Why choose the Lookouts Fastpitch organization?
The Lookouts Fastpitch organization is dedicated to helping girl’s and their families to achieve their softball and life goals. We do this by providing extensive internal and external support by way of highly professional training for players and coaches, player mentoring with current and former college softball players, and the support families need throughout their softball journey. It is always our goal to play the most competitive softball we can.
DEFENSE AND ATTITUDE WIN GAMES!!!
The Lookouts Fastpitch Softball Organization was established to provide opportunities for players of any age and skill level by offering multiple tiers for different levels of competitiveness. Each tier and each team will have access to an facilities and staff that will aid in furthering individual and player development.
Players and coaches will represent themselves with class and leadership on and off the field. We will emphasize sportsmanship, character, and a respect for the game. Most importantly, each player will have the opportunity to mature and grow as a part of the Lady Lookout Organization
Located out of Tallmadge Ohio (Akron,Canton Area)
TRAIN WITH THE BEST
Lookouts Fastpitch training offers elite skill training in the sport of softball. Our program curriculum is a culmination of our staff's professional and athletic experiences, ranging from the youth level to the professional level. We pride ourselves on our ability to offer great instructor to our athletes our camps and clinics.
LOOKOUTS FASTPITCH SOFTBALL INSTRUCTION
Our camps specializes in working with younger players to develop the fundamentals of the game as well as working with more experienced players to progress their athletic abilities to the elite level. Athletes will be asked to practice their skills on their own after the instruction to further their development.
Our staff offers private instruction to further develop our athletes. With a positive environment and the help of professional teaching, our players will learn how to take their game to the next level. Students will leave the lesson with a better understanding of how to use their mind and body to reach peak performance
Program Head: Jason Queen
Lead Instructor Defensive Coordinator: Tracee McCoy
Mental Performance Coordinator/ Hitting Coordinator: Micaela Minner
Pitching Coordinator: Mandee Leurs
Catching Coordinator: Dan DeVoe
Recruiting Coordinator : Kevin Pratt
Tracee McCoy at Ellet High School flashed the promise of a future outstanding softball player. Playing shortstop, she led the team in hitting with a plus .400 average, was top in homeruns and slugging percentage and was instrumental in Ellet capturing the City Series softball title four consecutive years. They were regional champs four times and won the state title in her sophomore year. Tracee earned All-Ohio honors in her final three years at Ellet. Upon graduation in 1999, Tracee received a scholarship to the University of Akron and proceeded to make an immediate impact, being named the team's MVP offensive player in her freshman year. She also was named to the second unit of the Mid-American Conference tournament squad in her first collegiate year and was honored with first team laurels for the Great Lakes region. An injury slowed her down in her sophomore season, but she blossomed in her junior year, being named to the MAC first team, along with second unit honors for the Great Lakes region. Tracee's final year of collegiate competition proved to be the best. Named First Team All-MAC and Great Lakes region, she was her team's top offensive player, ranking in the top ten in eight UA hitting categories. The pros awaited her, and she joined the Akron Racers in 2004, playing three years before moving to the coaching ranks. She had two-year stints at Marshall University and her alma mater, Akron. Then she went to Twinsburg High School in 2007 and earned conference Coach of the Year in 2007 and 2008. Since 2009 she has been coaching Ohio power travel teams and her 18 and under NEO Bulldogs squad finished 17th in the nation at the USA/American Softball Association national tournament.
Minner was a 2003 graduate of Sanger High School and member of the 2001 Class 3A state championship softball team. She enjoyed a standout career at the University of Missouri, which concluded in 2009 at the Women’s College World Series after Missouri upset perennial softball power UCLA in Los Angeles to win the Super Regional. For her college career, she finished third all-time in batting average (.357), third in career hits (230), first in career doubles (55), third in career home runs (40), fifth in runs scored (142), third in career RBI (180), second in slugging percentage (.631) and second in career walks (95). She also sits second all-time in single-season slugging percentage (.781 - 2005), doubles (18-2007), home runs (17-2005) and fourth in walks (33-2007). In recognition of her achievements on the field and in the classroom, she was selected as Missouri’s softball representative to the University of Missouri All-Decade team, which is comprised of one standout from each of the University of Missouri’s athletic teams from the year 2000 through 2009. Minner graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in May of 2007 and received her Master’s Degree in Education Counseling and Psychology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology in May of 2009.
Minner was selected 18th in the 2009 NPF draft by the Akron, OH Racers but was unable to play because of injuries which included a torn labrum in her shoulder, a broken left fibula and a partially torn ACL. Minner signed a free-agent contract in 2010 to play for Akron. In 2010 she enjoyed success at the highest level of softball competition, the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league.
