Laing Harrow has been reappointed as Head Coach of the Junior Steelers, Australia’s Under 19 Men’s team.
Harrow will lead the team at the 2018 WBSC XII Junior Men’s Softball World Championship, to be held in Prince Albert, Saskatoon, Canada, from 7-15 July.
Harrow previously led the Junior Steelers at the world championship in 2016, where the team finished sixth in Midlands in the USA.
He also led the Aussie Steelers, Australia’s Open Men’s team, to a silver medal at the WBSC XV Men’s Softball World Championship, earlier this year in Whitehorse, Canada.
Harrow’s reappointment continues his long and illustrious softball career in Australia. Emigrating from Canada in 1987, he represented Australia as a player at the 1988, 1992 and 1996 ISF Men’s World Championships.
In addition to his recent Head Coach appointments, Harrow was an Assistant Coach for the victorious Australian Under 19 Men’s teams at world championships in 2001, 2005 and 2008.
In the early 2000’s, Harrow’s distinguished playing career was recognised when he was inducted into both the Softball Australia and International Softball Federation Halls of Fame.
In 2003, he was further recognised, when his name was bestowed on Australian softball’s newest men’s competition, the Australian U23 Men’s Fastpitch Championship – known as the Laing Harrow Shield.
Harrow will be supported at next year’s world championship with a group of Assistant Coaches, who will be appointed in the near future from the Men’s National Coaching Panel. Nominations for other positions, including a Team Manager, will be called for shortly.
The Junior Steelers team for the world championship is expected to be finalised after the Australian Under 19 Men’s National Softball Championship, to be held in Blacktown, NSW, from 22-28 January 2018.