Softball Head Coach Kirk Walker To Coach USA Elite Team

June 4, 2002

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oregon State University softball head coach Kirk Walker has been selected as an assistant coach for the 2002 USA Softball Elite Team, as was announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Walker, the winningest coach in OSU softball history with a 255-233-3 overall record, has guided the Beavers to a postseason berth in the NCAA Regional Tournament in four consecutive seasons and has led Oregon State to four straight 40-plus win campaigns. He will join head coach Jay Miller from Columbia, MO, and assistant Michelle Gromacki of Fullerton, CA, on the USA Softball staff.

The Elite Team will help prepare the World Championship team for the upcoming international events by competing in scrimmages and exhibition games prior to these events. They will also compete at the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C., Canada, July 12-21.

USA Softball Women's National Teams have been among the most dominating of any sports team in history. The USA 's ability to bring home the title in World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympics is unchallenged, with a total of 13 gold medals.

The USA Softball Women's National Team won the first Olympic gold medal in the sport's history during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA , and defended its gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney . The USA Softball Women's National Team, which has won the past four World Championships, the past four Pan Am Games and the past two Olympic gold medals, is the undisputed No. 1 team in the world.

The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. As the National Governing Body, the ASA is responsible for identifying, selecting and training male and female athletes to compete in World, Pan American and Olympic competitions.

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