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USA Junior Women’s National Softball Head Coach Karen Johns Joins Softball Factory Advisory Board
Columbia, MD (October 11, 2011) Softball Factory is pleased to announce the newest addition to our advisory board: USA Junior Women’s National Softball Head Coach Karen Johns. From 1985-1988, Johns played her collegiate softball at the University of South Carolina where she was a four-year letterwinner. In addition, she was a two-time NFCA First-Team All-American catcher her junior and senior year. From 1989-1995, Johns won a multitude of gold medals at several international and national competitions including the Olympic Festival, the ISF World Championships, the South Pacific Classic, and the Pan American Games.
In 2005, Johns joined the USA Softball Women’s National Team coaching staff. Under her assistant coaching guidance, the 2006 USA National Team won its first World Cup title with an undefeated record and defended its sixth consecutive World Championship gold medal in Beijing, China. In 2007 she was the Assistant Coach for the Canada Cup, World Cup, Pan American and Japan Cup Gold Medal Teams. Johns was also the assistant coach of the USA National Team that won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. In addition, Johns held the position of head coach at two Division I college programs- the University of Florida and the University of Virginia.
“We are so excited about the addition of Karen Johns to our advisory board,” said Lea Ann Jarvis, Director of Softball Operations at Softball Factory. “Based on her impressive resume and the influence she’s had on the college and USA Softball levels, we know she will be a perfect advocate for our growing division.”
“Our sport needs Softball Factory,” Johns said. “This organization is revolutionizing the sport of softball and providing much needed opportunities in player development and college recruiting for players’ across the USA. They have a proven system that simply gets results for players…Take advantage of this phenomenal program!”
Having Johns on board will enable Softball Factory to further develop and grow its brand as a division of Baseball Factory. Johns will utilize her connections to assist Softball Factory in staffing events and booking facilities. Johns will serve as a resource and will assist as needed in guiding the Softball Factory’s growth in its player development programs.
According to Johns, “Training at a young age is critical to success in High School Softball. Our sport was really lacking in player development before Softball Factory came along. They have proven they can develop baseball players and now have authentic softball to do the same for our sport.”