Since 2016, Jessica was has been an Assistant Coach for the University of Houston Cougars. In 2018, Jess helped Houston to its second consecutive second-place finish in the American Athletic Conference and eighth appearance in the NCAA Softball Championship with an at-large berth, the program's first since 2014. The Cougars finished the season with a 37-22 overall record.
Prior to UH, Jess spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the 2016 National Champion Oklahoma Softball team. With the Sooners, she was one of the most tenured members behind Head Coach Patty Gasso and assistant Melyssa Lombardi. She helped with all aspects of training, while also running the team's social media accounts. She also handled film analysis and was in charge of the student managers.
Following her collegiate career, Jessica played three years for the USSSA pride after being selected 3rd overall in the 2013 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) draft. Jess won 2 NPF Championships while with the Pride
Jess earned a spot on the United States Women's National Team in 2011 and 2012. She helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2012 International Softball Federation (ISF) XIII Women's World Fastpitch Championship as she scored four runs and tallied three RBI. She also earned a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 World Cup of Softball.
At Oklahoma, Jess was a three-time NFCA All-American and a three-time All-Central Region selection. As a Senior, Jess led the Sooners to their second National Championship. She also earned three All-Big 12 (two first team, one second team) selections in her career and was named to the 2010 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team as a freshman.
The Sooner standout started in all 228 games played behind the plate and posted a .348 batting average across her four-year career.
During her junior year in 2012, Jessica led the team with 74 hits, had 24 mult-hit games and recorded 18 multi-RBI games. Her home run total of 20 during the season tied for second-most in school history. She also set a school record for putouts by a catcher with 620 on the season. During the postseason, she hit two home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Sooners over Oregon State (5/20) to advance OU to the NCAA Super Regional.
Jess played club ball for Tony Rico's Firecrackers. She helped the team finish third at 2009 ASA 18U GOLD National Championship, the 2008 Colorado Fireworks Championship, the ASA National Championship and the Canada Cup title in 2007. The team also participated in the 2009 Canada Cup and the 2008 Champions Cup.
We are going to break down the fundamentals of either Catching and Hitting.
Catching: We will focus on blocking, framing, throwing mechanics, quick transfers, throw downs and the mental aspects of the game. You will leave each lesson with specific drills that you should be working on throughout the week. My main goal is for you to one leave better fundamentally, but also a better leader for your teammates.
Hitting: We will focus on developing a strong foundation with our lower half. Once we have a strong base we will talk about swing path and contact points for pitches on both halves of the plate. After we have built a strong foundation, I believe timing is such an important part of the swing. A lot of the drills we will do will focus on timing and getting to good contact points.
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