John Rittman Named to USA National Team Coaching Staff

May 2, 2007

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Stanford Head Coach John Rittman has been named to the coaching staff for the 2007 Women's National Team as announced by USA Softball today. Rittman will be one of four coaches who will lead the team this summer and attempt to win a second consecutive World Cup of Softball and sixth consecutive Pan American Games gold medal.

Mike Candrea (Arizona) was named the Head Coach of the team, while Rittman, Chuck D'Arcy and Karen Johns (Virginia) were named Assistant Coaches.

Rittman has been involved as a coach with the USA Softball National Team program since 2001. Most recently he served as an assistant coach for the USA Softball Women's National Team that won their first World Cup of Softball and their sixth consecutive World Championship. He was an assistant coach with the USA Elite Team that won the 2005 Intercontinental Cup in Madrid, Spain. He was an assistant coach for the 2004 USA Olympic Team that won a gold medal in Athens, Greece. He was also a part of the '03 team that won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as well as a gold medal at the U.S. Cup. Rittman was also the assistant coach for the 2002 USA National Softball Team that won the 2002 US Cup, Canada Cup, Japan Cup and the World Championships. In 2001 Rittman coached the USA Red Team that won the gold medal at the US Cup and also competed in the Canada Cup and USA Softball Shootout.

Rittman is currently in his 11th season at the helm of the Stanford program after being named head coach on July 12, 1996. During that time, Rittman has brought the Stanford softball program from a non-scholarship club-level program to a fully-funded championship contender including 10 consecutive winning season, nine post-season appearances and two appearances in the Women's College World Series. ??

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