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The University of Calgary Fastball Coaching Staff 2017

HEAD COACH: Neal Harlos

Neal was selected as the new Head Coach of the Dinos in October 2015. He became the 6th Head Coach of the Dinos Fastball program, after spending the 2015 season working as an assistant coach with the team. Neal brings a wealth of coaching experience, and in 2016 he was selected the WCSA of the year. In the spring and summer season he coaches his club team the Calgary Xtreme.  He has been head coach of teams that competed at both A & B Provincial Championships, Western Canadian Championships, National Championships, Alberta Summer Games, and numerous tournaments in the United States and across Canada.  Neal holds his level 2 NCCP and is working towards his level 3.  Neal is passionate about coaching and helping his players improve not only on the field but off the field as well. He is committed to helping his players, and is always trying to adapt and improve his coaching methods to help individuals who have the desire to elevate their game. Off the ball field he likes to spend his time at the gym, disc golfing, and cycling where he is proud to be a participant in the Alberta Ride to Conquer cancer that raises money for cancer research in Alberta.

Assistant Coach: Amanda Sanderson

This is Amanda's  second season as an assistant coach with the Dino's organization. She brings extensive playing experience to the program which includes;  Team Canada Elite in 2005,  Canadian Junior A National Champion in 2007,  NAIA Collegiate National Champion in 2007, Two-time All American, NAIA Player of the year in 2009, Sooner Athletic Conference player of the year in 2009. Amanda graduated with her Master's degree in Human and Health Performance from Oklahoma City University along with CoSida ESPN academic honours. Amanda has been an assistant coach for both, A and B competitive Fastball provincials, Western Canadian Championships and the Alberta Summer Games Zone 2 Team. She is looking forward to the 2017 season!

Pitching Coach: Emily Dendstent

Emily joined the coaching staff in November 2017 as the team's pitching coach. She brings extensive playing experience to the program which includes: Canadian Junior A National Champion in 2007; 4 year letter-winner with the University of Pennsylvania Softball team; participation at the Canadian National Championships in 2001 and 2003 through 2011,; and Canada Summer Games. Emily received several team and conference awards / recognitions during her softball career at the University of Pennsylvania, including 1st Team All-Ivy ( Pitcher ) in 2007 while leading the softball team to the inaugural Ivy League conference finals. Emily also received several awards / recognitions while playing club ball for various Calgary fastball teams, including top pitcher at the 2003 National Championship. Emily has coached pitchers at all levels of the game. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema Studies and World History. Emily then completed a Law degree in 2014 at the University of Saskatchewan, and currently works as a lawyer in Calgary.

 

Associate Coach: Randy Plishka

After a six season stint as Head Coach, Randy stepped down, passing the reins to Neal Harlos. Randy will concentrate his attention on recruitment and management for the team. Randy is a native Calgarian, and graduated from the University of Calgary in 1982. Highlights of his 6 season stint as Head Coach include the  2011 season which saw the team winning the Silver Medal at the CCSA Nationals, and in 2014 with the Dinos capturing the WCSA Championship for the first time since 2004. His coaching record shows a conference record of .682           ( 64 wins - 29 losses - 3 ties ), and an career record  ( conference, non conference, playoff and Nationals ) of .574 ( 107 wins - 79 losses, and 4 ties ). When he’s not found on the ball diamond Randy can be found on a hiking trail in the mountains during the summer, or at a curling rink during the winter months.

 

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