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711 Bascomb Commercial Parkway

Suite 116

Woodstock, Georgia 30189















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Your instructor search has led you here, but our instructors are not magicians.
All of our instructors operate under the philosophy of repetition, repetition, repetition. Oh, and more repetition. Did you get a side of repetition?


Don McKinlay

Coach McKinlay was the Senior Assistant Fastpitch Coach at Kennesaw State University for 14 years. He helped build Kennesaw into a national power and developed a reputation of being one of the top hitting instructors in the nation. He was a baseball letterwinner at Kennesaw State for two years before getting into the softball coaching profession. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Coach McKinlay is a popular instructor at Cherokee Batting Range and participates in various camps and clinics across the nation.

Kurt Rivera

Kurt Rivera is a pupil of longtime Cherokee Batting Range coach and owner, Stan Lewis. Coach Kurt is a 2010 graduate of University of Georgia with a double major in Sports Management and Economics. He played intramural baseball while in college. He started apprenticing with Coach Stan when he moved back from college, and he has been giving lessons ever since. In the fall of 2014, Coach Kurt coached The King's Academy's Junior Varsity baseball team, leading the team to a 19-3 record. In the same year, Coach Kurt made the decision to go back to school, enrolling at Kennesaw State University to earn his second bachelor's in Biology. He is working to become a P.A.

Bob Roman

Coach Roman is the Director of Baseball Operations for Kennesaw State University. Prior to assuming his current duties, he served as Head Coach Mike Sansing's top assistant and played an important part in making Kennesaw State one of the elite programs in all of college baseball. He helped the team capture a pair of national championships at two different levels. He also conducts many youth baseball camps at Kennesaw in the summer and is known as a top baseball clinician. He teaches all aspects of baseball and fastpitch catching.

Lacey Smith

Lacey Smith played at the University of Georgia where the team was SEC Champions in 2003. She held the lowest ERA in the SEC that year, and she ranked 11th in the nation. Before playing at UGA, she played at Kennesaw State University. The team was National Championship Runner Up. She earned a position on the National All-Tournament Team. Lacey held the most saves in the NCAA in 2000 with 8. Going back to high school success, Lacey played at Oconee County High School where they were State Champions in 1996 and 1997. She earned MVP all four years. She was also the Gatorade Georgia Pitcher of the Year.

Deb Sonnenberg

Coach Sonnenberg was a key member of the 1996 Canadian Olympic Team, five Canadian National Champion teams, and two New Zealand National Champion teams. She also competed in the World Championships and Pan-Am Games as a pitcher. Coach Sonnenberg was a seven time All-Canadian performer and pitched back-to-back perfect games in the 1993 Canadian National Championship Series. Coach Sonnenberg was a four-time All-American at Huntingdon College and still holds the NAIA record for most wins and strikeouts for a season and a career. She has coached at Delta State (Mississippi), Auburn University, Kennesaw State University and Mercer University.