Ray Seymour is currently in his 25th season as Head Coach of the Hawks Fastpitch Softball Team. During his tenure his overall record is 683 wins, 635 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.
Bruce Oglevie, Assistant Coach
Coach Bruce Oglevie is a native of Tampa, Florida and graduated from Jesuit High School, where he was captain of the golf team his Junior and Senior years. After High school he enlisted in the US Air Force in 1982 and was honorably discharged in1986. During that time, he met his wife, Jane and is been married over 31 years. They have 2 daughters, ages 27 and 22.
He was introduced to fast-pitch softball in 1999 and managed his first team at Citrus Park LL. Later that year he was assistant coach for the 9-10 year old all-star team that won the state championship. In 2002, he co-founded along with Al Bowman the Tampa Heartbreakers fast-pitch organization, which was built to help Little League girls make the transition to travel ball, while still allowing time for Little League. Coach Oglevie Managed several teams over the next 9 years to Tapi Rodriguez titles and All Star district, sectional and state appearances, as well as runner up in the 2003 9-10 state championship. In 2007 and 2008, he was Assistant Coach for Berkeley Prep High School. Also in 2008, he coached the Citrus Park Big League team to the World Series in Kalamazoo, Michigan, placing5th in the world.
Coach Oglevie comes to HCC to coach Pitchers and Catchers. He has been coaching and teaching pitchers for 14 years at all levels from 9 years old thru college age. His daughter, Chelsea, was starting pitcher for State College of Florida in 2011-2012, and went on to start for Division 2 Florida Southern in 2013-2014.
This is his first year at Hillsborough Community College.
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