2020 Speaker Bios – Softball
The Pennsylvania Baseball & Softball Coaches Clinic, presented by the Art of Coaching, takes tremendous pride in the quality of speakers that present to our attendees each year. We conduct extensive research and recruit individuals that come highly recommended as clinicians. We strive to to make our roster of speakers a blend of successful veteran coaches along with some young “rising stars” of the coaching profession. As we celebrate our 34th annual clinic, we thank all of our loyal attendees and we look forward to providing the coaching community with an excellent event for many years to come.
LONNI ALAMEDA - Florida St. University
Over the last five years, Alameda has guided FSU back into the ranks of the elite in the softball world. After seven Women’s College World Series appearances from 1987-2004, the Seminoles returned to the final site of women’s collegiate softball three times in the last five seasons (2014, 2016 and 2018), including winning the program’s first NCAA National Championship just a season ago. Florida State has earned six ACC regular season titles in a row, five straight ACC Tournament titles and now owns 16 ACC Championships. FSU has played in the NCAA postseason every year under Alameda, and is one of only nine schools to participate in the NCAA Tournament in every season since 2000. During her tenure, Alameda has led the Seminoles to nine ACC Championship game appearances with titles in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. While at FSU, Alameda has collected eight Coach of the Year Awards, including the 2018 National Coaching Staff of the Year Award. She owns five ACC Coach of the Year Awards, one behind the all-time leader, former PA Coaches Clinic presenter, JoAnne Graf. In 2018, FSU finished with a 58-12 record, the most wins in a single season under Alameda, and it marked the fourth time in the last five seasons that FSU topped the 50-win plateau during her career.
Alameda carries an impressive coaching resume on the international level as well after helping aid in the development of the Canadian National Team from 2004 to 2008. That resume also includes stints at UNLV, Stanford and Barry University (Miami Shores, Fla.) An all-around great athlete, Alameda began her collegiate career as a pitcher at St. Mary’s University (San Antonio, Texas) where she led the Rattlers to the NAIA Tournament in her only season. She later transferred to Oklahoma in 1989 where she played softball and volleyball for the Sooners.
Lonni Alameda’s 2020 TOPICS:
Talk'n Softball with Lonni Alameda (Feature Presentation)
NATASHA WATLEY – UCLA Hall of Famer/Multiple-Time World Champion
If you were to write down some of the greatest players in the history of the game, by any measure, Watley’s name would certainly grace the list. Watley’s career includes stints with the UCLA Bruins, the USA Softball Women’s National Team and USSSA Pride. She played shortstop and first base while helping UCLA win a national championship in 2003 and Team USA claim the gold medal for in 2004 at the Summer Olympics in Athens. She is the first African-American female to play on the United States Softball team in the Olympics. A two–time Pan American Gold Medalist, three-time World Champion, and four-time World Cup Champion, Watley is also the career batting average leader in the National Pro Fastpitch. While playing for Team USA in 2004, Watley led the team in at-bats, hits, stolen bases and was third on the team with a .400 batting average. She also broke the Olympic record for stolen bases with five in nine games. She owns numerous records for the Bruins and is one of only a handful of NCAA Division I players players to bat at least .400 with 300 hits, 200 runs and 100 stolen bases. During her career at UCLA, Watley collected numerous awards including Pac-10 "Player of The Year" and the Honda Broderick Cup for "Best Collegiate Female Athlete" and "Best Collegiate Softball Player." In her four years as a starter for the Bruins, she finished tops in career hits, triples, runs and stolen bases. She ranked second in career batting average (.450) and top-10 in doubles, slugging and on-base percentages. Watley holds the single-season record for hits (112) and is currently ranked fourth in Pac-10 history. Watley is listed seventh on the all-time NCAA record books with 115 hits in a single season. She was also the first UCLA Bruin to have two 100+ hit seasons. For her efforts, she was inducted to the UCLA Hall of Fame in 2014. After collecting numerous awards and accolades during her eight-year professional career, Watley officially retired in 2017.
