Coach Jill beat out dozens of applicants to become an instructor at Challenge U. Softball® due to her vocal motivation, leadership, determination, knowledge, continual desire to master her craft, passion to help younger athletes mentally and mechanically, kindheartedness, and love for the game. She is an outgoing, strong, positive, caring leader that continues to train directly under Coach Lisa becoming a Certified C.U.D.I.T.® Concentric Hitting Coach! Book your lesson and request Coach Jill here!
Coach Melissa Phelan is the epitome of hard work, dedication, mental strength, focus, and passion for the game. Coach Mel has been a standout athlete from her high school days throughout her collegiate NCAA Division 1 years. Coach has broken multiple records while hailing at Saddle Brook High School including the home run record while being a four year letter winner. She was named first-team All-League from 2009-12, named first-team All-County from 2011-12, named first-team All-Area North Jersey and first-team All-State (Group 1) in 2012. She led her team to a 25-8 record as a senior, while hitting 13 home runs and posting a .572 batting average
In her senior year of high school, Coach tied in leading the state of NJ in home runs. Her focus and dedication during every practice, training session, and game allowed her to become one of the most popular softball athletes to come out of the state of NJ. Coach Mel trained endlessly teenage to adult years with the owner/founder of Challenge U. Softball®, Coach Lisa.
Coach went on to play NCAA softball at Division 1, Stony Brook. During her years at Stony Brook, Coach made a name for herself. Her freshman year, Stony Brook won their conference and played in NCAA Regional at the University of Missouri (6th in the nation at that time). After that, the following two years SBUSB was the regular season champions, yet lost in the conference final. During her senior year, Coach showed her determination to the game when suffering from a broken hand. She came back dedicated to finish her season with a bang and that she did.
“As a coach at Challenge U. I want girls to develop an aspect of their game of taking the small achievements as big wins. We play in a sport of failure, so if girls can take the little victories from the game, such as getting an 8 pitch at bat, it will allow them to continue to better their game as well as enjoy the sport for longevity.”
Coach Mel specializes in small ball, slapping, hitting, fielding, and catching. She has completed her C.U.D.I.T.® certification and V.B.S. system training and is one of the most well-respected former players in the Tri-State!
Coach Liz is the example of a passionate, confident, strong vocal leader on the field and at Challenge U. Softball®. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for the game is contagious in every lesson and training camp that Coach holds. Her passion for softball and for helping younger athletes advance to the next level is undeniable. Coach Liz embodies hard work, determination, and team work. She specializes in hitting, fielding, catching, and training camp directing. Coach has completed her C.U.D.I.T.® certification, V.B.S. system training, and is one of the most well-respected former players in the area.
Some of Coach Liz's awards include: Passaic Valley High School [2009-2012] 4 YEAR VARSITY STARTER, SENIOR YEAR CAPTAIN; 1ST TEAM ALL COUNTY; 1ST TEAM ALL LEAGUE. Coach Liz was also a 4 year varsity starter in both basketball and soccer. Coach is no stranger to heart and will-power.
After High school, Coach Liz went on to play at William Paterson University while maintaining a high GPA and making the Dean's List Honor roll. Her love for teaching younger athletes led her back to the Hornets as an assistant varsity coach at Passaic Valley High School, while also helping out her local travel team Tri-Boro Sting. Coach Liz dominated the field as an infielder, catcher, and strong consistent and confident hitter. Coach has been featured as a softball drill coach on "The Coaches Insider" reaching 70K athletes worldwide. Be sure to bring your FOCUS, PASSION and DETERMINATION when training with Coach Liz.
Coach Jackie is a former standout pitcher and now standout pitching coach at Challenge U. Softball. She is an example of strength, determination, and leadership. Her ability to drive her pitchers to stay focused, motivated, and confident on the mound is visible through all athletes that she works with.
