Wolf to Lead NL Back to Women’s Canadian Fastpitch Championships

Saskatchewan native Head Coach of the 2018 NL Women’s Team

Softball NL is extremely pleased to have Andrea Wolf (Wapella, SK) at the helm of the 2018 NL Women’s Fastpitch Team, as Newfoundland Labrador returns to the Women’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship for the first time in 24-years.

Softball NL President Gary Corbett was introduced to Andrea at the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Corbett’s daughter Calista (Corbett) was a member of Team Newfoundland Labrador and Andrea was the Head Coach of Team Saskatchewan. In conversation, Corbett mentioned that one of Softball NL’s mandates was to rebuild the women’s fastpitch program. Andrea is no stranger to building a program and she offered assistance – if Softball NL needed it.

Softball NL sent out a call for Head Coaches for the 2018 Provincial (All-Star) & Eastern Canadians (All-Star) Teams. The deadline came and went and there were no applications submitted for the Head Coaching position for the NL Women’s Fastpitch Team. With no individuals stepping forward, Gary reached out to Andrea to see if she would be interested in the Head Coaching position.

Andrea’s resume speaks for itself and the fact that she was not only interested, but available – the move was approved by Softball Canada and Softball Saskatchewan – to take on the Head Coaching duties, is a feather in the cap of Softball NL.

She was in St. John’s during the Softball NL 2018 AGM & Events Weekend (April 13-15) and held a Women’s Provincial (All-Star) Team ID Camp at Mount Pearl Senior High & the Techniplex in St. John’s. She traveled to St. John’s several times early this summer to stage camps.

Leading up to and in preparation for the 2018 Women’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship, Andrea led the Impact Signs entry to a perfect 5-0 record to claim the Molson Softball NL Women’s Provincial Crown in Corner Brook (July 13-15) and then led the NL Women’s Provincial (All-Star) Team to a 4-2 Record at the Lloyd Poirier Memorial Women’s Tournament held in Truro, NS (July 20-22).

Andrea has an impressive resume as a player and coach and her experience will be valuable to Softball NL in helping move the women’s game forward in the Province.

Without further delay lets meet Andrea Wolf…

On The Field – As A Player

Andrea played 8-years in Regina and 6-years in Whitewood and captured two Bantam “B” Provincial Championships in 1985-86.

She was a member of the Rusway Jr. A’s Lloydminster and captured a Silver Medal at the Alberta Jr. Women’s Provincial Championship.

With the West Vancouver Angels she captured a Silver Medal at the BC Senior Women’s Provincial Championship and a Bronze Medal at the Senior “A” National Championship.

In NAIA College Ball, Andrea played four-years (1989-1992) at Jamestown College with the Jamestown Jimmies from Jamestown, North Dakota. She captured three consecutive Conference Championships in 1990, 1991 & 1992, was a District Champion in 1992 and was a member of the first Softball Team in Jamestown College History that competed in the NAIA National Championship in Pensacola, Florida. She was named All-Conference Player in 1990, 1991 & 1992, All-District Player in 1990, 1991 & 1992 and received College Athletic Awards in 1990, 1991 & 1992.

In International Ball, she played for Seki Byoin in Numazu, Japan that competed in the Japan Women’s Softball League from 1992-1994. In 1993, she was a member of the Prefecture Champions and a Guest Player at the Tokyo Women’s University Softball Camp.

Coaching Certifications

Andrea’s coaching certification and resume are extremely impressive. She has completed the following Coaching Certifications: Community Softball Coach, Competition Introduction, Competition Development, MED Competition Introduction and Two Star Master Coach (National Fastpitch Coaches College). There is no denying that she is passionate about the game of softball and her dedication to her coaching craft is clearly evident by the number of Coaching Certifications that she holds and she is currently working on her Advanced Coaching Diploma.

On The Field – As A Coach

Andrea’s coaching experience is not only extensive, but also impressive.

In 2006, she was the Head Coach of the 981 Roadrunners Squirt Boy’s Provincial “B” Team, is still a Head Coach in the 981 Minor Ball League for both boy’s and girl’s teams and was an instructor for 981 Minor Ball Skills Clinics.

From 2008-2011, Andrea was the Head Coach 981 Bulls Boy’s Provincial “B” Team. During the 2010-2011 seasons, she was also a Volunteer Coach for Softball Saskatchewan Excellence Camps in both Regina and Saskatoon and in 2011 was the Head Coach of Langenburg Lightning Girl’s Provincial “C” Team.

In 2012, she was the Assistant Coach South East Regional Hawks Girl’s Provincial “A” Team, was an Instructor for Softball Saskatchewan Regina Excellence Camp, CANpitch Instructor with Softball SK and Blastball Instructor, positions she continues to hold today.

During the 2013 season, Andrea was an Apprentice Coach Canada Games Women’s Team Saskatchewan and an Assistant Coach with Southeast Wolfpack Bantam Girl’s “B” Provincial Team.

In 2015, she captured a Bronze Medal at the WCSG as Head Coach of Team Saskatchewan and in the fall of 2015 (until 2016) was the Assistant Coach with the University of Regina Cougars.

In 2017, Andrea was the Head Coach of the Saskatchewan Women’s Canada Games Team and in the Fall was named Head Coach of the University of Regina Cougars. She was named the WCSA Coach of the Year in only her first year at the helm and led the Cougars to a 31-2-1 Overall Record, the WCSA Championship and a CCSA National Bronze Medal.

Professional Affiliation – Off The Field

Andrea has held different roles on the Softball Canada Board of Directors. She is also a Board Member of the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan, Coaches Association of Canada and National Fastpitch Coaches Association. As well, she is also a Learning Facilitator for Community Softball Coaching Clinic and Softball Canada PIB Facilitator – In Training.

Building A Program

Andrea believes that in Building A Program you are only as strong as your foundation, and that is what she has been laying the groundwork for with the 2018 NL Women’s Fastpitch Team.

Ask a group of coaches what they believe makes a strong foundation and you would more than likely get a variety of answers.

In Andrea’s case she focuses on the following when it comes to building a strong foundation:

Understanding Your Wish List
Good People
Trust & Faith
Priorities and Timelines
Strong Leadership
Winning Mindset

Softball NL is extremely pleased to have a coach of Andrea’s qualifications and experience as a member of the NL Women’s Fastpitch Program!

Good Luck To The NL Three Cheers Pub Impact Players And Coaches At The 2018 Women’s Canadian Fastpitch Championship!