The USAAI Team
William Edington - Founder
William Edington is the founder and Executive Director of USA Athletes International. It is his passion and belief in the power of youth athletics on the International level that has made USAAI what it is today. Bill truly believes in the programs and takes great pride in the trips that are offered, working with the coaches and tour operators to create the best experience possible. What started with one baseball team in 1992 has grown to become the industry leader is offering the best spots tour travel experience to athletes at play on the International level.
Program Coordinator - Recruiter
Your primary contact will be your recruiter. The recruiters are responsible for organizing the team based on the recommendation of the coaches. The recruiter will work with you on your travel arrangements including your connecting flights, fundraising opportunities and your account. If you have any questions please contact your recruiter.
- Darrell Phipps | Office Manager & Program Coordinator, Softball
- Rick Mathieu | Program Coordinator, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Volleyball & Soccer
USAAI Support Staff
- Diana Geisinger | serves the Executive Director as the administrative assistant. Diana also oversees merchandise sales. Financial Services and Accounts Receivable
Your coach is responsible for working with USAAI and the tournaments in putting together the team. We are dedicated to securing the best coaches and athletes to represent the USA on the International level. Coaches are responsible for leading the team athletically while on tour and serving as the USAAI ambassador.
Tom Palombo- Men’s Basketball
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: First Time USAAI Coach
From Guilford College Website:
Tom Palombo is in his 11th season as Guilford College's 14th recorded head men's basketball coach and his seventh as the school's director of athletics. In 16 seasons as a head men's basketball coach, Palombo has a 297-147 overall record and just one campaign with a sub-.500 record. He enters the 2013-14 season ranked 43rd among active NCAA Division III men's basketball coaching winning percentage (.669) leaders and 70th in victories.
A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Palombo guided the Quakers to a 43-37 mark in his first three years, before compiling a 104-19 record over the next four seasons. From 2006-10, Guilford had the most wins in NCAA Division III and the eighth-best winning percentage (.8455) among all NCAA men's basketball teams. Palombo’s record in 10 seasons at Guilford is 197-84, which ranks second only to Jack Jensen among the school’s men’s basketball coaching wins leaders.
Guilford made its fourth straight NCAA Division III playoff appearance under Palombo in 2010 and reached the national semifinals for the second year in a row. The Quakers also won their second Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) crown in three years and finished with a 30-3 overall record, which earned a number-three national ranking in the final D3hoops.com national poll. The Quakers also finished third in the nation in 2009 with a 26-6 record. Guilford broke onto the national scene in 2006-07 with the first of consecutive 24-5 campaigns. For his efforts, Palombo received 2007 South Region Coach of the Year honors from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) and D3hoops.com.
A 24-year head coaching veteran, Palombo has three Bob Johnson ODAC Men's Basketball Coach of the Year Awards to his credit, one shy of the league record. He has directed nine Quakers to a combined 17 All-ODAC commendations, including three players of the year. Guilford's Tyler Sanborn '10 and Ben Strong '08 both won NABC Division III Player of the Year honors as seniors.
Palombo's overall basketball head-coaching record is 438-197 in 23 seasons with eight NCAA Tournament berths, including five national quarterfinal appearances. He came to Guilford from Defiance College where he compiled a 100-63 mark and coached nine all-conference students as the Yellow Jackets’ head men’s basketball coach. His six-year stint as the Ohio school’s men’s coach followed three seasons as its women’s mentor during which time the team went 78-7. He also coached the Yellow Jackets’ men’s golf team for nine years, the tennis team for three seasons and taught in the sports science department.
A 1989 Virginia Wesleyan College graduate, Palombo's hire marked his return to the ODAC where he starred on Don Forsyth's basketball teams and played baseball for the Marlins from 1986-89. He competed for Guilford College Athletics Hall of Fame member Conrad Parker's '62 basketball teams at Bayside High School in Virginia Beach, Va. After earning his bachelor's degree in communications and journalism from Virginia Wesleyan in 1989, Palombo received his master's degree in education with an emphasis in sport management from Old Dominion University in 1991.
He returned to Virginia Wesleyan as its women's basketball coach, softball coach, and sports information director. Palombo averaged 15 basketball wins in three-plus seasons and won the 1992 ODAC Coach of the Year Award. The Marlins' softball squads went 103-57-1 and captured three straight ODAC titles from 1991-93.
Palombo has served on the NCAA South Region Advisory Committee and is a past chair of the ODAC Men's Basketball Coaches Committee. He coached the ODAC Senior All-Stars in 2007, which defeated the USA-South Athletic Conference’s Senior All-Stars.
Palombo has served as Guilford's athletic director since 2007. He and his wife, Amy, live in Greensboro with their four children: Kylee, Reagan, Davis and Caleb.
Johan Dulfer- Women’s Volleyball
In his eight years at Clarkson, Johan Dulfer has transformed the Golden Knights into a regional powerhouse with five consecutive NCAA appearances, including back-to-back New York Regional Championship in 2012 and 2013 that pushed the Green and Gold to the NCAA Volleyball Championships' Elite 8.
Under the guidance of Dulfer, the Knights have claimed three Liberty League Tournament Championships and two regular-season league titles in the past five seasons and have won 152 matches in that span.