Micaela Minner Univ. of Missouri Softball All-Decade Team Member 2011 Akron, OH Racers Former Professional Softball Player Private Professional Softball Instructor/ Life-Sports Coach Cleveland Crush - Legends Football League Former Professional Football Player 2014 Parkersburg, WV Toughman Champion
Mandee Luers is the owner of Make the Change Fastpitch. She attended Dover High School in Dover, OH, and after pitching four years for the Tornadoes, committed to play softball at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. While at Marshall she received her Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management and Marketing.
After her four years of eligibility had ended at Marshall, she moved to Nashville, TN and while pursing a Master's Degree in Sport Administration, was a graduate assistant coach at Belmont University. After Belmont, she got a Division 1 pitching coach position at IPFW in Fort Wayne, IN. During her first season at IPFW, she coached the Summit League Pitcher of the Year. She was at IPFW for three seasons in total and during those three seasons the team had an overall record of 102-48-1, which was at that time the best three seasons in school history. After three seasons with IPFW, she left to be the pitching coach at Kent State, but not before she had coached the pitching staff to the best ERA in the Summit League 2 of the 3 years and during her final season the 15th best ERA in the nation at 1.69 with all three Mastodon pitchers ranked in the top 75. During her two seasons at Kent State (2013-14) she worked not only with the pitching staff, but the catchers also. At Kent State she coached the 2013 MAC Pitcher of the Year as well as a 2nd Team All MAC Pitcher. During her second season at Kent State the pitching staff led the MAC in ERA, shutouts, and least home runs given up.
Darcy Thompson is the strength and conditioning coach and is the program director for all speed and fitness classes.
She provides athletes and people of all ages the opportunity to reach their goals. Every session is different for each client.
She can train clients for sport specific skill sets,
Her clients range from age 8 years old to 60+ years of age.
Every client has different goals, different needs, and different styles that work to get them in shape or prepare them for their sport or event. All clients are subject to a physical assessment that creates a foundational starting platform for their fitness journey. From there, she develops a program that helps each client reach their goals.
For the last 3 years Kevin was the coach of an Elite Team that was very successful and won many tournaments, helped all his players earn the opportunity to play in college, and had a great time along the way. Kevin was brought in to help get another Youth Program on the map by being very competitive, and he and his coaches accomplished that. Kevin and his coaches helped place all of his players in college and over the years have helped place dozens of boys and girls into college.
Originally Kevin coached in high level baseball travel organizations and high school baseball at Stow but switched to girls and will stay in softball. While at Stow HS, Kevin took over duties as the hitting instructor, which helped Stow make it to a Regional Finals, which hadn’t happened in over 20 years.
“Helping my son and daughter get recruited showed me what boy’s organizations do that most girl’s programs do not and I am going to help the Lookouts Softball Organization get to the next level.” says Pratt. “Girls deserve more and we will be working hard to close the opportunity gap and help more girls and their families through the recruitment process”, continued Pratt.
The Lookouts Softball organization has extensive winter training at the Kent State Fieldhouse over the winter, plus our own team workouts, we will have recruiting seminars, and now a dedicated college recruiting director. “Kevin is going to take us to the next level, and we are looking forward to the coming years. He will leverage his relationships with college coaches throughout our region to help our players and their families through the entire recruiting process” stated Jason Queen, Program Head.
‘I joined the Lady Lookouts because we are fully committed to doing all we can for players and families by way of winter training, college recruiting seminars and advanced placement activities that girls deserve and need”. - Kevin Pratt
“We are excited to have Kevin leading a Premier team as well as being our College Recruiting Director because Kevin has an excellent record of developing young players and helping dozens of players get recruited. Kevin is a very professional and energetic leader and helping girls play in college is his life’s passion” says Queen.
Kevin’s previous 20 years of coaching experience includes high school and travel baseball and softball. Kevin’s experience coaching at the highest levels makes him an obvious choice to lead our Premier team and our college recruiting efforts. Kevin owns a professional recruiting firm so his skills in recruiting, marketing and communications will be put to great use in helping not only his team, but all our players and their families reach their dreams of playing college softball.
Our Lady Lookouts ‘05 Premier Showcase team has an assistant coach who specializes in hitting/slapping and infield defense and the second assistant coach is a pitching coach who is a current player at Walsh University. In addition to excellent coaching, this team will train extensively at Kent State University during the winter, play a high-level competitive schedule during the fall, winter, and summer, and receive strong organizational support throughout the recruiting process.
" There is incredible talent in the area and the blueprint put together by this organization is top notch. The Training and knowledge in the organization is exciting for the current athletes and future Lookouts."
Lookouts Fastpitch Program Head
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