To kickoff our inaugural World Fastpitch Championship, we thought it was important to honor and unite the coaches who devote their time to developing their young athletes on and off the field. The WFC will begin with a coach’s banquet on Sunday, July 10th with the theme “Building a Championship Tradition” and goal of sharing knowledge amongst coaches to make our game and athletes better.
In order to set the tone of Championship Week and help us build that Championship Tradition, two championship coaches will headline our opening night banquet. Tim Walton, head coach at the University of Florida, and Mike Stith, head coach of the OC Batbusters, will discuss how they have created a championship culture within their teams and how they have instilled a championship mindset in their athletes.
“What a great honor it will be speaking to the coaches at the inaugural USSSA World Fastpitch Championship,” said Walton. “ I look forward to sharing my thoughts on winning Championships and building people, something all of us coaches are continually learning.”
Walton has built the Florida softball program into a National powerhouse and developed some of nation’s top players. He coached the Gators to back-to-back National titles in 2014 and 2015. In his time at Florida, the Gators have won five SEC Regular Season Championships, three SEC Tournament Championships and made seven Women’s College World Series (WCWS) appearances. The four-time SEC coach of the year has coached countless All Americans, four SEC Players of the Year, three WCWS Most Outstanding Players, and one USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year in Lauren Haeger. Florida freshman Amanda Lorenz, the 2016 National Freshman of the Year, is one of many OC Batbusters to continue their career at the University of Florida.
Mike Stith has personally trained and instructed many of today’s top collegiate and professional softball athletes and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s finest travel softball coaches. His amateur teams have won countless national championships including the 2014 and 2015 18U PGF National Championships. As the Head Coach and Director of Team Mizuno, he won the 2012 PGF National Championship. As the Head Coach of Tuff E Nuff Softball from 1996-2001, he won three ASA National Championships (1997, 1998, 2000).
Among the notable athletes he has coached are 2016 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year and the USSSA Pride’s first round draft pick Sierra Romero; 2016 National Champion Sydney Romero; and 2016 National Freshman of the Year Amanda Lorenz who plays for Coach Walton at the University of Florida.
World Fastpitch Championship competition will begin July 11th and continue to the championship games July 16th and 17th. Two coaches from every participating WFC team are invited to partake in an evening dedicated to growing the game through sharing knowledge between coaches. We are excited to welcome every coach to Kansas City and share knowledge to make our game and athletes better.