American Freedom Express, one of the fastest growing travel softball organizations in the country, has named Ray Loeser as their Great Lakes/East Coast Regional Director. Loeser, a former collegiate coach with over 10 years of experience, will assume his responsibilities and will be responsible directing teams and conducting camps, clinics and showcase events in his regions.
“We are very excited to add a director with the collegiate experience that Ray has,” commented American Freedom Express National Director, Kevin Blaskowski. He added, “I have known Ray throughout most of his career and I have always been impressed with his knowledge of the game and his relentless work ethic. I believe he is a great fit for our organization and there is not a better person to lead our organization’s expansion in his regions.”
Loeser is currently an assistant coach at Cedarville University in Ohio. Prior to Cedarville, he was the head softball coach at the University of Charleston, a NCAA Division II program in West Virginia, for five seasons, where he posted a 184-84 record while the program had one All-American, 10 All-Atlantic Region selection and 24 All-MEC honorees. The Golden Eagles were regionally ranked in four of his five seasons.
Loeser directed Charleston to its best season ever in 2016 as the Golden Eagles finished with a school-record 50 wins (50-12), won the NCAA Atlantic Regional and Super Regional titles and advanced to the NCAA Division II College World Series in Denver. Charleston ended the season ranked #8 in the final National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II Top 25 poll, the first national ranking in program history.
The 2016 NFCA Atlantic Region Coach of the Year, Loeser was also selected as the Mountain East Conference Coach of the Year. Away from the diamond, four players earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors, with one player selected as a Third Team Academic All-American.
Charleston made its first-ever NCAA postseason appearance in 2015, advancing to the Atlantic Region Finals while posting its third most wins in a season with 38.
Before the University of Charleston, Loeser spent four seasons as the assistant coach at Arkansas Tech University. In that role, he was the recruiting coordinator, hitting coach and pitching coach of a program that won three Gulf South Conference West Division championships in four years.
Prior to Arkansas Tech, Loeser spent two seasons at St. Petersburg College in Florida, in which they won a Suncoast Conference title. Loeser began his coaching career working on the softball staff during his undergraduate career at Mississippi State.
American Freedom Express has 54 teams in seven states. The 2017 Triple Crown/US College Player Index (CPI) ranked American Freedom Express 14th nationally and 4th in Texas. The BCS-type poll tracks the nation's top travel clubs' actual placement of players in NCAA Div. I and II college programs during the last five years.