When Carolina Diamonds owner Amelia Nemeth was getting ready to hire the head coach for her inaugural year in the National Pro Fastpitch league (NPF), she knew she needed someone with experience getting a team up and running. She didn’t realize that she could find someone who could do that both figuratively and literally. The Diamonds are pleased to announce that Teresa Wilson has agreed to take the head coaching position this year.
Wilson, a 10-time participant in the College World Series as both a player and coach, started the softball program at the University of Washington in 1991. Prior to that, she was head coach at Minnesota and Oregon, and has earned honors of NCAA National Coach of the Year, Pac 10 Coach of the Year, Big Ten Coach of the Year, as well as many other awards. As a player, the All-American pitcher set records at the University of Missouri that stand to this day. Her commitment to hard work and conditioning will assure that the team will be up and running administratively, as well as on the field.
Coach Wilson will be joining the core players of the Diamond’s squad that includes Brittany McKinney, GiOnna DiSalvatore, Rachel Folden, Amy Hooks, Loryn Johnson, Jami Lobpries, Bianca Mejia, Angie Quiocho, and Morgan Melloh. This very talented group of players will be joined by the 2012 NPF Draftees at the end of the school year.
Something else is happening in Carolina. Katie Burkhart has agreed to bring her years of experience to this team. As the old TV ads like to say, “and if that’s not enough”, Caitlin Lever is also joining the team. More on these two signings in the next 3 days. With these two veterans coming back into the league, the youth and energy that the draftees bring, and the core group of the Carolina Diamonds, this team is ready be successful immediately.
Over the next week, the Diamonds will be giving you more information on their team and coaching staff, as well as where to see our games. Go to the website for more information as well connecting to our Facebook and Twitter sites. You can find our fun new YouTube videos by connecting there as well.
Yes, Amelia Nemeth wants a team that is community minded, hard working, professional and is a positive role model for the softball fans in their region. Well, she got that, and a whole lot more! Welcome your Carolina Diamonds. Success is on the way.
About the Carolina Diamonds: The Carolina Diamonds is the newest franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) ranks, and is native to the Carolinas. The Carolina Diamonds team is competing in its first full season of NPF competition in 2012. Under the direction of majority owner Amelia Nemeth and director Alan Demaske and guidance by Coach Teresa Wilson, the Diamonds will host home games at various venues throughout the Carolinas including CMC NorthEast Stadium in Kannapolis. For more information, visit yourcarolinadiamonds.com and connect to our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, TN. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.