Following his first season at Clarkson, the Golden Knights made a 12-game improvement on their record from 2006 to 2007, which helped Dulfer earn Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year honors in only his second season. From that point, the team has taken off, posting seven consecutive 20-win seasons, and back-to-back 30-win seasons, since. The Golden Knights have been most impressive in the last five seasons, as the team has reached the NCAA Tournament from 2009-2013, helping Dulfer gain his two more coach of the year honors in the conference, as well as the AVCA New York Region Coach of the Year award in 2013. Clarkson recorded back-to-back 28-victory seasons in 2009-2010, a then school-record tying 29 victories in 2011, and a program-record 31 wins in 2012 en route to the Elite 8. In 2013, Clarkson easily surpassed that mark, recording a 36-7 mark and earning a national-ranking for half of the season, finishing at #18 in the final poll. In 2009, the Golden Knights matched or set numerous marks on the way to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance. With a 28-7 mark, Dulfer gave the Knights their highest winning percentage in a single-season. In 2010, Dulfer led the Knights to their first victory in the NCAA Tournament, beating Hunter College in four sets. In 2011, the Golden Knights hosted the NCAA New York Regional and again posted a victory in the tournament before falling to the top seed. In 2012, again hosting the NCAA New York Regional, Clarkson went a perfect 3-0 to claim the championship. Whereas the 2012 NCAA Regional was a difficult run for the Knights, Clarkson dropped only two narrow sets in 2013 and allowed only 16.27 points per set during its overpowering 2013 run. Overall, Clarkson is 203-102 in the past seven years (.6656) and has a .792 winning percentage in the past four seasons (152-40).
Outside of his Clarkson success, Dulfer boasts an impressive resume, which includes working as the first assistant coach at Division I James Madison University over three years. While at James Madison, Dulfer helped guide the program to a winning mark of 45-36 for a .555 winning percentage. Prior to working for the Dukes, Dulfer was a student assistant at the University of Minnesota on two separate occasions and also was the head coach at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands in 1998.
A native of the Netherlands, Dulfer has served as one of the assistant coaches and program director of the Iroquois-Empire High Performance Program in New York, and has also coached several touring international club teams. Dulfer received a masters degree in Kinesiology, with an emphasis in Sport Psychology, from the University of Minnesota in 2003, and a masters degree in International Relations & Propaedeuse in Dutch Law from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) in 1999.
Erika Lang Montgomery- Women’s Basketball
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: First Time USAAI Coach
From Flager College Website:
Erika Lang-Montgomery’s fourth season at the helm of the Saints in 2012-13 proved to be her most successful yet, leading Flagler to 15 wins, the team’s most since 2007-08, and 11 home wins, including a nine-game unbeaten streak at Flagler Gymnasium spanning from Dec. 1 to Feb. 27. The 11 wins at home were the most since the 1999-2000 season. The Saints finished third in the Peach Belt Conference East Division with a 15-13 (10-9 PBC) record, their most conference wins since joining the PBC in 2009-10.
Lang-Montgomery was named as the 18th head coach of the women’s basketball program on July 2, 2009.
She recorded her first win at Flagler in her first game, vs. Ave Maria on Nov. 15, 2009.
Two tenets of Lang-Montgomery’s philosophy are giving back to the community and academic excellence. Last year, the team performed over 200 hours of community service and also posted a team grade point average of 3.14. Jen Knurek earned a spot on the Peach Belt’s All-Academic Team. Her teams have won the PBC Team Sportsmanship Award for four consecutive seasons (2010-13).
Under Lang-Montgomery, Williesha "Shorty" Spencer became Flagler's first all-Southeast Region and all-Peach Belt Conference player after the 2012-13 season.
Lang-Montgomery brings 14 years of NCAA Division I coaching experience to Flagler. She has served on the staffs of Purdue University (1995-96), Florida State University (1996-97), the University of Southern California (1997-2000), Wichita State University (2003-08) and most recently, the University of North Texas (2008-09).
At North Texas, she served as the recruiting coordinator for the Mean Green and head coach Shanice Stephens. In her stint at UNT, the Mean Green posted an 11-20 record and a 6-12 mark in the Sun Belt Conference’s West Division. Lang-Montgomery helped coach first-team all-conference selection, Amber Jackson.
Prior to North Texas, she was the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Wichita State for Head Coach Jane Albright, whom she also served as an assistant for at Wisconsin. Lang-Montgomery recruited two players who earned Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team honors, including 2005 MVC Freshman of the Year, Kiki Stephens. She helped develop the conference’s leading rebounder, Antionette Wells, in 2005 and 2006 as well as having several players earn all-conference and all-defensive team accolades.
At Wisconsin, she helped develop players into all-Big Ten Conference selections. Lang-Montgomery was active in recruiting players in the upper Midwest and in South Carolina.
In her stint at USC, she was able to land back-to-back nationally ranked recruiting classes.
Lang-Montgomery graduated from the University of Florida in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports sciences with a specialization in sports administration. She was a four-year letter winner for the Gators and was selected to the 1989 All-Southeastern Conference Freshman Team. Lang-Montgomery ranks in the top 20 in three different career categories at Florida – rebounds (647), free throws attempted (359) and blocked shots (45). She led the Gators in field goals made as a junior, field goal percentage as a sophomore and blocked shots as a freshman.
A native of Jacksonville, Lang-Montgomery graduated from nearby Bishop Kenny High School in 1988. She averaged 16.9 points 13.8 rebounds per game as a senior for Head Coach Brian Whitmire. Lang-Montgomery earned first-team All-City and second-team All-State honors as a senior.
Lang-Montgomery is married to Larry Montgomery and the couple has two sons, Jaden (11) and Justin (8).
Hailey Dreyer- Softball
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: First Time USAAI Coach
From Lakeland College Website:
Hailey Dreyer, a standout softball player and coach, is Lakeland College's new head softball coach.
Dreyer comes to Lakeland from the University of Dubuque, where she was assistant coach and head pitching coach for two seasons and served four months as interim head coach. She helped guide the 2012 team to the most wins and best record in school history, and the 2011 team had the second-best season in school history.
"I'm very excited; being a head coach has been a goal since I've been playing college softball," said Dreyer, a native of Twin Lakes, Wis. "I've learned a lot through my various coaching roles, and I know I'm ready to lead my own program."
She developed Dubuque's pitching staff and worked with the outfield. She started a new fundraiser and has experience in recruiting, managing camp operations, the team's budget, travel and tournament arrangements and community involvement and service.
