Posted: Tuesday, September 21, 2021. 4:20 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Legendary Belizean softball coach Raymond Lashley passed away on Monday, September 20, 2021, in Belize City.
Lashley was Belize’s coach of the Belize National Women’s Softball Team that won the gold medal in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Lashley, who coached innumerable softball teams, coached players such as Belize’s top softball pitchers, the late Isolene Heath, Consuelo Dougal, Linda Lewis, and Margaret Usher, and worked alongside legendary coaches such as the late Collet Gill and Charles Solis according to Belizean sports researcher Bilal Morris who interviewed Lashley for his YouTube program Belizean Legends.
“Coach Lashley rose to become Belize’s most accomplished coach of Belize, coaching the Belize national softball team to win Belize’s first gold medal ever as a nation in sports in the 1974 Central American & Caribbean Games, and also coached the Belize national softball team to beat the greatest softball team in the world, the United States, and won the bronze medal in the 1979 Pan American Games,” said Morris in tribute to the legendary Belizean coach.
Lashley was also inducted into the International Softball Hall of Fame.
According to Morris, Lashley and his wife Gretel played softball in Belize in the 1960s, and 70’s.
“Gretel Lashley played with the Belize national softball team that won the Caribbean Amateur Softball Tournament (CAST Games) in Jamaica in 1971,” said Morris.
Breaking Belize News extends condolences to the family of the great Raymond Lashley.
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