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Sandra Gouverneur - Hitting Instructor

















PositionHitting Instructor
Dutch National Team1995 - 2008 (as player)
Games Dutch National Team158 (as player)
Dutch Junior Team Red2007 - current (as Coach/Head Coach/Instructor)
Games Dutch Jr Team Red11 (as Coach/Head Coach)
Dutch Junior Team WhiteOct. 2009 - current (as Coach/Instructor)
Dutch Cadets Team2009 (as Coach)
Games Dutch Cadets Team8 (as Coach)


Clubs / Teams as Player
The Herons (Heerhugowaard, 1983-1995)
Terrasvogels (Santpoort, 1996-2007)
Nuoro (Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy, 2006; 2009)
Gryphons (Rosmalen, 2008)
(Dutch Major League: 1996-2008)

as Coach
National Teams
Netherlands Junior Team Red (AC 2007-2009;
FC Oct.2009-June 2010; HC June-Oct. 2010; HI Oct.2010-current)
Neth. Jr Team White (FC Oct.2009-June 2010; HI Oct.2010-current)
(AC = Assistant Coach / FC = Flex Coach / HI = Hitting Instructor)

Sandra's page as Player

...Tournaments Participated In...
as Player

with Terrasvogels
European Cup
1996 (Bussolengo, Italy), 1997 (Haarlem, Neth.), 1999 (Bussum, Neth.)
2000 (Macerata, Italy), 2001 (Santpoort, Neth.), 2005 (Macerata, Italy)
CupWinners Cup
1998 (Almere, Neth.), 2003 (Valencia, Spain), 2004 (Moscow, Russia)
2006 (Caronno Pertusella, Italy), 2007 (Prague, Czech Republic)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Gryphons
2008 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
1995 - Kingdom Games (Aruba)

with Dutch National Softball Team
1995 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament/HSW (Haarlem, Netherlands)
1996 - Winfield Cup (several sites, New Zealand)
Qantas Four Nations Tournament (Brisbane, Australia)
1997 - Haarlem Softball Week (Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
1998 - USA-trip (San Diego/Greenville, USA)
Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Fujinomiya, Japan)
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)
2001 - Disney Fastpitch Festival (Orlando, USA)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
Three Nations Cup (Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
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 Cittŕ 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 Junior Softball Team
2007 - AC Kingdom Games (The Hague, Netherlands)
2009 - AC World Championships Under 17 (Prague, Czech Rep.)
2010 - HC/FC Right To Play Future Stars Tournament (Team White) (Amsterdam, Neth.) (Red/White)
HC Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
HC European Championship Juniors (Vienna, Austria)
2013 - AC International Indoor Cup (Team Orange) (Schiedam, Neth.)
AC Future Stars Tournament (Team Pink) (Amsterdam, Neth.) (Red/White)

with Dutch Cadets Softball Team
2009 - AC European Championships (Alkmaar, Netherlands)

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

(HC = Head Coach / AC = Assistant Coach / FC = Flex Coach)

...Awards...
1995 - Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy (Most Talented Dutch Youth Player)
2000 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2001 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2005 - Best Hitter, Dutch Major League
Nomination MVP, Dutch Major League
2006 - Anne Irvine Best Defensive Player Award, Canada Cup
2007 - Nomination MVP, Dutch Major League
2009 - Award of Merit by Dutch Federation KNBSB
Career
In October 2009, former infielder Sandra Gouverneur (who celebrates her birthday on October 2) is one of five former national team-players to be named a so-called Flex Coach, the others being Marloes Fellinger, Nathalie Franssen, 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.

It it not the first time that Sandra is active an a coach. In the last few years, she was a member of the coaching staff of Head Coach André Prins, who led the Dutch National Youth Teams from 2006-2009.

In June 2010, it is announced that Sandra has been named Head Coach of the Dutch Junior Team that participates in the European Junior Championship in Austrian capital Vienna. Unfortunately, the event is a disappointment for the team, as it is dethroned and also misses qualification for the 2011 World Championship in South Africa. In October 2010, Sandra becomes a Hitting Instructor for the Dutch Junior Teams.

