Pro Swing Softball is happy to announce that they will be teaming up with The Fastpitch School and becoming Team TFS Colorado powered by Pro Swing. Michael Bastian has carefully chosen Pro Swing softball to merge with his national Softball School and have a Colorado School. “I am extremely excited to announce that The Fastpitch School, TFS, will be partnering with Pro Swing Colorado to create Team TFS Colorado Powered by Pro Swing.” The Professional coach on staff will be Julia Kloppe. She will continue to team up with Heath McVay to run The Fastpitch School Team Colorado. Here is a quote from the TFS website that explains the philosophy of TFS along with some statistics, “Team TFS teaches life lessons through the sport of softball. We focus on student athlete development using professional coaches with solid softball coaching resumes. Team TFS has proven results - 100% college softball athlete placement so far with over 60% playing Division 1. Our program understands the value of finding the right college fit for each student athlete.”
Michael Bastian is an elite softball instructor who teaches the game around the world. He is known for coaching in the Olympic Games for Team China as well as working with US Olympians and other international olympians. Michael has coached Division 1 college softball at Ohio State University as well as numerous other colleges throughout his coaching career. He has settled down in Reno, NV where he and his wife, XIn Miao, run the nationally known softball school. They team up with their professional coaches from around the world to coach all star events and numerous showcase events throughout the year in addition with his teams in different states. Michael has a relationship with most all of the top softball coaches in the United States and has been very successful placing kids at the right college for them. Michael is so excited about the start of Team TFS Colorado. “We look forward to working together with our Colorado family,
and are eager to share our Softball and Life Skills programs with all of our Team TFS Colorado players and coaches.” This will be his sixth branch to open and he sees a lot of potential bringing TFS to the state of Colorado under Julia Kloppe and Heath McVay. “I have been extremely impressed with Heath McVay and Julia Kloppe. With their high energy leadership and direction, I am looking forward to observing the Team TFS Colorado organization grow and excel.”
Julia Kloppe is currently the Director of Softball at Pro Swing and is very excited for the road ahead with TFS. “Michael can bring so much knowledge to the state of Colorado and I am very excited to start working with him and Xin Miao. He can bring a whole new level of recruiting to the state as well as show the kids the true meaning of softball. It is a game, but it’s so much deeper.” Julia recently attended a trip to China with Michael and Xin Miao along with 7 softball players. They had the opportunity to play with the Beijing professional team and the SiChuan professional team. “It was one of the best learning experiences of my life. I learned about softball, but I learned a lot more about life. I was amazed at the culture differences between our countries and even more amazed at how different, yet the same the sport of softball can be.” Julia is currently and will continue giving lessons in softball from the Pro Swing facility in Berthoud, CO. She played at Colorado State University from 2004-2008 and was the starting first baseman all four years around some setbacks with a very injury plagued career. Julia was known for her hitting throughout competitive softball and became a double threat in college earning the Defensive award her sophomore year. She finished her career with a .990 fielding percentage with over 1000 putouts, a .344 batting average and 35 home runs. Julia is excited for the opportunity to become a professional coach and teach what she is so passionate about. “I grew up playing sports. Softball was always my passion. I always dreamed about coaching college softball someday. I’ve turned down a few college coaching jobs because I love teaching the process. Teaching 8-18 year olds has been so fun and rewarding I want to stay at this level. I want to help get kids to college and make an impact on their lives. That’s more important than coaching a college program to me. I want to be able to be in the kids lives forever, not just 4 years.” Julia and Heath have been very successful helping young ladies pursue their dreams of playing softball in college. They have helped 14 girls achieve this goal and they say that’s the most rewarding part in the end. “You make impacts throughout their lives and softball careers, but the ultimate reward is seeing them take that next step in life.”
Heath McVay is an owner/operator of the facility in Berthoud as well as the person who began Pro Swing Softball. From day 1 with Pro Swing, Heath has run the organization as a true organization. “All of our players from 10 and under through 18 and under work with and next to each other. If any team is a player short or if a few girls have to move up they’ve been taught the same and will fit in very easily. We have had players play up in age groups or fill in on weeks off and they already know the girls and coaches. That is one aspect of Pro Swing that Michael Bastian agrees with completely and we will continue to teach and coach this way.” Heath has a daughter that has been through the organization and is currently a sophomore at Colorado State University and is playing as a freshman for the Colorado State softball team after redshirting her freshman year. He also has a daughter who is a senior at Thompson Valley High School and has verbally committed to play softball at Colorado State University. Heath’s youngest child is Zach. Zach is 13 years old and plays baseball for Pro Swing and is hoping to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play baseball in college. Heath has been the backbone to Pro Swing softball for 9 years and is very excited at the potential TFS and Michael Bastian will bring to the table. “I started Pro Swing softball for my daughter and it makes me so proud that I have gained about 200 more daughters in the process. I love these kids and I am so excited about the direction we can take them with this new partnership. Michael brings a whole new national aspect to expand our reputation within the state of Colorado.”
This year’s Team TFS Colorado: powered by Pro Swing teams are still looking for a few players to round out their 8 teams.
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