OUR SOFTBALL STAFF

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University of Minnesota

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2017 - Present

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ERIKA SMYTH

DIRECTOR OF SOFTBALL OPERATIONS

Head of Hitting & Defensive Instruction

Erika found her home at Starters Sports Training as a club coach and instructor upon our Softball Department's creation in 2017.  She is currently our Director of Softball at Starters Sports Training and the Minnesota Starters Softball Department as well as a member of the board at Starters Sports Training.  Erika has over a decade of coaching and instruction experience and is the Head of Hitting & Defensive Instruction.  Erika conducts our High Performance programs, College Offseason programs, personal lessons, and camps and clinics at Starters Sports Training.

A Washington state native, Erika was recruited by former Gopher Softball Head Coach Jessica Allister, and signed her NLI to play softball at the University of Minnesota where she was a four-year letter winner.  Erika was a part of the historic class of 2015 that took Gopher Softball to their first Regional appearance in 10 years in 2013, first Big Ten Championship in 15 years in 2014, and the Gophers' first ever Regional Championship and Super Regional appearance in history in 2014.  She ended her career having started 110 games at second base and posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in 2014.  She is the first and only player in Gopher Softball history to win back-to-back Teammate of the Year awards in 2014 and 2015 – the only award voted on by the players. Erika graduated in 2015 with her Bachelors in Business and Marketing and was a three-time Academic All Big Ten Award winner.  As a Minnesota Starters coach, Erika has coached her teams to various championships in our short existence.  None bigger than the 2019 Colorado Sparkler Championship, the Nation's biggest youth softball tournament.  Erika now coaches teams at all age levels from 10U - 18U.  Erika can also be heard as one of the voices for Gopher Softball as she is the NCAA softball color commentator for Gopher Softball home games on Big Ten Network+ and also had the opportunity to work alongside Mike Grimm to call the Gopher Softball games at the Women's College World Series on KFAN radio in Oklahoma City.

Erika was recently named the Prior Lake High School varsity head coach and will take over the Lakers Softball program the Spring of 2022.

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University of Northern Iowa

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2019 - Present

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BROOKE OTTERSTATTER

CLUB SOFTBALL COORDINATOR

Co-Head of Pitching Instruction 

Brooke is an Iowa native, who graduated from Columbus Catholic High School in 2015. After high school Brooke attended the University of Northern Iowa where she was named a team captain for three of her four years. In her junior season, she appeared in 32 games in the circle, making 25 starts.  Set a career-high in innings with 155, more than her first two seasons combined.  Won 14 games while striking out 74 batters. Pitched 12 complete games, four of which were shutouts. Had a 2.98 era over the course of the season. Struck out a career-high nine batters against NCAT. Tossed a two-hit shutout against NCAT. Led the Panthers in wins, strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games. During her senior season she appeared in 25 games in the circle for the Panthers. Pitching 69.2 innings going 5-4 with two saves. Threw seven innings in her second win of the season, walking two batters with three strikeouts..pitched three innings for her third victory of the season against Indiana State.  Recorded four innings in a 11-3 victory over Valparaiso. While at UNI, Brooke was introduced to a new pitching tool called Rapsodo. During her senior season, she worked with the program throughout the year where she was able to track her velocity, spin efficiency and overall help her continue to excel as a pitcher. 

Brooke has had her hand in coaching all age levels from 10U - 18U. She is the head of Pitching Instruction as well as all of Female Strength & Development.  Brooke is additionally our Club Softball Coordinator and handles all Minnesota Starters club softball day-to-day operations.

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University of Connecticut

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2018 - Present

MARYBETH OLSON

DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Co-Head of Pitching Instruction & Female Strength and Development

Marybeth is a graduate of Chanhassen High School in 2017. In high school she was named captain of her basketball and softball teams, Gatorade Softball Player of the year, Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year and a state champion. Marybeth is currently a senior at the University of Connecticut where she is continuing her softball career and pursuing a degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Nutrition. She has a 2.21 career ERA, 299 strikeouts in 266 innings pitched. She went 10-0 with a 1.46 ERA before COVID cut their season short. She has 2 career no-hitters and a career high of 14 strikeouts against #24 ranked JMU. Marybeth has 5 years of coaching club ball and is currently in year four with Starters.

Marybeth is pursuing her CSCS and will be working directly with softball athletes within our Minnesota Starters program and at Starters Sports Training.  Although she specializes in pitching, Marybeth will be vital in educating all instructors for all specialties on biomechanics/body movement patterns.

