Ray Seymour, Head Softball Coach
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.
Jeff Almand, Associate Head Coach
Coach Almand is a native of Tampa, Florida and a graduate of Hillsborough High School in Tampa where he lettered and 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.
Coach Almand was introduced to the game of Fastpitch Softball in 1974 and played competitively for 13 years traveling the Southeast with various local teams. Coach Almand is now in his 15th year of coaching fastpitch softball that started with Citrus Park Little League. From Little League, Coach Almand moved to coaching travel team ball with the Tampa Lookouts, Tampa Wildcats and Tampa Mustangs These youth teams won numerous tournaments and placed as high as 2nd nationally.
Coach Almand is proud to have been part of many young ladies lives that have gone on to have successful college careers. Coach Almand is married and has one daughter and is now in his 7th year as Assistance 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.
Elizabeth Holloman, Assistant Coach
Coach Elizabeth Holloman is a native of Hillsborough County who began playing baseball first at North Brandon Little League, then transitioned to softball. She played travel ball for the Lady Knights and Tampa Mustangs. In high school, she played softball and volleyball, graduating from Brandon High in 2003. Coach B went on to play softball at HCC from 2003-2005 under Coach Seymour; she was a starter on the team that in 2005 set the school record for the most wins in a season. Coach B was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2005, and earned First Team All-Conference Honors.
After HCC, Coach B played at Warner Southern University, where she was a First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region player. During her time at Warner, she also set individual school records for hitting. After graduation, Coach B came back to Hillsborough County to teach high school and coach high school softball; she’s been teaching for 8 years. She began coaching travel ball with the Tampa Mustangs Organization. With the Mustangs, she was an assistant coach that helped guide the team to become the 2014 ASA 18A National Champions and 18A Florida State Champions, as well as the 2015 National Runner-Up team.
Her main area of focus is hitting and infield work with the HCC team. This is her first year with the team.