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Softball Lessons &  Coaches Availability

Kevin  Monday - Saturday

Mike -  Currently unavailable

Larry  Monday

LindsayCurrently unavailable

Kayla - Various

Jessica  Thursday

Emily M Friday & Saturday

Stephanie - Currently unavailable

Mark - Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

Jen - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Kalie - Monday - Saturday

Holly - Tuesday & Wednesday

Molly - Monday - Saturday

Kim - Monday, Tuesday & Saturday

Other instructors are available!

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Whether you're looking to improve for the house, travel, high school or upcoming college season, Softball Central is here to help. Making weaknesses become strengths and taking strengths to the next level, a hitting lesson can include bunting, slapping, power and the mental approach or be very specific.

 

 

There are only 2 players on the field who are involved with every play.

 

As a pitcher or catcher getting enough "good reps" is key. Don't wait until it's too late to get them in.  

Kevin Hufford

Coach Kevin has been coaching softball for 18 years. His coaching experiences include everything from T-ball to Division 3 college softball. He is currently the Head Coach at St. Mary's of Lancaster High School, the 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019 Monsignor Martin Champions.  

His passion for the game has proven contagious at all levels.

 

 

 

Pitching Lessons
60 mins - $60
5 pack 60 mins - $275 Save $25
10 pack 60 mins - $525 Save $75
20 pack 60 mins - $1000 Save $200
Hitting / Slapping Lessons 
30 mins - $35
10 pack - $300 Save $50
20 pack - $550 Save $150

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If you are looking to book with another instructor, please call Missy at 352-7106 or click here

12.4.2.1 Fee-for-Lesson Instruction. A student-athlete may receive compensation for teaching or coaching sport skills or techniques in his or her sport on a fee-for-lesson basis, provided: [R] (Revised: 1/9/96 effective 8/1/96, 4/25/02 effective 8/1/02, 4/2/03 effective 8/1/03)

(a               a. Institutional facilities are not used;

(b               b. Playing lessons shall not be permitted;

(c               c. The institution obtains and keeps on file documentation of the recipient of the lesson(s) and the fee for the lesson(s) provided during any time of the year;

()                d. The compensation is paid by the lesson recipient (or the recipient's family member) and not another individual or entity;

(e               e. Instruction to each individual is comparable to the instruction that would be provided during a private lesson when the instruction involves more than one individual at a time; and

(f)               f. The student-athlete does not use his or her name, picture or appearance to promote or advertise the availability of fee-for-lesson sessions.

 

12.5.2.1 Advertisements and Promotions After Becoming a Student-Athlete. After becoming a student-athlete, an individual shall not be eligible for participation in intercollegiate athletics if the individual:

(a               a. Accepts any remuneration for or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind; or

(b               b. Receives remuneration for endorsing a commercial product or service through the individual's use of such product or service.

MIKE RAPPL

Mike Rappl retired from coaching on July 28, 2014, after spending 35 seasons as Canisius College Golden Griffins’ head softball coach. In his time at the helm of the program, the seven-time MAAC Coach of the Year compiled an overall record of 831-526-2 to go with a 330-124 career mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.  Under Rappl’s direction, the Griffs earned 13 MAAC regular season crowns, 12 MAAC Tournament championships and 11 trips to the NCAA Division I Softball Tournament, with the program's most recent national postseason appearance coming at the end of the 2009 season.

 

·        The 1st active head coach in Canisius College history to be inducted into             the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 2009

·        1 of 25 active Division I head coaches to reach the 800-career win                       milestone

·        The 1st softball coach in the MAAC to reach the 800-career win plateau

·        Empire State games Head Coach 11 times earning 3 Gold, 3 Silver & 1                 Bronze medals

·        International Coaching in Italy & Dominican Republic with a 23-9 record

Hitting Lessons 
30 mins - $30 

LARRY COLUCCI

Larry Colucci has been coaching softball for 18 years. He is a well respected coach throughout Western New York with the accomplishment of leading his past travel ball squads to a countless number of victories.

 

Not only did he groom a successful travel team, but he also taught the physical and mental aspects of the game well enough to be taken to the next level. Every one of his travel players went on to compete at all collegiate levels.

 

He obtains the knowledge to improve skill, especially in hitting fundamentals.