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University of Minnesota - Duluth

HANNAH SCHMOLL

Hitting, Slapping & Outfield Instructor

Hannah graduated from Grand Rapids High School in 2014 playing softball, hockey, and soccer. After High School, she continued her collegiate softball career at the University of Minnesota Duluth majoring in Psychology and minor in Public Health Education and Promotions. She was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs with career batting average of 0.386, 150 career stolen bases. She found much success at UMD, being named: All-NSIC First Team (2015, 2018) All-NSIC Second Team (2016, 2017) All-Central Region team (2015, 2018), NSIC Gold Glove (2017,2018) 2018 Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association All-American second team (2018). She helped lead the Bulldogs to 2 NCAA tournament berths, 2018 helped the Bulldogs make the Super Regional tournament, the furthest a UMD team has ever been.

Hannah is the head coach of our 18U MN Starters - National team and is the Assistant Coach for our 10U Winter Development Team. 

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Crown College

DANI ALVARADO

Catching & Hitting Instructor

Dani is from Tucson, Arizona where she attended Pueblo Magnet High School.  In high school, she was a four year starter on varsity and a captain for her high school team.  She played competitive club softball all over the southwest for 15 years and was named to the 2012 Latin Pan-American Team in her sophomore year of high school.  Dani went on to play college softball at the Division III level at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.  She was a catcher and outfielder during her time with Crown.  She received her Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design during her time there and is now a Web Designer for ECreative in St. Louis Park, MN.  Currently she is helping create and develop a program for all of the Starters Catchers in our softball program.

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Crown College

LIS KING

Pitching & Hitting Instructor

Lis is from Buffalo, Minnesota where she attended and played softball for Buffalo High School. During her two years as a Varsity starter, she achieved 2 All-Conference mentions. Lis’ offense her senior season helped the Bison to the program’s 1st appearance in the High School State Tournament. 

She continued her education and softball career at Crown College in Saint Bonifacious, Minnesota. She pursued a degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She was a Pitcher and First Basemen for the Crown College Storm. Within the 3 years she played for the Storm, She pitched 404.4 innings with 195 strikeouts. She also lead the Storm with 104 career hits, 23 career home-runs, and 78 career RBI’s. With a record breaking junior season, she was awarded the 2018 UMAC Player of the Year,  2018 All-Conference First Team Selection, and was listed on the NFCA All-Midwest 3rd Team. She currently holds over 20 Softball Records for the Storm, while also maintaining 1 Conference Record for the Most Single Season Home-runs.  

Post college, Lis found her way back into the softball community as a Coach. She currently coaches at Orono High School as an Assistant Varsity Coach, and at Starters Sports Training, as an instructor and coach. She is also a Co-Head Coach of our 14U MN Starters- Black team. 

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MISSY LOOMIS

Pitching Instructor

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University of St. Thomas

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University of Minnesota - Duluth

KATE MOHR

Catching & Hitting Instructor

Kate is from Farmington, Minnesota where she attended Farmington High School and played in the South Suburban conference. In high school Kate played both basketball and softball. She is currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She is pursuing a career in biology while continuing to play softball for the Bulldogs. Kate is a catcher, outfielder or a corner. Not only does Kate enjoy the physical aspect of the game, but she is passionate about the mental side as well.

Kate is additionally our 14U Minnesota Starters - '08 head coach.

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Bemidji State University

ASHLEY HEROLD

Hitting Instructor

Ashley is a Shakopee High School graduate. She was a four time letter winner in both softball and basketball. Ashley is currently in her second year at Bemidji State. One of four Beavers to appear in all 22 games before the 2020 season was shortened due to COVID-19... Posted a .200 batting average with 10 hits in 50 at-bats... Recorded two doubles, six RBI and scored seven runs... Stole one base... Led the team with 136 putouts and posted a .986 fielding percentage.

Ashley is additionally our 14U MN Starters - Gold assistant coach.

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MORGAN BENEDICT

Hitting & Catching Instructor

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Bemidji State University

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TORI WIETGREFE

Hitting Instructor

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SYDNEY SCHWARTZ

Pitching & Hitting Instructor

Sydney is a senior at Chanhassen High School and is continuing her softball and academic career at the University of Minnesota.  For the 2021 high school season, she was named the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year, First-Team All-State, and First-Team All-Metro (2019, 2021), All-Section, and All-Conference.  Last season Sydney posted a .567 batting average with 11 homeruns.  She also posted a 21-2 record with 153 innings pitched and 295 strikeouts with only 26 walks.  She has been coaching & instructing pitching and hitting for 2+ years.

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University of Minnesota

MINNESOTA STARTERS CLUB COACHING STAFF

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MICHELLE SEIGER

Club Softball Coach

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Minnesota State University - Mankato

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TONY JACOBSON

Club Softball Coach

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South Dakota State University

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TIM HOLZHUETER

Club Softball Coach

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University of Wisconsin - Stout

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MICHAEL CASALENDA

Club Softball Coach