Guest Coaches

Gus Leger

Gus has an extensive sporting background both as a player and recently as a coach. Gus is presently involved in education and brings a wealth of knowledge from his softball and rugby backgrounds as well as being a respected ambassador for both codes.

  • New Zealand men’s softball squad member 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995
  • Samoa Softball Team for the ISF World Series in Christchurch (placed 5th) 2004
  • Tongan “Ikale Tahi “National Team for the Rugby World Cup held in Australia (18 Tests) 2003
  • Counties-Manukau Steelers NPC team (28 games) 2003-1999
  • Professional Minor league Baseball contract with the California Angels 1995-1993
  • Pukekohe premiere club rugby “back to back” Champions. Undefeated for 24 competition games 2005-2006

Dean Rice

Dean is a respected ‘past’ player and now coach within the world softball fraternity. Dean was well known for his work ethic and attention to detail whilst a player and he brings these same values with him to his current coaching position with the New Zealand White Sox. Dean is renowned for his knowledge and skills with regards to all aspects of the ‘short game’ and would be one of the worlds leading authorities and exponents of this ‘game’, especially the offensive side.

Dean has been a self employed Personal Trainer for the past 10 years and regards the physical development of the person as paramount when wanting to further their overall potential as a player.

  • Auckland Marist men’s 15 years
  • Auckland Representative 1985 – 2000
  • Junior Black Sox 1985 (Gold)
  • New Zealand Black Sox 1987 – 2000
  • New Zealand Player of the Year
  • World Championship Black Sox member 1998, 1992, 1996 (Gold), 2000 (Gold)
  • Assistant White Sox Coach for 3 years
  • Current White Sox Coach
  • Personal Trainer Self Employed 10 years

Steve Roberts

As a respected softball/baseball coach with several years in the college and professional base ball (MLB) scene in the USA,   Steve is a specialist 'Hitting' coach with many years of developing and working with athletes right across the board.   Steve is at present working on introducing Testing Protocols to different sports in New Zealand and 3rd base are excited to be working alongside Steve to develop these programmes.

  • Black Sox 1990-92
  • Saint Mary’s College Baseball Coach (5 years) Division One NCAA university in the West Coast Conference
  • Feather River College Baseball Coach (5 years) in the Golden Valley Conference
  • Major League Baseball (MLB) scout with Philadelphia Phillies (2 years) and Florida Marlins (1 year)
  • Director of Spartakiade Athlete Development

Steve Jackson

Steve has had an extensive softball career culminating in being part of the Blacksox for a 15 year period.   Steve’s knowledge and experience as a top international pitcher has seen him involved in the coaching teams of several Olympic countries as a pitching coach/advisor.    It is this wealth of knowledge that sees Steve as a valuable member of our coaching programme.

Playing Career:

  • Auckland Ramblers & Auckland Marist 1977 - 2009
  • Auckland Representative 1978 - 1996
  • Blacksox 1981 - 1996 (Winning Pitcher 1984 world champs) (losing Pitcher 1988 World champs)
  • Great Britain 2002 – 2008
  • 19 playing seasons in North America, Australia & Japan

Coaching Career:
Pitching Coach Advisor to Olympic Countries:

  • Japan & Taiwan (2000 -2007)
  • Australia (1998 - 2003) 
  • Great Britain (2003)
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