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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

Jen Rocha – 2017

  • Jennifer Rocha has made a name for herself as one of the top pitching instructors in the country. In her 11 seasons at Florida the Gators have:
    • Won back-to-back NCAA National Championships (2014 and 2015)
    • Earned a total of 7 WCWS berths
    • Made 4 WCWS championship series appearances
  • In 2 of the last 8 years, the Gators have turned in the top team ERA in the country, and the 2015 national championship team posted the top ERA in the SEC (1.63) for the 3rd consecutive year, a figure that ranked 4th in the nation.
  • Rocha was named the 2015 NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year, the first honor of its kind received by a UF coach in program history.
  • Under Rocha’s guidance, Lauren Haeger and Hannah Rogers played instrumental roles in leading Florida to back-to-back national championships:
    • In 2015, Hager was the 1st Gator to win the USA National Player of the Year; the 3rd to be named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player and the 2nd to win softball’s Honda Award.
    • In 2014, Rogers led the Gators to their 1st national title, and in the process became Florida’s 1st 4-time All-American.
  • Rocha is a former pitcher and assistant coach at the of the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she was a part of 6 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, 3 Big 12 Conference titles, 2 Big 12 Tournament titles, 2 WCWS appearances and 1 national championship. She finished her playing career with a .721 winning percentage (43-17) and posted a 1.46 ERA.

"Florida pitchers always have tremendous control and Jen will outline her approach,
drills, and focus areas for her pitchers from Fall through Post-Season!"
- Cindy Bristow


Lonni Alameda – 2017

  • Heading into her 9th season as the head coach of the Florida State softball program, Lonni Alameda has guided the Seminoles back into one of the nation’s best teams:
    • Seminoles have returned to the WCWS twice in the last 3 seasons (2014 and 2016), including a WCWS semifinals appearance in 2016
    • 4 consecutive ACC regular season titles
    • 3 straight ACC Tournament titles and 14 ACC Championships
  • Alameda earned ACC Coach of the Year for the 4th straight season in 2016, while Jessica Burroughs and Alex Powers earned ACC Pitcher and Player of the Year honors, respectively. FSU set an ACC record with six members on the All-ACC First Team.
  • Alameda has coached numerous pitching standouts, including Burroughs and 2015 USA Softball National Player of the Year and 2-time ACC Pitcher of the Year Lacey Waldrop.
  • In 2012, the FSU pitchers finished in the Top 30 nationally in earned run average, making FSU one of just 5 programs to have multiple pitchers in the top 30. As a unit, the 2012 Seminoles finished 10th in the country with a 1.53 team ERA.
  • Alameda came to FSU from UNLV, where she spent 5 seasons reviving the Rebels’ program. Prior to coaching at UNLV, Alameda was the assistant coach at Stanford University, where she helped guide the Cardinal to 6 straight NCAA Regional appearances. She oversaw the pitching staff which produced 3 All-Americans: Becky Blevins, Marcy Crouch and Dana Sorenson.
  • Alameda also has coached on the international level, as Assistant Coach for the Canadian National Team from 2004-2008. She spent the summer of 2008 coaching the Canadian Olympic Team which ended its quest for the gold with a 4th-place finish at the Beijing Olympic Games.

"Lonnie will take you through the competitive workouts

Cindy Bristow 2017

  • Cindy has authored numerous instructional books and videos on pitching, and gives pitching clinics and lessons to players of all ages and skill levels, including many NCAA Division I & II pitchers.
  • She is an avid student of the game, understands the mechanics and fundamentals of pitching, and is able to get that knowledge across in an easy-to-understand manner. As a result of her pitching expertise and prowess, Cindy has gained a well-deserved reputation as a pitching leader and innovator.
  • Cindy’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:
    • She pitched both collegiately (Cal Poly Pomona), and professionally (Santa Ana Lionettes).
    • She coached collegiately (Arizona State, New Mexico State, Wichita State), and professionally (Georgia Pride).
  • And has also served as:
    • President of the National Softball Coaches Association
    • National Director of Junior Olympic Softball and National Teams Director for USA Softball (formerly Amateur Softball Association)
    • Director of Development for the International Softball Federation
  • Cindy’s creativity and innovation along with her ability to simplify complex concepts and make them apply to any level pitcher or coach makes her message extremely valuable to our Pitching Summit.

