Executive Committee

Adam Rindfleish - Director of Coaching

Adam has had a long-standing affiliation in New South Wales having represented 16 times as a NSW player and 16 times as a NSW coach (Across all men's age groups - U17, U19, U23 and Opens), including 12 National Champion titles. Currently, he is the Open Men’s NSW Head Coach, Softball NSW Director of Coaching and sits on the SNSW Technical Commitee.

At the national level, Adam is currently the head coach of the Junior Steelers (U18 Men's Australian Team) and an assistant coach with the Aussie Steelers (Australian Men's Team). Adam Rindfleish has coached at 4 World Championships, including the World Championship win in Prince Albert 2018.

As a player, he was a part of the first world champions Australian men’s team (U19’s in 1997). In 2009 Adam was awarded the Aussie Spirit Award.

Currently, he is on the National Men’s High Performance Coaching Panel for Softball Australia.  

Career Highlights

  • First person in Australia to coach and play for Australia in a Jnr Men's World Championships.
  • First person in the world to win Jnr Men’s World Championships as both a player and a coach.
  • Third person in the world to win a gold medal at a World Championship as a player and a coach in any men's age group.
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Kerrie Porter - Executive Member

Kerrie has been involved with NSW Softball for over 20 years, 6 years as a player and 20 years as a coach at Under 19, Under 23 and Open levels. Currently, Kerrie is the Head Coach of the NSW Open Women's Team, the Firestars and also the NSWIS HP Coach.

At the National level, Kerrie has been the Assistant Coach of the Aussie Spirit since 2011, attending World Championships in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and is currently the Head Coach of the Junior Aussie Spirit (U/19) as they prepare for World Championships in August 2019 in California.

Kerrie enjoys all aspects of coaching and is passionate about providing athletes opportunities to compete to their potential and is happy to give back to the sport which has given her so many fantastic experiences.

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Charlie Whetu - Executive Member

To all softballers throughout Australia David has always been known as Charlie, he began Coaching softball for his Sutherland Shire Softball Association 1983/4, his daughter Shenelle was invited to play softball, who later wanted to learn how to Pitch. Having pitched and played in NZ, she became his first student who quickly excelled as a pitcher and went on to represent Sutherland, NSW and Australia.

Selected as Assistant Coach of 1996 Australian Open Women first Olympic Team that went on to win Australia first ever Olympic softball medal. (Bronze).

Represented NSW as Head Coach and Battery Coach for the NSW’s U16 Men, NSW U19 Ladies, NSW Open Men and Women.

He has represented NSW Softball at (17) Nationals since 1992 – 2014, winning (9) Nationals, (5) times runner up and (2) times in 3rdplace.

Charlies Coaching of Pitchers and Catchers quickly caught the attention of Barry Blanchard who recommended to Carol Peel to invite Charlie to become a NSW Pitching Coach. He was selected as an Assistant Coach to Coach Pitchers and Catchers who missed selection for the NSW Representative U16 Ladies team, this became the NSW U16 Ladies Developments Squad who trained under specialised NSW Coaches.

In 1987 Softball Australia sought to utilise and share Charlie's knowledge and experience of windmill pitching and catching, they sent him to Tasmania, Victoria, Darwin, South Australia and Queensland to teach both players and Coaches the fundamentals of Pitching and Catching.

As the NSW representative for Wagga Wagga Softball Academy in 1991 directed by Head Coach Bob Murphy Charlie assisted in the development of their softball program which produced several players selected in NSW State and Australian teams.

Nominated in 2017 by his local club Arrows for the “Best Coach – Clubbies Award” which was shortlisted to Charlie and David Webb from QLD. Charles was named “Best Coach” for Clubbies Award 2017.

Presented 2017 with his Distinguished Long Service Award by the Minister of Sport, the Hon. Stuart Ayres MPat NSW Parliament House.

 

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Darrin Crisp - Executive Member

Darrin has played softball at club level for 38 years. This includes representing Bankstown City, East Hills and Georges River associations. Many of these sides have gone on to win the Men’s State Championships. He has also represented NSW as a player in the Open Men’s State Team.

For the past 28 years Darrin has coached at a club level and also representative teams for Bankstown City, East Hills and Georges River associations.  Showing adaptability and commitment to the whole game by coaching female teams from U/16 girls to senior women and male mod-ball through to Open men’s sides. 

Darrin’s stellar NSW coaching career has spanned over 2 decades having coached 21 state teams including 16 national championship wins!

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Grant Kelly - Executive Member

Grant began coaching softball in 2005 at Cumberland Nepean Softball Association when his two eldest children began playing. Grant is currently coaching at club and association level at Macarthur. He has coached players ranging from u8’s through to seniors at club level, as well as u11’s through to U19’s at association representative level. He is currently in his 6thyear as an assistant coach for the Western Sydney Academy of Sport and participated as a Head coach and Assistant coach during his participation in the annual U15 metro regional and junior international challenges from 2011 – 2017.

Grant has a passion for coach and player development and enjoys the opportunity to see players grow and develop and playing his part in helping them achieve their sporting dreams. “It gives me a great sense of pride to see some of my old club, association and academy players grow up and go on to represent both our state and our country”.

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Troy Lach – Executive Member

Troy has been involved as a coach with Softball and Football for 18 years. Currently he is in his 2nd year as an Assistant Coach with the NSW Open Men’s Side and defending National Champions.

For the past 8 years Troy has been a part of the Southern Metropolitan Softball Academy, and active coach within GRSA Representative and Club sides. Along with softball Troy has coached with Football NSW’s High Performance Unit. In his 18 years he has become qualified as a Level 4 Softball Coach and B Level Professional Football coach with FFA, and obtained Certification’s in Sports Fitness and Sports Strapping.  He is excited to be part of this venture, and assisting in building a successful Coach and Athlete Education and Development Program.

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Lyneene Orsini - Executive Member

Lyneene's background is in Exercise Physiology, PDHPE teaching and playing experience all contribute to her extensive knowledge of the game of softball. Lyneene has represented NSW as a pitcher in the under 16s, under 19s and Open age groups; she was a member of the Australian Under 19s squad and NSWIS.

Recently Lyneene has directed her passion of softball to coaching, with a focus on the development of younger players through the Sweet Heat training program. Lyneene has coached for Cumberland Nepean for the past five years and more recently has been Assistant Coach for the NSW Under 23s women’s team. Lyneene is pleased to be able to give back to the sport of softball through coaching and is enjoying learning more skills as a coach from players and coaches. Lyneene looks forward to seeing the exciting future of softball now since its inclusion back into the Olympic Program.

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