Dreyer inherits a program that finished 20-19 last season, 14-10 in the Northern Athletics Conference. The Muskies have won at least 20 games in four of the last six seasons, including a school-record 30 wins in 2009.
"We have good talent, we just need to add some additional younger talent because having depth is important," Dreyer said. "There's no reason why we shouldn't content for the conference championship this spring. I know about the family feel at Lakeland, and I want prospective college softball players to discover what we have at Lakeland."
Dreyer said aggressive small ball will be the cornerstone of her teams.
"I'm very competitive and we will always be working to get that extra run," Dreyer said. "You're going to see our teams do a lot of stealing and bunting. You've also got to have strong pitching. The pitcher needs to be the most upbeat, positive, composed person on the mound that everyone knows will get the job done.
Dreyer graduated in May with a master of business administration from Dubuque. She earned a bachelor's in psychology from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 2010.
She played college softball for four years, two years at Dubuque before finishing her career at William Penn. Hailey was a captain at each school, earned academic all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors twice and all-MCC in 2010 at William Penn and was Player of the Week and Player of the Month at Dubuque.
She has experience in personal training, conducting summer fitness and speed classes to help athletes and adults get stronger and physically fit.
Suzette Soboti- Lacrosse and Soccer
University of Redlands
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Australia, Aruba, Curacao, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland
From University of Redlands Website:
Suzette Soboti joined the University of Redlands in April 1998 and coached the women's lacrosse team in its first year of intercollegiate competition in 1999. She is also the women's soccer coach for the Bulldogs. Prior to coming to Redlands, she spent four years as head women's soccer coach at Middlesex County College in New Jersey.
Soboti has coached the women's lacrosse team since its varsity inception in 1999. In 2006, she boasted the program's best finish while competing as a Division III Independent with an overall record of 11-4 . Prior to that, the Bulldogs earned a 14-4 mark in the Western Women's Lacrosse League and finished second in the tournament during the 2000 season.
A 1991 graduate of Skidmore College in New York, Soboti played goalkeeper in both soccer and lacrosse for four years. She also excelled at basketball. She went on to earn a master's degree from Montclair State University.
Soboti calls herself a fan of horror movies and books and enjoys "outdoors stuff" and classical music. She and her husband, Brian Swinson, reside in Redlands with their dogs, Ginger and Kona.
Troy Halterman- Golf
University of Missouri- Saint Louis
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: First time USAAI Coach
From UMSL Website:
Troy Halterman is in his fifth season with the UMSL men’s golf program, and his fourth as the program’s head coach.
During his time with the Tritons, Halterman has resurrected the program, leading UMSL to the NCAA Championships for the first time in 11 years during the 2010-11 season, where the Tritons placed 15th nationally. During the season, he directed the program to four team victories and 10 top five finishes. The squad also earned a fourth place finish at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament. For his efforts, he was named GLVC Coach of the Year.
This past season, the Tritons recorded eight top-10 finishes in their 11 tournaments of the 2011-12 campaign, including a seventh place finish at the GLVC Tournament. Additionally, Halterman saw sophomore Joe Atkisson earn all-GLVC and all-region honors, while earning an individual bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional, marking the third straight season UMSL was represented in the postseason.
He had a solid first campaign at the helm during the 2009-10 campaign, directing the program to four top-five team finishes. The squad also earned an eighth place finish at the GLVC Tournament after scoring a tournament low 292 on the final 18 holes.
Halterman also saw junior Matt Rau receive all-GLVC honors and earn an individual bid to the NCAA Midwest Regional, where he tied for 22nd place.
Halterman played collegiately at Oklahoma State from 1991-1993 and at Kansas State from 1993-1996. While playing at Oklahoma State, he had the opportunity to learn from legendary golf coach, Mike Holder, who has won 10 NCAA Championships.
At Kansas State, Halterman was a First Team All-Big 8 selection and twice was named an All-American Scholar. He was also a three-time Academic All-Big 8 honoree. Halterman graduated from Kansas State in 1995 with a bachelor of science in journalism.
In 1998, Halterman began working as a club professional. He has spent time in Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Kansas City. In the Kansas City area he was assistant professional at Wolf Creek Golf Club and Kansas City Country Club. He spent 2007-08 as the Head Professional at Oakwood Country Club in Kansas City.
Halterman spent 12 years in competitive golf, where he had an accomplished professional career. After graduating college he played professionally on the Prairie Tour, Hooters Tour and Golden Bear Tour. He also played in the PGA Tour qualifying tournament. Since becoming a PGA professional in 2001 he continued to compete in PGA sectional tournaments in both the Midwest and Gateway sections. He qualified for five National PGA Assistant Professional Championships and two National PGA Club Professional Championships. During his time as a club professional, Halterman won numerous section and national PGA events. He was awarded the 2007 Presidents Plaque by the Midwest Section PGA for his contributions to player development and growth of the game.
He will regain his amateur status in May 2013.
Halterman and his wife Gail have two children, Will and Nick.
Melissa Bittner- Basketball
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Italy, Austria, Curacao
From Monmouth College Website:
Women’s basketball head coach Melissa Bittner has been part of the Monmouth landscape since 1999.
Bittner, then Melissa Jones, was a three-sport athlete at Monmouth coming to the school after a Hall of Fame career at United Township High School in East Moline, Ill. She excelled not only in basketball, but also in volleyball and track.
In basketball, Bittner went on to finish as the Scots’ third all-time leading scorer and was a four-time all-conference selection. On the track, she earned All-American status four times, twice indoors after spending most of the track season on the hardwood. By the end of her career as a Fighting Scot, Bittner was named All-Midwest Conference a remarkable 15 times out of 16 athletic seasons.
For her tremendous success as a student-athlete at Monmouth, Bittner was named the state winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 2003, and she was a top 10 finalist for the national award.
