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DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Kayla is the director of operations at the Delta Softball Academy. She received a softball scholarship and played infield at Lake City Junior College in Florida and finished her college career Limestone College in South Carolina. She was named on the NJCAA All-American Team (Lake City), NJCAA All-Academic Team (Lake City), Conference of Carolinas All-Academic Team (Limestone), National Athletic Academic Honour Society Chi Alpha Sigma (Limestone), Conference of Carolinas Academic All-Conference Award (Limestone), Conference of Carolinas Presidential Honour Roll (Limestone) and the National College Athletic Honour Society (Limestone). Kayla has her B.A. in Education and is currently earning her masters in Educational Administration & Leadership from UBC.

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IMG_0382Ron Clarke

HEAD INSTRUCTOR

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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larissafranklinLarissa Franklin

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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Kaitlyn Cameron 

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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IMG_0387Susan Desrosiers

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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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:

  • 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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