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Dana Sorensen

Dana Sorensen Sorensen Elite Softball Pitching Standord Action Shot
  • Sorensen had a long and successful pitching career that spanned from Stanford University to the USA Softball National Team, to the National Professional Fastpitch League.
  • During her distinguished Stanford career, Sorensen:
    • Was a 3-time NFCA All American, and 4-time All Pacific Region honoree
    • Lead Stanford to 2 Women’s College World Series appearances
    • Posted a 105-36 career record with a 1.05 ERA, including a 34 win campaign as a senior
    • Racked up 5 no-hitters and 2 perfect games
    • Was an inductee into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame
  • In 2005, Sorensen was a member of the USA Softball Elite Team, and she attended the USA Softball National Team Camp 5 times. She also played 2 seasons in the NPF, and with the Professional Fastpitch Xtreme (PFX) Tour.
  • Upon the completion of her playing career, Sorensen then moved into coaching, spending 3 seasons as an assistant coach and Physical Education Instructor at UC Davis, and 2 more years as an assistant at Oregon State.
  • Wanting to return to her native San Diego, Sorensen opened her own Pitching instruction business,

Jennifer Rocha

Jennifer Rocha Assoicate Head Softball Coach University of Oklahoma Action Shot
  • Starting with the 2018-2019 season, Rocha returned to her softball roots at the University of Oklahoma as Associate Head Coach.
  • In 2019, she helped lead the Sooners to the NCAA Women’s College World Series National Championship Series, where they lost to eventual National Champions, UCLA. Under her tutelage, Giselle Juarez was tabbed as NFCA 1st Team All-American and Big 12 Pitcher of the Year.
  • Before returning to OU, Rocha proved herself as one of the top pitching instructors in the country during her 14 year tenure with the Florida Gators:
    • Back-to-back NCAA Women’s College World Series National Champions (2014 and 2015)
    • 5 WCWS championship series appearances
    • 7 SEC regular season titles & 4 SEC Tournament titles
  • Under Rocha’s guidance, Florida led the nation in combined ERA in four of the last 10 seasons. The 2015 national championship team posted the top ERA in the SEC (1.63), which also ranked 4th in the nation. She has coached 7 NFCA All Americans.
  • Rocha was named the 2015 NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year. She was also part of 5 NFCA Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year selections, and the 2015 NFCA Divisi

Rachel Lawson

Rachel Lawson Head Softball Coach University of Kentucky Action Shot
  • Entering her 13th season as UK's head coach, Lawson has developed the Wildcat softball program into one of the nation’s best. The winningest head coach in program history, Lawson has lead UK to its first-ever Women's College World Series (2014), seven NCAA Super Regionals in the last nine seasons, and a program-best 50 wins in 2014.
  • Six of the last seven seasons, Lawson has led the Wildcats to a national seed in the NCAA Tournament. The school's first-ever national seed was in 2013. Kentucky, which has made the NCAA Tournament each of the last 11 seasons, is one of just 18 schools nationally to claim that honor.
  • The 2016 team finished with some of the best pitching numbers in program history, setting school records for lowest team ERA (1.71), lowest opponent batting average (.191), fewest runs allowed (130), fewest earned runs allowed (98), fewest hits allowed (280) and fewest doubles allowed (44).
  • Lawson has helped UK players earn 3 NFCA All American Honors, 37 All-SEC honors and 25 SEC Player of the Week honors.
  • As the pitching coach for the Wildcats, Lawson has had three different pitchers throw no-hitters against top-25 teams. In all, UK has 17 career no-hitters - all of which have come under Lawson's tenure - including two perfect games.
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Perry Husband

