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Coach Lisa: Owner/Founder
Coach Lisa is the owner and founder of Challenge U. Softball® and The National C.U.D.I.T.® (Challenge U. Drill Interval Training) Concentric Hitting Coach Certification Program. Coach started her journey back in 2006 after graduating from Ramapo College where she was clean-up all four years and starting catcher. A four-time NJAC All-Conference performer, Lisa was the team's star catcher hailing from Dumont High School. Coach Lisa hit over .340 all four years of her collegiate career and was named to the NCAA East Region Team, NCAA 1st Team All Conference multiple years, Coaches Award recipient, and NCAA Honorable Mention recipient. In the NCAA World Series, Coach Lisa was the first player to hit a home-run over the fence proving that her leadership is part of her character.
Upon graduation, Coach decided to follow her passion for teaching the game to others. She went on to coach softball at Division One FDU and Division Three Drew University. Although she loved coaching her teams, she had a true calling for private one on one instruction. Her ability to positively influence each athlete in every hitting, fielding, and catching lesson drove her to quit her corporate job and start her first outdoor softball instruction business, Mobile Softball Training (MST) in 2007.
MST was an outdoor based softball training company in which Coach would travel throughout the tri-state area to train softball athletes on their home turf defensively and offensively. Coach built up a reputation for mentally and physically transforming each athlete that she worked with. After four years of hard work and dedication, Coach Lisa's clientele had built to a strong and steady base. In 2011, she took the chance to open her own facility: Challenge U. Softball®. Today Challenge U. Softball® trains an average of 8-10k softball athletes per year in private lessons and large camps.
Coach Lisa is dedicated to continually learn and give back. In 2015 she embarked on a mission to study the science of the swing while teaching others nationwide how to create a profession from their passion of instruction. After a two year journey, Coach launched the National C.U.D.I.T.® Concentric Hitting Coach Certification and Business Development Program that now has coaches certified in eight states. Her mission is to teach private lesson coaches how to train the mental part of the game with the highest level of mechanic drill training while making their passion into a profession. Also, Coach Lisa is a national speaker on self-confidence and living life on purpose. She has been a keynote speaker at various events including Coaching Conventions, Athletic Programs, and was the featured University of Delaware Speaker of the Month. Check out her website here.
Why pursue this you ask? Coach is a strong believer that everyone should love what they do for a living and wanted to show them how.
For a limited time, Coach Lisa is back to giving private one on one lessons at her home base: Challenge U. Softball®. Book your lesson with Coach Lisa today and be ready to WORK.
Coach Ashley was a stand out four batter and catcher at Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford NJ eventually heading to Kean University. Throughout her playing years, Coach Ashley's hitting and catching instructor was Coach Lisa. Now, Coach Ashley replicates her former instructor's mental training, hitting mechanic training, and catching training to all of her athletes at Challenge U. Softball®.
Coach's softball career was one word: consistent. She stood out with her ability to lead others, vocal motivation, tenacity, and playing performance being captain of her team. Coach Ashley was an elite catcher and powerhouse hitter making her First Team numerous times. Coach Ashley's passion for the game didn't end during the summer months. She continued to play on an elite club softball team, The Belles, where she won 3 Championship Titles.
Coach Ashley 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!
With her degree in Health and Physical Education, she enjoys teaching students the importance of having a healthy and active lifestyle while making a difference in all of her students lives. For the past few years, Coach has volunteered her time as a Varsity Coach at Becton Regional to give back to those that have guided her along the way. When booking your hitting, catching, or fielding lesson with Coach Ashley, be ready to bring a strong work ethic, open mind, and positive attitude! Book your lesson and request Coach Ashley here!
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 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 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 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!
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