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Tim Verbrugge new Head Coach Terrasvogels

...Tim Verbrugge...
...Head Coach...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
SANTPOORT (Neth.) - Tim Verbrugge is the new Head Coach of Iber Lengua Terrasvogels. Verbrugge succeeds Jeroen Deken, who led the softball-team this year for the first time. After completion of the season, it was decided, in mutual consult between Deken and Terrasvogels, not to prolong the cooperation.

This year, Terrasvogels finished the regular season in third place, but then climbed to second place in the following 'ranking round' to earn home advantage in the Play-Offs. In the semi-final, Terrasvogels was eliminated in four games, losing 3-1 to reigning champion Tex Town Tigers, who therefore qualified for the Holland Series. By reaching the Play-Offs, Terrasvogels extended its own record, as this was the 23rd time that the Santpoort-team played in a postseason.

In August, Terrasvogels finished in third place in the European Cup Winners Cup-Tournament, which was held in Haarlem (Netherlands), but nevertheless qualified again for next years Cup Winners Cup-event. Terrasvogels became the first team to participate in an European Cup-event for the 30th time. A site for next years tournament isn't announced yet.

Tim Verbrugge started his softball-career with Red Lions in Rijswijk, then played in the Dutch Men Softball League since 1999, playing for Thamen (1999-2001) and Storks (2002-2010), then retired as player after completion of this season. While playing softball for Thamen and Storks, he also played baseball for these two clubs. In 1998, he was a member of the Dutch National Men Softball B-Team, then promoted to the National Team a year later. Since then (except for 2005 and 2006), Verbrugge played for the national squad in almost all international events it participated in, including two World Championships (2000, East London, South Africa and 2004, Christchurch, New Zealand), six European Championships and annually in the Zeister Slot Tournament and Bill Jeffrey Tournament. In 2003, he was a member of the Dutch Team that won the European title in Chocen (Czech Republic). This year, Verbrugge was the senior member of the National Team when it participated in the European Championship in Havlickov Brod (Czech Republic) and he is the recordholder in official international games played for the men softball squad.

While playing for Storks, Verbrugge won the Dutch Championship-title four years in a row (2004-2007) and participated in six European Cup-tournaments, which were won twice (2002, 2006). Verbrugge also won the Dutch title while playing for Thamen in 2000.

Last season, Verbrugge already acted as a part-time Assistant Coach at Terrasvogels and also assisted during some off-season practice sessions in the period when then-Head Coach Darwin Tolzin wasn't in Santpoort yet. In the 2005 season, Verbrugge made his debut as coach in the Dutch Women Softball Major League, when he was named the Assistant Coach of Mireille Gill'ard, who took over for the Promotion/Relegation Series at Birds in Zoetermeer, which then won that series to remain in the big league. The next year, the two led Birds the entire season. Because he coached at Birds in the last part of the 2005 season, Verbrugge missed the European Men Softball Championship in Nijmegen (Netherlands). Last year, he was the coach for the Men Softball Team of Centrals during the European Cup-tournament at Spijkenisse (Netherlands), where it captured the silver medal. Prior to this season, Verbrugge assisted Dutch Manager Craig Montvidas several times during practice-sessions of the Dutch National Women Softball Team.

(October 7)

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