DSA Spring 2018 Coaches
13U – Darren Franke - Gold
Coach Darren started coaching Fastpitch softball in Spring of 2015. This game is vastly different from baseball and when coaching his girls, he focuses on developing the fundamental skills so as they grow they have a solid foundation to achieve success. As an international instructor in leadership, Coach Darren includes leadership development when working with his athletes. He primarily uses positive reinforcement as it is proven superior in developing life long skills.
13U - Richard Carr and Mike Thoma - Green
Coach Rich Coach Mike together have 10 years of coaching experience. They have been involved in fastpitch softball for the past several years. In addition to being good friends, they create a great balance of encouragement and intensity on and off the field.
13U - Michael Curtis - White
Coach Mike has coached softball for many years at both the rec and travel level. He is excited to be coaching again this spring and looks forward to a great spring season!
10U – James Hardin - Green
"I believe in teaching kids how to play their sport the correct way, starting with the basic
fundamentals and working all the way up through advanced techniques. One of my major goals
when coaching is to prepare the kids for the next level of play and ensure that they have a strong
foundation to build off of while also teaching them the value of hard work, teamwork and pride.
Hard work and dedication should be shown at all levels as age appropriate. Overall, I aim to
ensure that the kids are having fun while becoming a better athlete in their sport and that they are
getting better with every practice."
10U – Matt Ruffner - Gold
Coach Matt is returning this fall for his 11th season with DSA, and his 4th season coaching softball. He has coached at the 10U level for 3 seasons and is excited about another fun season.
8U – Katie Wilberding - Green
Katie is excited to take the lead as a strong female coach along with the assist of her husband, Jim. Katie not only has experience playing competitive softball, together they have 7+ years of coaching experience.
8U – Ryan Graves - Gold
Ryan is thrilled to join the softball coaching staff after coaching tball for DSA for the past two years. He currently serves as an assistant principal, taught physical education at the elementary level and was a HS wrestling coach for the 13 years.
8U – Brittany Marshall - White
Coach Brittany was not only a three sport athlete through high school; including softball, she has experience coaching as well. Effective communication, organization and the ability to motivate are the attributes for which she takes the most pride.