Steve Gambone

Softball Hitting Instruction

Steve’s approach to hitting has helped dozens of his students go on to play at the Division I level.  As a coach, he is one of the most successful in the state of Ohio. As coach of the Ohio Lasers Red, Steve became the first Ohio coach to win a national championship. Steve has also coached at Canton Central Catholic High School and Notre Dame College in Cleveland. Both of Steve’s daughters played at the Division I level: Lauren for the University of Buffalo and Caitlyn for the University of Akron. Steve has taught hitting at Diamond Dreams since 2015. #SteaksforSteve!

 

Kirstie Saunders

Softball Pitching Instruction

Kirstie was a three-year letterman in softball, pitching for Pickerington North High School and Fairfield Christian Academy in the Columbus area. Kirstie was an all-state selection her senior year at Fairfield Christian Academy and went on to pitch and play outfield at Marietta College where she was named an All-American Scholar Athlete. After college, Kirstie served as a private pitching coach for nine years in Central Ohio before moving to Stark County three years ago. Kirstie teaches third grade at Walker Elementary School in the Canton Local District and continues to instruct and coach the game she loves.

 

Jill Williams

Softball Instruction

Jill was a captain and four-year letter winner at the University of Akron. She went on to be an assistant coach at her alma mater where the Zips finished as National Runners-Up. Jill has coached thirty years at the high school level and has won Coach of the Year awards in the Eastern District, IVC & the PAC-7. She also coached the ASA 18u State Champion Royals and spent time helping to run the Akron Racers. Jill belongs to the OHSAA Softball Coaches, Stark County Softball & Summit County Softball Halls of Fame. She was named a 2012 Most Influential Person in Women’s Sports. Diamond Dreams is proud to have a coach and instructor of Jill's caliber in our midst. 

 

Traci Alcorn

Softball Instruction

Traci was a two-time All-American softball player at the University of Akron. During her playing career, the Zips were National Runners-Up twice. Traci has spent 20 years as the Varsity Softball Coach at Tuslaw High School. She was inducted into both the Stark and Summit County Softball Halls of Fame, quite a prestigious honor. Traci is a highly experienced instructor and coach at all levels of the game. Diamond Dreams is pleased to have Traci teach and instruct at our facility; her specialty is hitting and infield instruction.

 

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