Natasha Watley's 2019 Topics:
Dream is Free, Hustle Sold Separately (Feature Presentation)
How to Build a “Game Changer”- Basics to Becoming a Triple Threat
DRILLS SESSION: Slapping 101, 201, 301
DRILLS SESSION: M
JENNA HALL – Ohio State University
Hall recently completed her seventh season as an assistant with Ohio State after helping the Buckeyes reach the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season. Ohio State finished Big Ten play with a 17-6 record, the most conference wins since 1994. Known for her incredible work as a hitting instructor, Hall helped the Buckeye’s offense rewrite the record books in 2015 as they set school marks for batting average (.348), home runs (74) and runs scored (380). Ohio State also led the Big Ten in batting average as 12 players hit .300 or better. Prior to her time at Ohio State, Hall was an assistant under former PA Coaches Clinic presenter and current Pitt Head Coach, Jodi Hermanek, at Ohio University. While at Ohio, Hall led three of the best Ohio offensive lineups in school history during the 2009, 2010 and 2012 campaigns, respectively, as the Bobcats broke school records for most home runs (47), RBIs (255) and runs scored (293) in a single season. As a player, Hall was equally impressive. She finished her career at Illinois as the all-time record holder for best career and single-season batting averages. She is also the program’s all-time single-season fielding percentage record holder. As a senior, she led the nation in walks and was a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year Award. Hall concluded her playing career in the professional ranks as a member of the Philadelphia Force in the National Pro Fastpitch League
Jenna Hall's 2020 Topics:
DRILLS SESSION: I
DRILLS SESSION: H
JENNY TOPPING – Gold Medal Training
A four-time NCAA First Team All-American (one year at the University of Washington, three at Cal State Fullerton), Topping holds numerous school records for both universities. She is one of nine NCAA players to bat .400, drive in 200 RBIs on at least 50 home runs and an .800 slugging percentage for a career. Her phenomenal collegiate career landed her a spot on Team USA’s famed 2004 Olympic gold-medal squad with fellow PA Coaches Clinic presenter, Natasha Watley. Appearing on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Team USA was dubbed the “Real Dream Team” by the magazine after outscoring its opponents 51-1 in nine games. Topping and her teammates were inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in 2012. After the Athens Olympics, the former catcher moved on to the professional ranks becoming a National Pro Fastpitch champion and all-star selection for the Akron Racers in 2005. She also played two seasons in Japan before eventually founding Gold Medal Training in California.
Jenny Topping’s 2020 Topics:
DRILLS SESSION: S
DRILLS SESSION: C
BROCK VAN FAUSSEIN - University of Pittsburgh
Brock Van Faussein's 2020 Topics:
DRILLS SESSION: T
JENNIFER PROBST - Millersville University
Jennifer Probst's 2020 Topics:
#TipAndRip - The Basics of Our Swing/Swinging Big
Favorite Hitting Drills/How We Warm Up With PVC
DRILLS SESSION: Team Fielding Drills: Keeping Everyone Involved
DRILLS SESSION: Circuits With a Purpose (Examples of Our Favorite Launch Angle Circuit and Bat Speed Circuit)
DANA CAVALEA – Former NY Yankees Director of Strength & Conditioning & Performance Enhancement (2007-13)
Cavalea spent 12 years with the New York Yankees organization, serving primarily in the role of Director of Strength and Conditioning & Performance Enhancement. In 2009, the Bronx Bombers won the World Series and Cavelea was honored as the recipient of the MLB Nolan Ryan Award, given to MLB's top strength coach as voted by his peers. During his career, Cavalea had the opportunity to train several elite superstar's including Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Justin Verlander and many more. Cavalea currently works as a performance speaker and consultant to pro athletes, entrepreneurs, business executives, workforces and universities on lifestyle strategies to reduce stress, improve work/life balance, and, most importantly, improve daily performance/outcomes. Cavalea has formulated plans and strategies to improve sleep, reduce pain, lower stress, improve body composition, improve speed, strength and power and maximize performance through mental training. Visit danacavalea.com to learn more.
Dana Cavalea's 2019 Topics:
Developing an Iron Throwing Arm for Pitchers
DRILLS SESSION: On-Field Arm-Exercise Program for an Injury Free Season
DRILLS SESSION: Designing a Complete Core Development Program
ZACH SORENSEN – Brian Cain Peak Performance
Brian Cain Peak Performance is widely regarded as the nation’s foremost authority on peak mental performance. The company has produced over 800 draft picks (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL), over 50 NCAA championship teams, 8 UFC champs and hundreds of high school state champions. Sorensen has worked with Brian Cain Peak Performance since 2014 as a Mental Conditioning Coach specializing in the application of The 12 Pillars of Peak Performance for baseball. He currently works in the Texas Rangers Peak Performance Department helping professional athletes create an elite mindset through the mental game. A highly sought after speaker and coach, Sorensen will emphasize how to compete one pitch at a time and how to give athletes the best chance for success. Sorensen was an All-American and Academic All-American at Wichita State and was a 2nd round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 1998 MLB Draft. He made his MLB Debut with the Indians on June 3, 2003 and went on to play for both the Indians and the Anaheim Angels.
Zach Sorensen's 2019 Topics:
The #1 Way to Motivate Your Players - Creating Belief through a PPI
Guarantee Progress with your 14:24
DRILLS SESSION: Building Culture and Implementing the Mental Game - MVP