Coaches

Catching / Hitting Coach – Jasmyn Hendricks

Jasmyn started playing softball at the age of 5 for the Westmont Park District, and played in house until she was 12. Jasmyn then joined her first travel team, the Westmont Phillies. Jasmyn was the starting catcher on her team from the age of 10. After 2 years with the Phillies, Jasmyn joined the Downers Grove Outlaws and caught for them for 5 years. Jasmyn also played 18 & Over ball with the Aurora Raiders for 3 years.

Jasmyn was a 3 year Varsity starter at Hinsdale South High School. Jasmyn was accepted at Quincy University and was a 4 year D-2 starter for the Lady Hawks. Jasmyn led the GLVC in throwing runners out at 2nd 3 years in a row and earned 2nd Team All Conference and All Region honors. Jasmyn also held school records for homeruns per season and career.

Head Coach – Kassi Gaylord

Kassi Gaylord started playing softball at the age of 8 for Central District Girls Softball’s in house league. She then moved onto multiple travel teams including Wasco Diamonds, St. Charles Comets, Northern Ice, and the Hawks. Throughout her years of softball, she played pitcher, catcher, third base, first base, and outfield.

Kassi was a four-year varsity player at Burlington Central High School.  While at Central, she received All-Conference, and All-Area awards. Kassi is currently attending Elgin Community College. She is also the starting pitcher for the softball team. When she is not pitching she is playing the outfield. Kassi plans to attend a four-year college where she wishes to play softball and receive her Doctorate in Pediatric Occupational Therapy.

Head Coach – Bob Schmitt

Bob Schmitt is the founder of the Elgin Impact and brings 7 years of softball coaching experience to the organization.   Most of Bob’s experience was gained working in the well-known and respected Wasco program along with many coach’s clinics and camps.  Now with Elgin Impact’s inaugural year completed, Bob continues to build his coaching skills by working with coaching mentors like Wade Maisto and attending camps, and coaching conferences.

Bob works very well with players and is an avid supporter of multi sport athletes as he has also coached 3 years of youth football and youth baseball.  Most recently Bob has been coaching high school age softball players and is the head coach of the 16U Impact team. 

 

Fitness Coach – Matt Smith

Over the past seven years he has trained many competitive athletes, working hard to help them excel in their sport. Through strength, conditioning, speed and agility training, Matt has helped lead many athletes to their goal of Division I success.

Matt’s unique training style is reflected through the individualized workouts he creates for each athlete. His positive attitude and encouragement drives clients to work to their full potential! Matt emphasizes each client’s strengths while motivating them to work on their areas of improvement. He prides himself in learning new and advanced training strategies which keeps his techniques relevant and up-to-date. In turn, he pushes his athletes to the MAX, helping them to excel in their sport.

Head Coach – Marc Mylott

Marc Mylott heads the 14U team and brings 6 years of softball coaching experience to the organization. Most of Marc’s softball experience comes from time spent in the highly touted Wasco Fastpitch Softball program, where teams he coached won four championships. Marc also spent 2 seasons as an assistant coach with their 12U all-star team, the Wasco Warriors. His particular areas of technical expertise include hitting, catching, and outfield, but, equally important, he works hard to ensure his players function well as team, emphasizing unity, loyalty, and respect. Marc has also coached youth baseball and basketball. Marc played 4 years of high school baseball in Central Illinois, where he was a two-time member of the all-conference team and, for several years, he held his school record for most stolen bases in a season.

Head Coach – Taylor Ford 

Taylor started off playing T-ball and played baseball until about 9 before switching over to softball. Taylor played for the Bartlett Silver Hawks, DuPage Diamond Dawgs, and Northern Illinois Lightening giving her plenty of travel experience. In high school, Taylor played on varsity for 3 years for South Elgin High School and was a two sport athlete all through high school. (softball and basketball) 

Taylor currently plays softball at Elgin Community College. She has played every position throughout the years with her current focus at shortstop. After ECC Taylor hopes to transfer to a four year university to study Elementary Education.  

Coach – Joe Powell

Joe Powell is a coach on the 16U team and brings 5+ years of softball coaching experience along with 25+ years of playing in different slow pitch leagues around Chicago and western Pennsylvania. Most of Joe’s coaching experience comes from time spent in the respected Wasco Fastpitch Softball program, where the teams he coached made multiple championship appearances. Joe is committed to continuous improvement with himself and his players and he continues to attend clinics to enhance his skills as a coach.  He encourages his players to excel academically while competing as multi sport athletes. Joe uses a positive coaching approach to create a true team atmosphere and get the most from his players and he works hard to instill respect for the game and work ethic in his players.  Joe was a multi sport athlete and played volleyball, baseball, and soccer.  Joe is also an active volunteer for Special Olympics and is a coach for the D303 United Special Olympics track and bowling teams.

Coach – Kate Petersbur 

Kate Peterburs started playing softball at age 5 with the St. Charles in house League. At age 8 she moved onto playing travel ball for Coach William Morrow on the Wasco Diamonds. Kate played for the Diamonds until she was 18 years old. Throughout her years of softball, she played catcher, outfield, first base, and third base. 

Kate was a three-year varsity softball player at St. Charles East High School. While at St. Charles East Kate finished on 1st Team All American her junior and senior year. 1st Team All Area her junior and senior year. She earned Defensive Player of the Year in conference her junior year. 2nd Team All State her junior and senior year. In 2013, her High School team finished 2nd in state. Kate also attended Elgin Community College for a year and received 1st Team All American and NJCAA Freshman of the year. Kate is now attending Judson University as the starting third baseman. Kate is studying Communications with a minor in English and a focus on Literature.

 

Pitching Coach(es) – Local Area Coaches 

We utilize a number of different pitching coaches in the area. Each season we identify 1-2 pitching coaches that work best for our program needs. Each year our program will differ based on styles and quantities of pitchers in our program. For the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 season, we have been working with Erica Maisto as a pitching instructor.  She is also the Central High School Varsity Coach located in Burlington. 

 

Coach – Hannah McDowell

Hannah McDowell has played the game for 11 years starting at the age of 9. She went on to play travel ball with the cyclones at age 12. At age 14 she started right field for her High School varsity team winning multiple conference titles. At age 15 Hannah then shifted to third base and center field for the rest of her High School career as a Eupora Eagle in Mississippi. After multiple collegiate offers, she decided to stay an Eagle at Judson University in Elgin, IL. Hannah plays center field for the Judson Eagles and has an average over arm throwing speeds of 67-69 mph. With a home to first time of 2.47.