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The USW Mustang Softball Team begins its tenth season under the direction of Head Coach Ron Landschoot who was selected as last year’s Red River Athletic Conference Softball “Coach of the Year”. He has been involved with Fastpitch Softball for 47 years in every capacity of the game as a Player (23), Head Coach (30), Tournament Director (26), Clinician (5), Umpire (7), was the main organizer/builder of a new 4 field Softball complex in Alamogordo, NM, built 4 new Amateur Softball Association programs (two in Florida and two in New Mexico), and started USW's new Softball Program in 2004/5.
Coach Landschoot is a 1968 graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a bachelors degree in business and a 1981 graduate of the University of Southern California with a master's degree in systems management. He played 15 years of baseball including college and semi-pro. He is also a retired Air Force Pilot who amassed over 4400 flight hours including 115 flight missions over Vietnam, which led him to being awarded three Air Medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Landschoot started coaching Men's ASA Fastpitch Softball for seven years in Florida leading his team to a Men's Major State Championship and never finishing lower than fourth. Landschoot also won three New Mexico State Championships in 1985, 1986, & 1987 during his seven year stint with the Alamogordo Men's Fastpitch Team while he was stationed at Holloman AFB, NM. Coach Landschoot coached the New Mexico State University's Softball Program for three years earning the Big West Conference's "Softball Coach of the Year" honor in 1992. He helped develop both youth and high school programs, umpired for several years, and instructed a "Baseball/Softball Skills Analysis" Kinesiology class at the University of Texas-El Paso. Landschoot has also coached previously at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ as well as Eastern New Mexico University.
"I really believe my experience in building new programs/fields and 31 years of Softball knowledge, experience, and connections in Southern New Mexico will truly make a difference toward the quality foundation and growth of USW Softball.