When Sandra is seven years old, in 1983, she starts her softball career at The Herons, the local club in Heerhugowaard. The reason for her to play softball was that a girl next door played the sport.

While playing for The Herons, which plays in the First Division, Sandra is selected for the Dutch National Junior Team, which participates in the Kingdom Games on Aruba. The same year, Sandra (who is then 18 years old) also makes her debut in the Dutch National Softball Team when she is added to the roster by then-Head Coach Ruud Elfers for the Haarlem Softbal Week, which also has the status of Olympic Qualifying Tournament. It marks the start of a long and impressive career in the national team from which she retires after participating in the Olympic Games of 2008 in Beijing (China). From 1995 through 2008, Sandra participates in 44 different international tournaments or events and becomes the All-time leader in official games played with 158.

After completion of the 1995 season, Sandra decides to play for Terrasvogels, where she would be an infielder (mostly short stop, but also sometimes at first base or behind the plate) for 12 seasons. In 2008, she added a final season in the Dutch big league playing for Gryphons, which had promoted to the highest division the year before. Sandra also played two years abroad, both for Nuoro on the Italian island of Sardinia. After playing for Nuoro in 2006, she returned their for the 2009 season and then retired as an active player. With Terrasvogels, Sandra participated in eleven different European Cup Tournaments.

Sandra, whose favorite softball-player is Team USA Short Stop Natasha Watley, is named Most Valuable Player of the Dutch big league twice, while being the Best Hitter once. In 2006, Sandra has a great outing during the Canada Cup and afterwards is named Best Defensive Player, winning the Anne Irvine Award, an accomplishment she lists as a career highlight.

Foodwise, Sandra likes pasta and names Kate Gentile, Auburn Sigurdson and Amy Harre as the three persons she would love to have a dinner with. Sandra likes all kinds of music and has Marco Borsato as favorite male singer and Anouk as her favorite female singer. Sandra's favorite actor is Kevin Costner, while Julia Roberts is her favorite actress.

Sandra is married to former National Baseball Team pitcher Jeroen Deken, who played in the Dutch big league for Amsterdam Pirates and HCAW from 1999-2005 and made his debut as Head Coach in the Softball Major League when he led Iber Lengua Terrasvogels in 2010, his lone season with the team. On November 28, 2010, Sandra and Jeroen became the parents of their first child, daughter Mette.

