June 3, 2009
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Cal State Northridge Softball Head Coach Barbara Jordan has a busy summer ahead as she resumes her duties as a coach with Team USA. Over the next few months, Jordan's responsibilities with the team as an assistant coach will take her to tournaments in Oklahoma, British Columbia and Japan, in addition to the team's official selection and training camps.
The whirlwind tour begins on June 8 when Jordan will converge with some of the nation's best softball players and coaches to determine the members 2009 National Team. Jordan will serve as an assistant coach to Jay Miller, who begins his tenure as the head coach of Team USA.
"Being named to the coaching staff for Team USA is an honor and I am very excited," said Jordan. "Half of the last Olympic team retired, so there are a lot of openings and a lot of new talent coming up in the ranks. Its exciting for Team USA for both today and the future."
During the five-day tryout, Jordan, Miller and a host of some of the top softball talent evaluators in the nation will help choose a squad of women to compete in this summer's slate of games. The selection camp will be held at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. From June 29- July 2, Jordan will return to Chula Vista for the team's official training camp.
The team's first competition will commence immediately following the end of training camp, as the squad will participate in the Canada Cup in Surrey, B.C. from July 3-12. Jordan will serve as one of the team's three assistant coaches, working with South Florida's Ken Eriksen and BYU's Gordon Eakin in assisting Miller.
"The Canada Cup is one of the greatest atmospheres for a tournament as it enters its 15th year," Jordan added. "It is a fantastic venue and traditionally known as a powerhouse of international competition."
Following their play in the Canada Cup, the team immediately heads to Oklahoma City to participate in the World Cup of Softball. From July 13-20, Team USA will host some of the world's best teams in a tournament. The coaching staff for the World Cup of Softball will be the same as the Canada Cup.
"Being that Oklahoma City is the home of USA Softball, this tournament will be exciting," said Jordan. "We always want to do our best in front of the home crowd and reclaim our spot as the top team in the world."
Jordan's tour continues in late July, as her duties take her to Sendai City, Japan, and the Japan Cup. This tournament will no doubt hold special meaning to the Americans, who will be looking to avenge their gold-medal loss to the Japanese in the 2008 Olympics. At the event, Jordan will continue to work with Coach Miller and will be joined by Suzy Brazney of Golden West College and Chuck D'Arcy as assistant coaches.
This is Jordan's second stint as an assistant coach on Team USA. Jordan was part of a staff that helped win the 2007 ISF Junior Women's World Championships in The Netherlands and also helped lead the Junior National Squad to the 2006 Junior Women's Pan American Championships in Puerto Rico.