Amie OBrien is the owner of Leffew Fastpitch and has been instructing pitchers for over 12 years. Amie was All Ohio, All American, and still holds state records for Shutouts in a Season, Consecutive Shutouts, Most Strike Outs in a Game, and Perfect Games. Amie is dedicated to the advancement of her students as athletes and young women. Her goal is to have healthy and independent pitchers, and to motivate her students to be the best they can be not just on the field but in life.
Dave Leffew’s fastpitch softball career began in 1977 when he assisted his wife, Suzanne, who was the Head Coach at Keystone High School. He took over as Head Coach in 1980 with the birth of their first child David and was there till 1999. In those 20 years he compiled a record of 428-77 with 6 Final Four Appearances in his last 9 years. He gave Keystone their first State Championship in his last year in 99 with his daughter Amie on the mound, going 33-0!! He is in the Ohio Coaches Hall of Fame and also Keystone High School’s Hall of Fame. In 2003 he joined the Ashland University Softball staff as an assistant coach and was there till he retired in May of 2014.
Dave has instructed some of the top pitchers in the state over the years and continues to help girls of all ages reach their highest level of potential and keep them healthy in the process. He is continually studying the modern techniques of pitching.
HITTING | FIELDING | CATCHING
Sheilah was the head softball coach at Ashland University and retired after her 2017 season going 30-23 as the Head Coach of Ashland University. She had a remarkable career, and is honored in the National Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame! Sheilah has a passion for the athletes success and the science of softball. Sheilah has been coaching hitting since the start of her career in 1987 and takes pride in the successes, big and small of her students.
Hitting | Fielding
Bob Hoiles has been involved with fastpitch softball for nearly 20 years.
He has studied defensive skills with Howard Kobata, professional players and college All-Americans. He studied hitting with college coaches, local instructors and a three-time member of the U.S. Olympic team.
In 2015, Bob coached batters and infielders on the Beverly Bandits DeMarini team that won the ASA USA 18-Gold national championship. He previously served as infield coach for another team that had fifth and seventh place finishes at ASA USA nationals.
His former players and students are currently playing, have played or have been recruited to play at Pac-12, SEC, Big Ten and MAC schools as well as other conferences.
Those students also have played on travel teams that have won two national titles and had more than a dozen top 10 finishes at ASA USA and Premier Girls Fastpitch nationals.
HITTING | PITCHING | CATCHING
Tony Scibelli comes to Leffew Fastpitch after stints as an assistant coach at the University of Akron and Lakeland Community College, where he helped those programs improve their offensive production.
Tony currently is the head coach of the Walsh Jesuit High School softball team. Previously, he was the head coach at Berkshire and Kirtland High School. His overall high school record is 90-23.
Over the years, Tony has coached or been the hitting instructor for players who have gone on to earn 53 All-State honors, and he has former players currently playing in the SEC, Big Ten, ACC, MAC, Horizon League and the Ohio Valley Conference.
In 2017, He earned his Master’s of Education in Sports Science from the University of Akron.
Ryan has many years coaching experience including working with one of the top athlete's in the country, his daughter Maya Johnson, who is a Division 1 signee with the University of Pittsburgh and FLO softball has ranked 42nd in nation among all position players. Ryan coached for the Outlaws organization when his daughter was young and has 10 years experience coaching for Padua Franciscan High School. Ryan is a student of pitching - with a passion for learning the latest techniques and science that makes great pitchers. Ryan has worked along side with Dave and Amie for almost 10 years and is educated in the style and fundamentals we teach at Leffew Fastpitch.
Zoe Beetler started pitching lessons with Elite Instructor Dave Leffew at 10 years of age. Her outstanding career was complimented by exceptional ball movement and spin. Zoe, a senior at Kent State University, had a successful high school career at Amherst Steele and has used the discipline and drive she learned from pitching to focus on her nursing major. Zoe has a deep love for pitching and softball which led her to continue her softball career as a coach. She has been giving lessons for 7 years and coaches a 12U Amherst softball team.
Baseball Pitching | Hitting
Ryan Bliss graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in neuroscience in 2015. While attending Oberlin, Ryan was a three year starter for the Yeomen baseball team. Over the course of his career Ryan hit .323, 120 hits, set the school record for triples in a season (5), earned All NCAC honors (2014), and was an integral part to the Yeomen's 2015 NCAC Championship as he was named to the All NCAC Tournament team for his efforts. After the 2014 season, Ryan was a member of the BEYOND Athletics program that took baseball supplies to Costa Rica and Nicaragua while playing against local competition. In 2017 Ryan joined the Northern District Reds in the SABL (South Australian Baseball League) centered out of Adelaide, South Australia. While in Australia, Ryan won a Capps Medal (League MVP) for the Division 2 team; pitching 10 complete games with 124 strike outs in 88 innings while hitting a team leading .378. Additionally, Ryan led the Division 1 Reds in hitting with a .352 batting average. On top of his duties as a player, Ryan was also the head coach for the Reds 19U team and enjoyed helping the 11U team at practices throughout the week. Ryan is also a CSCS licensed strength coach and an avid believer in Driveline Baseball's philosophies on developing pitching programs and follows the methods/ programs found in their book Hacking the Kinetic Chain.
HITTING | CATCHING
Gabrielle Fredericks played four years of Division 1 softball: 1 Year at The University of Akron and 3 years in the ACC at The University of Pittsburgh where she was both a catcher and first baseman. As a freshman, she was named to the all MAC Tournament Team and was a starter on the first Pitt team to win the ACC Coastal Division in 2018. She has been giving lessons in her hometown since highschool and would love to share her knowledge and love for the game of softball.