SA STARZ NAME NEW COACH TO TAKE OVER FROM MENTOR
Softball SA have filled the role of the top job in the State, the Head Coach of the SA Starz, the South Australian Womens Softball team. The Starz will battle for the National Championship, the Gilley’s Shield, in January 2019.
The newly appointed coach is Morgan Young, a former junior national player and a previous assistant coach of the Starz team.
Young, a local A-Grade coach, was appointed due to already having a working relationship with the team and for his numerous accomplishments in sport, both with softball and in other sports especially football, including all levels from local juniors through to international.
A former softball player in the early ‘90’s, Young had a sabbatical from the sport to go in to the sporting business of sports performance. Since then he built his knowledge, now with a background in biomechanics, strength and conditioning, fitness, corrective exercise and has become a career coach including a variety of sports and mentoring athletes. His profession is part of his plan to take the Starz to the next level and achieve what has been a 60-plus-year drought of national success for our State team.
Upon his return to softball a few years ago, Young rediscovered his love for the game quickly and immediately became devoted to making a difference and giving back to the sport, achieving so much in three short years:
- 2 years as Starz Assistant Coach (2016 and 2017)
- Local Competition A Grade Head Coach
- U15 Girls State Team Head Coach (January 2018)
- 2 years State Junior Development coach (Dragons program 2016 and 2017)
- State Battery Coach (Since 2016)
- Australian U19 Mens Development Coach (International Friendship Series – July 2018)
- Australian Womens team Development Battery Coach (DENSO Series – January 2018)
- Softball SA Volunteer of the Year (2017)
- Office for Rec and Sport – Sub Elite Coaching Program
- National Coaching Accreditation – Level 4
His proven track record speaks for itself but Young believes “it comes from being a student of the game” and “being the best is about mastering the basics”.
He plans on preparing the Starz team to win, which means toppling the giants in Australian softball, New South Wales and Queensland, “South Australia can succeed, we have the players to do so”. The Starz have five current Aussie squad members and a great spread of talent including former Junior Aussie representatives and experienced open age players coming in to their prime. The standard of play is expected to be exceptional with players vying for spot in the national team with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games a goal for many.
This exciting new appointment comes off the back of the search to replace former coach Kere Johanson. Johanson, a former National Coach, is based in Melbourne and had three seasons with the Starz. Two of which he was a mentor to Young, the new coach.
Young said “I had three years tutelage under KJ (Johanson) and we have a lot in common when it comes to strategy and game play. I will be adding to what KJ has been able to achieve with the team so far”.
Young will now turn his attention to putting together the strongest line-up possible of players eligible to represent the team, with trials starting on September 14th. Young said, “selections aren’t automatic, I want players that are willing to take the game on”.
The Gilley’s Shield will be played in Perth, January 5-11, 2019. The local softball season starts on Wednesday October 3rd with games each Saturday and Wednesday following. Games will be televised weekly on NITV as well as live-streamed on the Softball SA Facebook page.