|Linda Derk provides structured, professional softball instruction, equipment, apparel and consultation for both individuals and teams. A comprehensive softball background that includes coaching at every level of the game provides the foundation for offering a detailed program that focuses on player development on and off the softball diamond.
In 1998, the Women's Professional Softball League hired Linda as the first full time head coach of the Tampa Bay Firestix. Under Derk's guidance, the Firestix won the 1999 regular and post season championships. That year she was named All-Star Coach and Coach of the Year.
Since the professional days Linda has been a successful business owner who travels around the world instructing fastpitch softball.
Admiral Farragut Academy, St Petersburg, FL.: Director of Marketing and Development.
2008 - Current
Linda Derk, Inc. (LDI): Owner.
In charge of all aspects of the business development. LDI is a developing fastpitch softball business offering diverse products/services related to instruction, sponsorship, motivational speaking, live radio and television broadcast, camps, and more. LDI is a mobile company with a worldwide market.
Get Game, Inc.: Owner.
In charge of sponsorship, accounting and development. Linda assisted in developing the fastpitch softball business into a state, national and internationally prominent company.
Admiral Farragut Academy, St Petersburg Florida
Palm Beach Community College
NY/NJ Juggernaut, National Professional Fastpitch
Tampa Bay Firestix, Women's Professional Softball League
Indiana State University
East Stroudsburg University
United States Military Academy
Temple University: M.Ed. in Sport Management
Slippery Rock University: BA in Health and Physical Education, with an emphasis in coaching
Level II Olympic Tryout Participant
Allentown Patriots Women's Club: ASA Major Amateur Fastpitch Team
Slippery Rock University: Softball and basketball; 4 year letter winner
Little League Aruba Service Award
Slippery Rock University Hall of Fame
St Leo Women of the Year Award (Team)
Girl Scout Community Service Award
WPSL Championship Team
WPSL Coach of the Year
WPSL All-Star Coach
First Full-time Head Coach in WPSL History
Captain, Basketball & Softball team; 4 year letter winner
PSAC Basketball Champions
NCAA Division II Sweet 16 Basketball Participant
Softball for Hearts Charity, Member of Board of Directors
Habitat for Humanity
S.E.R.V.E Volunteer Speaker
Born 2/26/1965; parents Ronald and Veronica; twin sister Karen, sister Judy, brothers Ron and Bob. Makes her home in St. Petersburg Florida where she enjoys working on her house, fishing and spending time with family and friends.