Name: Liz Wise King
Site: Team TFS
Background: King, who grew up in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, is such a softball fanatic she regularly attends the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City. A tennis player at Mesquite High School, King also dabbled in softball as a youngster, “But not at (the Team TFS) level,” said King, who attended the University of North Texas in Denton. King has 13- and 8-year-old daughters, and the oldest, Gabby, played on the Team TFS’s North Texas 14U team last year.
What she does: King, working closely with Team TFS NTX's board of directors and founder Michael Bastian, spearheaded the push to switch to the SportsEngine platform a year ago. “It checks a ton of our boxes and them some,” said King, who lists communications, scheduling and website maintenance among her job duties. Team TFS (short for the The Fastpitch School), started in 2009 with one team. Now there are 12 TFS teams playing out of four regions (north Texas, south Texas, Virginia and northern Nevada). King wasn’t shy about using photos to dress up several pages, most notably on the Contacts and Tradition of Success pages. She said Team TFS has a 100-percent recruitment rate, meaning all of its former players have continued their careers in college, including 60 percent at Division I schools. A table on the Tradition of Success page lists the names of alumni, their graduation years and the schools that granted them scholarships.
Making her mark: King set up the Giving Back page on the site to promote the annual Wounded Warrior Tournament that raises money for the Wounded Warrior Amputee softball team. “At the end of the day, the wounded warrior team plays the winning team from the tournament,” Kind said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Fun fact: Bastion coached the Chinese National Softball Team from 2005-08 and will be taking a Team TFS squad to China this year.
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