TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State softball team and coaching staff put in countless hours to help make the Seminoles the best they can be. But many people may not know how much everyone on the staff works to improve the overall game of softball, across all levels of competition.
Head coach Lonni Alameda, along with assistant coaches Travis Wilson and Craig Snider participated in committees, panels and discussions at the 2014 National Fastpitch Coaches Association annual convention from December 3-6 in Las Vegas, Nev. Over 1,500 coaches and staff involved in the game of softball on all levels traveled to learn and share about the game they are so passionate about.
“As a staff, we get excited when we have a chance to celebrate softball and share the game with other people and colleagues and learn from one another,” Alameda said. “We always like to learn and challenge ourselves in what we do here as a program, and the convention gives us the opportunity and platform to talk to others.”
Alameda delivered an hour-long presentation on December 4, called, “Show and Go: An Inside Look at Managing Player and Staff Personalities”, and taught those in attendance how the model at Florida State works to incorporate everyone into the family. From student-athletes and student managers to coaches and support staff, she discussed how managing a complete team-wide vision for success allows everyone to be on the same page and pursue the same goals.
Along with her presentation, Alameda was also involved as an active member of several committees, including the Recruiting Calendar, Head Coaches and All-American committees. Wilson was a part of the Awards committee and the Rules committee, while Snider worked with the Nominating committee and the committee on Camps and Clinics.
Former Seminole head coach JoAnne Graf was also in attendance at the convention and led a panel consisting of other NFCA Hall of Fame members.
“Coach Graf is still involved with the NFCA, and I think that says a lot about Florida State softball in general and what we represent,” Alameda said. “We are a very giving program in trying to share information, but we are also always trying to gain new ideas.
“She’s a part of creating a book for the NFCA, with different chapters for different skill levels. She has asked me to write one of the chapters, so Florida State still has its name out there as we follow the lead of someone who has given 30-plus years to softball and done such a great job of building up the game in the southeast. It is really neat that Coach Graf will be a part of that, as a NFCA Hall of Famer and a former coach.”
FSU softball director of operations Antonio Santiago and head equipment manager Robin Ahrberg also traveled to learn more on how to enhance the program in the other phases of equipment, training tools, logistics, etc.
The annual convention also was an opportunity for current and former Florida State players and staff to reunite after many have moved on to other programs. Carly Wynn, who played for FSU from 2007-10 and currently the assistant coach at Fresno State, and Peter Suarez, a former student manager who is an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin, were among the former Seminoles in attendance.
“I love being able to spend time with people who have been a part of this program, and the Hall of Fame dinner is a great opportunity to celebrate the game of fastpitch together,” said Alameda. “But overall, this convention allows us as an entire program to grow and learn and push the game of softball forward as a whole. We are excited for the future of the game.”
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