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Former FSU catcher Rafter named head coach for Canadian national team

Canada catcher Kaleigh Rafter, right, forces out Australia's Leigh Godfrey, right, in the first...
Canada catcher Kaleigh Rafter, right, forces out Australia's Leigh Godfrey, right, in the first inning of a softball game at Yokohama Baseball Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 24, 2021, in Yokohama, Japan. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)(Sue Ogrocki | AP)
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 2:43 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Former Florida State softball catcher and FSU volunteer softball coach Kaleigh Rafter has been named the head coach of the Canadian national softball team.

Current FSU head coach Lonni Alameda serves as an assistant coach for Team Canada.

Rafter, a native of Guelph, Ontario, had competed with the national team since 2007 and competed in the 2008 and 2020 Olympic Games, helping Team Canada capture its first ever softball medal this past summer when they won bronze in Tokyo.

Playing just one year in the garnet and gold, Rafter hit .332 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI over 60 games in 2009, earning ACC 1st Team All-Conference honors and ACC All-Tournament Team honors.

Canada will first take the diamond under Rafter’s leadership at the Canada Cup in Surrey, British Columbia from June 20-26, 2022.

For more on Rafter’s appointment, click here.

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