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On-Staff Coaches

These coaches are on staff year-round, and are available for private lessons year-round (based on availability).
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Allie Hardy

Coach Allie is one of our top pitching coaches at AtBats. She previously pitched for Leominster High School, as well as WPI, where she earned All-NEWMAC Conference Honors. She has long-time experience coaching pitchers at all levels, from new pitchers to elite high school, tournament, and collegiate ball. She is now the JV Head Coach at Littleton High School. At AtBats, she specializes in pitching instruction for all ages. If you’re interested in lessons with Coach Allie, please call our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends) and our staff will assist in coordinating availability.

Alison Gaffney

Coach Alison covers all bases of softball instruction: hitting, pitching, fielding, catching, slap-hitting, and everything in between. During her college years (2014-2018), she served as a Student Coach and General Manager for the College of Charleston’s D1 CAA Softball team. In 2018, she spent time as an umpire in South Florida, and in 2019 as an elite 14U coach in Central Texas. Upon moving back to Massachusetts, Coach Alison rejoined the AtBats family in late 2020. She trained at the facility herself from ages 10-18, and she is now returning as a coach. She currently coaches and coordinates all AtBats softball programs, serves as the Varsity Assistant Coach at Shrewsbury High School, and is the Head Coach of the 16U Raiders Softball team. Scheduling with Coach Alison can be done via email (gaffneyatbats@gmail.com), text (508-308-7665), or by calling our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends).

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Maddie Smith

Coach Maddie specializes in softball general fielding, hitting, and catching instruction. She currently attends Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and is a member of the class of 2024. Maddie currently plays for Raiders 16U Softball team and has played on the high school varsity team for the past two consecutive years. Coach Maddie and her family have been part of the AtBats family since she was 7, and part of various Acton-Boxborough Softball programs since she was 5. To schedule private lessons with Coach Maddie, please call our front desk during open hours (4pm-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends).

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Maddie Castigliego

Coach Maddie is a member of the Simmons College softball program and was named the 2022 GNAC Pitcher of the Year for the 2022 season. Coach Maddie now coaches the 16U Polar Crush, and is available for hitting, fielding, and pitching lessons at AtBats. You'll also catch her helping out with camps during the summer!

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Hudson Schwartz

Coach Hudson is new to the AtBats coaching family, but not at all new to the Acton-Boxboro baseball scene. With over 10 years of playing experience for AB Baseball, as well as other town and travel leagues, he’s now at Acton-Boxboro Regional High School, and a member of their class of 2026. Coach Hudson covers all areas of baseball instruction, including hitting, fielding, pitching and catching. While he currently assists on many of our baseball camps and clinics, he is also available for private lessons.

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Livi Sousa

Coach Livi specializes in softball general fielding, hitting, and pitching instruction. She has been working as the head and assistant coach for many intro clinics AtBats has to offer, and she also has experience in private lessons in those areas. Livi attends Hudson High School and is a member of the class of 2024. She is currently in her second year playing with CMX (Central Mass Xplosion), and in the past has played for CMV (Central Mass Voodoo) for one year, and Hudson Demolition for 5 years. She has also started at second base for Hudson High’s Varsity team for the past 2 years as a freshman and a sophomore. Livi has been a part of the Hudson Softball community since she was four and has been training at AtBats for 9 years. To schedule private lessons with Coach Livi, please call our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends).

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Ally Cassidy

Coach Ally specializes in softball infield and hitting for ages 5-11. She currently assists on many of our softball intro clinics. Ally attends Hudson High School and is a member of the class of 2024. She played for Hudson Demolition for 6 years as a first baseman and plays currently for the Hudson High School program. She has been part of the Hudson Softball community for 11 years and has been training and working at AtBats for 3 years. To schedule private lessons with Coach Ally, please call our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends).

Jill Macfarlane

Coach Jill is new to the AtBats coaching staff but not new to the Acton-Boxboro softball scene. She specializes in softball pitching and hitting. She’s currently the starting pitcher for the varsity team at Maynard High School and is a member of their class of 2025. She also plays for the Raiders Softball tourney program, and has been playing tournament ball for the past 4 years. To schedule private lessons with Coach Jill, please call our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends) and our staff will assist in coordinating availability.

Catherine Seay

Coach Catherine specializes in softball catching, hitting, and fielding instruction. A member of the Marlboro High School Class of 2024, Coach Catherine has been captain of the Marlboro High Varsity Softball team since her sophomore season in 2022. She played the last 4 years of tournament ball with Central Mass Explosion, and will finish her tourney career with her team merging into Polar Crush.

Coach Catherine will continue her softball career at Southern New Hampshire University as a member of their softball team and the Class of 2028.

Collegiate Coaches

These coaches are all currently attending college, and are continuing their involvement in baseball and softball. They are available for lessons during school breaks (ie, Thanksgiving/Christmas time) and summer vacations.
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Currently attending and playing at American International College

Nick Willand

Coach Nick Willand is a two-way player at Division 2 American International College (left-handed pitcher & first baseman). Prior to college, he was an Acton-Boxboro baseball player and DCL All-Star. He was also a member of the Nor’easters 18U National Team. He has previously run clinics and taught private lessons at AtBats and specializes in pitching, hitting, and fielding. Coach Nick is available for private lessons during his school breaks and summer. To schedule, please call our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends).

