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BSUK Awards

The BSUK Awards are an opportunity to celebrate coaches, volunteers and umpires from the UK baseball and softball community. Nominees for the third annual BSUK Awards will be listed here soon, and the winners will be announced on the Saturday evening at the 2018 Coach Summit.

Previous winners - 2017

Young Coach of the Year

Callum Vinall profile pictureThis award was for the coach under the age of 18 deemed to have made the biggest contribution to coaching, managing and supporting baseball and/or softball in the UK in 2016. 

WINNER:  Callum Vinall
Callum has excelled in coaching at the BSUK Academy, Northants Baseball Club and newly-formed Northampton University Baseball, and has also umpired this past year at the National University Baseball Championships.


Youth Coach of the Year

Robin Banerjee profile picThis award was given for outstanding contributions to coaching young people in baseball and/or softball in the UK. 

JOINT WINNERS:  Jared Hendrickson & Robin Banerjee
Jared and Robin have put a huge amount of energy, dedication and determination into building a new youth team from the ground up at Brighton Baseball Club.  Many of the boys and girls they worked with had never played baseball before, but under their coaching and leadership the Brighton U11s were national runners-up and the U13s did exceptionally well in challenging established teams. 


Participation Coach of the Year

Linni Mitchell profile picThis award was for the coach who has engaged new participants, not in a traditional club setting but within BSUK national programmes and/or participation projects. 

WINNER:  Linni Mitchell
Linni has worked in the North West and beyond since April 2013 to increase participation in baseball and softball, and has not only helped to deliver a wide range of projects, ensuring that new athletes continue to engage in our sports over the long term, but has also been involved with their planning and funding. 


Community Coach of the Year

Mike Lott profile picThis award was for the coach who has done the most during the past year to develop softball within a club environment.

WINNER:  Mike Lott
Mike is a founding member of the Crosby Vikings Softball Club and is an enthusiastic and patient coach.  The Vikings were formed in 2014 as the fifth team in the Sefton Softball League, with predominantly new players, and Mike's hard work paid off in 2015 when the team won the league title, then went on to compete in National Championships in 2016 and were bronze medal winners in their grade of play.


Coach of the Year

Liam Carroll profile pictureThis award was made to the individual who best personifies what it means to be a baseball or softball coach: someone who understands their sport and can use the lessons learned on the field to motivate and engage others.

WINNER:  Liam Carroll
Liam has transformed the Great Britain Baseball National Team programme and taken it to a place it has never been before.  In 2016 he steered the team to the final of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn, where one more win would have earned the team its first-ever berth in the Classic itself.


Volunteer of the Year

This award was for a volunteer in a non-coaching role who has given up a substantial amount of time to support their local club, team or league and who has made a significant impact on the development of our sports.

WINNER:  David Jones
David Jones is a true Renaissance Man of volunteering.  On the Guildford Mavericks Board, he serves as the Child Protection Officer, Umpire Coordinator and Kit Manager.  But his service doesn't stop there: David has extended his passion into umpiring and coaching for the club, and in 2016 took on the responsibility of successfully steering the Guildford through Clubmark accreditation. 

Umpire of the Year

This award was made for contributions to baseball and/or softball umpiring during the past year by an umpire who has not only upheld the laws correctly, but contributed to the positive atmosphere we have in our baseball and softball leagues.

WINNER:  Bridget Cameron
Bridget has shown outstanding commitment to the development of fastpitch softball umpiring, both locally and internationally.  During the Great Britain Fastpitch League season, she flew from Edinburgh to London for four of the five GBFL competition weekends where she umpired or examined every game, and she also serves as BASU’s Fastpitch Officer.

Previous winners - 2016

Coach of the Year Erick Henson London Mets     Community Coach of the Year Kal Dimitrov Herts Baseball Club

Youth Coach of the Year Matt Crawshaw Leicester Blue Sox     Young Coach of the Year Matt Tomlin University of York

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