2020 - Luc Chignell, University of Nottingham Baseball & Softball Club
  • 2019 - Darrel Barsby, South Coast Pirates Baseball Club
  • 2018 - Paul Rance, Northants Baseball Club

SOFTBALL ADULT COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2021 - Whitney Hollis, London Softball League
  • 2020 - Jodie Bull, MK Diamonds Softball Club, and Rachael Watkeys, GB Women’s National Fastpitch Team
  • 2019 - Ryan Turtill, Softball 101
  • 2018 - Rachael Watkeys, GB Women’s National Fastpitch Team

SERVICES TO COACHING

  • 2021 - Barry Marshall, GB Baseball and Hull Scorpions
  • 2020 - Liam Carroll, GB Baseball Senior Team & BaseballSoftballUK Academy/HPA 
  • 2019 - Joss Thompson
  • 2018 - Paul Vernon, Bracknell Scorchers Softball Club, MLB & BSUK

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

  • 2021 - Al Binns, Newcastle Nighthawks
  • 2020 - Richard Evans, Bristol Baseball Club
  • 2019 - Kim Hannessen, GB Softball
  • 2018 - Simon Mortimer, GB Softball

2016-2017 AWARDS HISTORY

Prior to 2018, the following categories were honoured during the British Baseball & Softball Coaching Awards:

YOUNG COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2017 - Callum Vinall, BaseballSoftballUK Academy, Northants Baseball Club & Northampton University Baseball Club
  • 2016 - Matt Tomlin, York University Baseball Club

Prior to 2020, Young Coach of the Year was open to coaches aged 22 and under; In 2021, the award was opened to ages 25 and under

 YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2017- Jared Hendrickson and Robin Banerjee, Brighton Baseball Club
  • 2016 - Matt Crawshaw, Leicester Blue Sox

PARTICIPATION COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2017 - Linni Mitchell, BaseballSoftballUK

COMMUNITY COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2017 - Mike Lott, Crosby Vikings Softball Club
  • 2016 - Kal Dimitrov, Herts Baseball Club

COACH OF THE YEAR

  • 2017 - Liam Carroll, GB Baseball Senior Team & BSUK Academy/HPA 
  • 2016 - Erick Henson, London Mets Baseball & Softball Club

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

  • 2017 - David Jones, Guildford Mavericks

UMPIRE OF THE YEAR

  • 2017 - Bridget Cameron, Great Britain Fastpitch League & British Association of Softball Umpires