Softball Australia is pleased to announce Karen Marr as National Pathway Battery Coordinator, a crucial appointment for the future of Australia’s High Performance Program.
In her newly created position, Marr will oversee the training to pitchers and catchers within the U16 and U18 age groups identified through the Softball Australia High Performance Pathway Program.
The role will oversee the development of training programs specifically for pitchers and catchers, conduct of battery camps and working closely with the Aussie Diamonds program to develop battery programs aligned with the appropriate age groups.
Marr brings a wealth of international coaching experience to the role including roles with the Dutch Open Women’s, U19 & U22 teams and most recently the Chinese U19 Women’s team.
Prior to the National team appointments, Marr held an Assistant Coach role with the University of Louisville in the NCAA Softball program. With her assistance, the team reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history (2004) and again consecutively for the next six years.
The team appeared in the national rankings for the first time in school history in 2006, reaching as high as No. 17. The Cardinals were also ranked in the top-25 during the 2007 season. In 2009 the Cardinals were ranked 14th and continued this in 2010, being ranked in the top 25 for most of the season.
U of L won the Conference USA regular season title in 2005, the BIG EAST regular season title in 2006 and won the BIG EAST tournament in 2007.
During her time at Louisville, the Cardinals impacted the school record books, producing the lowest Earned Run Average, the most strikeouts, wins and shutouts in school history.
Marr has conducted softball coaching clinics across the world from the Netherlands, to Canada, to back home in Australia where she also worked with the Australian U19 Women’s teams at multiple AIS and NSWIS camps over the years.
“Softball Australia and the High Performance Program are so excited to have access to someone as experienced with junior programs as Karen Marr,” said Chet Gray, Chief Operating Officer at Softball Australia.
“This position is so crucial to the development of our Australian team’s battery, we hope Karen will be able to nurture the talent in the U16 and U18 age groups in to world-class athletes at the Open level.
“Congratulations to Karen on her appointment, we look forward to seeing positive results in the coming months.”
Marr begins her role as National Pathway Battery Coordinator in February and will assist at the U18 Junior Spirit training camp at the AIS next week as they prepare for the 2020 WBSC Junior Women’s World Cup.