Tony Foti, Head Coach

Tony Foti, Head CoachTony Foti, Head CoachFoti is currently in his 4th year as the assistant softball coach at Middle Tennessee State University. Coaching for over 35 years, with 21 years of international coaching experience and 20 years of college softball.
Foti spent the previous 7 years coaching professionally in Europe, Asia, Central and South America and Africa. In that position, Foti traveled the globe conducting elite coaches/player clinics and national team development camps. Foti has also served as Canadian National Team coach from 1985-1996 and again from 2005-2012, coaching in World Championships, Pan-Am Games, World Cups and the 1996 Olympic Games. In 2007 and 2008, Foti helped lead Forli in the Italian Championships and European Cup Championship.

Coach Foti fine-tuned his coaching expertise at the federally funded National Coaching Institute in Canada. There, he completed the prestigious advanced coaching program. The program stresses both the technical and theoretical aspects of coaching, and takes several years to complete. Foti has earned the title of Master Clinician, and conducts player and coaches courses. Foti has published numerous technical documents and coaching articles. Speaker at over 100 coaches clinics.

In the spring of 2001, Foti accepted the opportunity to be the head softball coach at Mercer University. Two years later, he was selected Atlantic Sun Coach of the Year after leading Mercer to a 35-23 record, advancing the Bears to their first Atlantic Sun tournament berth since 1997, and conference championship in 2003. The ASUN conference awarded Foti the coach of the year award again in 2006. Foti has also served a coach at UC Santa Barbara for seven years where the Gauchos captured the Big West Conference in 2000, a first for UCSB. Also winning the Big West coaching staff of the year in 2000.

Foti also coached U18, U21 and women’s open teams in club ball to Canadian National Championships and USA/ASA 18U Gold national championships. Foti also served as a coach of the Michigan Ice expansion NPF team in 2005.

Foti played men’s fastpitch before starting his coaching career as an assistant at Valley City College in 1985. He earned his first head coaching position at Red River College in 1986, winning the Canadian Community College National Championship. Foti continued playing men’s Fastpitch softball through the 1997 season.

Foti sits on several national and international coaches’ development committees. Foti has been inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall-of-Fame,
Foti holds a BA in Education Administration. He has a daughter Devyn and a son Dayne.

I am honored with the Greek Softball Federation and president Kostis’ trust and selection to coach the Greek Women’s National Team for the 2017 European Championships and world championship qualifier. We will create a world class coaching staff dedicated to the success and vision of this program. As we (softball) return to the Olympic Games in 2020, our work in the identification and development of athletes and creating a successful culture begins today. The process to world qualification and hopefully Olympic qualification begins with the commitment of the Greek Federation to this project and this staff”.

Shane Showalter, Assistant Coach – Defence

Shane Showalter, Assistant Coach – DefenceShane Showalter, Assistant Coach – DefenceShane Showalter is in his second season as the head coach at Austin Peay State University after serving three seasons (2013-15) as the program’s assistant coach.
Prior to coming to Austin Peay, Showalter, served as Colorado State-Pueblo’s head coach for 10 seasons and left CSU-Pueblo as the winningest coach in program history, gaining his 200th ThunderWolves victory in 2011 on his way to 244 career victories.

Under Showalter’s direction, the CSU-Pueblo program became a consistent contender in the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, finishing second in his last season while being named RMAC Coach of the Year. In his last six seasons, CSU-Pueblo qualified for the RMAC Tournament each season, finishing second twice (2006, 2007).

Prior to serving as the ThunderWolves’ head coach, Showalter held the same position at Division III Colorado College (1999-2002), a non-scholarship program in Colorado Springs. Before arriving at Colorado College, he was an assistant coach at his alma mater Adams State (Alamosa, Colo.) from 1996-98.

Off the softball field, he served as assistant grounds keeper from 1999-02 for the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, the Colorado Rockies Triple A affiliate.
Showalter earned both his bachelor’s (Sports and Exercise Management) and master’s (Exercise Physiology) at Adams State.

He has a daughter, Maison.

