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Nathalie Timmermans returns to USA

PARMA (Italy) / SCHIPHOL (Neth.) / OKLAHOMA CITY (USA) - Dutch National Team catcher Nathalie Timmermans on August 21 left the European CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy) one day before it ended, as she returned to the USA on August 23. There, Nathalie will study and play the coming months at Oklahoma City University (OCU).

Last Summer, Nathalie participated with the Dutch National Team in the World Cup of Softball, which was held in Oklahoma City and while being there she had a talk with Phil McSpadden, the Head Coach of the Stars, the softball-team of OCU. During the stay in Oklahoma City, Coach McSpadden assisted the Dutch Team by driving it to various locations with the teambus of OCU for practices and visiting the Oklahoma City National Memorial. On the photo at right, Nathalie talks with Coach Phil McSpadden (left) and Dutch National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas.

For the Dutch Team, it was a renewed acquaintance with Phil McSpadden, who was the Head Coach of Kansas Express USA, which participated in the Oldenzaal Softball Week in the Netherlands in June and played two games against the Dutch National Team during its Holland Tour.

In July, Phil McSpadden and coaches Bobbi Bridges, Guy Cook and Harold Copas were named NAIA National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Southwest Region coaching staff of the year. In the 2009 season, the Stars were 53-9, won the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament and finished in fourth place at the NAIA (National) Championships.

Phil McSpadden is Head Coach of the Stars since 1988 after having served one season there as Assistant Coach of Jay Miller, who this year was the Head Coach of Team USA. The next year, McSpadden succeeded Miller. Under McSpadden's guidance, the team appeared in 21 championship tournaments, won 10 regional championships, 5 district titles, 13 conference championships and 8 national titles. Forty of his players became All-Americans, while four of his former players played for the national team which won an Olympic Gold Medal. In 22 years as Oklahoma City University, McSpadden's record is 1117-282.

In January of this year, Nathalie also traveled to the USA to play for the Lady Vols, the softball-team of John A. Logan College in Carterville (Illinois), where she also played in the Fall-season of 2007. On May 10, after completion of her season in Illinois, Nathalie returned home to the Netherlands to rejoin her clubteam Sparks Haarlem and the Dutch National Softball Team.

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