Hitting Lessons 
30 mins - $35 

LINDSAY GARBACZ AHMED

Lindsay Garbacz-Ahmed has been giving pitching lessons for 18 years. She graduated from Lancaster High School where she had an over-all record of 52-6 with 566 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.15.

 

Lindsay received a scholarship to Canisius College to play softball for the Griffs. While at there, she helped her team win 4 MAAC Championships, along with a tough 3-2 victory vs Long Island in the 2008 NCAA Regional Games. During her junior year, opposing teams hit just .186 against her. She had an 0.33 earned run average in seven starts against MAAC opponents en route to being.

 

Lindsay is currently a Physical Education Teacher at Depew Schools where she is the Girls Volleyball and JV Softball Coach.

 

 She has a deep love for the game of softball, and wants to spread that love and experience with young talent.

 

  • 2001-2003 named 1st team all ECIC, 1st team all WNY, Pitcher of the year and a member of the all New York State team

  • 2003 player of the year, all ECIC, Buffalo News pitcher of the year and 1ST team all state

  • Record holder at Lancaster for fewest runs allowed, fewest walks, fewest doubles, triples and homeruns, complete game shut-outs, as well as strike-outs

  • Named MAAC Pitcher of the week multiple times

  • Named 1st team all MAAC

Pitching Lessons
30 mins - $30
60 mins - $55
5 pack 60 mins - $250 Save $25
10 pack 60 mins - $475 Save $75

PACKAGES CAN ONLY BE USED WITH COACH THEY ARE BOUGHT FROM

KAYLA WILLIAMS

Kayla has been playing softball since she was 4 years old and pitching since she was 12. She was a 4 year varsity starter at John F. Kennedy High School where she had many accomplishments. Here she would average a .422 batting average and an ERA of 3.27.   She also was a player on the 2012 Softball Factory National Team where she played in the World Series in Kissimmee, Florida training with Lee Ann Jarvis and a variety of other D1 softball coaches.

 

She would continue her softball career at the nationally ranked Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. In 2014 she attended the NJCAA National Championship and would serve as a major contributor to their successful and earned her spot as the number one starter the following year.

 

Kayla has an Associate Degree in Science and Physical Education and has received her Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health in December of 2017 from Canisius College. 

 

  • Named ECIC Class C First Team her junior and senior year

  • ECIC Class C Second Team her freshmen and sophomore year

  • 2013 inductee on JFK Softball Wall of Fame

Pitching Lessons
30 mins - $35
60 mins - $60
5 pack 60 mins - $275 Save $25
10 pack 60 mins - $525 Save $75

PACKAGES CAN ONLY BE USED WITH COACH THEY ARE BOUGHT FROM

JESSICA BERZINS

Jessica Berzins began her playing career at the age of 4, on a boys Little League tee-ball team. Shortly after, she transitioned to softball where she instantly fell in love with the game. Jessica Berzins brings a wealth of knowledge to the Softball Central family, and will be offering lessons in pitching, fielding and hitting/slapping.

 

A California native, Berzins attended Canisius College where she had a career average of .367. Jessica started every game in center field and was a lead off hitter for the Griffins for all three years. In her sophomore season, Berzins hit .444 which ranked 20th in the nation and lead the MAAC in outfield assists.  Jess ended her career early to focus on her work at Canisius’ Institute for Autism Research and to further her education. Jessica received her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from D’Youville College.

 

  • 3 time All-MAAC player

  • NFCA All-Regional honors

  • ECAC Division 1 All-Star Second Team

Hitting / Slapping, Pitching or Fielding/Throwing Lesson
30 mins - $35
10 pack - $300 Save $50
20 pack - $550 Save $150

PACKAGES CAN ONLY BE USED WITH COACH THEY ARE BOUGHT FROM

EMILY MAZIARZ

Emily attended Cleveland Hill High School and played on the Varsity Softball team since she was in 7th grade. Emily’s main position was catcher, but Emily made appearances at 3rd base and in the outfield as well.

Emily attended Edinboro University in Pennsylvania as a student-athlete. Emily completed all 4 years on the team but her time was cut short due to an elbow injury that wouldn’t allow her to catch anymore. Before her injury Emily had appeared in 13 games.

