Softball Canada Hall of Fame
Coaches Category

 

Tom Doucette

Inducted: 2011
Province: Nova Scotia


Tom Doucette entered the Hall of Fame as a coach for his many contributions in this area. Locally, he coached various Junior, Intermediate and Senior teams between 1980 and 1992, and also coached Team Nova Scotia at four Canada Summer Games (Boy’s in 1989, 1993 and 1997; Girl’s in 2001), leading his 1993 team to a Silver medal. His coaching expertise has helped Nova Scotia produce several national team athletes who have competed at the international level.

Following his Canada Games team involvement, Doucette moved on to the Junior Men’s National Team program, serving as Team Leader of the 2001 Junior Men’s National Team and later becoming an assistant coach (2002-2005) and head coach (2005 to 2012). He helped lead Canada to two bronze (2001 and 2005) and one silver (2008) medal in the three ISF Junior Men’s World Championships, and led the Junior Men’s National Team at the 2012 ISF Junior Men’s World Championship in Parana, Argentina.

In addition, Tom has served on Softball Canada’s coaching committee since 1997, developing and piloting the Introduction to Competition Stream and helping in the transition to the new NCCP. He has also been a Master Course Conductor since 1994, and conducted many NCCP Level I, II and III courses between 1991 and 2008.

 

Noreen Murphy

Inducted: 2010
Province: Saskatchewan


Noreen Murphy grew up in Ontario before being recruited to play for Harmony Centre in Saskatoon in 1980. She went on to play in four provincial championships between 1980 and 1984, winning a Gold medal at the Canadian Senior Women’s Championship in 1980, and also represented Canada at the European Championships in 1980 and at the World Games 1 in 1981.

She started her coaching career in 1985, leading the Lloydminster Midget AA Blues to back-to-back national championship titles in 1985 and 1986 before moving on to the Lorne’s Lazers from 1987 to 1994. She led the Lazers to eight straight Canadian Championship appearances during those years at various levels (Midget, Junior and Senior), and was also the Head Coach of the 1997 Saskatchewan Canada Games Team.

At the international level, Noreen was a Team Canada assistant coach for the 1991 and 1995 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship and at the 2004 Olympic Games, a guest coach at the 1996 Olympic Games, and Head Coach of the 2003 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship team, the 2004 Developmental and World University Games teams, and the 2005 Elite team.

 

Terry Baytor

Inducted: 2003
Province: Ontario


Terry Baytor, born in Montréal, Quebec, was widely recognized as one of the most successful softball coaches in the world. Terry began coaching at the age of 17 at the grass roots level and continued until his retirement 31 years later in 2001. Terry coached over 2000 games over his lifetime. He was involved as a National Team coach for 18 years.

As Head Coach of Canada's Men's National Team, he led his teams to gold medals at the 1992 World Championship and the 1991, 1995 and 1999 Pan American Games. Terry also led the National Team to a World Championship Silver Medal in 1996 and was assistant coach for two Pan American Games Gold Medals in 1983 and 1987. Baytor is also well known for coaching highly successful club teams including the Canadian and ISC Champion Toronto Gators and the Tampa Bay Smokers. Baytor was a member of the Gators from 1993-1996, leading his team to gold at the Canadian Championships on three occasions, twice going undefeated.

Terry has received many awards throughout his coaching career: In 1992 he received the Coaching Association of Canada "Coach of the Year" award. He was inducted   into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame in 1997 as a member of the 1983 Pan Am Men's Team and in 2001, was inducted into the City of Brampton Hall of Fame. Terry's #18 jersey was retired by Softball Canada in 2001. Baytor also participated in Softball Canada’s Coaching Program including significant contributions to the NCCP level 4 and 5 program. Terry remains actively involved in the Coaching Program.

 

Leslie Wayne (Chick) Kennedy

Inducted: 2002
Province: Saskatchewan
 

Adrian Lavigne

Inducted: 1998
Province: British Columbia
 

Robert Stayner (Deceased)

Inducted: 1995
Province: Saskatchewan

 

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