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Paige Collings

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Paige graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia in 2012 after completing a four-year athletic scholarship with the Drexel Dragons. She holds the Dragons’ single season and all-time record for RBIs and home runs, was on the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie Team in 2009, was a 4-time member of the CAA All-Conference First Team 2009-2012 and was named Drexel University Female Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2012. Paige was a member Team BC, winning a Gold medal at the Canada Summer Games in PEI in 2009 and a member of the Canadian National Team, winning a Bronze medal at the World Cup of Softball in 2011. She played her minor club ball with the Delta Heat Association and was recognized at the Canadian National Championships four times, twice as the top batter, once as the top utility player and once as the top catcher. Over the years, her teams won Gold, Silver and two Bronze medals. She was assistant coach for the National Champion Delta Heat 96 in 2014, and currently is an assistant coach with the University of British Columbia softball team.

 

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IMG_0382Ron Clarke

ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR/DELTA ELITE ASSISTANT COACH

Ron has over 20 years as a Canadian National Team coach and over 15 years coaching experience with female softball athletes.

Ron has many championships to his credit; he was the Head Coach of the Senior Women’s Canadian National Team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000; Head Coach of the Women’s team at the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg in 1999; and Head Coach at the World Championship in Japan in 1997. 

Ron’s years of experience and success as a women’s softball coach has added to the excellent softball coaching available to students in the softball academy. 

 

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ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR

Has over 30 years coaching and playing experience with female softball athlete. The past 27 years has been coaching with the White Rock Renegades and has coached for the Storm and Fleetwood Softball Associations.

Over the years of coaching, Susan has taken many teams to the Canadian Nationals and competed in the top level tournaments from California, Colorado, Florida, all over the USA and Canada. Susan has been the head coach for the BC Summer Games teams, helped with Team BC over the years and also helped with camps with the Canadian National Teams.

The years of experience and success as a coach, has continued her love for the sport of softball and continued desire in working with younger softball athletes, in their development.

 

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8E8F85A8-4980-4B9A-9E44-A86D76DF028A_mediumLeah Riske

ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR

Leah played collegiate softball at Simon Fraser University. She currently sits second in the record book for career home runs. She helped S.F.U. to their 2010 NAIA National Championship, where she was named conference Player of the Year. Leah was also recognized as a First Team All-Conference Player in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in 2011 and 2012.

Leah was an assistant coach for the S.F.U. softball team for two seasons. She was also an assistant coach with the gold medal winning Team B.C. at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games. Leah currently coaches the highly accomplished 2001 Surrey Storm A team. She also runs lessons and clinics.

Leah has a wealth of technical knowledge and we are very lucky to have her as an instructor at the academy.

 

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FORMER ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR/DELTA ELITE ASSISTANT COACH

Larissa is currently a member of the Canadian National Team. Growing up in Maple Ridge, BC, Franklin was a member of the White Rock Renegades organization until she made the jump to Softball Canada’s Women’s National Team program. Known for her excellent slap game and incredible speed, she earned a spot on the Junior Women’s National Team in 2011.

Franklin recently transferred to Western Kentucky University for her senior year after spending three years at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she led her team in batting average (.459), hits (84), total bases (106), stolen bases (19) and on-base percentage (.515) and was named to the Summit League First All-Conference Team last season. Her .459 average was second in the Summit League this season, and was also the fourth-best single season batting average in Summit League History, while her 84 hits were most in school history and second most in League history. With one season of eligibility remaining, she is already IPFW’s career record holder in stolen bases and is also in the top five in runs scored and hits.

At the National Team level, Franklin’s first international experience came as a member of the Junior Women’s National Team in 2011, where Canada finished fifth at the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. She joined the Senior Women’s National Team in 2013, competing in the US World Cup of Softball VIII, the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship and the VIII Pan American Championship in Puerto Rico where Team Canada won the silver medal. In 2014, she started nine games for Team Canada at the ISF Women’s World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands, finishing second on the team with a .409 batting average.

 

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FORMER ACADEMY INSTRUCTOR

Kaitlyn played collegiate softball at Simon Fraser University as a catcher, where she was captain for 3 years. Kaitlyn was the GNAC All-Conference Honourable Mention in 2013 and after she graduated became the Graduate Assistant Coach. Kaitlyn was also a member of Team BC in 2012-2013. She played minor ball with the Fraser Valley Fusion and Surrey Storm, where her teams were 3 times provincials champs and 3 times silver medalists at the Canadian National Championships. Kaitlyn currently coaches with the Fraser Valley Fusion association. 

 

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Courtney Gill

DELTA ELITE HEAD COACH

Courtney Gill brings a wealth of softball experience and knowledge to the Delta Elite. She played at the University of Detroit-Mercy on a softball scholarship and was named the youngest captain in school history during her sophomore year. Courtney was offensive players of the year and MVP during her sophomore and junior years. She also earned 2nd team All American in their conference and was NCAA D1 top ten hardest to strike out in her sophomore and junior years. Courtney coached with Team BC and with the White Rock Renegades from 2008-2015. We look forward to Courtney working alongside our Elite athletes during all of the showcase tournaments.

 

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Through out the year, Delta Softball Academy has many guest instructors who come out and provide exceptional instruction to our players. Here are some previous guest instructors who recently instructed at the Delta Softball Academy:

  • Jenn Salling (University of Washington, Current Team Canada Member)
  • Jocelyn Cater (Delta Softball Academy Alumni, Syracuse University, Current Team Canada Member)
  • Sara Groenewegen (University of Minnesota, Current Team Canada Member)
  • Tanya Parker (Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni)
  • Roger Boily (2015 Team BC Head Coach, Surrey Storm Coach)
  • Christina Lewis (Delta Softball Academy Alumni, Chadron State College Alumni)
  • Richelle McGarva (Virginia Tech Alumni, Junior Team Canada Alumni)
  • Alison Coffey (Gardner-Webb University Alumni, Coquitlam Classics Coach)
  • Jessica Barclay (Delta Softball Academy Alumni, UBC Alumni, Softball Academy Alumni)

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