Queensland Heat and Patriots Head Coaches Announced

Queensland Heat and Patriots Head Coaches Announced

Softball Queensland is pleased to advise of the appointment of the Open Women (Heat) and Open Men (Patriots) head coaches. Congratulations to Kevin Jenkins Heat Head Coach and David Metekingi Patriots Head Coach on their appointments for 2019/20. 

Softball Queensland is thrilled to announce the re-signing of Kevin Jenkins as the Head Coach of the QLD Open Women’s Heat Team. Kevin Jenkins has coached the Heat team for 1 year, after 13 years involvement with other QLD Teams, leading those teams to 3 National Championships. “It’s an exciting 12mths ahead for the sport. I looking forward to being a part of that and wearing the maroon jersey again. The Qld HEAT team can put into place the lessons of last year and see us back to the top where we belong” Kevin Jenkins. Softball Queensland CEO Ross Symonds “ Kevin went through a difficult first up campaign with the Heat team at the Gilley’s Shield in January but his coaching record over the years with numerous Junior State Teams strongly suggests he will assess that campaign and make the necessary changes to put the Heat program back into play-off contention. There is a strong and long history of success that comes with taking the head coach role of the Heat program and Kevin is the best coach to lead our best female athletes to success as well as develop for the future”. The QLD Heat will now train towards the Gilley’s Shield in January.

Softball Queensland is thrilled to announce the signing of David Metekingi as the Head Coach of the Patriots Open Men’s Team. This will be David’s first year coaching the Patriots. David has been head coach of the Queensland under 17 boys team since 2017. David had an impressive playing history, representing Queensland since 1992 and accumulated 13 years with the Patriots. David is the 89th player to represent the Queensland men’s team. He also represented Australia from 2004 – 2010. In 2009 David was a member of World Championship winning Aussie Steelers team in Saskatoon Canada and in 2010 was inducted into the Softball Australia Hall of Fame as part of Australia’s 1st and only winning men’s team. “A lot of fantastic players and officials have been a part of the Patriots since the team started 1985 and it’s an honour to be given the opportunity to coach this proud team. With the right guidance and recent success of U17, U19 & U23 male teams and the experience we have in the squad, the Patriots will be a force for years to come” David Metekingi. Softball Queensland CEO Ross Symonds, “ Dave brings a combination of international playing experience with World Championship success as well as displaying the coaching ability to develop and upskill junior male athletes to put them in a position to compete both individually and collectively at an elite level. The Patriots head coach role comes with tremendous responsibility and accountability not just to performance and results at the John Reid Shield but also developing and implementing a culture that resonates through the male pathway and sets the Patriots program up for sustainable success”. The Patriots will now prepare towards the John Reid Shield in Canberra in January.