Perry Husband Effective Veolicty Action Shot
  • Perry Husband is a pioneer in the world of Baseball/Softball Science, introducing many modern metrics including Effective Velocity - an incredible tool pitchers can use to gain a critical advantage over hitters.
  • Effective Velocity is a proven training method using patented metrics for pitcher deception and timing. EV training for pitchers in both baseball and softball is one of the single biggest advancements in the game.
  • Timing is everything in hitting and Effective Velocity Pitcher Deception is the absolute key to upsetting that timing. Husband’s training helps your pitcher take her “stuff” and use it more effectively.
  • Through the groundbreaking discovery of Effective Velocity, Husband made countless pitching breakthroughs, including Ev Pitch Tunnels, Location Adjusted Speed (True Reactionary Speed), and many other Deception Metrics.
  • Husband is the author of the Downright Filthy Pitching Series, including 4 books, Downright Filthy Pitching Books 1, 2, 3 & Getting Filthy – Implementing Effective Velocity. This cutting edge series uncovers the Patented science of Effective Velocity, which has been used by MLB coaches, pitchers and hitters.

"Perry Husband is one of the most innovative thinkers in the game having introduced the concept of Effe

Cindy Bristow

Cindy Brisotw University of California Riverside Pitching Coach Action Shot
  • Cindy Bristow, Assistant Coach at UC Riverside and owner of Softball Excellence, is one of the most renowned and experienced pitching instructors and clinicians in the world and an NFCA Hall of Famer.
  • Bristow’s skills and experience range far and wide. She has been involved in virtually every facet of softball throughout her 30-plus year career in the sport, including:
    • College Coach: Current Assistant Coach (Pitching) UC Riverside. Also coached collegiately at Arizona State, New Mexico State and Wichita State.
    • Professional Coach: Georgia Pride of the National Pro Fastpitch League
    • Pitched collegiately (Cal Poly Pomona) and Pitched professionally (Santa Ana Lionettes).
    • Past-President of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA)
    • National Director of Junior Olympic Softball and National Teams Director for USA Softball (formerly the ASA)
    • Director of Development for the International Softball Federation (ISF)
  • She has authored numerous instructional books and videos on pitching, and has given thousands of pitching clinics and lessons to players of all ages and skill levels around the world, including NCAA Division I & II pitchers.
  • As an avid stu

Lonni Alameda

Lonni Alamedia Head Coach Florida State University 2018 National Softball Champions Women's College World Series
  • Head Coach of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s College World Series National Champions!
  • Heading into her 12th season at Florida State, Alameda has built the FSU softball program into one of the nation’s elite:
    • 2018 National Champs!
    • A berth to the WCWS 3 times in the last 5 seasons (2014, 2016, 2018), including a semifinals appearance in 2016.
    • 7 consecutive trips to the NCAA Super Regionals.
    • 6 straight ACC regular season championships and 6 straight conference tournament championships.
  • In 2018, Alameda and her staff were named the 2018 NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year. FSU had a 52-18 record in 2018, the most wins in a single season under Alameda. Three Seminoles were named NFCA All-American, and Jessie Warren and Kylee Hanson were named ACC Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.
  • In 2017, Florida State made program history with their first No. 1 national ranking, and their 5th straight appearance in the NCAA Super Regionals. They also had 4 All-American selections, with 2 players named 1st-team, and 1 each 2nd and 3rd team.
  • Alameda also earned ACC Coach of the Year for the 5th straight season in 2017, while Jessica Warren was named ACC Player of the Year and Jessica Burroughs earned ACC Pitcher of the Year. FSU

Dr. Tom Hanson – 2018

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  • Replacing his co-author and mental game icon Dr. Ken Ravizza who passed away unexpectedly, Dr. Tom Hanson is the founder of the Play Big Academy and author of the book Play Big: Mental Toughness Secrets that Take Baseball Players to the next Level. Big Play won the American Baseball Coaches Association Best in Show award in 2012, and introduces players and coaches to energy psychology.
  • Tom is known throughout softball and baseball for his ground-breaking books Heads Up Baseball and Heads Up Softball and he’s just released, along with his co-author Dr. Ken Ravizza, Heads Up Baseball 2.0.
  • Tom has worked with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins as well as Microsoft, American Express and Fannie Mae. He specializes in eliminating the “yips” that afflicts the high-level athlete.
  • He earned his Ph.D. specializing in sport psychology, from the University of Virginia, where he also served as the Cavaliers’ hitting coach for 3 seasons. He then became a tenured professor and head baseball coach at Skidmore College (NY), before starting a coaching and consulting company (
  • A leading authority of mental game assessments which are used for both player development and selection in softball, baseball and other sports, we are thrilled to have Mental Game

