Alameda to help Team Canada as pitching coach

Florida State softball coach Lonni Alameda has added another responsibility: Team Canada pitching coach.

Alameda has extensive international coaching experience, including her time with the Canadian team from 2004-08 – which included a trip to Beijing as part of the 2008 Olympics. The 2020 Toyko Games were postponed a year due to the threat of coronavirus, and Alameda has been tabbed to help once again.

“I’m very lucky to get this opportunity to go to Tokyo,” Alameda told the Osceola. “I almost feel like a rookie coming in after they’ve already gone through the gauntlet of qualifying and all of that. I know the Canadian program really well, have been part of it before so feel very comfortable with what I can offer or do for them.”

Alameda said the team is looking at dates in September or October to hold some practices and an exhibition schedule against college teams in February is in the works. One challenge is re-connecting players in one spot as some live in Canada while others are based in Orlando or in the Western United States.

“They are a very committed group,” Alameda said. “They are definitely staying connected via Zoom.”

Alameda came to FSU in 2009, where she has led the program to more than 500 wins and the 2018 WCWS title. She also coached the USSSA Florida Pride for a few seasons.

Kaleigh Rafter, who is from Ontario, is also an FSU connection on the national team. Rafter played on Team Canada in the 2008 Games and then played her senior season at FSU in 2009, hitting .332 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI.

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