Since the beginning of 2015 I’ve been Head of Baseball & Softball at TSG Benrath.
I started out as the mom of a little baseball player, who is now a head taller than me today and still plays ball.
In order for players and coaches can let loose in our beloved sport, I see it as my role as the head of department to organize everything around it, so that it runs smoothly: in addition to many coordination tasks, such as the preparation of the schedule, I am the contact person of the Düsseldorf Senators for our members and for those who want to become one.
I am also the contact person for the main club and the association.
Last but not least, I am also involved as a B-Scorer for the Senators.
Founding member of the Senators
10 years (`87-`98) Bundesliga player for the Düsseldorf Senators and the Cologne Cardinals
4 years national player (`89-`94) national player, participation in the B-EM in Parma and Ladenburg and A-EM in Stockholm
`96-`98 first coaching experience as assistant / pitching coach for the Senators
3 years (`02-`06) coach of the U18 Wuppertal Stingrays
Since 2007 until today coach in all 18U age groups of the Senators
Bench coach men team since 2020
8 years pitching coach BSV-NRW 15U and partly 12U
First of all, my baseball-related key data:
1984 to 1987 player for the Hamburg Knights in the only all-women baseball team league
Since 2009 member of the Düsseldorf Senators and player in the women’s softball team
Since 2014 trainer and coach for the Senators’ offspring baseball in all age groups Tasks
Coach and coordinator of the women’s softball team
And why am I doing this?
Because I’ve been passionate about baseball since I first caught a ball and hit. This enthusiasm is increased by the game, which is so tactical, offers opportunities and is both an individual and a team sport. To share this enthusiasm, to accompany players in their development, to form a team that Playing together is fulfilling and, for me, one of the most beautiful opportunities in my free time to spend.
I started baseball in 1991
`97,` 98, `99 I was named to the All-NRW Team
`99 I took 4th place with the youth of the Hilden Wains at the German championships
Since then I have gained experience in every league in North Rhine-Westphalia
2013 – 2016 played in the 1st Bundesliga in Cologne
Since 2017 I`m the head coach of the Senators mens team
Player with the Düsseldorf Bandits from 1994 to 2009
All 18U NRW team (1999 & 2000)
Player with the Ratingen Goose-Necks from 2009 to 2014 (catcher, infield)
Coach (tossball team) with the Goose-Necks 2015 – 2018
Coach with the Düsseldorf Senators since November 2018
Assistant trainer for BSV NRW since 2020
I have been involved in baseball since I was a child and the fire that started back then continues to burn in me today. I have been training the Düsseldorf Senators catchers in all age groups since 2016 and continue to develop myself through various catcher programs.
In 2017 I became part of the softball fun team of the Düsseldorf Wild Senators, which I have been responsible for since then.
If I succeed in conveying joy, passion and a sense of community, in kindling the little flame that makes this sport so unique, I know that I have done a good job.
Previous qualification: Successful participation in the Trainer D course of the BSV-NRW
My name is Thomas Stölzel and I am a child of the 60s. During my active time as an athlete, I started writing match reports. After our son started playing baseball 6 years ago, I stepped up my writing activity again and tried to make this extremely interesting sport and the people involved in it more public in the press. I really enjoy getting to know new people and realizing common goals with them, because for me standing still means going backwards.
In 2018, the foundation of the support association was prepared and planned based on an idea from among our supporters (organizational committee). In 2019, 10 members founded the support association and set the framework with a corresponding statute. The founding members consist of a group of active players and player’s parents from the 18U teams. In the past, these have already worked as part of the organizing committee to implement projects in the sport. This group is actively involved in shaping the future of the “Düsseldorf Senators” with “heart and soul”.
I am happy to see you here!
Briefly about me and how I found my way to and my enthusiasm for the senators.
In 2017 I was taken to the field with no prior baseball knowledge.
The enthusiasm was aroused quickly due to the warm welcome here!
I quickly got into the sport as a spectator. Long before that I had taken great pleasure in photography, which over time could be combined with the interesting games and I discovered it there as a little passion for me.
As a hobby photographer, I have been supporting the senators on this path with full joy since 2019.