Piper Ritter – 2018

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  • Former Minnesota pitcher Piper Ritter is in her 11th season with theGophers as pitching coach,having developed 3 of the top hurlers in Minnesota softball history in Brianna Hassett, Sara Moulton and Sara Groenewegen.
  • In 2017, Ritter helped coach the Gophers to a historic season:
    • Third lowest ERA in the NCAA in 2017 with a staff 1.19 ERA
    • Program best 56-5 record
    • Longest win streak to start a season with 19 and longest win streak ever with 26 straight
    • Prior to the 2017 season the Gophers were never ranked in the top-10 in either major polls. They reached No. 1 in the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll and No. 3 in the Softball poll
    • They won their first regular season Big Ten title since 1991 and their third Big Ten tournament championship in 4 years. Ritter was part of the 2017 NFCA Great Lakes Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.
  • Ritter guided Groenewegen to numerous honors during her Gopher career: Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and NFCA All-American. In 2017, Groenewegen finished her Gopher career impressively, posting a 31-4 record with a 0.63 ERA and 307 strikeouts. The ERA was the 2nd lowest in the NCAA and 2nd lowest ever recorded in Gophers history. Groenewegen graduated as the all-time Gophers s

Kelly Inouye-Perez – 2018

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  • Kelly Inouye-Perez begins her 12th season as theBruins' head coach in 2018, with an overall record of 486-159-1 (.753). This season also marks her 30th straight season in Westwood – she started her career as an All-Conference catcher for the Bruins, and then spent 13 years as an assistant coach under the legendary Sue Enquist.
  • Her time with the Bruins is highlighted by 7 NCAA Championships and 8 Pac-10 titles.
  • In 2017, Inouye-Perez led the Bruins to yet another stellar season in their storied history, as the Bruins advanced to the Women's College World Series for the 3rd season in a row. In addition, Rachel Garcia was named the NFCA National Freshman of the Year, Pac 12 Freshman of the Year, and NFCA 2nd Team All-America, and 5 Bruins were named to the All-Pac-12 Teams.
  • In 2010, Inouye-Perez led the UCLA softball program to its 12th national title and 11th NCAA Championship. The Bruins (50-11) went a perfect 10-0 in the postseason.
  • Over Inouye-Perez's 11 seasons, the Bruins have earned 27 All-American awards, 53 All-Region honors and 76 All-Pac-10/12 accolades.
  • Under Kelly’s tutelage the Bruin pitchers and catchers are a who’s who lis

Trisha Ford – 2018

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  • Trisha Ford was hired to lead theSun Devils Softball Programin 2016, after successful coaching stints at Fresno State, Stanford, and St. Mary’s (CA).
  • In her 1st season at the helm of the Sun Devils, the team finished with a 31-22 record and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devil statistics revealed just how far the program had come under Ford, as the ASU pitching staff dropped their ERA to a combined 2.32, a full point lower than their 3.66 mark from 2016.
  • Ford arrived at ASU with a reputation for mentoring and developing pitchers. In her 4 years at Fresno State (head coach) and Stanford (primary pitching coach), Ford’s pitching staffs posted sub-3.00 ERAs 11 times with 4 sub-2.00 campaigns.
  • After taking over the storied Bulldog softball program in 2012, Ford claimed her 1st conference title in 2015 and led Fresno State to back-to-back postseason campaigns. She posted an overall record of 142-71-1 (.667), including a record of 82-28-1 (.743) in 2015 and 2016, and was named MWC Coach of the Year both years.
  • In her 9 years with the Cardinals prior to Fresno State, Ford helped guide Stanford to its greatest run in school history and a 385-155 (.713) overall record. The team advanced to the postseason each season, making 6 Super Regionals and 1 Women's College World Ser

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