The Notre Dame Prep Saints have hired Kim Braatz Voisard to serve as their new head coach of girls softball for the 2019 season.
Braatz Voisard has over 20 years of coaching experience. She has covered much of the
globe competing in and coaching athletes in Italy, France, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and Canada.
"We are blessed to have Kim join our coaching staff," said Notre Dame Prep's Athletic Director Mark Cisterna. "She played professional softball in Europe and USA Women's Baseball, so she brings a lot of knowledge to our program."
As a utility softball player at the University of New Mexico, Braatz Voisard earned All-American honors. After college, she went on to play professional softball, and then professional women's baseball. While with the Colorado Silver Bullets she competed against men. "Her monumental accomplishment on the only women's professional baseball team to play against men was her home run," boasted Cisterna. She was the first woman in the history of baseball, to hit an out-of-the-park home run.
She credits her hitting success to Mark Martinez the head baseball coach at San Diego State, and Colorado Silver Bullets manager Phil Niekro, who helped improve her swing. Braatz Voisard continued to compete after her two children were born, and she earned two gold medals in 2004 and 2006 competing with the USA Women's Baseball team.
After four years of playing professionally, she settled down in Birmingham, AL and coached Division I college softball at Samford University.
Since her move to the Valley, she has assisted and managed club teams, and spent time coaching the McClintock High School and Glendale Community College softball programs.
Kim is a single mom of two; daughter Madison, 19, and son Franklin, 16.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to teach and train the girls at NDP. I desire to build a strong, competitive team," she said. "And I look forward to help influence and impact the girls as they grow into strong, confident and compassionate young women."
Braatz Voisard is very familiar with Premier Girls Fastpitch and will advise to her players seeking to play at the collegiate level.