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Linda Wells - Coach (2008)















PositionCoach
Dutch National TeamAug. 2007 - Sep. 2008
Games Dutch National Team9


Teams as Player
Little League (1956-1963)
Women's Major ASA (1963-1999)
Southeast Missouri State University
Chicago Ravens (1976)
St. Louis Hummers (professional, 1976-1979)

as Coach
International Professional Softball League
HC St. Louis Hummers (St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 1976-1979)
Universities
HC Univ. of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn., USA, 1974-1988)
HC Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz., USA, 1989-2005)
National Teams
AC National Team USA (1985, 1987)
HC Greek National Team (2002-2007)
C Netherlands National Team (Sept. 2007-Sept. 2008)
(HC = Head Coach / C = Coach / AC = Assistant Coach)

...Tournaments Participated In...
with American National Softball Team
1985 - AC South Pacific Classic (Melbourne, Australia)
1987 - AC Pan American Games (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

with Greek National Softball Team
2004 - HC Olympic Games (Athens, Greece)
2005 - HC European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
2006 - HC World Championships (Beijing, China)
2007 - HC European Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
HC Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Ronchi/Castions/Staranzano, Italy)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2008 - C American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
C American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
C Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)
C Tri-Nation Exhibition Series (Sendai, Japan)
C Olympic Games (Beijing, China)

(HC = Head Coach / C - Coach / AC - Assistant Coach)

...Awards...
1988 - Coach of the Year, Big Ten Conference (USA)
Career
In August of 2007, Coach Wells becomes a member of the staff of the Dutch National Softball Team, as she and Head Coach Liz Kelly are appointed full-time coach by the Dutch Federation (KNBSB) to start preparations for the Olympic Games of 2008 in Beijing (China). In 2007, the Dutch squad qualifies for the Olympics by beating host Italy in the final and winning the Olympic Qualifier.

From 2002-2007, Linda Wells is the Head Coach of the Greek National Softball Team and participates with the squad in the Athens Olympics in 2004, but also the World Championships in 2006 in Beijing (China) and two European Championships. During the 2005 Championships in Prague (Czech Republic), Greece reaches the final and finish in second place, one spot ahead of the Dutch. Working for the Greek Federation, Linda designs and implements the selection process for the Greek National Softball program.

In 1989, Linda Wells becomes the Head Coach of Arizona State University in Tempe and leads the team for 16 years, until 2005, ranking in the top-10 in wins by a NCAA Division I coach. In this period, the team makes 14 NCAA Regional appearances and reaches the College World Series in 1999 and 2002. Numerous players win NCAA and PAC 10 All American, All Region, All Conference and All Academic awards.

While being coach in Minnesota, Linda Wells is a member of the coaching staff of Team USA in 1985 and 1987. In 1985, she is the Assistant Coach during the South Pacific Classic in Melbourne (Australia), where the team wins the gold medal. In 1987, she serves in the same position during the Pan American Games in Indianapolis, Indiana (USA), which results in another gold medal.

Since 1982, Linda Wells is the President and CEO of Wells Sports Corporation in Tempe (Arizona), which specializes in products and services for youth sports, instructional camps, clinics and video.

From 1976-1979, Linda plays professional softball and combines playing and coaching with the St. Louis Hummers in the Women's International Professional Softball League, appearing in four World Series of WPSL. In 1976, she plays for the Chicago Ravens. Before turning professional, Linda played Little League from 1956-1963, then played in the Women's Major ASA from 1963-1999. At Southeast Missouri State University, Linda showed her skills in several sports, including basketball, softball, volleyball, field hockey, tennis and archery.

In 1973, Linda Wells makes her coaching debut, when she becomes the Head Basketball Coach at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She leads the basketball-team through 1977, but also adds two sports in 1974, namely softball and volleyball. In 1974-1981, she wins 246 games with the volleyball team, winning the Big-Ten championship in 1978. From 1974-1988, Linda heads the softball squad of the University of Minnesota in more than 600 games, winning 335 of them. Guiding the team to five National Tournaments, Linda Wells is named Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year in 1988.

For her accomplishment as a coach throughout the years, Linda Wells is elected into six Halls of Fame and has the Softball Hall of Fame of Southeast Missouri State University named in her honor, the University also gives her the Merit of Honor Award. Coach Wells is also named University Coach of the Year by the Arizona Women's Sports Association and is an ASA All American Catcher.

In her long career, Linda Wells held several speaking engagements. Being a member of the Master Staff of the International Softball Federation (ISF), she gave clinics in USA, the Czech Republic, Malaysia, South America, North Korea, Australia, The Netherlands and Italy.

Linda Wells also produced several instructional videos and published about softball, regarding instructions, coaching and defense. One of her publications was a Special Softball Series in November 1979 for the Journal of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, which she did together with wellknown softball-coach Donna Lopiano, who visited the Netherlands herself for a coaching clinic in the seventies.

2008 --- On February 16, Coach Wells makes her debut as coach of the Dutch National Team in the game vs. St. Mary's College during the first American Tour in California/Hawaii, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- Hereafter, Linda Wells is with the team during the second American Tour, which brings the national squad to Pennsylvania, Illinois and Ohio to play against teams from the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) --- Following is the Holland Tour, which is followed by the naming of the Olympic roster on July 14 --- Next is the Japan Tour and then Coach Wells participates in her second Olympic Games after having led the Greek National Team in 2004 --- After completion of the international season it is announced that she and Head Coach Liz Kelly both will not be back with the team in 2009 --- In December, Craig Montvidas, who preceeded her as Head Coach in Greece, is named the new Manager of the Dutch national squad.
2007 --- In August, Coach Wells is being named coach of the Dutch National Softball Team.
2002 --- Linda Wells becomes the Head Coach of the National Softball Team of Greece to prepare them for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, where it finished in seventh place.
1976-1979 --- Linda plays professional softball with the Chicago Ravens and St. Louis Hummers.
1974 --- Coach Wells makes her softball coaching debut with the University of Minnesota.
1956 --- Linda Wells first starts playing Little League in what is to be the start of a long and impressive career.

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