Aug. 5, 2003
ATLANTA — John Bargfeldt has been named assistant coach for softball, announced today by Yellow Jacket head coach Ehren Earleywine. Bargfeldt comes to Georgia Tech from the United States National Fastpitch team where he was a member in 1991. Bargfeldt will handle the pitchers and catchers for the Yellow Jackets.
“I consider John to be one of the most knowledgeable softball persons in the country,” said coach Earleywine.” “We are extremely fortunate to have him in our program.
“Not only does he bring an immense amount of knowledge, but will also display leadership and character qualities that are second to none.”
Bargfeldt has taught in a baseball/softball academy over the last three years in Indianapolis, Ind. The camps emphasized pitching, catching, hitting and fielding.
Before getting into softball, Bargfeldt was an assistant baseball coach at Anderson University in 1981. He worked with the pitchers and helped lead the team to its best winning percentage in school history.
As a player, Bargfeldt was a three-year letterwinner in baseball and football at Anderson University. He was named most valuable player in baseball in 1976 and football in 1977. He has since been inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He was drafted in the 31st round by the Chicago Cubs in 1977 as a pitcher/outfielder and played minor league baseball for three seasons.
Bargfeldt is currently on the ASA Men’s National Selection’Team’Committee and helped select the team that won the first ever Gold Medal at the 2002 Pan AM Games. He has also served on the ASA Board of Directors from 2000-02 and was an ASA National Player Representative for that same two-year span.
Bargfeldt participated in men’s fastpitch for 17 years and was an ASA All-American five times. He helped lead his major fastpitch team to an ASA National Championship in 1999 and a World title in 2000.