USSSA Pride

The USSSA Pride are an independent professional softball team based in Viera, Florida, U.S. Founded in 2009. They previously played in National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) from 2009 to 2019. They play their home games at USSSA Space Coast Complex.

USSSA Pride
USSSAPride.PNG
Information
LeagueNational Pro Fastpitch (2009–2019)
Independent (2020–present)
LocationViera, Florida
BallparkUSSSA Space Coast Complex
Year founded2009
Regular season champion2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Cowles Cup championships2010, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019
ColorsNavy, red, silver, white
Retired numbers8, 26
CoachRomare Foore (Head)
General ManagerDon DeDonatis
WebsiteUSSSAPride.com

The team was established to replace the folded Washington Glory, who played in NPF from 2007 to 2008. They are organized by the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA). The Pride won the Cowles Cup championship in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2018 and 2019.

HistoryEdit

2015Edit

Of their selections in the 2015 NPF Draft, the Pride signed All-American and 2013 Big 12 Player of the Year Shelby Pendley of Oklahoma,[1] two-time All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Player of the Year Emilee Koerner of Notre Dame,[2] and All-American and 2012 Pac-12 Player of the Year Amber Freeman of Arizona State.[3] All-time NCAA Division I homerun champion Lauren Chamberlain signed a three-year deal.[4]

The Pride also signed free agent All-American Chelsea Goodacre of Arizona.[5]

Caitlin Lowe announced her retirement as a player after the 2014 season. Subsequently, the Pride announced that Lowe would be inducted into the USSSA Hall of Fame, and that her jersey number 26 would be retired.[6]

2016Edit

2017Edit

The Pride announced that former player and assistant coach Megan Willis was promoted to assistant general manager.[7]

USSSA purchased Space Coast Stadium and announced renovations to make it a center for amateur softball and baseball with 15 fields. It became the Pride's new home stadium, beginning in 2017.[8]

At the Pride's first home game at USSSA Space Coast Stadium, played on June 8, 2017, the team announced that it had retired legendary pitcher Cat Osterman's jersey number "8," commemorating it with a banner on the outfield fence.[9]

2018Edit

The Pride announced the Mike Stith, head coach of the OC BatBusters, would be their coach for 2018. His assistants were Cody Dent, volunteer assistant coach of the Florida Gators softball team, and Andrea Duran, Olympic medalist and former Pride player.[10]

2019Edit

On September 13, 2019, the Pride announced they would not renew their partnership with National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for the 2020 season.[11]

General managersEdit

All-time head coachesEdit

# Name Term Regular season Playoffs
GC W L W% GC W L W%
1 Gerry Glasco 2014 48 33 15 .688 4 4 0 1.000
2 Mike Davenport 2015 48 34 14 .708 4 2 2 .500
3 Lonni Alameda 2016-17 99 77 22 .778 10 6 4 .600
3 Mike Stith 2018 47 42 5 .894

Season-by-seasonEdit

Season records
Season W L T Finish Playoff results
2009 16 24 0 4th place National Pro Fastpitch Lost in NPF Semifinals
2010 28 20 0 2nd place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
2011 30 9 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost in NPF Finals
2012 31 12 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Faced Chicago Bandits in NPF Finals
2013 34 14 0 2nd place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
2014 33 15 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
2015 34 14 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost to Chicago Bandits in NPF Finals
2016 37 13 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost to Chicago Bandits in NPF Finals
2017 40 9 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Lost to Scrap Yard Dawgs in NPF Finals
2018 42 5 0 1st place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
2019 32 13 0 2nd place National Pro Fastpitch Won NPF Championship
Totals 357 148 0

Retired numbersEdit

The Pride has retired two jerseys:

Current playersEdit

USSSA Pride roster
Active roster
(YYYY = Final season of player contract)
Inactive roster Coaches

Pitchers

Catchers


Infielders

Outfielders

Head Coach
Assistant Coaches
  • Penny Foore
  • Stephanie Ceo

Legend
  • * Franchise Player Tag
  • (C) Captain
  • (A) Alternate captain

Roster updated July 1, 2021

All NPF rosters

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jami Lobpries (29 May 2015). "Shelby Pendley Signs with the USSSA Pride". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Irish Great Koerner Inks Contract With USSSA Pride". Notre Dame Fighting Irisg Athletics. 26 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  3. ^ Jami Lobpries (27 May 2015). "Former Arizona State All-American signs with USSSA Pride". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  4. ^ Jami Lobpries (4 June 2015). "Pride Sign First Overall Draft Pick Lauren Chamberlain". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  5. ^ Richie Melby (31 May 2015). "Former Wildcat Chelsea Goodacre signs pro contract". News4Tucson KVOA.com. Retrieved 1 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b Jami Lobpries (5 June 2015). "Caitlin Lowe's Legacy Continues with USSSA". USSSAPride.com. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  7. ^ Celia Balf (21 December 2016). "Former USSSA Pride catcher Megan Willis named team's assistant general manager". Excelle Sports. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  8. ^ Dave Berman (27 April 2017). "Space Coast Stadium transforming to youth sports hub". Florida Today. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  9. ^ a b "usssafloridapride". Instagram. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Breaking News: Mike Stith of the OC Batbusters Named as USSSA Pride Head Coach". Extra Inning Softball. May 16, 2018. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  11. ^ "USSSA Pride Part Ways With The NPF, Opt For Non-Renewal". flosoftball.com. September 13, 2019. Retrieved September 13, 2019.

External linksEdit

Achievements
Preceded by
Rockford Thunder
2009
Cowles Cup NPF Champions
USSSA Pride

2010
Succeeded by
Chicago Bandits
2011
Preceded by
Chicago Bandits
2010
NPF Regular Season Champions
USSSA Pride

2011 and 2012
Succeeded by
Chicago Bandits
2013
Preceded by
Chicago Bandits
2011
Cowles Cup NPF Champions
USSSA Pride

2013 and 2014
Succeeded by
Chicago Bandits
2015
Preceded by
Chicago Bandits
2013
NPF Regular Season Champions
USSSA Pride

2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Succeeded by
Chicago Bandits
2019