Coach Jackie is not only an amazing pitching coach. She also has a great history in the fast-pitch game! Coach grew up Hallstead, PA. and attended Blue Ridge HS where she was an elite three sport athlete in softball, soccer, and basketball. She was a Varsity athlete for all three sports since freshman year. Her passion and skills in the game led her to play NCAA Softball at Penn State Hazleton where she stood out on the mound and at 1st base.
Coach Jackie's ability to connect with her athletes at Challenge U. is what has led her to become one of the most requested pitching coaches in the area. She trains the mental game with the C.U.D.I.T. VBS System and the physical game with elite C.U.D.I.T. Drill Interval Training to instill the highest form of muscle memory mechanic training. Coach Jackie still enjoys the game so do not be surprised if she jumps in to demo the mechanic desired with you!
"As a coach and mentor, I strive to instill GRIT in all of my pitchers. I am a firm believer that excuses are null and void. I am here to help achieve any goal, on and off the field but it comes with dedication, accountability, and hard work. Be ready to bring your A game and positive attitude when you come in to train with me!"- Coach Jackie
Coach Ally V.
Coach Ally V. is the prime example of a former NCAA top softball player and now an elite certified C.U.D.I.T.® Concentric Hitting Coach at Challenge U. Softball®. Due to her motivation, knowledge, passion, and work ethic she has become one of the most requested catching and hitting coaches at C.U.
Coach Ally was a right-handed catcher that helped IHA rank No. 2 in the state with a 31-2 record. She was named to the Max Preps 2013 All-American team, was second team NFCA All-North East Region as a junior for IHA, and was a three-time first team All-County athlete in 2011,2012,2013. In 2013 Coach Ally was an All-State standout Catcher. In true standout fashion, Coach's 100th career hit was a home run. In 2012, she helped Immaculate Heart to a perfect 32-0 record and their second state championship in the past four years during her junior campaign. Total record career at IHA was 115-15 which is the most started games.
Coach Ally continued her career at Fordham University. Fordham University softball is 5 time defending Atlantic 10 champion with NCAA regional appearances. She caught all 63 games her senior season. With mental toughness being Coach's driving force, in her senior year tournament she tore her thumb and played through it for 7 games. Coach Ally strives to instill mental toughness in her athletes at C.U.
One of the most knowledgeable players in the game, Coach Ally is excellent at conveying the most elite information to her students as young as 7 and as old at 19. Every player that trains with Coach improves mentally and physically. Coach Ally became C.U.D.I.T.® and V.B.S. System Certified in 2016. Be sure to bring your HUSTLE, FOCUS, and DEDICATION when training with C.U.D.I.T.® Coach Ally V.
Coach Laurie is a true definition of the all-around athlete with a passion for the game. Coach excelled in softball throughout her fast pitch career. Being a top leader at Emerson, Coach is described by all as: hard-working, dedicated, and focused. Coach Laurie excelled as a premier short stop/utility and consistent hitter.
Being an all-around top notch athlete, Coach is the winner of twelve varsity letters in soccer, basketball and softball. She excelled at shortstop, center-field, and catching but more importantly she was a smart player and aggressive leader. Being one of the more aggressive players on the field, Coach held a record high of all-time base steals in her program. Just some awards include: BCLS Olympic 1st Team Softball Selection; 2006 Bergen Country Coaches Association 3rd Team Softball selection.
Not only is Coach Laurie an amazing athlete, she is tremendous at working with athletes. Full time, Coach is a dedicated Physical Education Teacher, hoping to encourage all of her students to find a physical activity that they are passionate about. Coach Laurie was the JV softball coach at St. Mary's for two years. In being a part of the Challenge U. Softball staff, Coach has created top-notch athletes throughout her career. She has been featured as a softball drill video tutorial coach alongside LSU and OSU on the nationwide Coaches Insider newsletter! Coach has completed her C.U.D.I.T.® certification, V.B.S. system training and is one of the top C.U. training camp directors. Be ready to bring your A-GAME when working with Coach Laurie!