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.
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.
Brittany Knight played five years of Division 1 softball at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a both a pitcher and hitter. She is a four year letter winner, ACC Pitcher of the week, ranked 4th all time in appearances in Pitt history, and was part of the ACC Coastal Division Champions in 2018. She has been giving lessons in her primary location in Pittsburgh and enjoys teaching girls of all skill levels about pitching fundamentals, spin, and being competitive.
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.
Abby began her softball career by following her big sister all around the country to watch her play. Then, when it was her turn to play she played 10 years of competitive softball, including a state championship. Abby's dream was to one day coach her daughters, but she ended up with three boys, who are all now in travel baseball. Abby is passionate about helping beginner pitchers get started. She started giving private lessons to first year softball players in the community where she quickly realized there are very few resources for beginning pitchers. Abby has coached youth baseball and youth basketball in her community and hopes to continue to make a difference for young athletes. Abby also serves on her local youth baseball board.