Instruction at camp

It is the commitment and dedication of the instructional staff that makes our camps the premier softball camps in the Midwest.

doug gardner

Doug Gardner- Director
Pitching & Hitting Instructor

Inducted into the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Softball Hall of Fame in 1997. Gardner attained career totals of 354 homeruns, 120 triples, 278 doubles, 398 stolen bases, plus a career .380 batting average.  Doug played on four state championship teams from La Crosse, WI, and was named MVP of the Wisconsin ISC State Tournament in 1977, and was selected to the ISC World All-Star Team in 1977.  Doug has been a pitching and hitting instructor for high school, and intercollegiate softball for more than 25 years.  He continues to hold private instructional sessions and camps throughout the summer months.    

Guest Instructor

monica abbott

Monica Abbott- Pitching

Currently considered the best female pitcher in the world, Monica pitches for the U.S. Olympic Team, U.S. World Cup Team, and the Chicago Bandits in the National Pro Fastpitch League.  The only pitcher to ever throw a perfect game in the Olympics, Monica holds NCAA records for victories, shutouts, and strikeouts.  She was a 4-time NCAA All-American at the Univ. of Tennessee.


Mike Regner

Mike Regner
Catching and Hitting

Mike has coached softball for more than 30 years at La Crosse Central High School. Once a catcher himself, he serves as the catching instructor for our camps.  Mike was recently inducted to the Wisconsin High School Coaches Hall of Fame.

Guest Instructor

callista balko

Callista Balko-
Catching & Hitting Instructor

Callista Balko was a two-time National Champion.  She was a 2006 Gold Medal recipient at the University team World Cup Championships.  She was a 2nd team All-American and was the University of Arizona’s team MVP 2006 and 2008.  She was a top-three finalist for the Best All-Around Female Athlete Award.  In 2008, Callista was a member of the National Pro Fastpitch Washington Glory professional softball team.  Callista is considered by many to be one of the finest catching clinicians in the country.

Jim Hansen

Jim Hansen- Pitching

Jim Hansen has served as a high school pitching coach for almost 30 years. Jim’s knowledge of the game and insight, helps make him one of our most well-liked instructors.  Jim has a knack for coming up with new drills that help pitchers achieve the most from their abilities.

Guest Instructor

Taryne Mowatt

Taryne Mowatt- Pitching

Taryne Mowatt was a key member of Arizona’s NCAA championship teams in 2006 and 2007.  As a 2007 junior, Mowatt set four College World Series records that landed her the WCWS Most Outstanding Player award.  In eight complete games, Mowatt threw 60 innings for six victories and 76 strikeouts in a seven-day span. At the end of that season, Mowatt was named to the 2007 All-Pac10 first team and earned All-American recognition. Taryne’s performance at the WCWS, won her the ESPY for Best Female Athlete and Best Female College Athlete.  She is in the record books in six different categories at the University of Arizona.  In 2007, Mowatt set the Arizona single-season record for strikeouts (522), innings pitched (370) and victories (42).  For her career, Mowatt finished second in strikeouts.


Jenna Ahnen

Jenna Ahnen -
Infield & Hitting

Jenna Ahnen was a four-year starter at shortstop at UW-La Crosse. She was a WIAC 1st Team All-Conference player in 2009, 2010, & 2011, being named “Player of the Year” in 2010 and 2011. She was only the second player in conference history to receive that honor.
She was an NCAA DIII All-American shortstop in 2011.

Guest Instructor

Caitlin Lowe

Caitlyn Lowe- Hitting & Slapping

The best slap-hitter in the game, Caitlin is another member of the Womens U.S. Olympic and World Cup teams. Playing for the University of Arizona, She was a four-time NCAA All-American and a 2-time National Champion in 2006 and 2007.  Caitlin currently plays for the USSSA in the National Pro Fastpitch League.



Todd Gardner

Todd Gardner- Catching, Outfield, & Hitting

A former collegiate baseball player, Todd is another one of our fine instructors for catching, hitting, and outfield. He also works with outfielders and with hitting in our summer camps and lessons.

Guest Instructor

John Becker

John Becker- Hitting & Catching

Inducted into the International Softball Congress (ISC) Softball Hall of Fame, John was also inducted into the Wisconsin Amateur Softball Association (ASA) Softball Hall of Fame as a catcher, outfielder, and manager. John excelled as a fastpitch player from 1978 to 1996 before becoming a manager, managing his Wisconsin men’s team to the ISC World Championship in 2005 and 2006, and was part of seven WASA state championship teams. He was an All-World catcher for the 1994 ISC World Champions and an All-American in 1995. He served as the head coach of the 2000 U.S. Men’s National Team. Overall, John’s coaching record is 551 wins against only 79 losses.

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