Bittner guided the Scots to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2012, the same season the league’s coaches voted her Coach of the Year.
A 2003 graduate of Monmouth, Bittner lives just blocks from Glennie Gym with her husband Bryan, a Monmouth chiropractor.
Don Loberg- Softball
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Curacao
From LU Website:
Don Loberg is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Lindenwood Lady Lions softball program. During Loberg’s tenure as head coach, the Lady Lions have an overall record of 194-162. The program reached the HAAC tournament four times, and NAIA postseason tournament once. Loberg has had 28 NAIA Scholar Athletes at Lindenwood.
In 2012, the Lady Lions compiled a record of 17-31 while playing mostly a NCAA Division II schedule all season.
In 2011, the Lions recorded an overall mark of 30-23 and a HAAC record of 15-5. The team also compiled a home record of 20-7. The program had five NAIA Scholar Athletes, seven members were named to the All-HAAC team, and two were named to the All-Region team.
In 2010, Lindenwood compiled an overall record of 32-21 and a conference mark of 17-3. The Lady Lions were regular season conference co-champions and hosted four games in the HAAC tournament. Loberg's team compiled the highest GPA of any program at Lindenwood and was awarded the NAIA Scholar Team award. Six ladies were named to the NAIA Scholar team and nine were placed on the All-HAAC team.
In 2009, the Lady Lions compiled a record of 36-27 and 14-6 in HAAC conference play. The 36 wins were the most since Loberg has been head coach. In addition, the program placed five athletes on the all-conference team and two on the all-region team. Lindenwood finished third in conference play and advanced to the semifinals of the HAAC conference tournament.
In 2008, the program amassed a record of 35-16 to go along with a conference record of 14-6. The Lady Lions were selected to play in the NAIA regional tournament. Five athletes were selected for the all-conference team and one was the conference freshman of the year.
In 2007, the Lady Lions finished the season with a record of 16-28 and conference record of 6-14. The program had three athletes selected to the all-conference team.
In his inaugural season as head coach in 2006, the Lady Lions finished with a 28-16 record, including a stretch at one point of 11 undefeated games. The Lady Lions emerged to beat a number of nationally ranked teams.
Prior to coming to Lindenwood, Loberg was hired to start the softball program at Harris-Stowe State College. The team finished tied for third in the America Midwest Conference. He also had two NAIA Scholar Athletes and an AMC All-Conference and All-Region player on that team.
During the 2000-2004 seasons he was at McKendree University for four years as an assistant. The coaching staff was voted “Coaching Staff of the Year” in 2000 for the Midwest Region.
He started his college coaching career in 1996 at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, serving three years as the assistant and one year as head coach. At Florissant Valley he had four national scholar athletes.
Loberg was the head coach at Incarnate Word Academy in St. Louis, Mo. for two years, winning District Championships each year.
Loberg served four years in the United States Marine Corps. In December 2004 he retired from the United States Department of Agriculture after 30 years of service.
He is married to MaryJo and has three children, Christina, Mandy and Don (DJ). He has one grandson (Hunter) and two granddaughters (Kylie and Grace).
Shelly Liddick- Golf
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: First-Time USAAI Coach
From BU Website:
Shelly Liddick was named the women's golf coach at Bellevue University in August of 2010.
In their inaugural season, Liddick led the Bruins to four tournament titles, including the 2012 MCAC Tournament championship while being tabbed the conference's Coach of the Year and the LPGA National Coach of the Year as well as the Central Section Coach of the Year.
The Bruins claimed four team championships in 2011-12 as well as six individual titles, 17 top-5 individual placings and 29 top-10 individual finishes.
A native of Lincoln, Neb. and Ottumwa, Iowa, Liddick played collegiately at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She also coached at her alma mater and was the head women's golf coach at Wichita State University from 2003-04.
Liddick, a member of the LPGA since 1993, is a certified professional golf club fitter and has taught golf schools in Alabama, Arizona, New Zealand, Sweden, Germany, Hawaii and California.
She has worked closely with several PGA and LPGA touring professionals and has participated in Golf 54 and Vision 54 training with Lynn Marriott and Pia Nielsen.
In addition to coaching collegiately at UAB and Wichita State, Liddick also coached Summit High School girls golf in Bend, Ore.
Liddick specializes in player development, as well as the mental game and short game.
Cristina Byrne- Softball
San Francisco State University
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Holland
From SFSU Website:
Cristina Byrne enters her fifth season at the helm of the Gator softball program. During her tenure, Byrne’s players have garnered six all-CCAA awards, three all-West Region honors and 11 NFCA scholar-athlete certificates.
Under Byrne’s tutelage in 2011, outfielder Heather Jensen collected second-team all-CCAA honors, while pitcher Ashley Jackson, first baseman Cara Spence and outfielder Alyssa Esquibel joined catchers Deana Querubin and Kylie Grabowski in earning scholar-athlete recognition by the NFCA.
In 2010, catcher Karolyn Gubbine landed on the Daktronics all-West Region second team, while pitcher Kendra Wood was a second-team all-CCAA selection. In addition, Jackson, Spence and pitcher Carolyn Knudson received NFCA scholar-athlete distinction.
In 2009, Byrne’s troops finished strong, posting a 17-7 record over the final month of the season to complete their second straight winning season at 31-24. Among the victories was a 3-1 triumph over Central Washington that featured a school-record 16 strikeouts by Jackson. Following the season, Kelsey Wood collected second-team NFCA all-West Region honors, sister Kendra Wood was a first-team all-CCAA selection, while Jackson was named to the all-conference second team. In addition, Jackson, Knudson and outfielder Danielle Chapman attained NFCA scholar-athlete status.
In 2008, Byrne became the only head coach in program history to record a winning record in her first year when the Gators compiled a 29-23 mark, including a sparkling 16-4 ledger at home. That season, Kendra Wood captured first-team Daktronics all-West Region accolades and earned a spot on the all-CCAA second team, along with first baseman Jordana Freemer.