 

  • 4 time All ECIC and ECIC First Team selection

  • 2 time Small School All Western New York selection

  • All Western New York Honorable Mention

  • Career high school stats - 65 games, 227 at bats with a .423 batting average, 75 runs, 96 hits, 76 RBI’s, 13 doubles, 10 triples, 11 home runs and 7 passed balls total in 4 years.

Hitting , Catching 
or Fielding/Throwing Lesson
30 mins - $30
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Coach Emily

STEPHANIE BIELEC

A Niagara Falls High School and Binghamton University graduate, Stephanie Bielec started every game at 2nd base for the Bearcats once she arrived Freshmen year while helping her team make school history by winning the America East Tournament and making their first ever Division 1 Regional appearance.  Her conference batting average was .345 Freshmen year, .417 Sophomore year and .412 Junior year, which ranked second in the conference. Ranked second on the team for runs scored and had 12 multiple-hit games. Both her Sophomore and Junior year the Bearcats remained back to back Regular season Champions.  Unfortunately Steph’s Senior year was cut short due to injury.  Bielec received a bachelor degree in English Creative Writing and Rhetoric and a minor in Health and Wellness Studies and completed her Masters of Education at Canisius College

 

·       America East All-Rookie Team

·       America East All-First Team both Sophomore and Junior year seasons

·         Selected as a member of the A.D Honor Roll with a 3.7 GPA

Hitting / Slapping or 
Fielding/Throwing
Lesson
30 mins - $30

As per NCAA rules, Steph cannot give lessons to

anyone in 7th grade or higher 

MARK BLERSCH

Mark has been involved in softball in one capacity or another for over 20 years.  He has coached, developed and mentored softball athletes at a high level since 2005.  Mark recently retired from the hitting coach position at Canisius College.

 

Mark is an assistant coach at Lancaster High School JV and coached at all levels of travel softball.  He specializes in hitting skills and development and produced many successful collegiate athletes. 

 

He has also served on the Board of Administrators with the Lancaster/Depew Softball Program as Facilities Coordinator, Scheduling Coordinator, and Umpire Coordinator.

 

Mark provides instruction for all levels of defensive skills infield/outfield and proper throwing mechanics.  However, he specializes teaching all aspects of hitting including the physical mechanics as well as the mental approach.

Hitting Lesson
30 mins - $35

JEN HARE

Jen has been involved in the WNY softball community as both a player & coach for several years. Jen played 4 years of D1 softball at Niagara University, where she earned the role of starting catcher & 1st baseman since her freshman year, & lead the team as Captain her senior year. In 2011, Jen played all 40 games as a junior posting a career-high .310 batting average while hitting both a career-high 6 home runs & 23 RBIs.

 

After Graduating NU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management in 2012, Jen continued her involvement in softball through coaching. From 2013-2015 she returned to Niagara as a GA for the D1 Softball Program, where she led hitting instruction. Jen graduated with her Masters in Business in 2015. While assisting with the D1 program, Jen also took the role as Head Coach for the newly founded Club Softball Program at NU from 2013-2017, leading the team to a 34-24 overall record, and in 2017, for the first time, they were crowned the NCSA New England West Division Champs, and earned 3rd place overall in the New England Regionals! Jen has extensive experience coaching various age & skill levels, from middle school, to high school, all the way up to the college level.

 

Jen is currently the assistant softball coach at Mount St. Mary’s High

 

  • Fun fact about Jen: her 1st College at-bat was a HOMERUN!

  • All-MAAC Academic & Athletic honors

  • ALL-MAAC 2nd Team & Player of the Week

Hitting, Catching or 
Fielding Lessons
30 mins - $35

KALIE MCHENRY

As a D’Youville graduate, Kalie was one of the most decorated pitchers to come out of the AMCC.  She is the only 3-time AMCC Pitcher of the Year (2014-16) in conference history.

 

McHenry finished her career as the best pitcher to wear red and white as she holds every major pitching record in Spartan program history. She holds the record for wins (65), innings pitched (691), strikeouts (622), games started (98), complete games (95), shutouts (17) and appearances (107). McHenry earned D’Youville College Female Athlete of the Year honors twice (2014, 2016) and most Valuable Player honors three times (2014-16). Over her 4-year career, McHenry had an ERA of 1.62.

