BEIJING, China – Beijing Shougang Eagles announced the appointment of Teresa Wilson as Head Coach for the 2017 season at a press conference held in Beijing on Wednesday. Wilson will be the first Head Coach for the Eagles and lead the team through its inaugural season of National Pro Fastpitch action.
Ms. Wilson’s resume as an NCAA Head coach is rich in success. Over a 24-year career, she was honored as national Coach of the Year once and conference Coach of the Year multiple times at 3 different universities (Oregon, Minnesota and Washington), in both the Pac 10 and Big 10 conferences.
Most recognized for her accomplishments as the first coach of the Washington Huskies, while there Wilson’s teams made 2 championship game appearances in the WCWS, 2 semifinalist fin-ishes, 6 total WCWS appearances (totaling 13 WCWS wins), and 10 consecutive NCAA tourna-ment appearances.
Wilson is one of only six coaches to take 2 programs to the NCAA WCWS and the only individual to coach 3 programs in the WCWS. She is also the only individual to coach 4 programs in the NCAA post-season tournament. In addition, she was the first person to both play and coach in the WCWS.
“I am honored to be named the Head Coach for the Beijing Shougang Eagles as they begin their inaugural campaign as part of the NPF,” commented Wilson. “My assistant coaches and I just watched these athletes compete in their National Games and were very impressed with their skill level, their work ethic, and the way they represent the game of softball! We are anxious to begin our work with them and look forward to the opportunity to grow our game at the highest level!.”
Joining Wilson on the coaching staff of Beijing Shougang are Assistants, Breanne Lewis and Thomas Hazelhurst, along with strength coach, Eric Bryant.
Lewis specializes in skill development in the specific position of catcher. She is recognized as an elite situational and game analyst who excels in dugout management which include pitcher tendencies, pitcher/hitter match-ups, charting, video, scouting applications and mental ap-proaches.
Hazelhurst is a former Assistant Coach at the University of Illinois and the University of Georgia, who specializes in hitter development. Hazelhurst is experienced in analysis and video produc-tion software and skill development utilizing human kinetics breakdowns.
Bryant is a strength, conditioning, speed and agility coach, formerly of the University of Wash-ington. Bryant also worked a brief stint with Wilson in 2012 as staff of the NPF team, Carolina Diamonds.
Beijing Shougang will make their debut in the NPF June 6th at The Ballpark at Rosemont as they take on the Chicago Bandits in a four-game series.
About the Akron Racers: The Akron Racers, headquartered in Akron, OH, are the oldest exist-ing team in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The Racers will celebrate their 16th season of play in 2017. The Racers competed in the Women's Pro Softball League (WPSL) for two sea-sons in 1999 and 2000 and in the NPF since 2004. Historic Firestone Stadium is home to the Racers and numerous amateur events at all levels of play.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2002, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in di-amond sports beyond their collegiate success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, and Canada, among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.