Softball Ontario is pleased to announce the coaching staff for Team Ontario’s men’s softball team that will be representing Ontario at the 2021 Canada Summer Games in the Niagara region of southwestern Ontario.
Brad Thomson, OASA President, in announcing the coaching staff said, “We are excited to be able to have such a strong combination of staff with technical and playing experience to identify and develop our players to proudly represent us against the best players from across the country. We are confident that Scott and Jamie will do a great job in getting the most out of each player and that Paddy will make sure that all of the off-field logistics are taken care of to let the athletes and coaches focus on playing ball.”
Scott Searle will take over the reins as the Head Coach for this cycle after serving as an Assistant Coach for the 2017 team. Scott brings a wealth of coaching experience and technical skills to the role. He is a fully certified Level 4 coach with a Diploma in High-Performance Coaching. He is the Master Coach Developer for Softball Ontario’s Competitive Coaching Stream and was recently named Team Leader for the 2018 Junior Men’s National Team. He has held a number of coaching positions with senior men’s teams and several women’s teams in the Ottawa area, where he is a high school teacher.
Jamie Simpson will be the Assistant Coach. The Simpson name has long-standing ties to many successful teams from Owen Sound and Jamie has been both a player and a coach on several of those. He is an accomplished pitcher having success provincially, nationally and internationally that will no doubt help in the mentoring and development of pitchers and players throughout this cycle. He is an active participant on Softball Ontario’s CANpitch committee. Jamie is currently the Head Coach of the U23 Owen Sound Selects and teaches elementary school in Cambridge.
Paddy Fitzgerald-Nolan returns as the Team Manager, a role in which she excelled for the 2017 team. Paddy brings an enthusiastic positive attitude to everything she does in addition to strong organizational and event planning skills to make sure that all of the necessary logistics are taken care of. Paddy is in her 11th year as the Treasurer for the OASA and has demonstrated her ability to plan and execute events of all sizes on numerous occasions.