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Leah Challenger

Fastpitch Instructor

Leah Challenger joins Bulls/Sox Academy as a catching specialist and hitting instructor. Challenger has a reputation known for coaching a vast array of athletes at all different levels, and focuses primarily on building the athletes mental and psychical game.

Currently, Coach Challenger is pursuing a Masters Degree in Sport-Exercise Psychology with the intentions of becoming a Sport Psychology Consultant. Coach Challenger plans to use her degree to provide athletes with the mental performance training techniques that will help them become resilient, well rounded players, in life and in the game. She will also help athletes by educating them on the overall importance academic and life balance, as it will increase performance in sport. At the same time, Coach Challenger is also serving as a volunteer catching and hitting coach for the Lemont High School Indians Softball Team.

Challenger comes from a background of coaching a wide array of athletes. In her most recent experience, Coach Challenger was the assistant coach for the Beverly Bandits Premier 14u team and assisted the team as the catching, fielding, and hitting coach. She placed a major emphasis on implementing team fitness training, which consisted of weekly workout programs, isometric strength and stretching programs, a speed and agility regime, as well as recovery guide. The agenda was specifically designed for fastpitch players, and was produced according to each individual on the team. During her time, the Bandits took first place in the Iowa Classic fall exposure tournament at the 16u age division, and took first at the Wisconsin Border Wars summer tournament, both tournaments at the 16u age division. The Bandits advanced to the 2015 PGF National Championships held in Hunting Beach, California, where they placed 17th overall out of the 120 best teams in the entire nation.

During her college career, Challenger was known for her sharp skills behind the plate and her ability to react quickly and efficiently, making her an outstanding decision maker. She attended Robert Morris University from 2009-2014, where she received a full athletic scholarship for all 5 years. throughout her playing college playing career, Challenger started in 181 games, all but nine of them behind the place. Her fielding percentage was a .991 with an average of .900 in stolen bases against. Her batting average was a consistent .300 all four years.

Most Recent Accomplishments (out of college)

Currently pursuing Masters Degree in Sport Psychology at Argosy University
2015 Volunteer Coach at Lemont High School

2014-2015 Assistant Coach for the Beverly Bandits 14u Premier
Placed 13th overall at PGF Premier 14u nationals in California
1st place champs at the Wisconsin Boarder Wars 16U Summer Tournament
1st place champs at the Iowa Classic 16U Fall tournament

2014-2015 General Manager at the Ballpark in Mount Prospect

2014-2015 Hitting & Catching Specialist at The Ballpark in Mount Prospect

Collegiate Academic Accomplishments
Graduated with two bachelor degrees; Bachelor of Business Administration & Bachelor of Professional Studies (health and fitness)

Graduated with one associate degree; Associate of Applied Science; Sport & exercise science

Certified Coach through the American Sport Education Program (ASEP)

Certified Coach through the Illinois High School Association

Provisional Certified Personal Trainer through the American Counsel on Exercise

Collegiate Playing Accomplishments

Earned full athletic scholarship for five years

2012-2014 Team captain

2010-2014 RMU Defensive player of the year

2012 CCAC All Conference/All Tournament First Team

2011 CCAC All Conference/All Tournament Second Team

Started 181 games, all but 9 of of them behind the plate

.994 fielding percentage (catching)

.890 stolen bases against percentage

.301 career batting average