Poynette Pumas Fastpitch Softball
A tradition of excellence

2011 WIAA Division 3 State Champions

State Champions 1998 -- 2005 -- 2011
State Tournament Runner-Up 1999 -- 2003 -- 2012
Third Place Finisher 2006 -- 13 Sectional Appearances
21 Conference Titles

Head Coach Bob Tomlinson

Bob took over the Poynette softball program in 1980, it's second year of existence and quickly moved it to one of the most productive programs in the state. That first team played in the sectional final after upsetting Dual County Conference foe Westfield. If it were not for a dismal seventh inning in the sectional final, the Indians (as they were known then) would have advanced to the state tournament in Bob's first year at the helm. The next season saw the team win the Dual County Conference title. Since 1980 Poynette has won 20 conference championships, 12 regional championships and six sectional titles with those six titles advancing them to the state tournament. At the state tournament Poynette has won 3 state titles, finished runner-up twice and was tied for third in their other appearance in the Final Four. Along the way Poynette has won 484 games and seen its coach be inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of the second-ever induction group (2010). Bob is also a 2007 inductee into the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame and was honored for his lifetime of involvement in the game as a player, manager, sponsor, publicist, tournament organizer and promoter of the game. In 2009 Bob was inducted in the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame as a player honoring his long career in the game at third base. A clinician and camp director as well as being a private fastpitch instructor keep Bob busy year round in the game.

Assistant Coach Ron Jordak

Coach Ron Jordak actually joined the staff as a volunteer when his daughter Courtney was a young player. Soon, he became an assistant and has coached the 9th grade teams, the JV teams as well as assisting during varsity games. A student of the game, Ron brings a wealth of athletic experience to the softball program. He played quarterback in college for the Badgers and has coached football in Sun Prairie and Poynette throughout his teaching and coaching career. Ron has helped out in a plethora of other ways with the Puma softball program from motivational work to graphic designs and screen printing of apparell. He has coached summer softball teams comprised of current and former Poynette softball players with unbelievable success. "I can't even begin to explain just how instrumental Ron has been to our program here at Poynette," said Head Coach Bob Tomlinson. In addition to all of those things Ron has been involved in summer youth teams and collegiate aged teams over the years. As coach of the Spoilers Ron led those teams to numerous invitational titles and high finishes.

Assistant Coach Julie Karman

Coach Julie Karman enters the 2012 season as first-year assistant. She is a former Poynette High School softball player. She will in charge of the 9th grade/varsity reserve team on game days. Practices will see her performing many duties as she learns the ropes inside the program. She brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to the program and is anxious to learn as much as possible. We're sure the players she comes in contact with will enjoy the times.

Assistant Coach Courtney Jordak

Courtney Jordak first joined the Poynette program as an elementary school student and summer softball participant. She served as bat girl and other duties prior to her 8th grade year when she officially joined the program. She led the Indians to the 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 conference championships and was named Wisconsin State Journal All Area MVP after the 2003 season. She pitched the Indians to the state championship game in 2003 where they finished runner-up. In 2005 she led the Indians into the state title game again, this time with a one-hit gem against Crandon. The Indians won the title game. She was named All State three times and played college softball at Madison Area Technical College. She joined the Poynette coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in 2009 and has been instrumental in getting the Pumas back to the top of the conference standings. Courtney also has been involved with the Poynette summer fastpitch teams. She is coaching the 16-Under team in 2011.

Assistant Coach Mary Larsen

Mary Larsen joined the coaching staff in 1982 and has served a myriad of roles and assumed many responsibilities during her tenure with the program. The official statistician and record keeper, Mary has kept the PHS Record Book up to date. She served as the JV coach from 1982 through 2006. Since 2006 she has assumed head scorekeeping duties as well as other important behind-the-scenes responsibilities. "Mary brought our program stability and commitment," says Bob Tomlinson. "She has been the wind in our wings since 1982." Now a retired teacher, she still enjoys her time spent with the Pumas when they compete.

Assistant Coach Sean Mackey

Sean has joined the coaching staff in 2011 as a part-time volunteer assistant. He will be in charge of whatever the coaching staff needs his help with on any particular day and at any particular time. He has been coaching fastpitch softball for four or five years and is very active in Poynette's youth programs, coaching the 14-U team in 2011.

Assistant Coach Shawna Gable

Shawna Gable lettered four times in softball while a student/athlete at Poynette High School. She helped lead the Indians to conference championships in 1995 and 1996. She was named all conference as an outfielder three times in her high school career. She is considered as one of the top outfielders Poynette has ever produced. her ability to reach base coupled with her tremendous speed allowed her to create lots of scoring chances for the Indians. Shawna will be working with outfielders and will be assisting Coach Karman on game days with the 9th grade/JV reserve team. The coaching staff looks forward to her involvement and the high school girls will quickly learn that she knows the game very well.

Assistant Coach emeritus Howie Wiese

Howie Wiese's involvement in the Poynette softball program dates back to the early days when he offered support and encouragement to the Indians. In the early 1990's Howie started a summer traveling team program whereby Poynette girls traveled around the state and into Northern Illinois to play against teams composed of all star players. It didn't take long for people to take notice that the Poynette girls could play well. Those early 12-Under teams went on to win a WIAA high school state championship in 1998 and finished second in 1999 and made it to the sectional final in 1996 and 2000. Howie's no-nonsense approach and willingness to teach the same skills that were being taught at the high school resulted in many victories over the years. When the 8th grade program was terminated and the school district administration refused to offer a middle school softball program, Howie took it upon himself to start up an independent middle school program. It was a self-funded program that resulted in more conference championships, regional titles and a state title in 2011. The seniors on the 2011 team were the last players involved with the non-school middle level team that Howie coached. Howie's moral support as well as financial support has been tremendous. "Without Howie and Linda Wiese's support, our program would not have won a single state title," stated Head Coach Bob Tomlinson.

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