Former Campbell River softball coach at the national level – Campbell River Mirror

Softball allowed Doug Allin to see the world.

As an assistant coach for Canada’s National Men’s Team, he helped win a silver medal at the Pan American Championships in Argentina in early May. His high ranking means he will join the club at the Men’s Softball World Cup in New Zealand in November.

The former Campbell Riverite’s journey began with games on the Willow Point diamonds.

“That’s where I spent my childhood,” Allin said. “As a kid, it was a hot bed for softball. Every night there were great teams playing up there.

He recalled friends who played hockey in the winter and softball in the summer, and noted that some exceptional players came out of Campbell River.

While many of the kids he competed with dropped out of the sport, Allin still stuck to it.

Pitching stints with teams in Victoria, Vancouver, Squamish and Portland preceded his retirement from the game in 2012, but he continued to coach his daughters.

“The next thing you know, I was called by the head coach of the men’s (national) team to help scout at the 2015 world championship in Saskatoon,” he said.

The home side would claim their fourth title, and the first since the 1992 games.

Allin scouted opposing pitchers and provided helpful advice to team hitters during the tournament.

In 2019 he was named assistant coach, and last year he was given more responsibility when he was given the reins of the men’s national under-23 team.

He attributes his success to a lot of listening.

“I learned from the guys I played with,” Allin said. “All of my teammates over the years have expressed their way of thinking and seeing the game.

“It was by collecting all their information that I found a way to do things.

“There was a lot of talk in many dugouts about what to look for and how to look for it.”

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