Softball taps former New Zealand national team coach – The GW Hatchet

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Richards is the latest addition to the coaching staff under head coach Chrissy Schoonmaker, who was named A-10 Coach of the Year last spring, guiding softball to a championship bid.

A former New Zealand national baseball team coach joined softball as an assistant coach for the upcoming season last month.

Kris Richards – who coached Baseball New Zealand’s national team for more than five years – to bring extensive experience from the baseball field to the softball team as a member of head coach Chrissy Schoonmaker’s staff. richard served as a batting coach for the New Zealand U-15 and U-23 programs and managed the U-18 team before overseeing Baseball New Zealand’s administration coach and player development.

“It is an honor to take on this role and represent such a respected institution,” Richards said in a statement. “I want to thank Coach Schoonmaker for giving me the opportunity to be part of his experienced coaching staff. I can’t wait to get out on the pitch, meet the players and compete for an A-Championship. 10. »

richard joined recent graduate Sierra Lange as the latest addition to the coaching staff under Schoonmaker, who was appointed A-10 Coach of the Year last spring, guiding softball to an A-10 leading 36 wins and a championship bid.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kris Richards to GW, to the softball program and to our coaching staff,” Schoonmaker said in the Release. “Kris has a passion for player development, a love of coaching and an in-depth knowledge of the game that will have an immediate impact.”

Richards joined the New Zealand national baseball organization in 2017, when he started as the U-15 batting coach – a position that won him International Coach of the Year honors from the international baseball agency Baseball Jobs Overseas.

He served as Regional Development Officer for the Wellington region of New Zealand the same year, where he oversaw administrative functions, such as in-season game scheduling, coordination of team development clinics coaches and players, developing budgets and training elite players.

Richards got his first national coaching gig in the Czech Republic from 2015 to 2016 before heading Down Under, portion as batting coach for the U-23 national team while managing the Kotlářka Praha baseball club in Prague, which he guided to their first-ever league title.

Richards played in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system for three seasons as an infielder and pitcher before Tommy John surgery gave way to his coaching career.

“Kris has a wealth of professional and international experience from his time in MLB and with Baseball New Zealand, and his offensive expertise will be a game-changer for us,” Schoonmaker said in the statement. “Kris’ energy is contagious, and he will be an asset to our team culture and on the recruiting track. We look forward to seeing the lasting impact it will have on our student-athletes.

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