Teams / Coaches

DSA Fall 2018 Coaches

18U – Randy Schmitz - Green

Randy has been coaching softball for six seasons and has been an assistant coach for his daughter's travel team.  He has also played center field for his co-ed's softball team for the past 13 years.  Randy's coaching style reflects building self confidence, enhancing skillsets, executing situational play and promoting good sportsmanship. This is Randy's first season coaching at the High School level and he is excited to represent Damascus.

13U – Darren Franke - Gold

Coach Darren has remained one of our strong coaches in our program and we are happy to have him back. 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 – Matt Ruffner - Green

Coach Matt is returning this fall for his 12th season with DSA, and his 5th season coaching softball. He has coached at the 10U level for 4 seasons and is excited about the jump to the 13U level as his daugher has moved up!

10U – Dominick Cammuso - Green

Coach Dominick is stepping into the head coaching role after asssiting on our select Yellow Jackets team this past spring where his older daugher played. He has also been an assistant coach for 10U the previous two seasons as well. He has 35 years of experience playing sports himself and is ready to lead his team. He prioritizes teaching the kids to play the game correctly, teaching sportsmanship, making sure the kids have fun and to be successful to win. 

8U – Ryan Graves - Gold

Ryan is back with softball after a successful spring season. He was thrilled to join the softball this past spring's 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 – Eve Remaley - Green

Coach Eve is excited to join us as a head coach this season after being a huge asset to one of our 8U teams as an assitant last spring. Coach Eve has been working with kids in Damascus for the past 2.5 years and counting. She herself is an active athlete and is excited for the oppoirtunity to share that with her team. Her coaching philosophy is first and foremost to be encouraging. To always have positive feedback and support the girls in their efforts. To always find the good in every situation and encourage the girls to be brave. Uplifting is very important to her as well. No negativity is allowed! 

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. 

 

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