Byrne arrived at SF State from UC San Diego, where she was the assistant softball coach and director of recruiting. Prior to her stint with the Tritons, Byrne was the head softball coach at Dominican University in San Rafael, Calif., during the 2005-06 season.
From 2003-05, Byrne served her first tour of duty as an assistant coach at UC San Diego. Before her initial appointment with the Tritons, she was the assistant varsity softball coach at the University of San Diego High School from 2002-03. While at USDHS, Byrne also was the head junior varsity and assistant varsity girls basketball coach from 1996-2003.
Byrne has also worked softball camps at San Diego State, Boise State, the University of San Diego and UC San Diego.
During her time as a high school coach and an assistant collegiate coach, Byrne spent four years as an orthopedic technician and two years in the emergency room as a trauma technician.
Byrne earned her bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of San Diego in 2002 and went on to Grossmont College to receive her certification in orthopedic technology. She played collegiate softball at San Diego State from 1996-99 and at the University of San Diego from 1999-2001. During her two years on the Torero squad, Byrne committed only two errors and started nearly every game in the outfield. In 2000, she garnered USD’s Offensive Player of the Year honors and led the team in steals and runs scored. In 2001, she received the Torero Award and was named to all-tournament teams at the Hawai’i Classic and Western Intercollegiate Softball League Championships.
Hadley Foster – Volleyball Quincy University
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Holland
From Quincy Website
Hadley Foster is in his seventh season as the head coach of the Quincy University men's volleyball team.
Last season, Foster led the Hawks to their best start in school history, winning their first 10 games. They finished with a 17-15 record overall including beating rival powerhouse Ohio State, giving them their second consecutive winning season.
His teams have had success in the classroom as well with 64 players being named Academic All-Conference in the last five seasons.
Foster arrived in Quincy in the summer of 2005 after serving as the women’s head coach at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Tarleton State, an NCAA Division II school, compiled a 41-63 record under Foster and advanced to the Lone Star Conference Tournament in his first season there.
Prior to that Foster served as the top assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s programs at Findlay University. In his first season at Findlay, 1999, the Oiler’s women’s team won 38 matches and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA national tournament. After moving to NCAA Division II, Findlay qualified for the 2000 regional tournament and advanced to the regional finals in 2001.
Foster’s collegiate coaching experience started with a six-year stint at NCAA Division I Idaho State University. While in Idaho, Foster spent five years as director and head coach of the Gate City Volleyball Club, which played in the Intermountain USA volleyball region. He led the 1999 club to the Region 17 Tournament championship. Foster also coached two seasons at Blackfoot (Idaho) High School.
Foster earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degerees from Idaho State, completing his undergraduate studies in physical education in 1996 before finishing his graduate work in athletic administration in 1998.
Lindsay Jackson – Field Hockey Limestone College
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Barbados
From Limestone Website
Lindsay Jackson was named the first head coach in Limestone field hockey history in November 2008 and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the program. In addition to her field hockey duties, she also serves as Limestone’s Senior Woman Administrator, a role she has held since the summer of 2010.
This past season, Jackson and the Saints produced the best season in the young program’s history, going 11-6 and notching a number of impressive victories. Among those were the program’s first ever victory over a nationally ranked opponent, 2-0 at No. 10 Adelphi on September 26, and the team’s first win over an NCAA Division I squad.
That was a 2-0 victory over Liberty at Timken Field on September 30. That game not only broke the program’s single season win total with its sixth triumph but it was also the Saints record fourth straight shutout. They would go on to break the single season record with their sixth shutout in their final game of the season, a 6-0 win over Transylvania on November 6.
During the season, Jackson’s recruiting efforts paid off as freshman defender Rachel Goromonzi was named to the Synapse All-Rookie Squad after shattering the program single season point (29) and goal (12) records. Those marks also place her second in the career record book for both categories.
In 2009, the first year of field hockey at Limestone, Jackson helped the Saints navigate one of the most challenging schedules in the country. LC faced numerous nationally ranked opponents, including traditional powerhouses such as Shippensburg, East Stroudsburg and Kutztown.
Being a first-year program and the most southern-located field hockey team across all three divisions of the NCAA, Limestone played nearly its entire schedule on the road.
The program took huge strides in 2010 as the Saints, still playing most of their games on the road against top flight competition, went 5-13. A 500-percent improvement over the first year, Limestone earned all five victories by shutout to rank among the leaders in NCAA Division II. They earned the first win in program history over Mercy College, 5-0, on September 4, 2010 at home on Timken Field.
Among their impressive performances were a pair of narrow 2-0 road losses to No. 8 Millersville and No. 3 East Stroudsburg, two of the top teams in the country. Against ESU, one of the top scoring teams in the country, Limestone limited them to a season-low tying two goals and held the second leading scorer in the nation to a lone goal.
Prior to joining Limestone, Jackson served as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at St. Andrews Presbyterian College since the fall of 2006. While there she helped lead the Knights to one of their best seasons in program history in 2007 as the team set a number of school records.
She also has coaching experience at the high school level, where she has worked as an assistant coach for Southern High School in Maryland and has also coached for the Severna Park and East Coast Field Hockey camps.
Jackson attended Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. where she played both field hockey and lacrosse. She earned All-Academic honors on four occasions and was named to the Dean’s List and the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Division II Academic Honor Roll.
She graduated in May of 2006 and currently holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management. She resides in Gaffney, S.C.
Todd Buckingham – Softball Saginaw Valley State University
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Australia and Spain
From SVSU Website
Todd Buckingham enters his first season as head coach of the SVSU softball team after being hired in June of 2012.
