Founder of Softball Excellence,
International Softball Federation Director of Development,
USA Softball Director of National Teams,
Colour Analyst for ESPN
Hall of famer, Cindy Bristow, has been involved in virtually every facet of softball throughout her 30-plus year career in the sport.
As a Player, Cindy pitched and played 1st base in college for Cal Poly Pomona, earned All-American honours and also played professionally for the Santa Ana Lionettes.
Cindy has held numerous collegiate and professional softball coaching positions including: Assistant Coach at Arizona State, Head Coach at New Mexico State, Head Coach at Wichita State, Head Coach and Assistant General Manager of the Georgia Pride who later became the Florida Wahoos in the Women's Professional Softball League.
Bristow has held national and international leadership positions in softball including: President of the National Softball Coaches Association, National Director of Junior Olympic Softball for the Amateur Softball Association, Director of National Teams and Coaching Development for USA Softball, and Director of Development for the International Softball Federation (ISF) - the world governing body for the sport of softball, including the Olympics.
To anyone that has listened to hear speak or watched her teach, it becomes immediately obvious that she is passionate about sharing and passing on her knowledge. As an educator Bristow has authored eight softball instructional books, produced 18 training videos, authored countess online instructional materials and articles including the seven-level Softball Excellence Coaching Certification Program, has been a featured speaker, organiser and leader of thousands of softball clinics both in the US and abroad, and is a colour analyst for ESPN's college softball coverage.
A few of the many milestone accomplishments in Cindy Bristow’s softball career include: Inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame, guided the selection of the US's first-ever Olympic Softball team that won a Gold Medal in the 1996 Olympic Games, coordinated the Greek Olympic Softball Team's creation and first-ever appearance in an Olympic Games, worked with 3 different Olympic Softball Teams; USA, Greek and Chinese, Led the Florida Wahoos to a WPSL championship and was awarded WPSL Coach of the Year. Bristow has worked closely with Softball Australia to create and establish Pitching Excellence Schools, with Softball Canada to develop a Skills Development Pathway for players from Olympic level to 8 year olds. In addition, Cindy has traveled the world to help increase the level of softball coaching and play on a global level while working with the ISF's 125+ member countries as ISF Director of Development.
Former Major League Baseball Consultant & Co-ordinator of the MLB Envoy Coach Programme
Director & Development Consultant at Play-Global!
International coach including Great Britain and Team USA
Former Head Coach, San Joaquin Delta College
Pat Doyle is one of the most well-known coaches in European Baseball having played, coached and worked around the world over the past 50 years.
After a short playing career in the Boston Red Sox minor league system Pat moved in to teaching and coaching, most notably with San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, California where he worked for 30 years, spending over 20 years as the head coach of the Mustangs. During this time he coached a number of GB Baseball players, including Gavin Marshall.
Doyle has worked with Major League Baseball since the early-90's, co-ordinating the MLB International Coach Envoy Programme, as well as being an assistant coach with Team USA and the head coach of the GB Senior National Team at the 2010 European Championships.
Team USA Slowpitch Head Coach (2009 - present)
All-Air Force Men's Team Head Coach
10-time All-Armed Forces Men’s Team Head Coach
Steve “Pup” Shortland began playing softball in 1977 but his true passion for the sport began once he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1983.
After many years of playing, to include competing at the highest levels and earning All-World honours, he began coaching in 1999. After taking over as the full-time Air Force Head Coach in 2002, he subsequently won the Armed Forces Softball Championship in his first year. Until his retirement in 2015, his teams won eight gold medals, five silver medals, and he was selected to coach the Men’s Armed Forces team 12 times.
In 2009, he was selected to be the first ever head coach of Team USA, the US Men’s National Slow Pitch team, and continues to serve in that role today. After eight years at the helm, he is the only coach Team USA has ever had.
Besides his coaching duties, he conducts clinics worldwide as a mentor to help develop slow pitch programmes. He also serves on the Amateur Softball Association National Council and is assigned to both the Equipment Standards and Playing Rules committees as well as the Slow Pitch Task Force.
Holding two master’s degrees, he is currently an adjunct faculty professor of business and a member of the Delta Mu Delta business honour society. He and his wife Kathleen have 4 daughters and two sons.
Instruction Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Former Assistant Field Coordinator/Assistant Pitching Coach with the Pirates
Former Minor League Manager with the Pirates and Cleveland Indians
Eight years Division 1 College coaching experience
Drafted by the New York Yankees in 1987
Dave Turgeon is one of the best coach educators in the game, thanks to a unique perspective having spent half his coaching career in top US college programmes and the other half in MLB affiliate programmes.
Dave Turgeon has enjoyed a career in baseball spanning 13 years of playing professionally in the US and internationally and over 17 years of managing and coaching experience. Drafted in 1987 by the New York Yankees as an infielder rising to the AA level, where he had the privilege of playing for Buck Showalter and Stump Merrill as well as being a part of a Carolina League Championship team. Later in his career Turgeon converted to a pitcher where he had success internationally pitching in Mexico, Taiwan, China, Holland and France before returning to pitching at the AAA level with the Baltimore Orioles organisation.
Turgeon’s coaching career gives him great insight into player development having coached at both the collegiate and professional levels. Starting with the Cleveland Indians as a Minor League manager (Extended Spring Training, Appalachian League, New York-Penn League) and also a coach (Bench and Hitting coach during extended spring training). Turgeon then made the jump to college baseball where he served at various times as the Associate Head Coach and Pitching Coach at NCCA Division 1 schools including: Boston College, University of Connecticut, Duke University and Virginia Tech.
Since then Turgeon moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates organisation where he has served a variety of roles including five years as Manager and Coordinator during Extended Spring Training, and the dual role of Assistant Field Coordinator/Assistant Pitching Coordinator. He is currently the Coordinator of Instruction for the whole of the Pirates organisation, where Turgeon oversees the development of all the players and coaches in the Pirates Minor League system.
Assistant Coach – University of South Florida Bulls
Team USA Pitcher
2 x World Cup of Softball Winner
NCAA Women’s College World Series Finalist
Jessica Moore earned All-American status at the University of Oregon, where she helped the Ducks reach the 2012 Women’s College World Series, where they finished fifth. Moore graduated from Oregon in 2013 as their record holder in appearances (176), wins (100) and strikeouts (915).
After graduating, Moore was selected sixth overall by the New York/New Jersey Comets in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch draft.
Jessica joined the coaching staff at Idaho State University in 2014, where she helped develop a young pitching staff that would become the Big Sky Conference champions before taking up her current role at the University of South Florida in 2015 as the Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach on the staff of Head Coach Ken Eriksen, who also coaches Team USA.
Moore is a member of the United States National Softball Team and helped lead them to back-to-back World Cup of Softball titles in 2014 and 2015.