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Marjan Smit - Head Coach





















PositionHead Coach
Dutch National Team1999 - 2008 (as player)
Games Dutch National Team90 (as player)
Dutch Junior Team RedOct. 2009 - Oct. 2010 (Coach); Nov. 2013-current (Head coach)
Games Dutch Jr Team Red6 (as Coach)
Dutch Junior Team White2010 (Coach); Oct.2010 - current (Head Coach)
Games Dutch Jr Team White10 (as Head Coach)


Clubs / Teams as Player
Jeka (Breda, 1985-1994)
Twins (Oosterhout, 1995-2000; 2004-2008)
Zwijndrecht (Zwijndrecht, 2001-2003)
(Dutch Major League: 1995-2008)

as Coach
National Teams
FC Netherlands Junior Team Red (Oct. 2009-Oct. 2010)
HC Netherlands Junior Team White (Oct. 2010-current)
(HC = Head Coach / FC = Flex Coach)

Marjan's page as Player

...Tournaments Participated In...
as Player

with Twins
European Cup
1995 (Antwerp, Belgium)
CupWinners Cup
1997 (Oosterhout, Netherlands), 1999 (Prague, Czech Republic)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2000, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Zwijndrecht
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2001, 2002, 2003 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2003 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Brasschaat Braves
2009 - CupWinners Cup (Parma, Italy) (pick-up player)

with Dutch National Softball Team
1999 - Qantas Four Nations Tournament (Canberra, Australia)
Challenge Series vs. Australia (several sites, Netherlands)
Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Parma, Italy)
European Championships (Antwerp, Belgium)
2000 - Torneo di Parma (Parma, Italy)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2002 - International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
World Championships (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada)
2003 - Hillenbrand Invitational Tournament (Tempe, Arizona, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Macerata/Cupramontana, Italy)
European Championships (Caronno Pertusella/Saronno, Italy)
2004 - Coppa BSC Legnano Amga Tournament (Legnano, Italy)
Torneo Internationale Softball Città di Legnano (Legnano, Italy)
5-game series vs. Greece (Almere/Bussum/Santpoort/Haarlem, Neth.)
ISF Prague Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)
World University Games (Plant City, Florida, USA)
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Rep.)
2006 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Beijing, China)
Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan)
2007 - Australia Test Series (Enschede/Oosterhout/Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Ronchi/Castions/Staranzano, Italy)
2008 - American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)
Tri-Nation Exhibition Series (Sendai, Japan)
Olympic Games (Beijing, China)


as Coach

with Dutch National Softball Team
2010 - HC/FC International Indoor Cup (Team Orange) (Schiedam, Neth.)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team Red
2010 - HC/FC Right To Play Future Stars Tournament (Team White) (Amsterdam, Neth.)
CO Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
CO European Championship Juniors (Vienna, Austria)
2012 - HC International Indoor Cup (Team Red) (Schiedam, Neth.)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team White
2010 - HC/FC Right To Play Future Stars Tournament (Team White) (Amsterdam, Neth.)
2011 - HC Amsterdam Canals Softball Series (Amsterdam, Neth.)
HC European Championship Cadets (Deurne, Belgium)
2012 - HC Future Stars Tournament (Team Purple) (Amsterdam, Neth.) (Red/White)
2013 - HC Future Stars Tournament (Team Blue) (Amsterdam, Neth.) (Red/White)

(HC = Head Coach / FC = Flex Coach / CO = Coach)

...Awards...
2002 - Most Stolen Bases, Dutch Major League
2006 - Most Valuable Player, International Indoor Cup
Career
In October 2009, former infielder/outfielder Marjan Smit (who celebrates her birthday on September 29) is one of five former national team-players to be named a so-called Flex Coach, the others being Marloes Fellinger, Nathalie Franssen, Sandra Gouverneur and Maaike Zijlstra. Unfortunately, Marloes had to step down shortly hereafter, as she was unable to combine her regular job with coaching. The Flex Coaches, with 'flex' standing for 'flexible', were assigned to several coach-duties for the national youth teams, but also assisted Head Coach Craig Montvidas with the National Softball Team. The Flex Coaches are introduced during a meeting with the 27 players on the preliminary roster of the Dutch Junior Softball Team on November 8.

In 2010, Marjan makes her coaching debut during the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands), which is followed shortly thereafter by the Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam (Netherlands). She then is one of the coaches of the Dutch Junior Red Team, which is playing in the Dutch big league in 2010 and is named the Assistant Coach of the Junior Team that participates in the European Juniors Championship in Vienna (Austria). The event is disappointing for the Dutch squad, as it is detroned and also misses qualification for the 2011 World Championship in South Africa. In October 2010, Marjan is named Head Coach of the Dutch Junior White Team, which participates in the European Cadets Championship in Belgium in 2011 and captures the title.

Just because she likes the sport, Marjan starts to play softball in 1985 when she is nine years old. Her first club is Jeka in the city of Breda. After having played there for nine years, Marjan decides to play for Twins in Oosterhout, where she makes her debut in the Dutch Major League in the 1995 season. Marjan played in eleven seasons for Twins, but split that into two separate periods. After playing six seasons for Twins, Marjan plays three seasons for Zwijndrecht (also in the big league), but then returns to Oosterhout to add five more seasons with Twins. After 14 seasons in the Dutch big league, playing at several infield- and outfield-positions, Marjan retires from both the Dutch League as well as the Dutch National Team at the end of the 2008 season, but adds one more season in Belgium in 2009, where she plays for Brasschaat Braves, with whom she participates in the Cup Winners Cup in Italy.