Buckingham spent the past six seasons at IU Southeast after being named the first head coach in school history in 2006. He amassed a 186-111 record while leading the school to six straight Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and three NAIA Postseason appearances, including an Elite 8 appearance in 2012. He was named KIAC Coach of the Year twice and NAIA Regional Coach of the Year in 2008. During his 11 seasons in collegiate softball, Buckingham compiled a 263-252 overall record in his stops at IU Southeast and Bluefield State (WV).
During his six seasons at IU Southeast, Buckingham coached 30 of his former players to all-conference awards and three to NAIA Academic All-American accolades.
Before taking over at IU Southeast, Buckingham coached at Bluefield State College, an NCAA Division II program in Bluefield, West Virginia for five seasons. While there, he set the career record for softball coaching victories and led the program to its first winning season in school history. He was named the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Softball Coach of the Year in 2005.
Buckingham also served as one of two coaches for USA Athletes International, Inc. ( USAAI ). He took a team of U.S. softball players to Spain in the summer of 2008 and traveled to Australia in 2009 and 2010.
A native of Corydon, Ind., Buckingham received a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Olivet Nazarene University in 1998. He returned to Indiana after he graduated to teach Science at South Central Junior/Senior High School in Elizabeth, Ind. in 1998 and then taught Math and Science at St. Joseph School in Corydon, Ind. from 1999 to 2001.
Carroll La Haye – Women's Basketball Randolph-Macon College
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Aruba, Austria, Barbados, Ireland, Italy
From RMC Website
Carroll LaHaye completed her 30th season as head coach of the nationally renowned women's basketball program at Randolph-Macon in 2011-12.
On January 13, 2012, LaHaye became just the 15th Division III Women's Basketball Coach to record 500 victories as the Yellow Jackets topped Roanoke College, 82-70.
In addition to her 508 wins, LaHaye has spearheaded a program that Randolph-Macon has hung seven ODAC Championship banners in Crenshaw Gymnasium during her tenure. R-MC has won five of the last eight league titles and has made seven NCAA Tournament appearances since 2003.
LaHaye has directed her teams to 10 consecutive winning seasons and 19 overall during her time in Ashland. The Yellow Jackets have posted 12 seasons in which they have won 20 or more games and have played for the ODAC title on 10 occasions. Since joining the ODAC in 1989-90, R-MC has won a staggering 75% of its games, earning 334 victories over their conference foes during that time.
A three-time ODAC Coach of the Year, LaHaye's squads have garnered national attention advancing to the NCAA Sweet 16 on four occasions, trips to the Elite 8 twice and a place in the 2005 National Championship Game.
LaHaye has mentored two National Players of the Year in Megan Silva (2006) and Molly Ariail (2010), and Amanda Hiltunen (2009). Silva and Hiltunen were named finalists for the prestigious Jostens Award during their respective senior seasons in Ashland, with Silva becoming the first Randolph-Macon athlete to win the award in 2006.
In 2010-11 R-MC captured their seventh Regular Season and ODAC Tournament Championships in route to finishing the year with a record of 23-7, 17-3 in conference play. The women made a push to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, by defeating Bridgewater State, 80-69.
In 2008-09, LaHaye and her staff mentored R-MC to its third ODAC championship in four years and its fifth championship in a seven year span.
In 2007-08, LaHaye led the program to its sixth straight 20+ win season and a national ranking as high as No.12 during the year.
In 2006-07, the Yellow Jackets became just the second team in the history of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference to capture three consecutive league championships. LaHaye and her squad then went on to the NCAA Tournament where they advanced to the "Sweet 16" for the third straight year and for the fourth time in LaHaye's tenure.
LaHaye reached a personal milestone on February 10, 2007 when the Jackets topped Randolph-Macon Woman's College 63-33. With the victory, LaHaye became just the 21st coach in the history of Division III Women's Basketball to reach 400 career wins.
In 2005-06, R-MC captured its second consecutive ODAC title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years. The Yellow Jackets ended their season at 28-3 after advancing to the "Elite Eight" of the national tournament.
The 2004-05 Yellow Jacket squad was arguably the best-ever in the history of the program. Accomplishments included: winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament for the second time in three years; finishing with the most wins in the program's history at 30-2; becoming the first-ever women's team in the ODAC to go 20-0; advancing to the NCAA tournament Final Four for the first time in the history of both R-MC and ODAC women's basketball; finishing second in the NCAAs; achieving the longest winning streak in the history of the program at 23 games; and finishing ranked #2 in the nation and #1 in the South Region.
For her efforts, LaHaye was named the ODAC Coach of the Year and the Virginia Sports Information Directors state Coach of the Year, and she earned her 200th conference victory early in the season. She was also recognized for her dedication as a faculty member at Randolph-Macon by receiving the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award at the college's 2005 honors convocation in the spring.
In 2003-04, Randolph-Macon finished 20-8 overall and 16-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), made it to the championship game of the conference tournament, and was ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA Division III South Region during the season as well as in the top 15 in the nation by DIII News in the preseason.
LaHaye's 2002-03 squad was 20-10 overall, won the ODAC tournament, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament following a first-round win at home. LaHaye earned her 300th career victory during the campaign, and she was named the Richmond Times-Dispatch newspaper's Virginia state Coach of the Year.
After guiding her 1997-98 team to a record of 21-6, a first-place finish in the ODAC, and the NCAA tournament, LaHaye was honored as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)/IKON District V Coach of the Year.
In 1998-99 the Yellow Jackets finished 23-5 overall, won the ODAC regular season championship with a 19-1 record, and made an appearance in the conference title game for the second time in four seasons. LaHaye was named the ODAC Coach of the Year for the third time in six years, and was also the VaSID Small College Coach of the Year for Divisions II-III.
During 1995-96, LaHaye's team produced one of the most successful seasons in the history of the program, with a 28-2 record. The Yellow Jackets won two games in their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III tournament, advancing to the "Sweet Sixteen." That season LaHaye was named the ODAC Coach of the Year, the WBCA/Converse District V Coach of the Year, and the VaSID college Division II-III Coach of the Year.
