MAJOR SOX MEN ANNOUNCE MANAGEMENT AND TEAM ROSTER FOR AUSTRALIAN U23 CHAMPIONSHIP
Newly appointed Major Sox Men’s Head Coach Steve Deans has been a busy man over the last week with the appointment of his Team Manager, Assistant Coach and naming of the inaugural U23 Men’s National Team.
Mt Albert Ramblers Premier Men’s Assistant Coach, Fergus McAlpine will assist Deans on the coaching front while NFC Wellington Storm Manager Margaret Marsh will undertake the managerial duties. Deans is excited to have the management team complete allowing the team to prepare for the upcoming Australian U23 Championships in Queensland, 5 – 8th July.
Deans and McAlpine in conjunction with Thomas Makea and Mark Sorenson have named a 15 man team to prepare for the U23 Championships. This new and exciting development will bridge the gap between the Junior and Senior Men’s programmes and allow players further opportunities on the international stage.
The Major Sox will train alongside Golden Homes Black Sox players within the regions as both teams work towards their respective tournaments in July.
The Softball New Zealand President Nicky Sherriff proudly announces the New Zealand Major Sox Team to compete in the Australian U23 Championships in Queensland, 5 – 8th July.
Blake Radford, Vincent Harris, Taylor Hick, Pita Rona (North Harbour), Maddix Rice, Eruera Drage, Daniel Chapman, Connor Peden, Rhys Evans (Auckland), Brad Worsley (Hutt Valley), Zac Boyd, Dante Matakatea (Wellington), Callum Bishop, Bailey Hamilton (Canterbury) and Tim Campbell (Southland).
MAJOR SOX U23 MEN’S HEAD COACH ANNOUNCEMENT
Softball New Zealand is pleased to announce Steve Deans as the Head Coach of the Major Sox U23 Men’s Team.
Deans will lead the planning and coaching of the U23 Squad through preparation for the Australian U23 Championships, which will be held in Queensland in July 2017.
In addition to the Australian tour a national camp will be held in October 2017.
The Major Sox will see identified athletes between 19-23 in an annual periodised program that supports their development from Junior Black Sox toward the possibility of playing for the Black Sox.
Deans was an obvious choice given his experience both as a player and a coach. The former Hutt Valley Dodgers catcher progressed from player to coach and in doing so winning the Open Men’s National Championship in 2015/16 and the Vic Guth title earlier this year. Deans has led the Hutt Valley NFC Men’s team over the last 3 years.
“This is an exciting opportunity to work with a young group of men that are the future of our game. I aim to give them the best possible tools and hopefully one day earn the chance to represent the country at the senior level” Dean’s says.