HALL OF FAME
Oak Hills coach leads Team USA Softball to Germany
January 24, 2014Oak Hills High School
Oak Hills coach leads softball team to Germany
(Cincinnati, OH) – Jackie Cornelius-Bedel, English intervention specialist at Oak Hills High School, was asked to coach softball for Team USA in Germany this summer. After living in Vienna, Austria and playing in the European Pro softball league and in the Womens’ Pro Fastpitch League (WPSL) for the Michigan Ice she was selected to coach in August 2014. Players from Oak Hills High School, other local high schools and schools in Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton make up the team.
Team USA sends high school players overseas to compete against teams from other countries. The program is designed so that students have a chance to compete against and with players from other countries. Team USA players travel throughout Europe. One of their goals is to give female players more opportunity in the game of softball.
The girls heading to Germany can expect a schedule similar to this during their trip:
· Play a game against a German team in the morning
· Explore the country in the afternoon visiting concentration camps, castles, museums, etc.
· Play another game in the evening with the German players
· Dinner social with host team
This year’s trip will last 9 days and students will travel each evening or early morning to their next location. Oak Hills High School assistant coach, and also Jackie’s father, Rick Cornelius will join her in Germany as the Team USA assistant coach.
Currently there are eight local softball players heading to Germany - Brooke Shad (OH), Emily Wolfzorn (OH), Taylor Biggs (OH), Kylie Hayes (OH), Hannah Basil (OH), Brooke Hartman (OH), Syd Bachsheider (OH) and Meghan Gabriel (McAuley). Other roster players come from Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton area.
“This opportunity to travel to Germany is much more than a softball trip,” Cornelius-Bedel said. “Players will enhance their global perspective as they learn about the German culture and tour German landmarks.”
She added that it is a tremendous honor and a privilege to lead such an extraordinary group of student athletes on this travel experience. “Being able to change lives through sports is why I became a coach,” she said.
For more information about Team USA please visit America’s Team on Facebook.