Best of the Best PITCHING INSTRUCTORS in OHIO

Discussion in 'Regional Pitching Instructors' started by Triplethreat, Jan 29, 2010.

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    OK... in an attempt to collect what will hopefully be a list of QUALITY/ CERTIFIED ELITE PITHCING instructers that have actually had students go on to college levels due to their instruction.

    We all know of the OBVIOUS choices (Chris Minor, Bill Hillhouse, sorry from SWO, soo I know there are many more that need to be added.......)

    However, I HAVE TO BELIEVE there are some other EXTREMELY talented and creditable PITCHING INSTRUCTERS in the state of OHIO that need to be listed here, so Orgs, Families, and DDs can fully understand what their options are for training.

    PLEASE LIST YOUR CERTIFIED PITCHING INSTUCTERS IN THIS THREAD SO WE CAN BUILD A RESOURCE LIBRARY BY REGION THAT WILL HELP ORGS/FAMILIES UNDERSTAND WHAT OPTIONS THEY HAVE.

    Example Post:
    - Chris Minor -South West Ohio - Tri - County area(Diamonds & Dreams...) Contact information = XXX-XXX-XXXX AND (reason this resource is viewed as a credible instructor)


    I will also like to do the same via seperate thread for Catching and Outfielding.....
     
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    Radara McHugh, Northeast Ohio. Radaramchugh@gmail.com

    NOTE: This was taken from Radara's bio on the Racers' web site. Pretty much sums up her qualifications.

    McHugh had left North Carolina as the program?s career record holder for wins (88), appearances (150), starts (130), innings pitched (861.2), shutouts (46) and strikeouts (686). She was also selected to ACC Top 50 Anniversary Team. Radara was the winning pitcher in the Women?s ASA Open Nationals and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2004. Her senior year at University of North Carolina is the only year for UNC to have ever won the ACC conference tournament in the history of the program.

    McHugh has been a vital part of the Racers pitching staff for the past five seasons. She was the winning pitcher in the Racers come-from-behind win (5-4) over the Chicago Bandits to claim Akron?s first National Pro Fastpitch Championship in 2005.

    McHugh has inked her name in the NPF record book, claiming the top honor for wins with 48 and innings pitched with 529.2. Her 48-23 record gives her one of the best career marks in NPF history. She has enjoyed one of the longest careers of any pitcher in the circle, rounding out five years of service with the Racers.
     
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    Amy Kyler- North East Ohio akyler@ndc.edu coaches the 16U Wolfpack and head coach at Notre Dame University. Amy played at CSU and in the NPF. She relates well with the girls and they love and respect her.
     
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    I believe Dave Leffew is one of the best pitching coaches in Ohio. His daughter Amie is also a very good pitching coach.
     
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    Dave Leffew, Northeast Ohio, pitching@apk.net

    Dave is currently an assistant coach at Ashland University. The 2009-2010 season will be Leffew's sixth season on the Ashland staff. Leffew was the head softball coach at Keystone High School in LaGrange, OH, for 20 years, compling a career mark of 428-77. His teams made six trips to the state final four, including four visits to the state title game. In 1999 the Wildcats went 33-0 and captured the Ohio Division II state championship.

    In the first five years after his retirement as a head coach Leffew remained on the Keystone softball staff as a volunteer assistant coach. The Wildcats advanced to the state semifinals three times during that span.

    Leffew gives private pitching lessons and conducts pitching clinics throughout Northeast Ohio. He has coached 14 All-Ohio hurlers, two All-Americas and two Ohio state champions. Most recently: Tess Sito (Elyria, Cleveland State)
     
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    RON MARSTILLER - Grand Slam in Dublin Ohio.
    Starting pitcher for the USA World International team for 10 years
    Starting Pitcher for the TWA National team for 24 years
    Played and Pitched in 14 World Tournaments on 5 continents, 32 National, 16 Regional and 36 State Tournaments
    National/International Pitching Instructor
    Assistant Coach for Capital University from 1998-2002
    Assistant Coach for Ohio Dominican University from 1999-Present
    Has coached statewide with 6 colleges and Universities
    Over 46 years fast-pitch experience
    Has instructed over 4,000 students in 6 states for over 23 years

    Ron has had many pitchers go on to pitch in college, including Chelsea Baker (Ohio State) Kate Leary (Kent St) Katie Maynard (Virginia Tech) to name a few. He has had MANY all state pitchers , all district pitchers, and all conference pitchers. He not only teaches how to throw pitches, he teaches pitching philosophy(how to out think batters). He is great at helping a kid develop her own style based on her athletic ability. No cookie cutter coaching with Ron.
     
