Army Home Run For Black Sox

9 August 2013

Dean (Doon) Groves, WO1 Wayne Small and CAPT Grant McCarroll from the NZ Army have been appointed to top management positions with Softball NZ.
Dean (Doon) Groves, WO1 Wayne Small and CAPT Grant McCarroll from the NZ Army have been appointed to top management positions with Softball NZ. 

Congratulating the three on their appointments, Chief of Army Major-General (MAJGEN) Dave Gawn said the importance of sport to the Army could not be over-emphasised.

“Sport helps us create a ‘winning culture’ in the Army.

“All three men have been involved with Army and NZ Defence Force (NZDF) softball for many years. Their achievements at this level are outstanding, and in part reflect the very strong link between military life and sports activities,” he said.

 CAPT McCarroll has been a member of the Army’s men’s team since 1986 and has been part of many Army and NZDF champion teams over the years. He was previously Black Sox manager from 1998-2006, during which period they won the World Championship twice.

CAPT McCarroll said the appointment is an honour and a privilege.

“I am very proud, and I am very grateful for the support the Army and NZDF hierarchy have given me over my extended years of involvement in the game at many different levels,” he said.

WO1 Small also has a long record of involvement in Army and NZDF softball as player, coach and manager, and took over from CAPT McCarroll as Black Sox manager in 2006. He served in the role until 2010.

“This is an exciting challenge,” he said. “The road ahead is tough – there is a lot of work to do to produce a winning team by July next year.

“Without the support of the NZDF it would not be possible to manage a team at this level, and it is the NZDF who have given me the tools for the job. The ability to plan and conduct training, and to provide specialist logistic assistance to the team and Softball New Zealand are by-products of my 29 years in the military,” he said.

Softball New Zealand softball manager Glen Roff is in no doubt of the abilities of their new managers and the NZDF contribution to the sport.

“Softball is very fortunate to possess managers of the quality of Grant, Wayne and Doon. Each of them has the skillset we need to manage these teams’ programmes. Grant and Wayne are proven on the international stage over a number of campaigns, while Doon is getting his first taste of management experience through the Junior’s programme.

“The NZDF has provided softball with outstanding people over the years, both on and off the diamond, for which we as a sport are truly grateful. National management positions require well-rounded men and women with good communication, leadership and innovative skills, and we have been very lucky to secure those skills in Grant, Wayne and Doon,” he said.


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