In October 2009, former infielder/outfielder Nathalie Franssen (who celebrates her birthday on May 29) is one of five former national team-players to be named a so-called Flex Coach, the others being Marloes Fellinger, Sandra Gouverneur, Marjan Smit 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.|
Early 2010, Nathalie makes her debut as coach of the Dutch Junior Team during the Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam, then is one of the coaches of the team during the big league-season.
In October 2010, Nathalie is named the Assistant Coach of the Dutch Junior Red Team.
In March 2011, Nathalie is a member of the coachingstaff of the Dutch National Softbal Team, when it travels to Florida and Tennessee for the American Tour.
When the Junior Red Team participates again in the regular season of the big league, Nathalie misses several months due to a torn Achilles tendon and is filled in for by Mary-Ann Hatt.
Being 12 years old, Nathalie started to play softball in the streets with a tennisball and a piece of wood, before going to a softball practice with a friend.
While playing for DSC '74 in Haarlem, Nathalie makes her debut in the Dutch Major League in 1991.
Six years later, in 1997, she is selected for the first time in the Dutch National Softbal Team, which is then led for the first time by Craig Montvidas in his first period as Head Coach of the national squad.
On June 14, 1997, Nathalie makes her debut in the national team, playing in rightfield against New Zealand in the opening game of the Haarlem Softball Week, an international tournament in the Netherlands.
Later that year, she also participates in the European Championships in Czech capital Prague.
In her three years in the national team, Nathalie participates in seven international events and plays in 29 official games.
In January 1999, Nathalie travels to the USA to have a practice period with the Missouri Tigers.
After completion of the 2002 season, Nathalie retires as active player, but in 2009 she is back with her team, now called Olympia Haarlem (after DSC '74 merged with TYBB) and plays in the First Division.
Olympia finishes in second place, but then beats Gryphons in a best-of-five promotion series to return to the big league in the 2010 season.
This marks not the first time that Nathalie is active as a coach, as she coached before at DSC '74, Onze Gezellen and the regional Haarlem Cadets Team.
What her favorites are concerned, Nathalie lists The Rock as her favorite movie, Tom Hanks as her favorite actor and Sandra Bullock as her favorite actress.
In the music category, she likes pop, rock and R&B and names John Legend her favorite male singer and Christina Aguilera her favorite female singer.
Italians, Indian and stew are her favorite kinds of food and she would love to sit down at the captain's table of Herman den Blijker having dinner with Dan Jansen (former Olympic skater), Harlan Coben (writer of thrillers) and Princess Maxima.
Diana Remmers and Petra Beek are her biggest examples as softball players and in coaching they are Craig Montvidas, Renée van den Berg and Frans de Bruyn.
2012 --- In the weekend of January 13-15, Nathalie serves as Head Coach of Team White, one of the two squads of the Dutch Junior Red Softball Team that participates in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands).
During the tournament, she is assisted by Berend Mannessen ---
In the weekend of February 11-12, Nathalie is the Head Coach of Team Green, 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 the weekend of January 14-16, Nathalie serves as Head Coach of Team Orange, one of the four squads of the Dutch Junior Red Softball Team that participates in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands).
During the tournament, she is assisted by Jeroen van de Wiel ---
In the weekend of February 12-13, Nathalie is the Head Coach of Team Red, one of the four squads of the Dutch Junior White Team that participates in the Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam ---
In March, Nathalie serves as Assistant Coach of the Dutch National Softball Team during the American Tour in Florida and Tennessee.
2010 --- In February, Nathalie leads Team Orange (Dutch Juniors) to second place in the Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam.
2009 --- This year, Nathalie is a member of Olympia Haarlem, which this season plays in the First Division, but promotes to the big league after winning a promotion play-off series ---
In October, Nathalie 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.
2002 --- Nathalie plays in seven more games for DSC '74 this season, which is her last as an active player, and collects 8 hits to finish with a .320 average.
1999 --- With the Dutch National Softball Team, Nathalie this year again participates in the Haarlem Softbal Week, but also the Olympic Qualifier and the European Championships in respectively Italy and Belgium ---
In the season, Nathalie hits a career-high .313 and has 15 runs batted in, while scoring 12 runs.
1997 --- This year, Nathalie makes her debut in the Dutch National Softball Team during the Haarlem Softball Week and later participates in the European Championships in Prague (Czech Republic) ---
In the regular season, Nathalie increases her batting average to .242, scores 13 runs and steals 16 bases.
1996 --- Nathalie, now is her sixth season in the Dutch big league, develops into a steady hitter, but also becomes a threat on the bases ---
She finishes with a .235 batting average, scores 18 runs and again steals 11 bases ---
Nathalie leads the league with three homeruns.
1995 --- Nathalie leads the league with eleven stolen bases.
1993 --- Nathalie becomes a regular player for DSC '74, scores six runs and hits .214.
1992 --- In her second season in the highest league, Nathalie hits .267, playing in 14 games.
1991 --- Nathalie makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, playing in eleven games for DSC '74, but goes 0-for-9.