SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL LESSONS BY TAKE PRIDE TRAINING
Hitting, Fielding, Cathching, Pitching, and Throwing instruction is open to all Storm players as well as any community player that is looking to further develop their softball and baseball skills.
SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL INSTRUCTORS:
Deb Sleeman, Softball Batting Instructor & Throwing Instructor
Coach Sleeman was a two time All-American catcher at Hope College and a member of the USA/ASA National Softball team before a career ending knee injury forced her into retirement at the age of 23. After concluding her softball career, Coach Sleeman went on to be the Assistant Softball Coach at Hope College for 8 years, a High School Varsity Softball Coach for 5 years and she also started Lakeshore Storm Softball and Baseball in 2007. Coach Sleeman has spent a significant amount of time studying and mastering the fastpitch softball swing and has worked with Don Slaught (Former MLB player/coach); Mike Candrea (Former USA Olympic softball head coach), Karen Baird (Former Eastern Michigan Head Softball Coach) and many other people in the sport of Softball to become a highly respectable hitting instructor.
Matt Sleeman, Baseball & Softball Batting Instructor & Softball Pitching Instructor
Coach Matt was a stand out High School Baseball player. Coach Matt has always been a student of the game for both baseball and softball and in 2002 he was hired by Hope College to be one of the Assistant Softball Coaches as their Pitching Coach. Coach Matt coached several MIAA All-Conference pitchers, All-Region pitchers, one All-MIAA Player of the Year Pitcher, adn one All-American player. After leaving Hope College, he went on to be the pitching coach for a Class A High School for 5 years before deciding to put all of his energy into instructing, coaching Little League, and coaching travel baseball and softball teams.
Jason Benson, Baseball Pitching, Batting & Defensive lessons
Jason was an all state HS baseball player and 4 year varsity player at West Ottawa HS. He then attended Grand Valley State University for baseball and graduated with a BA in History and Movement Science. He has played 12 years of Professional baseball Internationally and as an independent player since 2002. Jason was a 1st round, 3rd overall draft choice in the IBL (Israel Baseball League) in 2007 as a pitcher. He has been coaching and instructing baseball for 15 years in MI, Australia, Quebec, and he is also the owner and operator of Kinetic Baseball Training since 2010.
Courtney Sleeman, Softball Batting Instructor, Softball Catching Instructor
Courtney is a 2015 graduate from Zeeland West H.S. Courtney is entering her 3rd year under scholarship at Western Michigan University and is one of two catchers for the Broncos. Courtney has been a standout catcher at both West Ottawa and Zeeland throughout high school. She is a four time All-Area Softball player; three time All-Conference, two time All-District, and an All-Region and All-State player her senior year. Courtney was also the offensive MVP for Zeeland after breaking a 20+ year homerun record with 7 homeruns in the spring of 2013 and crushing the record in 2015 with 15 home runs. Courtney has a high school career batting average of .441 and has also played travel softball since the age of 10. She is the starting catcher for the Lakeshore Storm 23U Softball team.
Dana Cyrus, Baseball Batting lessons
Coach Cyrus has had a long and successful Baseball Coaching career with over 15 years of coaching experience. This includes coaching at the Little League, Travel Teams 14u-18u and coaching at the college level for 5 years. In 2007 Coach Cyrus started his college coaching career as an Asst. Coach at Blue Ridge Community College a Division 1 Junior College in Flat Rock, NC. In 2008 Coach Cyrus became the Head Baseball Coach at BRCC for 2 years. After leaving BRCC, he became an Asst. Coach at the University of Northwestern Ohio a NAIA 4 year school in Lima, OH. Besides coaching at the college level, Coach Cyrus has also been working with several Major League Baseball Teams for the past 6 years as a “Bird Dog”/Recommending Scout.
Jason Chapa, Baseball Hitting and Defense Coach
Jason graduated from West Ottawa HS in 2003, and was part of the 2003 D1 State Championship Baseball team. He played two years at Muskegon Community College as a starting outfielder. After MCC Jason became the President/Coach at Western Michigan University for their Club Baseball team. He has been coaching 18U Travel Baseball for 6 years, and coached several HS athletes who have become college baseball players. As a travel coach he led two teams to the 18U AABC Regionals in Battle Creek. For a summer, Jason traveled the US instructing baseball camps for the Ripken Baseball Academy. Jason has coached JV baseball at both Holland & West Ottawa HS's, and two years as assistant coach at Kalamazoo College. Currently Jason is the Varsity Assistant Baseball coach at West Ottawa, and the 18U Head Coach for Lakeshore Storm Baseball.
Zach Bohl, Baseball Hitting and Field Coach/Instructor
Zach is a 2012 graduate of Hudsonville High School and 2016 graduate of Cornerstone University. At Hudsonville, Zach played outfield and was a member of the 2012 State Championship Team, the first in school history. At Cornerstone, Zach started at first base all 4 seasons, playing in all but 2 games throughout his college baseball career. A few highlights include batting .355 his freshman season, receiving offensive player of the year awards his sophomore and senior years, winning the Rawlings National Gold Glove for first basemen his senior year, and serving as a captain of the team his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. He's currently beginning his coaching career as the head coach for Lakeshore Storm 16u baseball's showcase team.
Alex Hunt, Baseball & Softball Hitting Instructor
Alex Graduated from West Ottawa in 2010 after playing on the varsity team for 3 years. He then attended Hope College and graduated in 2014. As a Shortstop Alex was a 3 year starter and was named a captain for Hope College. After graduation, Alex played baseball in Quebec for the Sherbrooke Expos in the LBSEQ league. Currently, he is the hitting coach at Hope College since 2014. Alex has been giving professional hitting and fielding instruction since 2011 for both softball and baseball players of all ages.
Many Rosol, Softball Pitching Coach & Instructor
I have a huge passion for softball and being able to share my knowledge as an experienced pitcher with others. Graduated from Goodrich High school in 2014 as a 3-time all region pitcher. Currently a red shirt Junior at Aquinas college and pitcher for the Aquinas softball team where I ended the 2017 season with a 1.7 ERA and was awarded WHAC second team all conference. My goals with pitching , include using this sport to educate and prepare for life. Helping them have fun with the sport of softball is a huge aspect of pitching and, teaching technical skills and striving to reach full potential.
Chelsea McWain - Softball instructor for hitting and catching
Chelsea McWain a 2011 Grand Rapids Catholic Central graduate joins the Storm Team this year. She received All-State honors in high school as a pitcher and catcher and continued her career at Aquinas College as a catcher and middle infielder. At Aquinas she was a consistent source of doubles and triples, reaching record boards in both categories. She graduated from Aquinas with a bachelors of science and a secondary education certification. Chelsea has trained and coached with organizations including Catholic Central varisty, Godwin Heights, Blaze Fastpitch, and Elite Softball. She currently teaches K-8 science at Corpus Christi Catholic School in Holland, MI.