Shortlist revealed for British Baseball & Softball Coaching Awards

Tue 14 Jan 2020

BaseballSoftballUK is excited to announce this year’s shortlisted candidates for the 2020 British Baseball and Softball Coaching Awards. A high number of strong nominations were received, and three individuals have now been shortlisted in each of the six categories.

The winners will be decided by a panel consisting of staff from BaseballSoftballUK and the awards will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday 25 January 2020, following BSUK’s fifth annual Coach Summit in Milton Keynes. For complete information on the Coach Summit 2020, visit

Here are the shortlisted nominees:

Baseball Youth Coach of the Year

Given to an outstanding contributor to coaching young people in baseball in Great Britain in 2019.

Josh Mills-Knutsen, London Mets Baseball & Softball Club
Jess Vernon, Bracknell Baseball & Softball Club
Brian Kendall, Guildford Mavericks Baseball & Softball Club

Softball Youth Coach of the Year

Given to an outstanding contributor to coaching young people in softball in Great Britain in 2019.

Paul Archer, New City Primary School
Jodie Rushin, GB Under 13 Fastpitch Softball Team Manager
Linni Mitchell, BaseballSoftballUK

Baseball Adult Coach of the Year

Given to an outstanding contributor to adult baseball coaching in Great Britain in 2019.

Gerrod Taylor, London Mets Baseball Club
Stu Taylor, Newcastle Nighthawks Baseball Club
Luc Chignell, University of Nottingham Baseball & Softball Club

Softball Adult Coach of the Year

Given to an outstanding contributor to adult softball coaching in Great Britain in 2019.

Jodie Bull, Milton Keynes Diamonds & Milton Keynes Softball League
Claire Read, London Advertising Softball League
Rachael Watkeys, GB Women’s National Fastpitch Team Head Coach

Services to Coaching

This award is for the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach over a long period of time: someone who understands their sport and can use the lessons learned on the pitch to motivate and engage others.  He or she has probably played a great number of roles, and without their services to coaching, your club, your league or perhaps even your national team wouldn’t be the same.

Liam Carroll, GB Baseball Head Coach
Will Lintern, GB Baseball Pitching & Catching Coordinator
Robbie Robison, BaseballSoftballUK Academy and High Performance Academy Softball

Volunteer of the Year

This award is for 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.

Kellie Whitaker, Manchester Thunder & Team Manager, GB Slowpitch
Claire Read, London Softball League
Richard Evans, Bristol Baseball Club

Full details of each awards, including past winners, can be found here.

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