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Stephen Sullivan

Coach Stephen Sullivan (known around AtBats as “Sully”) is a right-handed pitcher for the Acton-Boxboro High School Varsity team. A member of the class of 2023, Sully has been coaching young players at AtBats and other programs since he was a freshman in 2019. With over 15 years of baseball playing experience, Coach Stephen specializes in baseball pitching instruction, but also works with hitters and fielders as well. Coach Stephen will attend Rhode Island College as a member of the class of 2027, and will play baseball. To schedule private lessons with Coach Stephen, you can text him directly at 978-201-2391. He will coordinate availability for you and schedule your lessons in our ESoft system.

Currently attending and playing at Rhode Island College

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Currently attending and playing at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Billy Walsh

Coach Billy was a 4-year starter at Maynard High School as a pitcher and infielder, graduating in 2021. He is continuing his baseball career at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He had 5 appearances and 1 win, against Rivier University, in his freshman year for the Trailblazers. Billy is entering his sophomore season this spring as a pitcher and shortstop. He specializes in pitching, hitting, and general skills for baseball. Billy is available for private lessons during his winter breaks and summer vacations. To schedule lessons with Coach Billy, text him directly at 978-793-3218. He will coordinate availability for you and schedule your lessons in our ESoft system.

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Caitlin Cassidy

Coach Caitlin specializes in hitting and catching instruction. She currently works as a General Manager for Auburn University's D1 SEC Softball team. She has 5 years of varsity experience under her belt including 4 years as the starting catcher, including her freshman year where she played a pivotal role in her team’s 2019 State Championship win. As a captain in the 2021 and 2022 seasons, she led her team to back-to-back appearances in the District Championships including a win in 2022. Caitlin received multiple awards during her time at Hudson including Metrowest Daily News All-Star, League All-Star, Metrowest Daily News Player to Watch, and Hudson High’s Russ Davis Scholarship. Caitlin is available for lessons during school breaks and summer. Please contact the desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends) to schedule private lessons with Coach Caitlin.

Currently attending and managing the D1 team at Auburn University

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Charlotte Yourk

Coach Charlotte assists on many of our general skills, hitting, and fielding clinics. She specializes in outfield and first base, but also has experience pitching and is a great option for young pitchers that are just starting out. She currently attends Acton-Boxboro High School and is a member of the class of 2023. She played for the Raiders Softball program for 5 years from 12U up through 18U and has started for the ABRHS varsity softball program for the last 3 years. Coach Charlotte has been a member of the Acton-Boxboro and AtBats softball family for many years and is excited to move from a participant to a coaching position! To schedule private lessons with coach Charlotte, please call our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends) and our staff will assist in coordinating availability.

Currently attending the University of Delaware

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Harrison Pratt

Coach Harrison specializes in baseball catching and hitting. He is a former Acton-Boxboro High School graduate and was a part of their baseball program for all 4 years he attended. He’s now attending Saint Louis University, where he plays Division 1 NCBA Club Baseball. Coach Harrison joined the AtBats family last year during his senior year at ABRHS. He runs a variety of catching, hitting, and fielding clinics, as well as coaches private lessons. He is available

for privates on school breaks and summer vacation. To schedule lessons with Coach Harrison, please call the desk during open hours (weekdays 4-9pm and weekends 9am-9pm) and our staff will coordinate availability.

Currently attending and playing NCBA Club baseball at St. Louis University

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Olivia Comolli

Coach Olivia is an infield, catching, and hitting coach who won player of the year her senior year of high school. She is currently competing competitively as a part of Ithaca College’s softball program. She finished her senior high school season with the top batting average in the DCL large, ending her high school career with 18 homers and 92 RBIs, and finished in the top three on the team for fielding percentage. Olivia is also an AtBats alumnus, having invested years of hard work and training during her softball career with AtBats instructors. Olivia instructs private lessons in hitting, fielding, and catching and also runs and assists specialty AtBats clinics. To schedule private lessons with Coach Olivia, you can call our front desk during open hours (4-9pm on weekdays and 9am-4pm on weekends) or call/text her directly at 978-844-8453.

Currently attending and playing at Ithaca College

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Currently attending and playing at Trinity College

Zofia Sargent

Coach Zofia specializes in hitting, fielding, and softball pitching instruction. She graduated from Shrewsbury High School in the class of 2023, with 3 varsity seasons under her belt after losing her freshman season to COVID in 2020. She was a league MVP both her junior and senior years, as well as a League All-Star both years as well. She served as a captain during her senior season.

Coach Zo is continuing her softball career at Trinity College as a member of their softball program, and their class of 2027.

Specialty Coaches

These coaches partner with AtBats to host their lessons, but arrange them and price their time independently from AtBats. Customers pay for and schedule cage space and then pay the coaches directly for private lessons.
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Nick Vennochi

Coach Vennochi is entering his eighth season as the head coach of Emerson’s Baseball Program. The culture has shifted, and the team has become increasingly competitive in the NEWMAC conference. The 2022 season showed that shift as the Lions posted double-digit wins for the first time since 2012 and had their most NEWMAC wins since joining the conference. The Melrose MA native graduated from St. John’s Preparatory school in Danvers in 2007. Then graduated from Emerson in 2011, and then completed his Masters at Endicott College’s Van Loan School in 2013. Vennochi played three seasons for the Lions Baseball Program, including being named a captain and team’s MVP his senior year.  In his three seasons, Vennochi tallied 81 hits and a .299 average over his 95-game collegiate career. He was a part of Emerson Baseball’s most successful season in 2010 when the club won 15 games.

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