Instructors

SOFTBALL INSTRUCTORS:

Ashley VanBoxmeer- Co Owner/ Head Softball InstructorCSF_VanBoxmeer2_web

Ashley grew up in Southern California and excelled at softball under The Worth Firecrackers 18U Gold for Coach Tony Rico. Ashley received a full ride scholarship to The University of New Mexico where she hit .349/ 10 HR/ 32 RBI… named Offensive MVP, Team Captain, first-team All-Mountain West Conference and second-team All-West Region. She transferred to Cal State Fullerton her sophomore year and received numerous honors including 2006 Player of the year, 3 time All Conference, 3 time All Region, and lead the Titans in top 5 hitting categories all 3 seasons. She currently stands tied for 3rd for career home runs at CSUF.  She spent 7 years playing for Team Canada winning a gold medal in 2007 and a silver in 2004.

“My goal is to give the fastpitch player a chance to learn and develop more than just the mechanics of the game. I help you develop an approach to the game which allows you to feel confident about what you are doing no matter what level of a player that you are. My students come from rec leagues, travel ball, high school,and the college level, so no matter where you play, I can help you create your own experience that will make your softball playing journey a wonderful lifetime memory.”

“Ashley stands alongside the best power hitters to come out of the Firecracker softball organization (others include Katie Cochran, Megan Langenfeld and recently Lauren Chamberlain). I-m excited to see her spread her knowledge of hitting and beauty to the students of DSA. Look for great things from Ash”- Tony Rico So Cal Firecrackers 

“Ashley VanBoxmeer has the ability to train the ordinary individual as well as experienced athlete. Ashley has had much success at the elite level. She has been trained by the best physical and mental trainers. She takes pride in her mental skills and how it applies to her physical teaching. The knowledge that Ashley has to offer is a great opportunity for anyone at any skill level. “- Michelle Gromacki12 yrs- Cal State Fullerton Head Coach-8 yrs- USA Softball Coaching Staff

Maggie Hull- Tietz- Lefty Slapping/Hitting/ Fielding Instructor maggie

Maggie batted .456 in 2013, Jayhawk career  batting average .368 BA, 140 RBI’s. Maggie was an All- American in 2013, Academic All-American 2013-2014 and was drafted 11th overall in the 2013 NPF draft with the Chicago Bandits.

Maggie is a great mentor to young softball players. Her positive vibe and high energy during her lessons keep her player motivated and engaged. Want to become a triple threat, book with Maggie now.

 

 

Megan Black - Pitching Instructor

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Megan is a local girl growing up in Olathe. Megan dominated at Olathe South and continued her career earning a scholarship to Emporia State taking them to two D2 WCWS. Megan specializes in movement and off speed pitches and is lights out with the development of drop, curve, change and screw. Megan was the pitching coach at Olathe South helping the staff get their team to state for 4 years! Currently she is in her second year as varsity assistant/ pitching coach at Gardner Edgerton High School. Megan has been giving pitching lessons for 10 years and is a great addition to our staff.

 

 

Emily Michel- Pitching Instructor

Coach Em is in her 2nd season as an assistant coach for the MidAmerica Nazarene University Pioneers. During her time at MNU, she has spent her time working with the pitchers on their different pitches, approaches to different batters, and how to become an overall better pitcher mentally and physically.


Prior to MNU, she has ran multiple pitching camps and individual pitching lessons on her own. She has also been a coach at Marquette High School in Bellevue, Iowa for 4 years. She has helped make their first ever appearance at State, getting 5th place in 2012 and 7th place in 2014.

Coach Em is a graduate of University of Dubuque where she was a starting pitcher for 4 years and graduated with a degree in Exercise Science and is now working her way to a Masters in Science Management at MNU. As a player she earned Pitcher of the Year twice and Player of the Week her Junior year.

Emily will be available Monday’s and Thursday’s from 6-9pm… You can schedule online with her NOW!!!

NIKKI BRUCE- Catching/ Hitting Instructor               

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Nikki grew up in Overland Park and played travel ball for the KC Zephyrs Gold.  After graduating from Shawnee Mission West High School in 2009, she accepted a full scholarship to Eastern Kentucky University for three years before transferring to the University of Kansas to complete her final two years of eligibility. In her final year at KU she aided the team to their first NCAA Regional berth since 2006. Nikki is excited to translate her knowledge about catching to today’s young players.

MARISSA INGLE- Fielding/ Throwing  & Hitting Instructorriz

Marissa Ingle grew up in Olathe, KS playing competitively and traveling all over the country since she was 8. After playing at Olathe North High School, where she earned titles such as All-League MVP and Most Inspirational Female Athlete, Marissa earned a scholarship to play at the University of Kansas.
During her time at Kansas, Marissa proved to be a power aspect in the Jayhawk line-up hitting 16 career homeruns batting .301 in 2011. Over a span of 4 years, Ingle showed her defensive versatility starting games at 3rd, 2nd, and 1st.
“It is my passion to spread my knowledge of the game to growing softball players of all ages. Becoming a true ‘student of the game’ is what I pride myself on. My goal is to help aide youth softball players to be the best athletes they can be mentally and physically. In my view, softball is not just a sport—it is a lifestyle.”
“Marissa Ingle was one of the most fundamentally sound players that I have ever coached. She was a perfectionist both offensively and defensively and also helps younger players develop the same strong fundamental skills.”
–Megan Smith Head Softball Coach at The University of Kansas
“Riz” is available for fielding/throwing lessons and offers small group fielding Tues-Thurs. Currently pregnant, she will be offering hitting lessons after she has her baby boy in August.