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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Katie Gregg- Pitching Instructor

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Katie grew up in Raymore, Missouri and started pitching at the age of 8 under Eddie Dake, a local pitching coach giving back to the community.  She played travel ball for the Kansas City Lasers.
After graduation in 2001 from Notre Dame de Sion, Katie went to Washburn University and played softball for the Lady Blues.  After two years of playing at Washburn, she was recruited to further her softball career by pitching for Division 1 University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  
After college, Katie began giving lessons for Smith Baseball Academy in Topeka, Kansas.  It was there that she was able to translate her skills to young athletes.  “I love working with young pitchers eager to learn.”
Katie’s goal is to help pitchers meet their short and long term goals.  With a specific focus based on the needs of the student, she will construct a weekly lesson that focuses on those needs.  Through mental work, mechanics, strength and speed each determined student will reach their goal.

 

 NIKKI BRUCE- Catching/ Hitting                10272549_709153782464468_695037752489492887_o

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  riz

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.