The Houston-area Scrap Yard Dawgs—the NPF’s newest team—have announced their coaching staff for the 2017 season, the squad’s second campaign in the league.
The Dawgs, who finished in second place in the 2016 NPF regular season before being eliminated from the postseason by the eventual Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits, will be led by Gerry Glasco in 2017. The Dawgs’ new head coach, who also doubles as Texas A&M’s associate head softball coach, will be joined in the dugout by assistants Jimmy Kolaitis and Joe Guthrie. Kolaitis hails from the Oregon Ducks’ softball program, while Guthrie comes from Bucknell University’s softball staff.
“I believe we have three of the best softball minds in the game,” said Dawgs general manager Connie May in a statement. “Their intensity and passion to win will be a huge piece of the puzzle to get back to the Championship Series and have a shot at the Cowles Cup.”
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Glasco is not a newcomer to the NPF, as he served as the head coach of the USSSA Pride in 2014, leading the Pride to both the regular-season title and Cowles Cup that season. Kolaitis also has NPF experience, as he was an assistant coach for the Chicago Bandits in 2013 as a part of the league’s Coaching Staff of the Year.
“I am really excited about the Scrap Yard Dawgs and our opportunity to bring professional softball into the Texas market,” Glasco said in a statement. “The Dawgs management has put together a tremendous organization and we are committed to being the best softball team in the NPF and bringing a championship to Houston.”
The Dawgs made NPF history soon after emerging on the professional softball scene when they signed Olympian Monica Abbott to a six-year, $1 million contract in May. The deal marked the first seven-figure contract in the league’s existence. Abbott went on to earn her second consecutive NPF Pitcher of the Year award in 2016.