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Rachael Watkeys steps down as Great Britain Women's Softball National Team Head Coach
03/09/2022 1 Minute Read

Rachael Watkeys steps down as Great Britain Women's Softball National Team Head Coach

Great Britain Women’s Softball National Team Head Coach Rachael Watkeys announced that she is stepping down from her role after six years at the helm. Watkeys led the British squad to the silver medal at the 2022 European Championship.

Watkeys, a British Softball Federation Hall of Famer, leaves the programme after securing more wins and medals than any other Head Coach in the history of the British programme.

During her tenure, Watkeys coached Great Britain at two World Championships, three European Championships, and an Olympic qualifier for the Tokyo Games, winning European Bronze in 2017 and 2019 and Silver in 2022, tying the best finish in programme history.

At the 2019 Olympic Qualifier, Watkeys led a GB Women’s Team that came second, one game away from qualification, representing a new high-water mark for the programme.

Before joining the Senior Team as Head Coach, Watkeys was the Head Coach of the GB Under-19 Women’s National Team from 2012-2015 and again in 2017, leading that team at two World Championship competitions. Prior to coaching, Watkeys represented Great Britain as a player, including on the GB Women’s Team that won a European silver medal in 2009 and thereby qualified for the 2010 World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela, after which Watkeys ended her playing career.

Having qualified thanks to the silver medal at the 2022 Women's Softball European Championship, the British Women’s Softball National Team will compete in the first stage of the WBSC Women’s World Cup in 2023.

Find the complete article on www.britishsoftball.org