2010 --- In January, Sandra makes her coaching debut with the National squad (coaching Team Blue) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team finishing in second place --- A month later, Sandra heads Team Blue (Dutch Juniors), which finishes in fourth place in the Right To Play Future Stars Tournament in Amsterdam --- In June, Sandra is named Head Coach of the Dutch Junior Team, which participates in July in the European Junior Championship in Vienna (Austria), where is finishes in fifth place.
2009 --- After completing her career in the Dutch big league and in the Dutch national team, Sandra this year returns to Italy, as she will play again for Nuoro in the Italian Softball League --- As an Assistant Coach, Sandra is part of the staff of the Dutch Junior Team, which wins the silver medal in the first-ever World Championship Under 17, being held in Prague (Czech Republic) --- She also is one of the coaches of the National Cadets Team, which finishes in second place in the European Championships, being held in the Netherlands --- On March 28, the Dutch Federation (KNBSB) honors Sandra with the Award of Merit and decorates her on September 13 in Amsterdam before the start of the World Championship Baseball game between the Netherlands and Korea --- After completion of the season, Sandra announced her retirement --- In October, Sandra 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 --- Reaches base six times in seven plate appearances and doubles twice on February 16 vs. St. Mary's College in the opening game of the first American Tour by the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- On March 2, Sandra homers in the first game vs. Chaminade University of Honolulu --- In the second game of the second American Tour on May 30, Sandra is 1-for-2 vs. Philadelphia Force --- On July 6, in the second game of the Holland Tour and the first against the Holland All Stars, Sandra is 1-for-2 and reaches base twice. Both times, she is replaced by a pinch-runner, who both score --- A week later, on July 13, she is 1-for-3 and again her pinch-runner scores a run in the last game of the Holland Tour --- The next day, July 14, Sandra is named to the roster for the Olympic Games. Twelve years after she was dropped from the 1996 Olympic roster, Sandra now makes the Olympic team --- On August 2, the veteran player is 1-for-3 and walks in the exhibition game vs. Tohoku Fukushi University, which concludes the Japan Tour --- Ten days later, Sandra makes her Olympic debut in the opening game of the Olympic Games vs. host China and hits two singles --- In the next game, on August 13, Sandra homers vs. Canada --- On August 18, in the last game of the Olympics vs. Chinese Taipei, Sandra scores the second Dutch run in the game, then singles in two more in her next at bat, resulting in a 4-2 victory. With this game, Sandra concludes her international career with the Dutch National Team --- In the regular season, her first with Gryphons after having played 12 years for Terrasvogels, Sandra hits .341 and leads the team in runs (17) and RBI's (18) --- After this years international season, Sandra is the recordholder with 158 official games played for the Dutch National Women Softball Team.
2007 --- On May 27, Sandra scores twice in the opening game of the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) vs. the Czech Republic, which is won 3-1 --- The next day, she delivers a single and a double and scores twice in a 15-0 win vs. Greece --- On June 2, Sandra reaches base three times, is 2-for-3 and has two RBI's in a 6-0 win in the semi-final against Russia --- Seven days later, Sandra scores three runs in the 14-0 win against Slovakia in the opening game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy --- On June 12, she reaches base four times, hits a homerun and scores twice in a 5-0 shutout vs. South Africa --- The next day, she doubles twice, scores three runs and has two RBI's in a 12-1 win vs. Croatia --- In the regular season, Sandra returns to Terrasvogels and leads the team with a .388 average, 28 runs, 40 hits and 21 RBI's, which results in her fourth nomination for the MVP Award. In the Holland Series, Terrasvogels dethrones Sparks Haarlem and captures the Dutch title --- For the eleventh time, Sandra participates in an European Cup Tournament, with Terrasvogels finishing in second place in the CupWinners Cup in Prague (Czech Republic).
2006 --- This year, Sandra plays for Nuoro in the Italian softball league, but also appears in seven games for Terrasvogels.
2005 --- Another successful season, as Sandra scores 20 runs and has 17 RBI's and is the league's batting champion with a .411 average, earning a nomination for the MVP Award.
2004 --- Sandra again hits above .300, hitting .351 and scores 23 runs, while having 14 RBI's.
2003 --- Scoring 21 runs, Sandra finishes the regular season with a .329 batting average --- In Valencia (Spain), Sandra and Terrasvogels win the CupWinners Cup.
2002 --- Sandra hits .388 in the regular season and has 20 RBI's.
2001 --- For the second year in a row, Sandra wins the MVP-award in the Dutch big league.
2000 --- This year, Sandra is named Most Valuable Player of the Dutch Major League.
1999 --- In the regular season, she hits .369.
1998 --- This year, Sandra hits .452 and scores 22 runs --- In Almere (Netherlands), Sandra and Terrasvogels finish in second place in the CupWinners Cup Tournament.
1997 --- With Terrasvogels, Sandra hits .285, scores a career-high 35 runs and has 24 RBI's --- On the European Cup Tournament, her team finishes in second place.
1996 --- Sandra makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, playing for Terrasvogels in Santpoort, hitting .349, scores 19 runs and has 14 RBI's --- With Terrasvogels, Sandra plays in her first of eleven European Cup Tournaments. In Bussolengo (Italy), the team wins the Cup.
1995 --- While playing for First Divisionist The Herons in Heerhugowaard, Sandra this year makes her debut in the Dutch National Team during the Haarlem Softball Week in the Netherlands, which also has the status of Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Dutch win and qualify for the Olympics the next year in Atlanta, but Sandra doesn't make the roster for that event --- After the season, Sandra is awarded the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy for the Most Talented Dutch Youth Player.

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