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Edward John Dolejs (30 June 1929 – 5 November 2019) was a New Zealand softball coach. He coached the New Zealand women's team between 1977 and 1991, during which time they won medals at four successive softball world championships, including gold in 1982.[1]

Ed Dolejs
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Full nameEdward John Dolejs
Born(1929-06-30)30 June 1929
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died5 November 2019(2019-11-05) (aged 90)
Nelson, New Zealand
CountryNew Zealand
New Zealand women's coach
In office

Dolejs was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1929, and moved to New Zealand in 1965, settling in Nelson.[1] The women's world champion softball team that he coached was inducted into the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1995, and Dolejs himself was elected as a member of the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, for meritorious service, in 1993.[2] He was also inducted as a Nelson Sports Legend.[1] Dolejs died in Nelson on 5 November 2019.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Smith, Tony (7 November 2019). "New Zealand softball mourns master coach Ed Dolejs". Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Softball hall of fame". WBSC. Retrieved 14 November 2019.