Todd Cooley

Todd Cooley was a dominant force in the batter's box through a prolific career that included state and world championships on the slowpitch softball diamond. He was destined for success as he was introduced to the sport at an early age as a batboy for the Spanaway Exchange Tavern slowpitch teams of 1973-76.

Born in Tacoma on August 8, 1963, Cooley played rightfield for the Franklin Pierce baseball team from 1979-81. The Cardinals won the league, district and regional championship and played for the state title in the Kingdome in 1981, losing 4-0 to Eastmont for the 3A crown.

He spent time playing basketball at Eugene Bible College and earned his degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1988, where he batted leadoff and played left field for the Lute baseball team.

During that time Cooley embarked on an extraordinary slowpitch career with Spanaway Assembly of God  (1982-84), People's Church (1984-92) and Slo-Pitch News ((1992-93) before retiring.  Todd was mainly an outfielder, but played anywhere he was needed.  He could hit for power at will and put up a career batting average around .700 and crushed more than 1,000 home runs while earning multiple State MVP honors, All-World honors and West Coast All-Star recognition.

Todd was a member of the People's Church team that won the Church "A" World Championships twice in addition to multiple state titles. These accomplishments earned Todd induction into the USSSA Washington Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

Professionally Todd served as the athletic director at New Hope Christian College in Eugene, OR and works as a Hotelier for Crescent Hotels and Resorts.

Looking back at his career Todd stated, "I have been so blessed to play with and against some of the best athletes on the West Coast and in the United States in my softball career.  Softball has afforded me the ability to travel the and become the successful husband, father, athlete and businessman I am today.  I could not have been more fortunate to grow up at Sprinker and SERA sports complexes and owe many thanks to the men who paved the way for me as mentors."