Coaching Committee

The Softball Ontario Coaching Committee is comprised of six members and a chairman. They meet twice a year (January and September) and report to the Softball Ontario Board of Directors. At these meetings they map out the directions of the Coaching Development programs for the province and address the needs and concerns voiced by the softball coaching community.

The committee is responsible for recruiting and training softball coaches to become learning facilitators/trainers of the new NCCP (National Coaching Certification Programs) and other Softball Ontario designed clinics such as Learn to Coach clinic (designed for the house league and beginner coach), and our Pitcher-Catcher, and Batting for Coaches clinic.

The Coaching Committee's goal is to serve the coaches of softball who are our direct link to the participants of the sport. It is therefore important that lines of communication are available through our coaches registry program and our expanded web page, so we can meet the needs of all coaches from the house league and Learn to Play coaches through to the Senior Level and Canada Summer Games coaches. 

The Coaching Committee consists of seven members - the Coaching Chair, and six committee members. All positions usually cover a period of two years 

 

Who are the people that make the Softball Ontario Coaching Committee? 

 
Chair Person -Pippa Edwards

Pippa Edwards has been involved in softball at all levels from grass roots community programs through to the high performance level including the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. A competitive level player for many years, Pippa also coached many teams along the way having coached at every age group. Currently she is coaching a U16 team. Pippa is NCCP fully certified Level 3 and has obtained the Advanced Coaching Diploma in Softball. She is currently employed in Coach Services in the Sport Systems and Excellence area at the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario coordinating the Advanced Coaching Diploma Program as well as assisting coaches from many sports with other Professional Development Programs.

Contact information:  pippaedwards@sympatico.ca

Committee Member: Matt Allen

Matt is a Certified coach in NCCP Competition – Introduction in softball and has been a member Softball Ontario Coaching Committee and the Chair of LTPC Committee Chair. As a player for over 15 years in his hometown of Kingston, Ontario, Matt transitioned to coaching in 2007, holding a variety of coaching positions in OASA as well as his position as the Head Coach at Laurier University. Bringing a unique perspective onto the committee, Matt works in coach education with the Professional Golfers' Association of Canada as the Manager of Education & Programs for the PGA's National Coaching Certification Program and is an active Learning Facilitator/Evaluator for Softball Ontario. Matt is also the Ontario Intercollegiate Women's Fast Pitch Association President.

Contact Information: matt_allen44@hotmail.com

Committee Member: Andy Roddau

Andy is a Level 2 NCCP-Softball coach from Whitby, ON.  Andy’s softball coaching career began in 1994 with the Whitby Girls Softball Association ( a House League and House League Select association) where his daughter played.  Following his daughter playing career, Andy went onto coach Rep with the Whitby Eagles Softball Association, Ajax Raiders and is current coaching with the Port Perry Angels (U18 Tier 2) team.  Andy played Fast Pitch as a young boy in Pickering, ON as a Pitcher and outfielder.  As a strong supporter of Softball Ontario, he is an active NCCP Learning Facilitator and an registered/carded Umpire.  The local softball associations that Andy has been involved with he has held various volunteer positions such as a Divisional Coordinator, Equipment Manager and Batting Cage Coordinator.

Contact Information: awroddau@gmail.com

 
Committee Member: Ray Pavey

Ray Pavey is a true softballer at heart from Glencoe, ON.  Ray has 35 years of softball experience as a Coach and a former player/pitcher and recently has joined Softball Ontario’s Coaches Committee.  Ray is the Competition-Introduction, Softball Certified Head Coach of the Glencoe Force U16 Boys Team who were 2015 OASA Elimination Silver Medalists, 2015 Provincial Championship Silver Medalists and 2015 Softball Canada U16 Silver Medalists.  Mr. Pavey is also a Softball Ontario CANpitch Regional Pitching Instructor and a NCCP Learning Facilitator/Evaluator.

Contact information:  raypavey@live.com

 
Committee Member: Gilles Butcher

 

Contact information:  gbutcher@sympatico.ca

 
Committee Member: Ron Boucher

Ron is an NCCP Certified coach in Competition – Introduction in Softball. Ron has played both baseball and softball for more than 40 years but, as most of us do, turned to coaching to be with his kids. In addition to Coaching, Ron is an umpire for Softball Ontario (Fast Pitch). Ron is a NCCP Learning Facilitator for Softball Ontario and a Board Member for the Provincial Women’s Softball Association (PWSA). At the local level, Ron started out as a House League Coach but is now a Rep Softball Coach (Tier 2) and is the Treasurer for the Mississauga Southwest.

Contact Information: MSBACoachRon@gmail.com

 
Committee Member: Adam Walker

Adam Walker is an NCCP Certified Competition-Introduction, Softball Coach. Adam’s coaching career started with the Provincial Women’s Softball Association (PWSA) at the age of 16.  During his time with PWSA he led teams within U19, U21 and Senior Women’s age divisions culminating in a 2012 Softball Canada Senior Women’s Bronze Medal with the Jarvis Huskers. Recently, Coach Walker led the 2018 U14 Simcoe Braves Boys team to a podium finish at the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Eliminations and Provincial A Champions.  Their success continued at the 2018 U14 Softball Canada Canadian Champions by capturing the gold medal.  Adam is looking forward to sharing his 20 years of experience and knowledge of our great sport in his new role with Softball Ontario.

Contact Information:  Adam.Walker@cibc.com

 
Committee Member: Holly Perry

Holly Perry is new to the softball coaching world but is not too far removed from playing on a number of high level teams and learning directly from several very knowledgeable coaches. It is this new passion and ability to relate to her athletes that makes her an asset to the Softball Ontario Coaches Committee. Over her playing career Holly had the opportunity of playing with the following teams: House League and Select in Hamilton, ON, U16 Ancaster Blizzard, Team Mizuno, New York Gold and New York Inferno, University of Western Mustangs. Holly continues her Softball4Life status as a member of the London Impact who play in the Tri-County Fastball League in South Western Ontario. Holly’s coaching career has begun at the House League level and she is currently NCCP Learn2Coach trained.

Contact Information:  hollyperry4202@gmail.com

 
Professional Staff:  Steph Sutton

Contact Information: ssutton@softballontario.ca

 

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