 

Kalie finished her 4th season as a collegiate softball coach. Kalie spent 2 seasons at D’Youville College and has 2 years of experience as an Assistant Coach at Medaille College. In her two years at Medaille, McHenry led her pitcher to an All-American Honorable Mention, a pre-season All American selection, AMCC Player of the year, All Tournament Team selection, and as a First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Conference selection.

 

  • AMCC First Team All-Conference (2013-16)

  • AMCC Scholar Athlete (2013-16),

  • AMCC Pre-Season Pitcher of the Year (2014-16)

  • AMCC All-Tournament Team (2015-16

  • AMCC record for season wins with 23 (2016)

Pitching Lessons
30 mins - $35
60 mins - $60

HOLLY JOHNSON

Holly threw her first perfect game at age 13. During her 25 years playing softball, Holly pitched over 50 no-hitters and 5 perfect games. During her tenure at Rutgers she threw a no-hitter against Stony Brook and led them to their first post-season appearance in 12 years. In only 2 years at Rutgers, Holly made her way onto several career top 10 lists including ERA (#2 during their D1 era), strikeouts, and saves. While playing for UB, she led the Bulls to a shut-out victory against then ranked #15 Baylor.

 

Holly is not locked into a specific pitching style. She has learned much from a number of prominent pitching coaches and observing successful pitchers, and she has constantly worked to improve herself. Holly has coached all ages and all skill levels during her 16 years of coaching from t-ball to Division 1 athletes, as well as internationally. Her coaching spans from center field to the batter's box and everything in between.

 

  • National record holder for no-hitters during NCAA Nationals

  • Holds NYS & Indiana high school records for strikeouts in a game and in a season

  • NFCA All-American scholar athlete during college, graduated with 3 degrees, and tutored D1 athletes for 7 years.

  • Holly played professionally in the Netherlands for HCAW, where she led them to a Dutch National Championship while coaching the other teams within the organization.

  • Holly has won the Aunt Rosie's tournament 10 times as a player.

Pitching Lessons
60 mins - $50

MOLLY HENNESSY

Molly has been playing softball since she was 7 years old.  She comes from a family of coaches and players and has always had a passion for the game.  Molly is a pitcher but has also played multiple positions throughout her career, which gives her the ability to teach your daughter about all aspects of softball.  As a member of the New Era Diamond Girls for her entire travel career, she led her team in the circle to several tournament Championships as well as several Top 5 finishes at various National Championships. 

Her High School career started at Immaculata Academy then transferred to Class-AA Orchard Park where she led her team in the circle and at the plate to win Orchard Parks first Girls State Championship. Along the way to a State Championship, Molly was the winning pitcher and hit a Homerun in each of the final 3 games (State Qtrs., Semi’s and Finals).  Her senior year she hit .425 with 21 rbi, 20 runs scored, 7 doubles, 3 triples and 8 homeruns.  In the circle she had a 2.54 ERA in 121 innings pitched, going 15-4 with 123K’s and three 1-hitters.  She received both a softball and academic scholarship to play at Division I St. Bonaventure University where she played for 2 years until transferring to play at Canisius College where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Sports and Exercise Health Care, graduating with a 3.4 GPA.  Molly is now studying to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  This is because she believes the best athletes not only perfect their skills on the field, but push themselves in the weight room as well.

  • 2nd Team All-Catholic honors as a freshman and sophomore

  • Class C 5th Team All-State honors

  • Class AA 7th Team All-State honors as a Junior

  • 1st Team –All-ECIC Div. I and Class AA 2nd Team All-State honors

  • MAAC Softball all-academic honors her junior and senior year

Pitching or Hitting Lessons
30 mins - $35
60 mins - $60
5 pack 60 mins - $275 Save $25
10 pack 60 mins - $525 Save $75

 

PACKAGES CAN ONLY BE USED WITH COACH THEY ARE BOUGHT FROM

KIM MAZZAPICA

Kim played D1 softball at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from 2008-2012. As a pitcher for Ball State, Kim helped the Cardinals post a 40-15 overall record in her senior season. During her time as the Volunteer Assistant at BSU she helped mentor a freshman pitcher to the program’s 1st MAC Freshman of the Year award, as well as recognition on the All-MAC 2nd Team and MAC All-Freshman.