A native of Maine, LaHaye earned a bachelor's degree cum laude in business management-recreation from the University of Maine-Machias in 1977. In addition to being an excellent student, she was a standout performer in basketball and volleyball.
Prior to coming to Randolph-Macon, LaHaye worked as a program director at the North Richmond YMCA and as program coordinator for the Hanover County Parks and Recreation Department. Since joining the Randolph-Macon athletic staff, besides her position as basketball coach, she also served as women's athletic coordinator and head coach of soccer and lacrosse. In 1982, her lacrosse team finished fifth in the AIAW national tournament.
Currently, LaHaye is a director of physical education, and associate professor of physical education at Randolph-Macon. She is a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
In addition to her other recent coaching honors, in 1998-99 LaHaye was selected by the American Women's Sports Federation as one of eight Division III All-American coaches. Her sound philosophy is recognized by others in the field who strive to have outstanding student-athletes in their programs who can compete in the classroom as well as on the court and receive recognition for both.
Besides being recognized herself, LaHaye has also had many of her players receive post-season honors from the NCAA, American Women's Sports Federation, the Virginia Sports Information Directors, and the ODAC. Several Yellow Jackets have been named All-Americans, both academic and athletic.
As a coach, LaHaye feels that her players can achieve success and meet individual goals in other phases of college life while participating in an intercollegiate sport. She demands top performance academically, and this is reflected in the excellent students that she has been able to attract to Randolph-Macon. Many of her players have achieved Dean's List status as a result of their commitment to academics
Greg Bruce – Women's Basketball Western Oregon University
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Austria, Belgium, England, France, Ireland, The Netherlands
From WOU Website
Head coach Greg Bruce enters his sixth season at the helm of the Western Oregon women's basketball program. After taking over a program that was winless in the season prior to his arrival, Bruce has continued to improve the Wolves, including leading them to consecutive 11-win season, which was the school's first back-to-back double-digit win seasons since 2001-02 and 2002-03.In 2010-11, Bruce coached the team to nine GNAC victories which matched the most wins ever wins in conference play for Western Oregon since entering Division II.
During Bruce's coaching career he has also served as the head women’s basketball coach at Portland State, Northern Colorado, Cal State Bakersfield and Fort Lewis. In 18 years as a head coach, he has a sparkling record of 334-234 (.588). That includes a 10-year run at Portland State from 1987 through 1996 when the Vikings went 199-89, reaching the NCAA title game in 1995 and finishing a school-best 31-3 in 1992.
Bruce was inducted into the Portland State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. His team’s accomplishments still dominate the school’s record books. The Vikings won five consecutive Pacific West Conference titles and at one time ran off 50 consecutive wins at home. The 1986 PSU squad listed second in the nation in scoring (85.6 ppg), and his 1994 club led the country in three-point percentage (.429).
Bruce’s sterling career includes a year at Cal State Bakersfield (2000-01) where he led a first-year program to a 21-7 record and post-season play, the first time in NCAA history that a men’s or women’s team qualified for the tournament in its first year of existence.
Be also coached three seasons at Northern Colorado (1998-2000), leading the Bears to a 58-28 record and two NCAA tournament appearances. His 1997-98 team went 21-8 and set 14 UNC school records, including most three-pointers made per game (7.8).
Prior to WOU, Bruce was the head coach at Fort Lewis College (Colorado) in 2004-05 (15-13), and was an assistant at UC Davis for three seasons (2002-04). Before beginning his legendary tenure at Portland State, he was an assistant coach for three seasons at Notre Dame (1984-86), and was the head boys or girls coach at Thunderbird High School in Phoenix, Arizona from 1972-84. His career record at the high school level is 140-43.
A native of Nantic, Illinois, Bruce graduated from Purdue University in 1972, and earned his master’s from Arizona State in 1977. He and his wife Lyla have been married for 40 years, and they have a son Kyle who graduated from Western Oregon University.
20 seasons as head coach 334-234
Joyce Ann Koubaroulis – Field Hockey
Virginia Wesleyan College
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Australia
From VWC Website
Coached USA Athletes International team in 2012 in Australia
2011 Masters of Education from the Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University
2006 Cum Laude graduate of Ursinus College with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science, minor in Coaching
Begins her sixth season at Virginia Wesleyan College in 2012
Came to VWC from Smith College, where she was a graduate student and the assistant field hockey coach
Regional Development Manager for USA Field Hockey's Region 8
National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Former assistant field hockey coach at Ursinus, helping the Bears to a Centennial Conference championship and to the semifinals of the NCAA DIII championship tournament
Four-year starter at Ursinus, where she was a first team All-American, the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, an ECAC first team All-Star, the team MVP and selected to play in the North/South All-Star game, all in 2004
Ursinus' Senior Female Athlete of the Year, 2004-05
2002-03 member of the Greek National Hockey team, where she started in the midfield and was named the team's MVP for it's only tournament victory, against Finland, in the 2002 Women's European Nations Cup
Graduate of Virginia Beach's Frank W. Cox High School where she helped the 1999 and 2000 teams to district, region and state championships both years, the 12th and 13th for the powerhouse field hockey program
Has coached elite summer camps at Old Dominion University since 2004
Dwight Kotila– Baseball
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: France, Holland, Aruba and Australia
From Century College Website
Dwight Kotila will begin his 5th year as Head Baseball Coach at Century College, and 16th season overall as a head coach (411-152-1 .730). In his previous 17 seasons, Coach Kotila has coached 3 different NJCAA baseball programs to 8 appearances at the NJCAA World Series (Riverland CC - ‘98; Ridgewater - ‘02; ‘03; ‘05; ‘06; ‘07; ‘08, Century- '12, '13- NAtional Runner-up), including a National- Runner Up finish in 2005 and 2013. Coach Kotila’s teams have won 10 divisional championships, and 8 Region XIII championships. Coach Kotila is a nine-time MCAC Southern Division Coach of the Year, and 8-time NJCAA Region XIII Coach of the Year. Coach Kotila has had 3 former players drafted, and has had over 100 players receive scholarships to play at four-year schools ranging from NCAA Div. I, II, and NAIA. In addition to his college coaching success, Coach Kotila has also served as the Head Baseball Coach for USA Athletes International for the past 9 summers. As the Head Baseball Coach for USA Athletes International, he helped guide the USA team to 1st and 2nd (twice) place finishes in the Australian Baseball Classic played in Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia. He also coached the USA Athletes baseball team to a 2nd place finish in Rouen, France in 2009, and a first place finish in Holland (2005) and Aruba (2010).