“I just want to thank the Greek Federation, President Kostis, and Coach Foti for this incredible opportunity. I am very excited to be a part of this coaching staff and organization. I am looking forward to the chance to connect with everyone involved in this journey”.

Shan McDonald, Assistant Coach – Pitching

Shan McDonald, Assistant Coach – PitchingShan McDonald, Assistant Coach – PitchingMcDonald comes from an illustrious college and international playing and coaching career. McDonald was the Head softball coach at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 17 years, leading the ‘Runnin Rebels’ to the college world series in 1990, 1993 and 1994.

McDonald came to UNLV in 1987 from Texas A&M, where she both played and coached softball for the perennial power and legendary coach Bob Brock. The 1983 Texas A&M Player of the Year led the Aggies to back-to-back national titles, an AIAW title in 1982 and an NCAA crown in ‘83. McDonald also played for the Canadian National team, leading them to the 1983 Pan American Games Championship, the first ever for Canada.
McDonald was a coach with the 1996 Canadian Olympic team, Canadian Junior National Team Head coach from 2001 to 2005 and assistant coach with the Junior and Senior Canadian teams from 2005 to 2012.

Upon leaving UNLV, she went on to be Head Softball Coach for the 2004 Chinese Olympic Team which finished fourth.
Currently a Physical Education teacher in Middle School, Clinician/Facilitator for Synergy Team Concepts, Co-Head Softball Coach for the only 18U Gold team in Nevada and private softball instructor. Continues to have extensive involvement with the development of softball as a coach and clinician for the International Softball Federation.

Graduated from Texas A & M with Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and minor in Biology in 1983. Has a Masters degree in Technology in Education.

“I am honored and excited for the opportunity to work with the Greek Softball Federation along with a great coaching staff and group of elite athletes in our venture for success at the European Championships this summer”.

Candida Cerri, Assistant Coach – Bench Coach/Operations

Candida Cerri, Assistant Coach – Bench Coach/OperationsCandida Cerri, Assistant Coach – Bench Coach/OperationsCandida Cerri joins the Greek National team after coaching and playing for the Italian National Team. Certified as a national team coach and pitching coach. Cerri was the pitching coach and bench coach of the Italian U13 team that won the European Championships in 2009.

A valued clinician and speaker, Cerri has lectured at the Italian Softball and Baseball Coaches Convention and conducted camps throughout Italy and Europe. Cerri introduced innovative team building and culture developing into the Italian National Team Program.

Cerri began her coaching career in 2001 with the Legnano Softball Club, leading them to an Italian B series national championship and promotion into the A2 league in 2003. Cerri also led the Valmarecchia women’s B team to promotion to A2 in 2013. Cerri was named as the pitching coach for the Italian U19 National team in 2013.

Cerri played for the Italian National Team from 1984 to 1991, pitcher and first baseman, winning the 1988 European Championship competing in the1986 ISF World Championships in Aukland, New Zealand and again the 1990 ISF World Championships in Normal, IL. Cerri also competed for the Bollate, Legnano, Bologna, Forli and Valmarecchia teams winning national or regional championships.
Cerri has a diploma in Graphic Design. Cerri has three daughters, Emma, Susanna and Dora.

“I’m honored to be part of this high level coaching staff after a few years of forced absence from the field. I’ll put all my experience in this project, helped by the fact that the European championship will be held in my hometown”

Babis Trigonakis, Assistant Coach/Trainer

Babis Trigonakis, Assistant Coach/TrainerBabis Trigonakis, Assistant Coach/TrainerBabis’ athletic career started in 1976 as a track and field athlete in Panionios Club.  He was Greek National Champion in the high jump and a member of the Greek Track and Field National team.  After his career as an athlete, he became the track and field coach at Panionios Club.

Babis began coaching Softball in 2005 as head coach of the then newly formed Faros Neas Smyrnis Club and developed the team into Greek National Champions in 2013.  He was a member of the coaching staff for the Greek Cadet National Team in 2007, the U22 Women’s National Team in 2014,  that won the bronze medal in the European U22 Championships and the Women’s National team in 2015,  winning gold at the Balkan Championships.  Babis has a University degree in Physical Education from the Kapodistrian University of Athens.