Softball Australia announced today the appointment of Laing Harrow as Head Coach of the Women’s National Team, Aussie Spirit.

Harrow will take up the position following almost two decades of coaching positions with Softball Australia National Teams at both senior and junior levels and takes the helm at a pivotal time for the Aussie Spirit team as they strive for a place in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

“I am beyond thrilled and humbled to be appointed as coach of the Aussie Spirit team,” Harrow said.

“This is an exciting time for the sport of softball in Australia, and around the world, with the game returning to Olympic competition and the next two years will present both some challenges and great opportunities for the entire Aussie Spirit team – both players and supporting staff,” he continued.

“I am looking forward to working with all the players as we embark on this all important qualification phase for the Olympics, starting with the Japan Cup in November,” Harrow added.

With a coaching resume dating back to 1995 Harrow has had extensive experience at a state, national and international level with both junior and senior teams.

As an Assistant Coach Harrow was instrumental in the development of the young players of Australia as he helped steer the Aussie Colts to World Championship Gold Medals in both 2001 and 2005, before continuing his role and helping securing a third Gold Medal with the team as Specialist Coach in 2008.

In 2017 he was head coach of the Aussie Steelers who achieved a Silver Medal at the World Championships and most recently he was at the helm of the Aussie Junior Steelers when they were achieved Gold in 2018 Junior Men’s World Softball Championship’s.

“We are excited to appoint Laing Harrow as Head Coach of the Aussie Spirit team and have huge confidence in the knowledge and passion he will bring to the role” said Softball Australia CEO David Pryles.

“The next 18 months are extremely important for the Aussie Spirit team and Harrow was a standout candidate, among a field of highly talented applicants, for the role of Head Coach based on his proven results developing players and leading their performances in competitions at the highest level, as well as his personal playing history and achievements” Pryles continued.