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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 COACH / PROGRAM COORDINATOR

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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Sara Hopwood-Riskesarahopwood

ASSISTANT COACH / DIRECTOR OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT

Sara is currently a member of the Canadian National Team and besides winning several National and Provincial championships playing locally, she began her collegiate softball career in the NJCAA at Eastern Arizona College, where she had the seventh highest batting average (.519) among all NJCAA Division 1 players in her freshman year, and also went 18-2 in the pitcher’s circle on her way to being named to the West Region First Team and earning National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Second Team honours. Hopwood then transferred to Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, where she played her junior and senior seasons in 2010 and 2011. In her junior season at IPFW, she broke the single season school record for at-bats (155) and runs scored (35), and she was also top five in several other categories. 

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larissafranklinLarissa Franklin

ASSISTANT COACH / DIRECTOR OF EVENTS

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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LD8I4348Leah Riske 

ASSISTANT COACH / DIRECTOR OF EQUIPMENT OPERATIONS

Leah played collegiate softball at Simon Fraser University where she is in the top 20 in most batting categories, and currently sits 2nd all time in career Home Runs. In 2010, she helped lead SFU to a NAIA championship, where she was also named AII conference player of the year. In 2011 and 2012 she was a GNAC first team all-conference member. 

Leah played minor ball with Surrey Storm 1990, where she won 2 national titles to go along with 2 silver and one bronze. She has won 8 provincial gold medals and two national championships gold medals in Senior Women’s A. 

Leah is also a multi-sport athlete having won Athlete of the Year all 5 years of high school.

Most recently, she was the assistant coach for the 2015 Team BC Western Canada Summer games team, as well as the assistant coach at SFU during the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Leah is currently coaching with Surrey Storm.

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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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