Mary Murray named as GB Under-15 Team Manager

Wed 15 Jan 2020

Mary Murray, an American college student and player who has already had considerable involvement with British Softball, has been appointed by the British Softball Federation as the Team Manager for the GB Under-15 Women’s Fastpitch Team.

Based on changes to age groups in WBSC and ESF competitions, what was formerly the GB Under-16 Women’s Team is now the Under-15s.

Mary will join a staff that includes Jo Malisani, Sian Wigington, Laura Thompson and Alexis-Markham Hill as coaches and Edwin Lam as the team’s physio. 

However, the team will miss its longest-serving coach, British Softball Federation Hall of Famer Joss Thompson, who retired at the end of last season after being a mainstay of the Under-16 programme for over a decade.  Jo Malisani said, “We thank Joss for her long-time service to the GB programme and specifically the Under-16 team and we wish her the best of luck on her retirement.”

Though the GB Under-15s will not have an official European tournament this summer, they plan to compete in the Showcase Select division at the Canada Cup near Vancouver from 3-6 July and to build training opportunities and other games around this competition.


Background

Mary Murray is currently entering her fourth and final season of college softball at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.  In 2019, she helped her team win its first Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth Championship, resulting in the programme’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament and their first NCAA Tournament win.

Mary was named the 2019 MAC Commonwealth Pitcher of the Year and garnered First Team All-MAC Commonwealth honours.  She was also recognised regionally and nationally, earning NFCA First Team All-Region and NFCA All-America Scholar-Athlete honours, as well as being named to the Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team.

In 2018, during a semester studying abroad at the University of Westminster, Mary took part as a player at BaseballSoftballUK’s High Performance Academy.

This led to her selection this past summer as a member of the Great Britain Under-22 squad that played in the International Division at the Canada Cup in July, where Mary got the chance to compete against Team Canada, Chinese Taipei and high-level US travel ball teams.

She also traveled with the British club team The Mix to represent Great Britain in the European Women’s Cup in Dupnitsa, Bulgaria in August, and helped the team earn the silver medal.

Mary currently lives in Philadelphia, will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Media, and is currently awaiting admissions decisions into postgraduate programmes to pursue her Master’s degree.

She will carry out the role of Under-15 Team Manager from the US but will travel with the team in the summer.

Mary plans to either pursue a career in media in New York or London, or to pursue a career in collegiate athletic communications.

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