USSSA Pride

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USSSA Pride
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Information
League National Pro Fastpitch
Location Viera, Florida
Ballpark USSSA Space Coast Complex
Year founded 2009
Regular season champion 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Cowles Cup championships 2010, 2013, 2014
Colors Navy, red, silver, white
Retired numbers 8, 26
Coach Mike Stith (Head)
General Manager Don DeDonatis
Website USSSAPride.com

The USSSA Pride are a professional softball team based in Viera, Florida, U.S. Founded in 2009, they play in National Pro Fastpitch (NPF). They play their home games at USSSA Space Coast Stadium.

The team was established to replace the folded Washington Glory, who played in NPF from 2007 to 2008. They are organized by the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). The Pride won the Cowles Cup championship in 2010, 2013, and 2014.

History[edit]

2015[edit]

Of their selections in the 2015 NPF Draft, the Pride signed All-American and 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year Shelby Pendley of Oklahoma,[1] two-time All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year Emilee Koerner of Notre Dame,[2] and All-American and 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year Amber Freeman of Arizona State.[3] All-time NCAA Division I homerun champion Lauren Chamberlain signed a three-year deal.[4]

The Pride also signed free agent All-American Chelsea Goodacre of Arizona.[5]

Caitlin Lowe announced her retirement as a player after the 2014 season. Subsequently, the Pride announced that Lowe would be inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame, and that her jersey number 26 would be retired.[6]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

The Pride announced that former player and assistant coach Megan Willis was promoted to assistant general manager.[7]

USSSA purchased Space Coast Stadium and announced renovations to make it a center for amateur softball and baseball with 15 fields. It became the Pride′s new home stadium, beginning in 2017.[8]

At the Pride's first home game at USSSA Space Coast Stadium, played on June 8, 2017, the team announced that it had retired legendary pitcher Cat Osterman's jersey number "8," commemorating it with a banner on the outfield fence.[9]

2018[edit]

The Pride announced the Mike Stith, head coach of the OC BatBusters, would be their coach for 2018. His assistants were Cody Dent, volunteer assistant coach of the Florida Gators softball team, and Andrea Duran, Olympic medalist and former Pride player.[10]

General managers[edit]

All-time head coaches[edit]

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Gerry Glasco 2014 48 33 15 .688 4 4 0 1.000
2 Mike Davenport 2015 48 34 14 .708 4 2 2 .500
3 Lonni Alameda 2016-17 99 77 22 .778 10 6 4 .600
3 Mike Stith 2018 47 42 5 .894

Season-by-season[edit]

Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2009 16 24 0 4th place National Pro Fastpitch Lost in NPF Semifinals
2010 28 20 0 2nd place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
2011 30 9 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost in NPF Finals
2012 31 12 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Faced Chicago Bandits in NPF Finals
2013 34 14 0 2nd place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
2014 33 15 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
2015 34 14 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost to Chicago Bandits in NPF Finals
2016 37 13 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost to Chicago Bandits in NPF Finals
2017 40 9 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost to Scrap Yard Dawgs in NPF Finals
2018 42 5 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch
Totals 325 135 0

Retired numbers[edit]

The Pride has retired two jerseys:

Current players[edit]

USSSA Pride roster
Active roster
(YYYY = Final season of player contract)
Inactive roster Coaches

Pitchers

Catchers

Utility players

Infielders

Outfielders

Unsigned Draftees
(Year Team's Rights Expire)
Head Coach
Assistant Coaches

Legend
  • * Franchise Player Tag
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated February 15, 2018

All NPF rosters

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jami Lobpries (29 May 2015). "Shelby Pendley Signs with the USSSA Pride". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Irish Great Koerner Inks Contract With USSSA Pride". Notre Dame Fighting Irisg Athletics. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Jami Lobpries (27 May 2015). "Former Arizona State All-American signs with USSSA Pride". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ Jami Lobpries (4 June 2015). "Pride Sign First Overall Draft Pick Lauren Chamberlain". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  5. ^ Richie Melby (31 May 2015). "Former Wildcat Chelsea Goodacre signs pro contract". News4Tucson KVOA.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Jami Lobpries (5 June 2015). "Caitlin Lowe's Legacy Continues with USSSA". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Celia Balf (21 December 2016). "Former USSSA Pride catcher Megan Willis named team's assistant general manager". Excelle Sports. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  8. ^ Dave Berman (27 April 2017). "Space Coast Stadium transforming to youth sports hub". Florida Today. Retrieved 17 May 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "usssafloridapride". Instagram. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Breaking News: Mike Stith of the OC Batbusters Named as USSSA Pride Head Coach". Extra Inning Softball. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2018. 

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Rockford Thunder
2009
Cowles Cup NPF Champions
USSSA Pride

2010
Succeeded by
Chicago Bandits
2011
Preceded by
Chicago Bandits
2010
NPF Regular Season Champions
USSSA Pride

2011 and 2012
Succeeded by
Chicago Bandits
2013
Preceded by
Chicago Bandits
2011
Cowles Cup NPF Champions
USSSA Pride

2013 and 2014
Succeeded by
Chicago Bandits
2015
Preceded by
Chicago Bandits
2013
NPF Regular Season Champions
USSSA Pride

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Succeeded by
incumbent