In 1999, when Craig Montvidas is in his final year of his first period as Head Coach of the Dutch National Softball Team, Marjan is selected for the first time for the national squad. In her first year with the national team, she immediately participates in five different events and travels with it to Australia, Italy and Belgium. She makes her debut during the Qantas Tournament in Australian capital Canberra and ends her first season, participating in the European Championships in Antwerp (Belgium).

In 2002, Marjan participates in her first of two World Championships. After having participated in three Olympic Qualifying Tournaments, Marjan finally makes her Olympic debut during the Games of 2008 in Beijing (China). The Games are her 31st and final international tournament with the National Team, in which she plays in 90 official games.

Marjan's favorite softball player is Team Australia player Natalie Ward, while her favorite food is Mexican. She would love to have dinner with Dutch Queen Beatrix and probably would have played judo when she had not played softball. Marjan names Jude Law her favorite actor and Julia Roberts her favorite actress. She likes all kinds of music and lists Sting as her favorite male singer and Anouk and Alicia Keys as her favorite female singers.

2012 --- In the weekend of January 13-15, Marjan serves as Head Coach of Team Red, one of the two squads of the Dutch Junior Red Softball Team that participates in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands). Marjan only coaches on Day 2 of the event, filling in for Mireille Gill'ard, who is unable to be with the team that day --- In the weekend of February 11-12, Marjan is the Head Coach of Team Purple, one of the five combination squads of the Dutch Junior Red and White Teams that participates in the 3rd Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam.
2011 --- In August, Marjan is the Head Coach of the Dutch Junior White Team that captures the title during the European Cadets Championship in Belgium.
2010 --- In January, Marjan makes her coaching debut with the National squad (coaching Team Orange) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team finishing in first place --- A month later, Marjan leads Team White (Dutch Juniors) to first place in the Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam (Netherlands) --- In July, Marjan is a member of the coachingstaff of the Dutch Junior Team that participates in the European Junior Championship in Vienna (Austria) --- In October, Marjan is named Head Coach of the Dutch Junior White Team for 2011.
2009 --- This season, Marjan plays for Brassschaat Braves in Belgium and participates with this team in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy) --- After the season, Marjan announces her retirement --- In October, Marjan is one of five former National Team-players, who is named a so-called Flex Coach for the Dutch National Softball Teams; the five are introduced on November 8.
2008 --- Marjan is 2-for-2 and scores once on February 26 in the game vs. the University of California at Berkeley during the first American Tour of the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- On May 29, Marjan registers the first basehit of the Dutch team against a professional team, as she is 1-for-2 in the opening game of the second American Trip vs. Philadelphia Force --- After completion of the Holland Tour, Marjan is named to the roster for the Olympic Game on July 14 --- On July 26, Marjan hits one of three Dutch hits vs. Japan, the second game of the Tri-Nations Tournament during the Japan Tour --- On August 12, Marjan makes her Olympic debut, entering the opening game of the Olympic Games vs. China as a pinch-runner and scoring a run --- Two days later, she is 1-for-3 and makes a great catch in leftfield in the 3-0 loss vs. Japan --- On August 18, Marjan is 1-for-2 and makes a possible game-saving catch playing in leftfield in the 4-2 victory vs. Chinese Taipei in the last game of the Olympics, which also marks the last game in her international career, as she retires from the national squad --- In the regular season, Marjan bats .291 for Twins, scores 17 runs and has 10 RBI's and after completion of the play-offs, she ends her career and retires.
2007 --- On May 28, Marjan is 1-for-2, scores a run and has two RBI's in the 15-0 win vs. Greece during the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) --- The next day, she reaches base three times, scores twice and has one RBI in the 12-3 win vs. Germany --- In the game against Great Britain, on May 31, Marjan singles in a run in a 3-0 win --- In the final of the Championships, on June 2, Marjan hits a 3-run homerun against Italy, but the Dutch are beaten 9-3 --- On June 16, Marjan is 2-for-3 in the 9-6 win against the Czech Republic to reach the final of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy, which is won by the Dutch squad, 3-2, to qualify for the Olympics in Beijing --- In the regular season, Marjan has 11 RBI's.
2006 --- In the season, with Twins, Marjan has a career-high average of .343 and 23 runs, trailing only teammate Daisy de Peinder.
2005 --- In the regular season, she scores 18 runs and has 15 RBI's.
2004 --- In her first year back with Twins, Marjan bats .327 and scored 20 runs.
2003 --- In her final season with Zwijndrecht, she scores 19 runs and has 14 RBI's.
2002 --- Playing for Zwijndrecht, Marjan scores 22 runs and leads the league with seven stolen bases.
1999 --- Marjan makes her debut in the Dutch National Team during the Qantas Four Nations Tournament in Australia --- In Prague (Czech Republic), Marjan and Twins reach the final of the CupWinners Cup, but finish in second place.
1998 --- In the regular season, Marjan lifts her batting average to .263 and scores 12 runs.
1997 --- Marjan scores 13 runs for Twins, which this year finishes in third place on the CupWinners Cup Tournament, playing on their home field in Oosterhout.
1995 --- Marjan makes her debut in the Dutch big league, while playing for Twins in Oosterhout, with whom she appeares in 16 games.

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