Cindy’s love of learning has led her to create both the Pitching and the Hitting Summits as opportunities for college coaches to grow the game by learning from each other.

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Melyssa Lombardi – 2017

  • Having completed her 19th season as a full-time coach, Melyssa Lombardi continues to guide the Sooner pitchers and catchers, and is considered one of the top pitching minds in the country.
  • During her tenure, the Sooners have had outstanding success:
    • Winning the 2000, 2013 and 2016 National Championships
    • Winning 15 NCAA Regional Championships in 19 postseason appearancess
    • Eight Big 12 regular season titles and 3 conference tournament championships (2001, 2007, 2010)
  • As a member of the Sooners' coaching staff, Lombardi has been a part of 3 NFCA National Coaching Staffs of the Year (2000, 2013 and 2016), and 9 Regional Coaching Staffs of the Year (1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
  • A former all-conference catcher for the Sooners, Lombardi has also coached the Oklahoma battery to a combined 18 All-America honors, 34 All-Region accolades and 72 All-Big 12 honors during her time in Norman.
  • Players of note Lombardi has coached to national prominence include current Sooner standout Paige Parker (named the 2016 Women's College World Series' Most Outstanding Player), and former greats Kelsey Stevens, Keilani Ricketts, Michelle Gascoigne, Jessica Shults, Heather Scaglione, Jennifer Stewart and numerous others.

"As a 3-time national champion, Missy will detail how she works with her pitchers to
create their exceptional Mental Toughness including Fall vs Spring workouts and drills!"
- Cindy Bristow

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Lori Sippel – 2017

  • Now in her 28th season with the Cornhuskers, the University of Nebraska Associate Head Coach Lori Sippel is one of the best pitchers in NCAA history, and one of the sport’s best pitching coaches. As a player:
    • She was a 2-time All-American at Nebraska
    • A member of the 1996 Canadian Olympic Softball Team, where she helped lead Canada to a 5th place finish
    • In 2005, she received the highest honor a player can receive when she became the 24th female player inducted to the International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, and just the 5th from the United States or Canada
  • Sippel has arguably accomplished just as much as a coach as she did in her distinguished playing career. During her tenure as Nebraska’s pitching coach, her pitchers have set nearly every team pitching record, and have often played the leading role in the Huskers' 20 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 22 years, including 3 trips to the Women's College World Series.
  • Sippel has had a pitcher earn regional or conference accolades nearly every season over the past 20 years. She has produced 22 NFCA All-Midwest Region pitchers, and coached 23 pitchers to All-Big 12 or All-Big Ten accolades. She has also coached 4 All-Americans, including 2-time selection Tatum Edwards in 2013 and 2014.

"Recruiting pitchers who can get better and be successful is an art,
and Lori will explain her markers for pitchers she recruits, what her 5 stars are,
how she raises them & how to know what stars to avoid!"
- Cindy Bristow

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John Tschida – 2017

  • John Tschida is regarded among the elite coaches in college softball. He begins his 17th season as head coach of the Tommies in the 2016-17 academic year:
    • In 2004 he became the 1st softball coach to win NCAA championships at 2 different schools.
    • He reached 800 career victories in 2015, and coached his 1000th college softball game in 2016.
    • He is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
  • Tschida and his staff were named Division III Midwest Regional Coaches of the Year by the NFCA for the 2nd time in 3 years in 2016. He's been named NFCA Division III National Coach of the Year twice.
  • In the last 13 seasons alone, Tschida has guided the Tommies to:
    • Six College World Series trips (eight-team nationals)
    • NCAA crowns in 2004 and 2005; second at nationals in 2006; a third place in 2014
    • An overall 88-31 postseason record
    • A 38-4 mark in the MIAC playoffs
  • In 2000, Tschida led St. Mary’s to the NCAA Division III championship in his 6th season at his alma mater, and then took the 2004 Tommies to NCAA gold in his 4th season at St. Thomas. Tschida's 2005 team won 32 of its last 33 games to close 43-6 and repeat as NCAA champions. He was again awarded National Coach of the Year honors.
  • A respected clinician and speaker, Tschida travels the country and the world to promote fastpitch softball and educate fellow coaches on fine points of training and competition. Due to time commitments away from St. Thomas, he turned down invitations by 2 different countries to coach their national teams in the 2008 Olympics Games.

"John will show you tons of pitching drills that are creative and effective
and that have nothing to do with your

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