Missouri adds Doug Gillis to softball coaching staff

Thursday, August 28, 2014 | 8:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Former Team USA softball pitcher Doug Gillis was tapped on Thursday as the newest member of the Missouri softball coaching staff.

Gillis has played fast-pitch softball internationally for more than four decades, highlighting his playing career by leading the U.S. to a gold medal at the Pan Am Games in 2002.

Head Coach Ehren Earleywine said Gillis is the best pitching coach Missouri could possibly add.

"What an enormous benefit it will be to our program to have him working with our pitchers on a daily basis," he said in a release.

Gillis will primarily focus on the pitching staff. He has privately consulted Missouri pitchers, including Chelsea Thomas, who was a three-time first-team All-American for the Tigers. His softball academy has coached upwards of 350 players who have gone on to play college softball.

"I'm excited because I think this team can contend for a national championship," Gillis said in the release. "This pitching staff has a chance to be second to none."


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