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                                        LADY HAWKS SOFTBALL STAFF


Ray Seymour, Head Softball Coach

Ray Seymour is currently in his 24th season as Head Coach of the Hawks Fastpitch Softball Team. During his tenure his overall record is 654 wins, 604 losses and 1 tie. His past teams have won the Suncoast Conference Championship three times and placed second on three other occasions. The most successful season was in 2005 when the Hawks won the Suncoast Conference setting a school record of 51 wins and 18 losses. The Hawks also won 3 tournaments and placed second in another. The Hawks finished as Regional Runner- Up.  In 2013 the Hawks went 41-27 and shared the conference championship with Polk State College. The Hawks placed third in the Atlantic District tournament going 3-2.

Coach Seymour is the director of the Tampa Mustang Fastpitch Softball Organization, which he and his wife Cathy founded in 1981 to promote softball for local youths. During Coach Seymour's coaching career with the Mustangs he registered over 1000 wins, winning numerous Regional and National championships.  His 1999 14-U Mustang team set an all-time organizational record with 81 wins and just 4 losses.  The team won the NSA National Championship in Charlotte NC going undefeated (10-0) and came in second going (9-2) at the ASA Nationals in Irvine Texas the following week.  After coaching both the Mustangs and Hillsborough Community College for several years Coach Seymour stepped down from coaching the Mustangs and now serves as Director of the organization.

The organization currently has 12 teams between the ages of 10 and 18. The Tampa Mustangs have won national championships in all age groups for a total of 21 national championships including the first ever International Softball Junior World Cup 16-u Championship defeating China 4-0. Over 350 former Mustangs have attended over 60 different colleges on athletic scholarships.

Coach Seymour played quarterback for local Chamberlain High School, which won the 1961 State Championship.  Coach Seymour is a product of the community college system going to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas were he made all conference.  After two years at Hutchinson Community College he transferred to University of Texas - El Paso on a football scholarship.  After college he played tournament fastpitch softball throughout the southeast.





Jeff Almand, Assistant Coach

Coach Almand is a native of Tampa, Florida and a graduate of Hillsborough High School in Tampa where he co-captained the varsity basketball team his senior year. After graduation he attended HCC and was later hired by the Tampa Fire Department, now Tampa Fire/Rescue, where he worked until retiring after 30 years of service.

During that time Coach Almand was introduced to the game of Fastpitch Softball. He played competitively for 13 years traveling the Southeast with various local teams. Coach Almand is now in his 14th year of coaching fastpitch softball that started with Little League through 16u travel squads. These youth teams won numerous tournaments and placed as high as 2nd nationally.

Coach Almand is now in his 6th year as Assistant Coach under Head Coach Ray Seymour.




Doug Klipp, Assistant Coach

Coach Doug Klipp is starting his second year at HCC. Since joining the Hawks he has implemented an aggressive base-running approach that help the Hawks rank number 4 in the nation last year.  He assists in the day to day operation of the team.Prior to coming to HCC, Coach Klipp was an assistant coach at Saint Leo University where he helped guide the Lions to their first Sunshine State Conference Championship in the 32 year history of the program, as well as a top 25 national ranking an a NCAA playoff berth. The Lions were also in the top 5 in the nation in stolen bases.

Before joining Saint Leo, Coach Klipp was an assistant coach at NJCAA Division 2 Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey.  While there he helped guide BCC to two top 25 rankings and two Garden State Conference Championships.  He also helped BCC lead the nation in stolen bases and two top 10 rankings in batting.

Before becoming a college coach, Coach Klipp founded the South Jersey Stingrays ASA softball team and was the head coach of the 18u team, which he lead to three WFC national berths in four years.Coach Klipp is a retired Ocean City, New Jersey police sergeant and prior to that served four years in the United States Coast Guard.  He has been married for 28 years and has two daughters.  He resides in Treasure Island, Florida.



Dr. Josh Cooper, Speed-Strength Coach 

Doctor Cooper brings a wealth of sports science and practical knowledge to the private sector. Dr. Cooper has trained Olympic gold medalists from the 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010 Olympic games. He has trained National Champions, All-Americans as well as professional and amateur athletes from all over the country and in a multitude of sports.

Dr. Cooper started COOPER SPEED-STRENGTH SCHOOL in 2002 in order to deliver the best and most innovative world-class training to the public. He has also held positions as a Sports Scientist and Strength and Conditioning Coach at the Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, CO), The University of Colorado (Boulder, CO), and The College of New Jersey (Trenton, NJ).

In addition to coaching athletes from a variety of sports and backgrounds, he also acts as an educator to other strength and conditioning specialists. He is often called upon to conduct clinics and presentations at the national level in the fields of sports science, speed development, sport-specific conditioning, program design, and sport mechanics. Furthermore, Dr. Cooper has published multiple peer-reviewed studies on human performance.  These studies were published in the NSCA, ACSM and Med Science Research journals. He also holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Exercise Science and recently completed his doctoral degree in education.

Dr. Cooper was a four-year starter on his college football team.  Following his football career he competed as an elite level judo player and trained with the U.S. Olympic team.  He currently stays competitive by competing in Muay Thai and grappling tournaments.


Interim Dean of Student Services/Director of Athletics: Laurie Ragsdale lragsdale@hccfl.edu
Office #: 813-253-7311

Assistant Athletic Director: Office # 813-253-7304

Equipment Manager, Certified: Scott “Kiki” Keller skeller@hccfl.edu
Office #: 813-253-7398