More Than A Coach
In loving memory of Pat McGuire, a luminary figure whose legacy radiates through the lives of countless softball players and the broader community. As the founder and West End Waves 18U Showcase coach, Pat's impact was profound and far-reaching, shaping not just athletes, but nurturing spirits and instilling values that transcended the field.
Pat was more than a coach; he was a guiding light, a mentor, and a source of unwavering support for generations of players. His profound influence extended far beyond the game, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and lives of those he touched.
His commitment to his players' well-being was unparalleled. From providing a consoling gesture in a time of grief to fostering camaraderie through Krispy Kreme doughnuts, Pat's presence was felt both on and off the field. He was a constant source of encouragement, a steadying force during life's highs and lows.
His dedication to the sport was matched only by his devotion to his players. Beyond honing their skills on the field, Pat cultivated character, instilling values of resilience, sportsmanship, and integrity. His impact extended to life moments - from attending banquets and graduations to sending heartfelt messages on holidays and birthdays. His care for their development underscored his commitment to shaping exceptional individuals.
Pat embodied the essence of a true mentor, going above and beyond to guide players through the college admissions process, personally speaking with college softball coaches, and traveling long distances just to be a reassuring presence in the stands. His unwavering support extended beyond the game, transcending seasons and games, ensuring his players knew they were cherished, valued, and supported.
His legacy lives on not just in the wins and accolades of the game but in the enduring bonds he forged and the lives he enriched. His impact, a ripple effect of kindness and guidance, will continue to inspire and uplift, a testament to the extraordinary man and coach he was.
To Pat McGuire, a coach, a mentor, and a cherished figure whose spirit and legacy will forever echo in the hearts of those he touched. Rest in peace, knowing your legacy thrives in the countless lives you've touched and transformed.
Coach McGuire's remarks at our Waves Christmas Party, December 2, 2023.
Welcome New Coaches!
Becca Hicks, 14U Asst Coach
Hello everyone! My name is Becca Hicks! I’m an alumni of the Waves organization and I’m so excited to be back with the Waves as a Coach! I met Coach McGuire in 2012 when I joined the 16u team. I
had always known I wanted to play in college, and that’s where I decided to join the 18u showcase team. I played softball throughout high school at formerly known as Lee-Davis High School, and
collegiate ball as an outfielder at Patrick Henry Community College where I was awarded 2nd Team All-Region ‘14 and ‘15 as well as NJCAA Region X Champions in 2014. I then transferred to Roanoke
College and played on the softball team for 1 year, making the transition to focus on my studies, majoring in Health and Exercise Science. I currently am a head coach and personal trainer at a gym in
Ashland. I am a powerlifter and a sport-specific specialist! What I am excited about being a coach for the Waves is giving back to the organization that had once helped me in my journey and the sport
".... All Things are Possible, IF you Believe" Mark 9:23
Sami Davidson, 16U Asst Coach
Sami is originally from Stafford County and has been playing since she was four years old. She played travel baseball until high school and switched over to softball full-time during her sophomore year. Sami was a catcher at Randolph-Macon College and took an extra Covid year (or two). She and her team had Regional appearances four times and were two-time Regional Champions and had a World Series appearance. Sami graduated from college in 2022 where she studied History and Art History and is currently a Museum Educator at Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Sami takes great pride in her softball prowess and is very dedicated to giving back to a sport that has given so much to her. This is exactly where she needs to be so that our players can absorb all of the knowledge that she has to give. Sami's main expertise is mostly catching of course but she also brings hitting development to the table
16U and 14U OPENINGS!
We still have OPENINGS for roster positions on our 16U and 14U!
Our 16U Waves is looking for OUTFIELD positions primarily.
Our 14U Waves is looking for OUTFIELD and an additional PITCHER.
Please get in touch with our 14U Head Coach, Bob Lauranzon (email@example.com), and our 16U Head Coach, Stan Thorne (firstname.lastname@example.org), for tryout information for possible roster positions on our 14U and 16U teams.
If you're a player looking for mentoring and the opportunity to be seen by college coaches and assistants, this is your opportunity to play for one of the most respected organizations in the Central Virginia area. We are especially looking for pitchers and catchers, but all positions will be considered for the right player!
The West End Waves are based in western Henrico, Virginia, and play a competitive schedule of local and travel tournaments with very reasonable team dues. We also have opportunities for fundraising to help defer costs. Inquiries will be kept confidential to respect existing associations.
Please reach out to email@example.com with questions about tryouts.
2023 Winter Skills Camp
The West End Waves Fastpitch Softball teams, along with other young softball players, have just completed their 2023 Winter Skills Camp at J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico, Virginia. The camp was designed to provide the players with an opportunity to refine their skills, build teamwork, and gain valuable experience. The players worked tirelessly under the guidance of experienced coaches, honing their abilities in hitting, fielding, and pitching. The indoor facilities at J.R. Tucker High School provided the perfect environment for the players to develop their talents and reach their full potential.
All three Waves teams are gearing up for a successful season at the Onyx Elite workout facility in Richmond, Virginia. During the winter of 2023, the players are putting in extra effort to improve their skills and build teamwork. The state-of-the-art facility provides the perfect environment for intense training and conditioning, ensuring the team is ready to compete at their highest level come spring. The Waves are determined to make a strong showing this season and are putting in the work to make it happen.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Waves 14U Team for their Third Place finish
at the 2023 NSA Outer Banks Classic in Nags Head NC!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Waves 14U Team for
their Silver Runner-Up
at the 2022 SoftballNation End of Season Showstopper in Newport News VA!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Waves 14U Team for
their Silver Runner-Up
at the 2022 SoftballNation Halloween Cup!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Waves 14U Team for their Gold Bracket
Runner-Up finish at SN June Jamboree!
CONGRATULATIONS to our Waves 14U Team for their Silver Championship
and qualifying for Fastpitch Nationals!