2021 COACHING ROSTER

Kim Brooks

Head Coach

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SUPPORT TEAM

(aka the Angels who take care of the nitty gritty details...)

Susan Kemper ChPC
Recruitment Mgr.

Sally Clayton

Team Manager

Kim Brooks

Head Coach

After a 12 year coaching stint in Houston, Texas Kim returned to her roots in Canada in 2009.   As one of the top private softball coaches in Houston, Kim was the owner of The Ball Club Training Center where she successfully trained some of Houston’s top athletes from beginner to college levels.  She also was an assistant coach at Blinn College.  

 

Kim was a pitcher on several provincial and national championship teams in BC and attended Arizona Western College and The University of Oklahoma on a softball scholarship.  Since returning to Canada Kim has been coaching in Maple Ridge as well as doing clinics in Maple Ridge. 

 

Kim was the director of player and coach development for the Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association.  Kim has helped over 50 athletes achieve their dreams of a college scholarship through softball.  Kim has been a Synergy Coach since 2011. Kim has 18 year old twin daughters Brinn and Soleil. 

ACHIEVEMENTS:

Arizona Western College – NJCAA All-American and National Champions

University of Oklahoma – All-Big 8 selection
Renegades - Sr. Women’s 3 time National Champions

Brian Fewtrell

Coach

Brian Fewtrell played competitive hardball & softball for over 25 years and has coaching experience in all level of organized Softball Including experience in “A” programs in the lower mainland from U12A all the way to U19A.  This is Brian’s second go round with Synergy Gold as he was an assistant coach in Synergy’s Inaugural season back in 2011.

  • 14 Years Coaching Experience from House Ball to A level softball.

  • 9 Year Head Coaching experience at the “ A” level in the lower mainland

  • Fully Trainee NCCP Level 2 coach

  • Member of the NFCA since 2014

  • Currently Coaching Pride 05A

  • Skill Instructor

 

Brian is also a member of the RMMSA Skills Clinics as an Instructor training skill including Catching, Fielding and Hitting specialties.


Brian and his teams have  been involved with and have seen success in Tournaments and Provincials championships including attendance of several larger showcase tournament in the United States including the Colorado Sparkler Showcase, Ronald MacDonald Showcase, Beaverton, Oregon Showcase Sur City Showcase in California, Canada Cup, 


Brian’s Energy and joy for softball are very evident in his coaching style and he looks forward to seeing the players succeed in getting an education while enjoying the game of Fastpitch softball!

Katelyn Ross

Coach

Katelyn Ross is the Head Coach at Garibaldi Softball Academy, a partnership between School District 42 and Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association (RMMSA).  

 

Katelyn was one of the first RMMSA players to receive an international scholarship.  She played 2 years for a Division 1 Junior College in Kansas and 2 years with Northwestern Oklahoma State University, where she completed her degree.

Over her fast pitch career, Katelyn has been honoured with many awards including Golden Glove awards, All Conference awards, Stolen Base records, and On Base Average records.  She has competed in a NJCAA national tournament.

Katelyn has a personal and informative knowledge when it comes to filming  recruitment videos, out fielding, mid infielding, bunting and right handed hitting/ left handed slapping.  In addition, she has a professional background with direct training levels in college athletics and the core values of training.

Gary Waterman
Coach

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Coach Gary has coached with the Ridge Meadows Pride 2009 team as an assistant coach for the last 3 years.  Prior to that he coached High School baseball in the Ottawa area at Hillcrest High School where as the Head Coach the team won a city championship and Little League Baseball with the East Nepean Eagles and the Carlingwood Frank Ryan Cardinals.  He is level 3 certified for Baseball by the NCCP and is working towards his certifications with Softball Canada.  He has completed the Coaching Maximizer Series with Amanda Scarbourough and taken part in Defense Lessons with Morgan Stuart.
He grew up playing Little League Baseball in the Kanata Little League Association outside of Ottawa and progressed on to play American Legion with the Ottawa West Crusaders and Ottawa Red Sox.  After High School he attended Carleton University where he played for four years, started for three and was a two year captain.  Coach Gary played third base, second base and caught during his collegiate career.

Kelly Stead

Coach

Kelly Stead has been a coach for over 20 years and is currently a Coach Garibaldi Softball Academy, a partnership between School District 42 and Ridge Meadows Minor Softball Association (RMMSA).  ​He has his NCCP Level 1, Level 2 and Certification, as well as 2 years of Advanced Coach Training through Douglas Community College. 


His coaching achievements include:

  • 2006 Western Canadian Bronze Medal

  • Synergy Team in 2011, 2012 and 2015

  • 2012 Senior Women’s Provincial Bronze

  • 2011 U14 Provincial Silver

  • Between 2008 and 2010 – Gold Medalists in World Series Utah, USA

  •  2 Provincial Silver Medals, One Gold and One Bronze

 

Kelly is known for encouraging players of all ages and levels to play at their full potential and to exceed their expectations. Kelly is 1 of 6 coaches certified in Canada for the C.U.D.I.T Hitting program. Kelly has connections to schools and coaches in the USA who contact him for his expertise and recruitment. He has sent players who have played in Conference Championships, played USA College Nationals with some breaking college records.

Susan Kemper ChPC
Recruitment Mgr.

Susan Kemper ChPC

Recruitment Mgr.

Susan Kemper, ChPC has been a provincial, national and Olympic level synchronized swimming coach for over thirty years, coaching various countries along with Canada’s National Team for seven years, which included the Head Coach of the 2008 Olympic Team. 

 

As a Chartered Professional Coach and NCCP Level 5 Coach, Susan was inducted into the Coquitlam Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. As the High Performance Director for Synchro BC, held the Head Coach title for the elite club in the province for over 20 years and is a Master Learning Facilitator for the Coaches of Canada, Susan is influential at all levels of sport. 

 

Susan’s involvement in softball began through her daughter Sydni Kemper, who committed to a full-ride scholarship at Grand Canyon University (NCAA Div. 1) at the young age of 15 years old. “Navigating the recruitment process is certainly challenging”, says Kemper, “Surround yourself with a supportive team and take advantage of various opportunities for your child to been seen by recruitment coaches, the Synergy Gold Travel Team provided this for our daughter.”

Sally Clayton

Team Manager

Appreciation from some players.

Sally Clayton is one of six founders of the Synergy Gold Fastpitch team in 2011. Recognizing the importance of having an avenue for players to pursue their scholarship dreams, Sally and 5 other Executive Members set out to produce a template for the Synergy Program which has been solidified and improved upon over the next 8 years with the dedicated Coaches and Managers.

 

As a long term volunteer with RMMSA (over 30 years), Sally was honoured with the Softball BC Minor Service Award in 2017 for her commitment to the sport.  Sally has held many positions within RMMSA over this time frame, her current Executive Position is Director of Association Operations.

 

More importantly, Sally is the thread that weaves the Synergy Team together; she manages the paper flow, coordinates the details, and keeps the team running smoothly.  Players refer to her as the “real MVP” as she provides them with the healthy snacks and meals that keep them playing at their best.  Plus, she’s always got a smile on her face, a positive attitude, and a desire to see each girl achieve her best.