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Ben McKinney Named Coach of USA Blue

By Firecrackers NC, 11/22/19, 3:15PM EST

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November 22, 2019—Winston Salem, NC-----Ben McKinney, President of Firecrackers Carolinas, has been named head coach for Team USA Blue, at the inaugural Triple Crown Softball International Challenge.  The TCS will take place in July of 2020 the weekend before the start of the prestigious Colorado Triple Crown Sports, 4th of July event in Denver.  These games will break a travel softball team barrier by allowing the best players to compete for their country and represent their nationality in highly competitive games. It will not only be a showcase for college coaches, but also for coaches of other countries looking to fill future national team rosters.


“It is a great honor to be chosen for such a prestigious national event” said Ben McKinney.  “This event is almost a mini Olympics as we will have the best talent from across the country representing the USA and other nationalities.”


Players will also have a chance to compete in the USA vs the World All-Star Game at Christopher Fields on Wednesday night during the Colorado Sparkler.  If you are interested in being part of TCS USA team, please call Coach McKinney at 336-782-3642 or email coachbenusateam@gmail.com.

 

About Ben McKinney

Someone once said, “Great players make great coaches” Coach Ben really believes that statement, but he also believes to have great players, you must help develop eager players with average talent, into those great players.  In over 20 years of coaching fastpitch softball, Coach Ben has become a highly regarded and accomplished coach at the national and regional levels. He has coached with teams that have won an USA 18U National Championship, numerous state championships (travel and high school), as well as several top 10 finishes at National tournaments, including the Independence Day Tournament in Boulder, CO.

 
In the summer of 2018, Coach Ben helped coach a very talented team of high school age players from the US in Havana, Cuba.  This talented team represented the USA in 6 games against the Cuban Olympic team.

In the fall of 2013, Coach Ben founded the Firecrackers Carolina organization as part of the national Firecrackers organization.  The Firecrackers Carolina organization started with 2 teams and is now approaching 20 teams. There are teams of all ages located around NC and SC.  Since founding the organization, Firecrackers Carolina, has produced over 100 players who are currently or have played softball at the collegiate level. 

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