Coach Lisa Norrie grew up playing softball in Downey Park Brisbane. The talented pitcher and short stop was head-hunted to play baseball in 2001 trialling with the Queensland Woman’s Baseball Team. She made the team and the transition from Softball to Baseball. In 2010 Lisa began her coaching career as an assistant coach and player of her team.

Lisa’s coaching talent and leadership qualities developed and were recognised in her being appointed head coach in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 Lisa was appointed head coach of the Under 18 Australian Woman’s team. In 2016 she became an assistant coach of the senior woman’s team the Australian Emeralds.

In 2017, Lisa proudly coached two Brisbane girls, Tammy McMillan and Tayla Welch in the 2018 Woman’s Baseball World Cup in Florida where the girls narrowly missed out on playing for a medal.

In 2017 Lisa stepped her coaching her coaching career in the men’s Australian Baseball League as assistant coach of the Brisbane Bandits. The appointment to the Bandits saw Lisa become the first female coach in the men’s professional league in Australia and the first female in the world to be coaching in a big league.

When asked what makes a good coach, Lisa replied “it is important to understand the players, everyone is different, there are goals for the team but you must also have goals for the individuals”. Lisa makes herself approachable recognising the need to support her players but also balances the business side of coaching candidly stating that when the “work needs to get done, we get it done”.

Lisa’s experience on the field, her leadership qualities and coaching talent have seen her rise to her current positions. Always learning, Lisa hopes to bolster her experience with a stint in USA. She thanks the great MLB legend and Bandits head coach David Nilsson and Bandits CEO Mark Ready for
their support.

Baseball in Brisbane provides young girls with a structured career pathway that offers an opportunity to represent Australia and soon to play professionally in Brisbane with the Bandits planning to field a team in a new woman’s league.

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