DeLand, Fla. - Stetson softball alumni Joanna "J.J." Payette '06 and Blythe Golden '08 have joined the ranks of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Four-Star Master Coaches. The duo were recognized with 12 other honorees last month at the NFCA Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. for completing all eight courses in the National Fastpitch Coaches College.
Payette is in her sixth season as an assistant coach on Head Coach Frank Griffin's staff at Stetson; she played four seasons for the Hatters from 2003-06. The native of Springfield, Mo. and Lone Tree, Colo. is working on two master's degrees in Mental Health Counseling and Business Administration at Stetson.
Golden played two seasons for Coach Griffin and the Hatters (2007-08) after transferring from Gulf Coast Community College (now known as Gulf Coast State College) in Panama City, Fla, where she was a First Team NJCAA All-America honoree. She started 139 games at catcher for Stetson, including every game in the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference championship season, hitting six home runs, 17 doubles, driving in 39 runs and throwing out 19 attempted basestealers in her career. Golden, a native of Marianna, Fla., is in her fourth season as an assistant coach at her junior college alma mater GCSC under Head Coach Susan Painter and is working on her master's degree from Texas Woman's University.
The Hatters open the 2012 season Friday, February 10 with the Stetson Lead-Off Classic at Patricia Wilson Field.
NFCC Four-Star Master Coaches - Class of 2011
Bill Beckham - Wizards of Fastpitch
Lindsay Bramhall - Thomas More
Mike Delaney - Village Christian HS (CA)
Ken Dischler - Chequamegon HS (WI)
Blythe Golden - Gulf Coast State
Leslie Huntington - Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Greg Lamanna - Seton Hall
Madge Makowske - St. Catherine (MN)
John Maloney - Long Island Anthem
Yasmin Mossadeghi - Southwestern (CA)
Stacey Nuveman - San Diego State
Joanna Payette - Stetson
Sherry Tetreault - Eisenhower HS (OK)
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