LISA PINKSTON grew up playing softball in Louisville, KY where she was a three- time all state softball player at Jeffersontown High School. Lisa earned a scholarship to the University of Louisville as a catcher where she was a four- year team captain and four – year starter. She currently holds the school record for most runners caught stealing with 60. In 2000, Lisa was inducted to the Kentucky High School Softball Hall of Fame.
Lisa has been giving private softball instruction for 15 years. She began her coaching career while in college coaching 14U and 16U travel ball teams. She was an assistant softball coach at Sacred Heart Academy for two years and head coach for one year before starting a family with her husband Chad Pinkston, former University of Louisville Football player. Lisa served as the Director of Softball Operations at the University of Louisville for 5 years from 2010-2015. Lisa is currently the Head Softball Coach for Assumption High School, and serves on the Board of Directors for Indiana Fusion Elite.
While growing up in Louisville, KY at a time when fast-pitch softball was just getting started, Lisa found it difficult to find professional softball coaches to help her improve her skills. In 2010, Lisa began her vision of connecting young players to softball coaches across the country. Lisa’s mission through Softball Preps is to help young softball players reach their highest potential by providing professional instruction and college consulting.
TARA (MCCLURE) ISABLE is a native from Batavia, Iowa. She grew up and lettered in four varsity sports, softball being her most successful. Her high school career softball record was 102-9, with 1244 strikeouts, and batted .400 with 9 homeruns. In 1995, she tied the state record with 21 strikeouts in a single 7 inning ball game. She was inducted into the Iowa High School Girls Hall of Fame in 1998.
After high school Tara attended Indian Hills Community College close to her home town. Her freshman season she batted .320 with 14 homeruns and posted a .93 ERA. Her sophomore season she batted a .333 with 19 homeruns and posted a .41 ERA. Her career record for two years was 43-6. In 1999, she set the national record for NJCAA with 20 strikeouts in a 7 inning ball game against Iowa Lakes. She earned 2nd team all American honors both years, as well as, getting selected to play on the USA NJCAA all-star team to play in the Canada Cup. Tara was inducted into the 1st Annual Indian Hills Hall of Fame in 2012.
Tara was recruited on full scholarship to attend the University of Louisville in 2000. She was a two-time Conference USA pitcher of the Week her junior season. Tara threw the first no hitter in school history and Conference USA history against Belmont. She posted a .96 ERA with 6 shutouts and 11-7 record. After coming back from a pectoral injury her senior season she was named 2nd team All-Conference and posted a 1.16 ERA with 8 shutouts. Her senior season record was 20-8. Tara was the first softball player to be inducted into the University of Louisville Hall of Fame in 2014.
After graduating college, Tara started giving private pitching lessons and started her coaching career at Christian Academy and then later took the position as a Pitching Coach for Ballard High School. She moved to Bowling Green, KY in 2007 with her husband where she worked and raised her two boys. Tara and her family recently moved back to Louisville, KY. Softball pitching has always been Tara’s passion. She loves to develop youth students from the ground up. She is focused on teaching solid mechanics and fundamentals that will enable the student to reach their full potential.