Coach Kotila is the Director of Athletics at Century College and also teaches Physical Education/ Wellness. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Education, and Masters of Science Degree (M.S.) in Physical Education and Sport Science, from St Cloud State University
Becky Norris– Women's Softball
Previous USA Athletes International Trips: Holland, Belgium, Spain, Aruba, Italy and Australia
From Indiana Tech Website
Head Coach Becky Norris is in her ninth season with Indiana Tech. Through the past eight seasons, Norris has lead the Warriors in breaking every team record and has coached 23 All-Conference players, 7 All-Regional players and 1 All-American.
Prior to Indiana Tech, she spent a one year stint as an assistant coach at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN (NCAA Div-I) where the team achieved a thirty-one game winning season finishing third in the Sun Belt Conference and second in the conference tournament. Earlier she was an assistant coach for four years at Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (NCAA Div-I); some of her responsibilities included recruiting, running camps, clinics and coaching the bases.
She has had several catching drills published in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's monthly periodical. Prior to coaching full time, Norris ran Dot Richardson's Fastpitch Training Center while assisting at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (NCAA Div-II). At the center her duties included financial and operational matters as well as being a private training technician for pitching, hitting, catching, and fielding. She supplemented those efforts by writing instructional articles in Dot's fan club news letter and by managing Dot's Diamonds Junior Olympic eighteen and under travel team.
Originally from St. Louis, MO, Norris was the assistant softball coach at Maryville University, Town and Country, MO (NCAA Div-III) for two years when Maryville claimed the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1997 title. During this period she co-owned and operated an indoor softball and baseball training center and specialty sporting goods store. As a result of many requests from the parents of young players with whom she gave private lessons, Norris successfully met another challenge: She founded, administered, and coached the St. Louis Quest Softball Club which developed into a total of five teams for athletes at all age levels 14 and above.
Norris was a two-sport dual scholarship athlete in softball and field hockey at Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY (NCAA Div-II). Her unyielding passion for fastpitch competition resulted in her playing every position on the diamond, although, she gained more experience at shortstop, third base and catcher. Nonetheless, one of her fond memories is the two complete games she pitched at the collegiate level.
A 1989 Lutheran High School South graduate, Norris was a four-year starting shortstop for this perennial St. Louis softball power. She received a BA in English from Bellarmine in 1993 and an MA in teaching from Webster University in 1995. Also, Norris received the second highest certification, a Four Star Master Coach, in 2004 from the National Fastpitch Coaches' College, which is the educational unit of the NFCA. Coach Norris recently completed a MS in Kinesiology with an emphasis in coaching fastpitch.
Jon Martin– Men's Baseball
Jon Martin will begin his eighth year as the Vassar College head baseball coach in the 2013. Martin led the Vassar program to a successful 2010 season in which Martin led the Brewers to their most overall wins since 2005, as they tied for the most ever league wins in program history and the program’s best finish since the league moved to four-game series. Martin joined Vassar in 2003 and was an assistant baseball coach for two seasons prior to being named head coach in December of 2005.
A native of Chesapeake, VA., Martin brings a wealth of experience to Vassar's baseball program. A 2001 graduate of Lynchburg College in Virginia, he was a starting pitcher for the Hornets for four seasons, earning Pitcher of the Year honors in 2000. Martin captained Lynchburg his senior season and graduated with a Bachelor's of Sciences in Health and Movement Science.
As a head coach, Martin has helped produce four All-Liberty League players, including bringing in the program's first ever Rookie of the Year in 2010. Martin also worked with seven All-League players, the program's only Player of the Year, and three All-New York Region selections when he was an assistant coach.
"I am extremely excited and eager to serve as Vassar's Head Baseball coach," said Martin. "Vassar is a place where students can compete in varsity athletics and continue to get a well-rounded education. As a mentor, I will challenge our players to compete on the field, be dedicated in the classroom and contribute to the Vassar community. Vassar's baseball program is primed to compete in the Liberty League and will continue to progress as a playoff caliber team."
While completing his Master's Degree in Educational Administration, Martin was an assistant coach at Lynchburg (2001-03). As an assistant at Lynchburg, Martin helped coach nine All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selections, three All-South Region and three All-Americans and one professional player.
Martin coached overseas for USA Athletes International in the summers of 2007, 2008, 2010 and taking teams assembled of college players from around the country to the Czech Republic, the Netherlands. In 2009, Martin led his Vassar team on a team trip with USAAI to the island of Aruba. In 2010, Martin also led a USAAI select team to Spain. He will lead a USA Athletes team again in 2013 this time to Australia.
In the summers of the 2002 and 2003, Martin coached the American Legion Post 16 team in Lynchburg. In the summer of 2005, he was an assistant coach with the Mill City All-Americans, a member of the prestigious New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).
A noted baseball clinician throughout the country, Martin has worked numerous camps in Virginia, New York, Massachusetts, and California.
Martin, who also serves as an Assistant Athletic Director for Facilities, is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He is a member of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).