The following is a list of all our speakers at all six locations. For a list of the speakers that will be present at a particular location, go to that specific clinic or click here.
Sue Enquist is the former head softball coach at UCLA and softball’s first All-American hall of famer. She has the most national championships of any NCAA coach with 11, and she’s led a world championship team and the U.S. national team as both a coach and a player. She’s regarded as a leading innovator of softball instructional materials and equipment, such as the SB401 training bat and the Kwik-Slide Sliding Wrap. Enquist is a member of the Women’s Sports Foundation International Hall of Fame, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the UCLA Hall of Fame.
Jennie Finch is a two-time Olympic medalist, NCAA National Champion and three-time All-American at the University of Arizona. She’s a two-time winner of the Honda Sports Award as the National Player of the Year. Finch also played professionally for the Chicago Bandits and was named the National Pro Fastpitch’s Co-Pitcher of the Year in 2005.
Marc Strickland, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist in Private Practice in Phoenix, AZ. He specializes in issues related to Sport Psychology and performance enhancement. He is a member is the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and APA. Dr. Strickland has taught courses on Sport Psychology at Argosy University, Phoenix. He received his doctoral degree from Argosy University, Phoenix in Clinical Psychology and has a Master’s Degree from the University of North Carolina Greensboro in Exercise and Sport Science. For the previous five years he has focused primarily on professional baseball by providing psychological and performance enhancement services to several Major League Baseball organizations.
A 29-year veteran of coaching, Larry Ray is a renowned instructor of slap-hitting. Ray has coached some of the best slappers in collegiate softball history. Seven years ago, Ray led Arizona to a sparkling 55-6 record and a Pac-10 Championship. The Wildcats’ 53-4 regular season record is one of the best in program history. Between his work at Florida and the two campaigns at Arizona, Ray holds a 265-131 (.670) career record in six years of competition as a head coach.
Leah O’Brien Amico is a three-time Olympic gold medalist (1996, 2000, 2004), a two-time world champion, a three-time NCAA national champion and All-American at the University of Arizona. She hosts a Christian sports show on Trinity Broadcasting Network called “More Than Conquerors.” Amico helps young athletes develop a positive mindset and the necessary balance in life that she believes is critical to achieving success.
Kirk Walker enters his 17th year as head coach of the Oregon State softball program, a program that has made a monumental turnaround under his direction. Walker reigns as Oregon State’s all-time winningest softball coach with a 539-439-3 career record. He earned his 500th career coaching victory on March 1, 2009. The Beavers have routinely beaten nationally-ranked teams and have shown improvement every season since Walker’s arrival. His teams have finished with 25-plus wins in the 12 of the last 13 seasons and have won 40-plus games eight times.
Julie Adams is currently the Athletic Director at Bellflower High School in Bellflower, California where she also teaches history.
While at UCLA Julie was selected as the Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 College World Series. Known for courage and tenacity, Julie played the entire CWS after dislocating her left shoulder in the Bruins opening game against DePaul. In eight postseason games, Julie batted .565 (13-for-23), with 15 RBI, four home runs, a double and six runs scored. She was First-Team NFCA All-American at third base; First-Team All-Pacific Region and Second-team All-Pac-10.
Lauren Lappin played short stop and catcher for Stanford University from 2002-2006. Lauren was Two-time Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 & 2006 and was named to WCWS All-Tournament Team in 2004. She was also an Olympic Silver Medalist in 2008, Pan American Gold medalist in 2007, World Cup Champion in 2007 and an alternate on 2004 Olympic Gold Medal Team.
Melissa “Skeeter” Gentile is known for her ability to breakdown the skills of the game which accelerates the develop the players she coaches. Skeeter has played and coached at the highest levels of softball and brings that experience into her trainings. As a player Melissa was an NCAA Division I All American at the University of Michigan, set the Single Season and Career Home run Record at Michigan, was a Women’s College World Series All Tournament Team Selection, a Finalist for the NCAA Sports Women of the Year, competed with the U.S. National Team for Five years and was a member of the US Pan-American Team. As a coach Melissa has mentored 26 Collegiate All Conference Selections, 12 All-Region selections, 6 All-American selections, and numerous High School All American selection.
Christie Ambrosi is a gold medal Olympian (2000), national champion at UCLA, All American, Pan-American Games gold medalist and Jr. World gold medalist. She is dedicated to empowering both coaches and players to become the best they can.
Coach Greg Loveless’s “Strategy of Staggered Perfection” and SAPP (Self Adjusting Pitching Process) has allowed one or more pitchers to throw a perfect game for the last 11 straight years. For 30 years, Loveless has helped hundreds of athletes and teams succeed and achieve their goals even in the most demanding environments. He focuses on the intense challenges athletes face on the field of play, as well as the everyday life issues that players must overcome to reach their goals. Whether it is overcoming the loss of three teammates in a tragic auto accident or playing through Chemo-Therapy, the process of Team Rules as connected to The Mental Game is empowered by the simple commitment that all his players abide by — once committed to the team, players take care of one another.
Linda Loveless is an Executive National Vice President with Arbonne and a former Ms. Kansas. She specializes in nutrition and health for the athlete.
Deb Hartwig, a member of the Right View Pro Staff will be featuring their software program that allows coaches to analyze and comment, frame by frame, on an athlete’s motion, posture and balance. V1 Pro’s breakout sessions will feature hands on training on PC’s using actual video.
Hartwig is a member of the RightView Pro team as well as a certified instructor for RVP. Currently Hartwig is the Director of Coaches Certification and Training for the So Cal ASA. Hartwig is also the Tournament Director for the most prestigious college tournaments in the Nation; the Palm Springs Classic, the Judi Garman Classic, and the Worth Tournament. Hartwig was the assistant coach of Team Texas, a women’s Major Travel Ball team that placed 2nd in the 2000 Nationals and 5th in the 2000 Canada Cup. Hartwig was recently a volunteer assistant coach at Cal State Fullerton.