Worcester Hawks: About Coach Raymond

Friday, July 25

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Head Coach Ralph Raymond  /  Assistant Coach Tim Conway

Who is Ralph Raymond and how can he help me get to the next level?

"He is unquestionably one of the brightest minds, if not the guru of Fastpitch softball in the world.  I am so fortunate to be able to call upon him at any time for advice.  If I had the opportunity to play for this guy, that would have been the ultimate. His approach and respect for the game is unparalleled."

The above testimonial comes from Ken Eriksen, who is the current head softball coach at the University of South Florida and the USA Women’s National Team.

Coach Raymond is a two time Olympic Gold Metal USA Softball head coach; well respected by college softball recruiters and coaches nationwide; and a coach who can assist in developing your innate softball skills.

An earned recommendation does not come easy from Coach Raymond, and will open the door to college coaches. Then it's up to the players to walk through the door.


Thursday, February 24
Coach Raymond - The unauthorized biography

For over 60 years, Coach Raymond has worked in his hometown and beyond, instructing men and women, boys and girls, high schoolers and collegians, Olympians, amateurs and pros in baseball, softball, and even football. 

Coach Raymond's unmatched experience includes coaching numerous world championship teams, as well as coaching the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford, CT, from 1968-1994, where he has a career coaching record of 1,992-162, including 18 national titles.  

As head coach of the U.S. Olympic softball teams that inspired so many, he compiled a personal 61-game winning streak in world competition and won consecutive gold medals; the first in the debut of Olympic softball in 1996 in Columbus, GA, and again in 2000 at the Sydney, Australia games.  He is the winningest manager in USA Softball history with 332-9 record for a .974 winning percentage.

Gold medals won by US Teams under the guidance of Coach Raymond:
2000 Olympic Games
1999 Pan American Games
1999 Canada Cup
1999 US Olympic Cup
1996 Olympic Games
1995 Pan American Games
1995 Superball
1994 ISF World Championship
1994 South Pacific Classic
1993 Intercontinental Cup
1992 Challenge Cup
1990 ISF World Championship
1986 ISF World Championship
1985 World Games II
1981 World Games I
1979 Pan American Games
1978 ISF World Championship
1974 ISF World Championship


Silver medals won by US Teams under the guidance of Coach Raymond:
1997 Superball
1992 Friendship Series
1983 Pan American Games

National Team highlights:
Coached the Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford CT from 1968-1994, and during that time he:
Compiled a career coaching record of 1,992-162
Guided Brakettes to 18 ASA Women's Major Division national titles and eight
runners-up spots
Coached the Brakettes to five United States Olympic Festival gold medals 

Coached the New England Riptide of the NPF in 2004 

Hall of Fame honors:
Coach Raymond has been inducted into:
Massachusetts Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Hall of Fame
Connecticut Hall of Fame
National ASA Hall of Fame

 Softball Hall of Fame
International Softball Federation Hall of Honor

A three-sport captain at the old Commerce High and later captain of the University of Miami baseball team, Raymond coached baseball and football at Doherty High, winning a Super Bowl on the gridiron. He coached American Legion baseball and nine years of football at Assumption Prep before taking his first major job.

As a dedicated family man, Coach Raymond refuses to travel to coach on Mother's Day or Father's day.


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