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Darwin Tolzin - Pitching Coach (2007)
PositionPitching Coach
National Team2007; June 2008
Games National Team15


Teams as Coach (softball)
Colleges
HC Camarillo High School Scorpions (Camarillo, Calif., USA, 1991-1995)
HC Westlake High School Warriors (Westlake, Calif., USA, 1996-1998; 2000)
HC Moorpark Junior College Raiders (Moorpark, Calif., USA, 1999)
AC/PC South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD, 2000-2007)
AC/PC Dakota Wesleyan Univ. (Mitchell, South Dakota, 2008-current)
Clubteams
HC Terrasvogels (Santpoort, Neth., 2006-2007; 2009) (*)
(*) = Dutch Major League ('Hoofdklasse')
National Teams
Netherlands National Team (PC 2007; BP June 2008)
(HC = Head Coach / AC = Assistant Coach
PC = Pitching Coach / BP = Batting Practice Pitcher
)
...Tournaments Participated In...
with Terrasvogels
European CupWinners Cup
2006 (Caronno Pertusella, Italy), 2007 Prague, Czech Rep.)

with Dutch National Team
2007 - PC 5-game Series vs. Australia (Enschede/Oosterhout/Haarlem, Netherlands)
PC European Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
2008 - BP American (NPF) Tour II (Illinois, USA)
(PC = Pitching Coach / BP = Batting Practice Pitcher)

...Awards...
2006 - Coach of the Year, Royal Dutch Baseball & Softball Association
Career
Darwin Tolzin returns to club-softball in the Netherlands in 2009, as he comes back as the Head Coach for Terrasvogels, whom he already led in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. Due to commitments back home (which was known in advance), Darwin leaves the team halfway through the season. Leigh Podlesny takes over the team and wins the Cup Winners Cup with Terrasvogels in Parma (Italy).

Darwin Tolzin has a career of more than 40 years in softball as both a player and coach. In 1952, he plays in his first softball-game and in following years, he participates in several big tournaments in the State of California, where he is elected into All-American Teams. In his career of 35 years as a pitcher, which he concludes in the early eighties, Tolzin plays in an average of 200 games a year.

In the early eighties, Coach Tolzin starts focusing on coaching and since then leads several High School-softballteams, like Camarillo, Westlake and Moorpark, all located in California. In 1991, he guides the Camarillo Scorpions to the South Region State Championship in California. He builds a good name for himself and is labeled as one of the top coaches in the area. After moving to South Dakota, Tolzin becomes the Assistant and Pitching Coach of the softballteam of South Dakota State University. Since 2008, as an Assistent Coach, he is affiliated with the Tigers, the team of Dakota Wesleyan University.

In 2006, the sympathetic American comes to the Netherlands and is the Head Coach of the softballteam of Terrasvogels in the Dutch big league, with whom he reaches the Holland Series, but finishes in second place. A year later, he celebrates the Dutch national championship with Terrasvogels, who he will lead again in the 2009 season.

Throughout the years, Coach Tolzin has spread his knowledge and experiences of pitching. He instructed more than 1600 athletes during clinics, which brought him to Australia and New Zealand. In 2007, he is the Pitching Coach of the Dutch National Softball Team during the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands). In 2008, he conducts several batting practices for the Dutch National Team and assists the coaching staff when the team is in Illinois during its second trip to the United States as part of its preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing (China).

Darwin is married to Jean Larson, who is of Danish ancestry, dating back to the 1700s.

2009 --- On February 19, Terrasvogels announces that Darwin Tolzin will return as its Head Coach for the new season --- Due to commitments, Darwin returns home in July.
2008 --- During the second American Tour of the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing, Darwin assists the coaching staff and conducts batting practice, when the team is in Roscoe (Illinois).
2007 --- As a member of the coaching staff of the Dutch National Softball Team, Darwin participates in the European Championships, being held in the Dutch capital Amsterdam. For the first time since 1997, the Dutch team qualifies for the final, but lost to Italy --- Darwin initially was to accompany the team hereafter to the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy, but had to leave the staff and return to the USA due to personal reasons --- As the Head Coach of Dutch clubteam A4 Terrasvogels, Darwin guides the squad to the Holland Series in which it captures the Dutch national title --- During the CupWinners Cup-tournament earlier in the year in Czech capital Prague, Terrasvogels finishes in second place.
2006 --- Darwin makes his debut as coach in the Dutch Major League as the Head Coach of A4 Terrasvogels in Santpoort --- The team reaches the Holland Series for the Dutch championships, but ends in second place --- On the CupWinners Cup-tournament in Caronno Pertusella/Saronno (Italy), Terrasvogels finishes in third place --- After the season, he is named the Softball Coach of the Year by the Dutch Federation.

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