Elite Instructor - Pitching
Amie OBrien is the owner of Leffew Fastpitch and has been instructing pitchers for over 10 years. Amie is the daughter and student of Dave Leffew, one of the most winning fastpitch softball coaches in the state of Ohio. As a young athlete she led the Keystone Wildcats to their first State Championship and had an incredible overall high school record of 50 - 7 going undefeated her senior year. All Ohio, All American, and after taking a year off continued her career at Miami University for a season before deciding to change her focus. Amie 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 for Leffew Fastpitch to have the most advanced and up to date instruction available, 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.
Elite Instructor - Pitching
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 been instructed some of the top pitchers in the state over the years and continues to help girls of all ages to reach their highest level of potential and to keep them healthy in the process. He is continually studying the modern techniques of pitching. Today he is still active doing lessons in his home and at Leffew Fastpitch.
Elite Instructor - Hitting, Fielding, Mental Game, Clinician
We are pleased to welcome Sheilah to the Leffew Fastpitch team!
Sheilah retired after her 2017 season going 30-23 as the Head Coach of Ashland University. She had a remarkable career!
At Ashland, she was the program's career leader in victories and obtained over 900 wins after the completion of the 2017 season. The 2016 campaign saw Gulas and the Eagles finish fifth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season, but as the runner-up in the GLIAC Tournament. In 2015, Ashland made the NCAA postseason for the seventh season in a row, and finished with a 39-10 record, its best mark in 17 seasons. Under Gulas, the Eagles have never experienced a losing season. In 2011 AU finished second in the nation in fielding percentage. Gulas was named the GLIAC coach of the year in 2009 and 2010. That award is selected by the league coaches. She's guided teams to the NCAA playoffs 12 times, won 40-plus games in a season five times, enjoyed 11 years of 30 or more wins and her teams have claimed five GLIAC regular-season titles and three GLIAC tournament crowns.
Throughout her career, Gulas has been active on the national level. She's served on a wide range of NCAA committees, and from 1990-95, was the chairperson for Division III on the NCAA softball sport committee. Gulas served as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association First Vice-President from 2001-05. In 2007, when Ashland hosted the NCAA Division II national championships in Akron, Ohio, Gulas played a lead role in the planning and direction of that event.
Premium Instructor - Pitching
Mackenzie Conrad played four years of college softball; 2 years at the University of Akron and then finished her career at Coastal Carolina University. She played all four years as a pitcher, first baseman, and hit in the lineup as well. Mackenzie graduated from Coastal Carolina with a degree in Exercise Science and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology at The University of Akron. She started taking pitching lessons with the Leffew's at age 8 and has been teaching lessons since she was 16 years old. She also trains athletes and people of all ages with her background in exercise to improve strength, endurance, flexibility and overall well-being.
Elite Instructor - 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.
Premium Instructor - Pitching
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 5 years and coaches a 12U Amherst softball team. Zoe is now available for pitching lessons on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays.
Premium Instrucotr - 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.