 

Following her time at BSU, she went to Mercer University in Macon, GA (D1 ASUN then SoCon Conferences) as a Graduate Assistant and then was promoted to full time pitching coach.  During her time at Mercer, she helped develop their sophomore pitcher into the 2015 SoCon Pitcher of the Year, who also broke Mercer's single-season wins record and pitched the 1st no-hitter in both program and SoCon Tournament history.

 

Kim has been giving lessons around the country for the past 12 years and most recently coached a 14U team in Orlando Florida and was the President of a travel organization. 

 

  • 2009, 2010 & 2012 MAC regular season Champions

  • 2010 MAC Tournament Champs

  • 2012 undefeated in MAC season play

  • 2011 & 2012 All MAC Academic Team

  • Has collegiate experience in assisting in the organization and administrations of camps and clinics, recruiting and securing the commitments of players, assisted with the outfield and played an integral role in scouting opponents and game preparation as well as pitch calling and film breakdown

Pitching, hitting or fielding Lessons
30 mins - $35
60 mins - $60

RYLEIGH FITZGERALD

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Ryleigh captained the Lewiston Porter Lancers for two seasons as a middle infielder and earned six varsity softball letters.  Ryleigh batted .492 as a junior and .509 as a senior with a .529 on-base percentage and .794 slugging… She was named her high school’s athlete of the year,  Niagara Frontier League First Team,  All Western New York First Team and All New York State Fifth team.  Ryleigh played travel softball with the Amherst Lightning, led the team with a career .523 batting average and also set the pace in stolen bases, hits, doubles, and triples.

 After successfully being recruited as junior in high school, Ryleigh was a starting middle infielder for the University at Buffalo Bulls leading the charge to win their first, in school history MAC East Championship. Ryleigh’s best showing was during the MAC East Championship game against Kent State where she drove in a total of 5 runs for the Bulls. Ryleigh was an assistant coach for her former high school, Lewiston Porter as well as later joining the Niagara University Purple Eagles as a volunteer assistant during the 2015-16 season.

 

“The mental part of the game is one of the most important and controllable factors! A positive attitude is everything! On top of improving sound fundamentals and softball knowledge, I am driven by instilling the love of the game into developing players as well as creating solid, respectful character, and a well rounded coachable individual! So Excited to Work and Have FUN!”

Hitting or 
Fielding/Throwing
Lesson
30 mins - $30

Coach Ryleigh has returned to Pittsburgh and no longer booking appointments at this time.  She will be back periodically!

CAITLIN ATTFIELD

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Caitlin attended Niagara Wheatfield High school where she played 5 years of varsity softball. She was tabbed NFL and WNY player of the year 3 years while also helping her team reach its first ever state semi finals her junior year. She broke the NYS stolen base record with 128 career stolen bases. She hit .753 her senior year with 64 hits and 40 stolen bases and a career batting avg of .569. Caitlin was recruited by the University of Alabama Birmingham where she went and started at shortstop for 4 years. During her freshman year, she helped lead her team to its first ever Super Regional appearance against the Florida Gators after topping UCLA in extra innings. She became UAB’s all-time career leader in batting average (.402), at-bats (762), runs scored (157), hits (306), total bases (378), and assist (463), while ranking in the top 10 in on-base percentage (.458), games played (226), games started (225), doubles (34), triples (7), walks (65), and stolen bases (54). She ranked sixth in the nation with a .473 batting average and was selected by league coaches as 2015 Conference USA Player of the Year, the first athlete in program history to receive the honor. Caitlin also ranked 18th in the country as the toughest player to strike out with just six strikeouts in 194 at-bats, stringing together 54 consecutive at-bats without striking out. During her senior year, she became the first Blazer in Program History to be Professionally drafted, selected ninth overall by the Dallas Charge in 2016 National Pro Fastpitch Draft. She started the first 14 games for the Charge before getting a season ending injury. In 2017, Caitlin helped out Coaching as a student assistant at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is currently the GA at Canisius College in Buffalo.

As per NCAA rules, Caitlin cannot give lessons to

anyone in 7th grade or higher 

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