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    Radara McHugh, Northeast Ohio. Radaramchugh@gmail.com

    Pitched for the Racers as well as being the pitching coach, a great teacher of the mental and physical skills needed.
     
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    Randy Moziejko Groveport - Canal Winchester area.
    Jimmy Yates London, All Stars in Columbus.
    Wendy Figgins Swing Away in Mount Vernon.
    Emily Windle-Halpin Delaware
    Les Randolph Grand Slam Dublin
     
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    Our daughter goes to Ron, and in his own subtle way, gave her a "come to Jesus" lesson a few weeks back...she sure came around fast! She said "Ron yelled at me...well, he didn't yell, but I got the point!"

    Great guy!
     
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    Mark Blasczyk-Big League Baseball-Newark

    Great Guy, has had several girls sign with colleges. Not afraid to tell the girls how it is.
     
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    Les Randolph - Grand Slam Dublin
    Info from their web site:
    ■Instructor at Grand Slam USA since 1983
    ■Has tutored over 20 All-State pitchers
    ■One of the founders of the Ohio High School Fast-pitch Coaches Association
    ■First President of the Association in 1986 and author of its original constitution
    ■Coached at Westerville North for 8 years taking his teams to 7 District championships and two appearances in the State Final Four
    ■Coached baseball at Westerville North serving as an assistant coach for the Warriors for 3 years
    ■Inducted into the Ohio Softball Hall of Fame in 1996
    ■Softball is a family tradition for Les. His daughter Laurie was an All-State pitcher for Westerville South in 1986 and his wife Rhonda was a D-I first team All-American from the University of Toledo

    He has taught my DD for the past 2+ years. Has done a great job of teaching her the fundamentals and building her skills.
     
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    There are some very good pitching coaches listed in previous postings. Several are good friends and certainly they are deserving of all of their accolades. Equal to the best of these previously listed is Chuck McNamee.

    Chuck has coached a number of All State pitchers, both in Ohio throughout the country. He also has had a number of pitchers who have become All-American collegiate pitchers. He played and pitched for many years himself and was a major contributor towards creating North Union HS into the perennial fastpitch power that it continues to be in Ohio.
     
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    Pat Pollock - Cincinnati, Ohio Diamonds and Dreams
     
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    The best pitching coach is the one that makes your DD use the proper mechanics and does not worry about hurting your feelings.

    There has to be something said for being honest and not just cashing your check every week.

    Chip Gregg has my vote
     
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    I can really only talk about two pitching coaches from personal knowledge. Our DD was lucky enough to be with Ron Marstiller for seven (or was it more. . .) years. And we are lucky enough to coach one of his present students. Emily Windle-Halpin is the pitching coach for our other two pitchers. We are very blessed to have such a fine pitching staff working with such talented pitching coaches.
     
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    I'll second Ron Marstiller. He worked with my dd when she was young and helped build a great foundation for her to continously improve. He has hundred's of pitchers to his credit, but just as importantly, pitchers that refer back to him years after their seasons are finished. Always nice to run into pitchers who have learned pitching, played in college and are coaching who have worked with Ron and have terrific things to say about him (and Les). DD also worked with Kristi DeVries who is no longer in the area. Erica Beach is an exceptional teacher and works with the younger kids. She works leg drive, whip, balance and has drills that the girls can "feel" that isolate the motion and works them very hard. In addition, she encourages the "inside game" with self talk and self correction, etc. There are alot of pitching coaches out there and many are very good and there never is a one size fits all but hopefully, one can find the right fit for their daughter.
     
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    NICE!!!!!!!!!!!! I Believe that, but also those who reach a high % of kids at the level you speak, (WHICH CHIP DOES), is the Validation/Certification stamp I'm looking for people to promote.

    WORD OF MOUTH IS THE BEST MARKETING ANYWHERE! My oldest DD has been to several Pitching Coaches and I PROMOTE all of them BUT NOT BECAUSE OF MY DAUGHTERS SUCCESS, but based on their Total Body of Work. ^_^!
     
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    Mark Pazutto and Mr Derringer' These coaches teach proper mechanics. Teach how the mechanics work, and also teach the mental part of the game , why a certain pitch is thrown and how to throw it. all his girls throw hard with movement on every pitch. His own daughter throws for Kent State , and many other girls going on to div 1 schools. High school girls in state champion ship games , travel ball pitchers winning tournaments every week end.
     
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    Pat Pollock/Cincy Diamonda & Dreams has my vote!! She is awesome and has brought our daughters a long way.
     
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    Ed Beavers is a great instructor. He teaches great mechanics.
     

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