USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................USSSA Pride Announces Fall Tour.................

NPF News


Tennessee Diamonds Headquarters Move


Nashville - National Pro Fastpitch released today that the Tennessee Diamonds NPF team will be moving operational headquarters from Alcoa, TN to Nashville, TN.


The Tennessee Diamonds team is the newest club in the NPF and was slated to begin play in the 2010 season. The team was originally purchased by an investor group in East Tennessee and planned to play in Alcoa. For reasons unknown, the investor group has not funded the team and has not complied with other contractual commitments made to NPF and certain of its affiliate companies.  As a result, NPF and those affiliates are currently evaluating their legal options and remedies with respect to the investor group. 


"We have no familiarity with the East Tennessee market, so leaving the team there and trying to make it work with marketing and front office support just didn't make sense," commented NPF Commissioner, Cheri Kempf. "The decision to move the team to Nashville to a softball environment and community that I am personally familiar with, is our best chance to succeed in this unfortunate position we've been handed."


Two weeks ago, the League's most notable trade in history occurred moving Cat Osterman from Tennessee to the USSSA Florida Pride.  Exchange for University of Tennessee legend, Monica Abbott. Osterman's catcher and former University of Texas teammate, Megan Willis was also traded for former University of Tennessee and Abbott battery-mate, Shannon Doepking.


Key notable athletes for the Tennessee Diamonds are Monica Abbott, Shannon Doepking, Megan Gibson, and Chelsea Spencer.  Abbott was a part of the Silver Medal winning USA Olympic Team.  In 2007, Abbott was named by the Women’s Sports Foundation “Team Sport Athlete of the Year”. Abbott also set the bar high by at University of Tennessee by breaking many records.  She led Tennessee to their first ever WCWS Finals in 2007.  Abbott’s battery mate, Doepking, will join the Tennessee Diamonds for the 2010 Season. As a member of Tennessee, Doepking helped lead to three consecutive WCWS berths from 2005-07, a SEC Tournament (2006) and regular-season championship (2007) and 246 victories during her four years at Tennessee.  Gibson will be entering her third season in the NPF.  She is most noted to be the only Big 12 Player to be named Pitcher and Player of the year.  She helped lead Texas A&M to the WCWS Finals in 2008. Spencer will be entering her sixth year with the NPF and helped lead the Rockford Thunder to a 2009 Championship.  In Spencer’s Freshman year at Cal, she helped lead her team to a WCWS Championship.


Front Office Management has been put into place to lead the Tennessee Diamonds in their new Nashville location. Ernie Reynolds has recently been name General Manager and will oversee complete operational control of the team. Reynolds will be assisted by former NPF player, Lisa Iancin in the position of Assistant General Manager. Playing location and Head Coach are yet to be announced.


The Diamonds will open their NPF season June 9th against the Akron Racers at 7:30 pm.


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).

Search Archive »

Browse by Month »

September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
November 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004
September 2004
August 2004
July 2004
June 2004
May 2004
April 2004
March 2004
February 2004
January 2004
December 2003
October 2003
September 2003
August 2003
July 2003
June 2003
May 2003
February 2003
November 2002
July 2002
December 2001