Softball: Coach Heather Doty Selected as Assistant Coach for Canada Cup
Illinois Central College Softball Coach Heather Doty Chosen As Assistant Coach for NJCAA All-Star Team in Canada Cup International Tournament
Illinois Central College softball coach Heather Doty has been chosen as a coach for the 2017 NJCAA all-star team competing in the Canada Cup International Softball Championship tournament in July. Doty is one of six coaches for the 15-member team, comprised of players from across the United States who have completed two years of eligibility at an NJCAA Division I, Division II or Division III institution. The team is led by Chris Robinson, head coach at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville. Coach Robinson extended the invitation to Coach Doty to assist with coaching the team.
“This is one of the highest honors an NJCAA coach can receive…”
“Chris called and asked if I would be interested in helping coach,” Doty said. “He said, ‘I think you’re exactly what we’re looking for as far as being good with the players and having a good rapport.’”
Doty said that she and Robinson have forged a friendship over the past five years when ICC traveled and played Jones County. She said their teams get along well with each other and have shared meals after games where the host team has introduced the ICC team to traditional southern foods such as gumbo, jambalaya and crawfish.Robinson said Doty was a great fit as a coach for the NJCAA team.
“We felt like, as a committee, that Heather has done a tremendous job at ICC,” Robinson said. “Her teams are always of high class and character and have enjoyed success, not only in Region 24 but also in the national tournament. We felt like she’d be a tremendous asset to our coaching staff.”
Doty will serve as one of the pitching coaches for the team, working with pitchers on technique and calling pitches during games. “All six of us coaches are head coaches,” she said. “It will be interesting to see how we all mesh. We just had a conference call for the coaches and everyone seemed pretty laid back and got along well.”
Doty and the other coaches fly in to the tournament site on July 1. They will meet the next day before players begin arriving on July 3 and 4. The team will then practice and possibly play some exhibition games prior to beginning play in the tournament, which runs from July 11 through 17 at three sites in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Doty is the third ICC softball coach to serve as a coach for the team in the international tournament. Previously, ICC legend Lorene Ramsey helped coach the team, and current ICC athletic director Sue Sinclair served as a coach for the team in 1998.
“This is one of the highest honors an NJCAA coach can receive,” Sinclair said. “It’s an extraordinary experience; you’re literally on the field with Olympic athletes. Heather is very much an ‘athlete’s coach.’ She gets very engaged with student-athletes and relates well to them. Because she is relatable, her peers noticed, and that makes her a good fit to help coach this all-star team.”
Coach Doty just completed her eleventh season as head coach at ICC, where she has compiled a 344-227 record. Her teams have won five Region 24 championships and four of her players have received All-America honors. Her teams have qualified for the NJCAA national tournament seven times, finishing as high as fourth three times. Doty earned Region 24 Coach of the Year honors the last five years and her teams have compiled team GPAs over 3.0 the past seven years.