Concord Raiders: About the Raiders

Raiders Softball History

The Raiders Softball program completed its 15th season in 2008, and during that time has established itself as one of the strongest in Massachusetts and New England.  Lisa McGloin started the program in 1990 and since then the Raiders have been competing successively on diamonds around the country.

 

The Raiders 18U team has been active for 14 of the team’s 15 seasons. The 18U team began in 1990 and 1991 and, after a four year hiatus between 1992-95 (while Coach McGloin was obtaining her law degree), the U16 team debuted briefly in 1996, was shuttered for several years, and then returned to action in 2003.  Both the U14 and U12 programs were launched in 2004.  The Raiders had a U10 team for one season, 2006, before settling on the current four-team lineup.

 

The Raiders have a somewhat unique philosophy where all coaching is done by current or former collegiate athletes. No parents of current players are assigned at the coaching level, although many of the parents volunteer in various support roles in the program.

 

U18 Team

The U18 program is the flagship team and has had an incredible string of tournament success over the years.  In 2008, the Raiders captured the prestigious Tradition Showcase tournament championship in Connecticut, went unbeaten (5-0-1) for the second straight year at the TNT Summer Showcase in Pennsylvania, and also won an NSA U-23 tournament in Lowell, MA.  The team finished with a strong 32-12-3 record.

 In 2007, the Raider 18s won a pair of NSA tournaments in Massachusetts – the Worth Showcase and the Summer Slam Jamboree – en route to posting an overall record of 44-13-3.  Included in that stellar record was a 6-0 showing in the TNT Summer Showcase in Pennsylvania.

In 2006, the Raider 18s won three straight tournament championships in succession – the NSA Summer Slam, the Worcester ASA and the NSA Fall Classic.  The team posted a 30-8 overall record, including an incredible 15 in a row during one stretch.  The previous year, the Raiders played deep into the NSA National Championships – winning five straight games at one point.

 

The 2004 team placed ninth out of 110 teams in the PONY Nationals, falling to the eventual third place team, 1-0.  In 2003, the Raiders won the Worcester PONY Qualifier, and placed 17th in the PONY Nationals.  That duplicated the Raiders’ standing in the 2002 PONY Nationals, when they 9-2 against some of the best softball talent in the eastern US.

 

From 1998-2002, the Raiders competed in the ASA National Regional tournament.  The Raiders also qualified for the NSA Nationals for the first time during that run, and in 1998 finished 31st.

 

The 1997 team was the first at the U18 level since the 1990-91 seasons.  With a group of players that had played together under McGloin at the U16 level the year before, the Raiders finished second in the ASA State championship and 7th in the Northeast Regionals.

 

The 1990-91 teams that started it all were among the most successful of all.  The Raiders won successive ASA State championships and played deep into the ASA National tournaments.

U16 Team

The Raiders U16 team first took the field in 1996, when McGloin returned to the tournament coaching box after obtaining her law degree.  The team qualified for the ASA Regionals and finished fourth overall in the tournament.

From 1997-2002, the Raiders shuttered the U16 program, but it returned in 2003, and promptly qualified for the PONY National tournament.  The 2004 team also qualified for the PONY tournament.

 

In 2005, the Raiders qualified for NSA Nationals and posted a very competitive 4-3 record.  The 2006 squad finished with a 16-10-5 overall record in a rain-abbreviated season, including an impressive 7-3 record in the FAST National Showcase in Florida.

 

The Raiders posted another winning season in 2007, going 23-15-3 and claiming the Tradition Showcase Silver championship in Wallingford, CT.  The team also qualified for the NSA Eastern Regional tournament.  The 2008 team struggled early in the season, but rallied at the PONY Nationals to place 17th overall in the 130-team field.

 

U14 Team 

 

The U14 team been in existence since 2004 and has served as a strong feeder system for the successful older age groups in the program.  The first team qualified for the PONY Nationals in Sterling, VA.  In 2005, the Raiders posted a 20-20-2 overall record and went to the NSA Eastern Regionals.  The 2006 team was the first to post a winning record with a 22-18 mark, and returned to the PONY Nationals.  In 2007, during a rebuilding year, the Raiders posted a 16-32 record.  The 2008 team also had its struggles, posting a 9-36-2 record, but it did win the Charlton Wildfire Silver Tournament championship.

U12 Team

Like the U14 team, the U12 squad – also known as the “Baby Raiders” – opened up for business in 2004.  That initial team had a very successful season for a first-year program, posting a winning record (25-24) and qualifying for the PONY Nationals.  Many of the players from that first U12 team are members of either the U18 or U16 Raiders in 2008.  The 2008 Raiders team had a very successful season at 27-21 overall and look forward to the 2009 season.