BaseballSoftballUK bids farewell to Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani

Tue 18 Dec 2018

After three years of dedicated service to the development of British softball and baseball, BaseballSoftballUK’s Fastpitch Development Manager, Johanna Malisani, has decided to return to her native Canada.

During her time with BaseballSoftballUK, Jo covered many responsibilities.  She led on the development of fastpitch softball, was a pillar of organisation and coaching within The Academy and High Performance Academy and took part in Farnham Park management operations.  Her involvement in the development of youth baseball and fastpitch softball in the UK through Little League was extensive, and she was also a key coach tutor and was behind the creation of numerous technical skills cards.  She also worked with SportsAid and Backing the Best to secure grant funding for young elite athletes in both sports, and put together the application that secured a grant for BSUK from Little League.

Jo’s role was part-funded by the British Softball Federation and part-funded by BaseballSoftballUK through its Sport England grant.  The BSF part of her role included mentoring and supporting GB Fastpitch Team coaches and serving on the GB Management and GB Fastpitch League Committees and she filled coaching vacancies with both the GB Under-22 and GB Under-16 Women’s Fastpitch Teams at European Championships.

While Jo will no longer be employed by BaseballSoftballUK or the BSF, she will retain some voluntary responsibilities within the GB Women’s Fastpitch programme.

BaseballSoftballUK CEO John Boyd said, “Jo has made an enormous contribution to the development of both sports, particularly at the youth level.  She will leave a hole in the staff team that will be very hard to fill.”

BSF President Jenny Fromer added, "On behalf of the BSF, and also from me personally, I would like to say a huge thank you to Jo.  Literally from the point of her landing in the UK she was a dynamo who brought energy, enthusiasm and  genuine passion to everything she did.  From a BSF perspective, she demonstrated the value of our partnering with BSUK to create a full-time fastpitch development role, but we are aware that Jo went way above and beyond what we could have expected.  She has had such an enormous impact in a short period of time, and will be so greatly missed.  We are incredibly grateful that she is choosing to continue to work with GB Softball as an active volunteer despite returning to Canada to live."

To mark her time with us, we have prepared the slide show below.  On behalf of all of us at BaseballSoftballUK and within the British Softball Federation and the wider community, we wish Jo all the best for the future.

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