Pitching coach Russell Cooper enters his first season as an assistant coach on the Washington University in St. Louis softball staff.
Cooper has been invovled in competitive softball for 30+ years, including 12 years in the United States. Formerly from New Zealand, he was an ASA All-American pitcher and was an advisor to the Canadian national program where he developed various pitching programs.
Cooper was also an advisor to the Canadian national CANpitch program. He has coached the St. Louis Chaos ASA travel team, earning two runner-up finishes in 16U. Cooper was the pitching coach for New Zealand Junior National team during the 2013 World Championship games.