Penn Announces Winter Softball Clinics

The Penn softball team announced its 2008 Winter Softball Clinics on Wednesday. The clinics, which are open to athletes aged 12-18,will take place January 19-20 at the Penn Athletics Indoor Facility. They will be run by head coach Leslie King and her first-year assistant, 2003 Ivy League Player of the Year Melissa Finley.

On January 19, King and Finley will run the "Total Offense" camp, which is designed to improve both your hitting and your baserunning abilities. The next day, the "Big D, No E" camp will hone your skills on the defensive end with time working on fundamentals and position-specific drills. For more details on the activities both days, click on the Clinic Brochure PDF attached to this release.

Leslie King is entering her fifth season as Head Coach of University of Pennsylvania. During her 4 years at Penn she has coached 25 All-Ivy Players, including both the 2006 and 2007 Ivy League Player of the Year. Last season Penn won the inaugural Ivy League South Division title and set a new school win record. Prior to Penn, King was the Head Coach at George Washington University, where she was instrumental in developing softball into a varsity sport in 2003. King began her collegiate coaching career as Assistant Coach at Lock Haven University from 2000-02. King’s extensive playing career began at Cal State Fullerton, where she was a 4 year starter for the national powerhouse Titans helping them to the College World Series three times. Post graduation, she earned a spot on the US National Team and after touring China and Korea with the US Team, she continued her playing career in New Zealand where she played with the New Zealand National Team as their starting shortstop for 14 years, competing in over 150 international contests highlighted by a silver medal in the 1990 World Championships and winning the 1999 Asia-Oceania Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Melissa Finley begins her first season as the Assistant Coach at Penn. She joins the Quaker staff as the pitching and outfield coach after graduating from Princeton in 2005. A four year starter as pitcher & center fielder, she had a career batting average of .334. She led the Tigers to 3 NCAA Regional Tournament appearances by winning 3 Ivy League Championships (2002, 2003, 2005). She was the Ivy League Player of the Year in 2003 and was an All-Ivy selection all four years. She holds the all-time and single season record for homeruns and is 3rd all-time on the list for RBI’s. She has also competed with the Canadian National Team and participated in Canada Cups, US Cups and won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in 2003.

Download: CLINIC brochure 08.pdf