28 coaches complete nine-day WBSC course in Benin

28 coaches complete nine-day WBSC course in Benin
Former Canada Softball National Team head coach Mike Renney led a nine-day WBSC clinic funded through the Benin National Olympic and Sports Committee and Olympic Solidarity.

The WBSC organized a series of technical courses for baseball, softball and Baseball5 coaches of the Benin Baseball and Softball Federation. The courses were funded by Olympic Solidarity through the Benin National Olympic and Sports Committee.

A total of 28 coaches (24 men and 4 women) from all over the country attended the courses from 9 to 18 December 2019.

"The event was set up to reinforce and strengthen the Benin coaches abilities," explained the Benin Federation President Fernando Lavenir Atannon. "It was a great success."

The courses were held by Mike Renney, the head softball coach at the Simon Fraser University, the only Canadian NCAA school, from 1994 to 2018 and the head coach of the Canadian Softball National Team from 2001 to 2004.

"It is always an honour to represent WBSC in helping to spread our sport around the world," Renney said.

"The participants were wonderful to work with," added Renney. "The nine-day clinic went by very fast. The participating coaches were all run through grassroots and Level One Baseball/Softball skills, as well as the introduction to both Baseball5 and MiniBaseball, all the while providing many opportunities for all. As with any clinic, you know it was a success when it is sad to say goodbye, as was the case here."