Coaching Experience: 9 years coaching Fastpitch Softball and 6 years coaching club ball
Coaching Accolades: 2021 Northwest Coach of Year and 2022 Elected as Coach of Coaches for Sherwood Fastpitch Organization
Coaching Philosophy: My journey into club ball began with a simple thought: Can I create and foster success with positive reinforcement and confidence building as the cornerstones? Over these last 6 years I have been able to prove the answer is yes. We create this capability with very structured practices, customized approach for player needs, bringing college players/coaches into the fold, and many opportunities for advancement within the team. This past season we developed a vision of player driven success allowing our players to challenge their softball IQ while building confidence when trusting their instincts between the lines. I enjoy seeing this group take those skills to places like Reno, Riverside (CA), Santa Cruz, Tri Cities, and other locations across the west to prove that our program can succeed on every stage.
During our two years in 14U, the staff helped girls get focused with their recruiting goals as well. We have held workouts, in person experiences, zoom calls, and interviews with college coaches/players from University of Oregon, Pacific University, North Texas, Hawaii, Linfield, and Nebraska. The coaches and I also have set up pages for our players bios, statistics, videos, and other information important for the recruiting process. This 16U campaign we will continue to put those experiences in front of players as well as add additional resources and assistance for them to help achieve their goals.
Players we are looking for: We treat character and skill in equal weights. We are built around sharing success and adversity, so high-level character is key to the teams progress on the field. Part of a player’s character we look for is their devotion to work outside of practice to help push the best version of themselves. We are big supporters of dual sport athletes as well and we provide those athletes with at home work outs so they can continue their progress as time allows during their Fall and Winter sport seasons. The player must come in with a team first attitude. Each player that joins this team will be challenged with playing multiple positions for the team. We do this so each player gains knowledge and capability to be placed on the field with confidence. Lastly, each player on this team must be coachable. Our philosophy relies on players who see equal value when sacrificing as they do with individual success. That key attribute has been the difference between winning and losing games in every season of coaching, so it must be front of mind when hitting the field for this team.
2023 Forecast: We are looking to play a competitive schedule at either A or Open level for the entire Fall and Spring/Summer season. Including Fall Ball, we are looking at 10+ tournaments total including big stage events thru USA Softball, Triple Crown, USSSA, and PGF. We believe with the right amount of talent and commitment these tournaments will bring successes for everyone involved, while providing positive memories for all associated with the team.