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Game Changer Softball
Game Changer Softball


Ralph & Karen Weekly

In 2002, the Ralph and Karen Weekly were brought in by University of Tennessee as co-head coaches. Since 2004, the team has excelled by reaching the NCAA Tournament every year and the Women's College World Series five times. In 2007 the Lady Vols were able to make history and set the benchmark by which all future Lady Vol teams will be compared as the squad finished 63-8 for the programs best winning percentage of .887. A third-straight trip to the WCWS ended with Tennessee becoming the first SEC program to reach the best-of-three NCAA Championship Series, before falling to champion Arizona. That year the team managed two wins over No. 4 Arizona and triumphs against No. 6 Northwestern and No. 7 Texas A&M which led to Tennessee spending a record 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the Softball poll, becoming the first SEC school to reach the lofty top ranking in the league's softball history. The Weeklys have have turned Tennessee into one of the nation's premier softball programs.

Coaching Highlights:

  • Seven WCWS Appearances
  • Two-time SEC Co-Coaches of the Year
  • 31 All-America performers

Madison Shipman

Assistant coach at Tennessee.  Shipman also plays for the Scrap Yard Dawgs of the NPF.  She enters her second season in the NPF for the 2015 season. Shipman was drafted by the USSSA Pride in the 2014 NPF College Draft as the 2nd overall pick. Her National/International experience includes: 2012 U.S. Elite Team Member, and a 2010-11 U.S. Junior National Team Member. 2014 Season: Shipman totaled 45 hits, 28 RBI and 21 runs scored for her premier season with the Pride. She also batted .344 and achieved an on-base percentage of .417. 2014 NPF Rookie of the Year and first-time All-NPF team at-large.

Shipman finished her career at Tennessee with a .348 average, 44 home runs, 105 walks, a .611 slugging percentage and 207 RBI. SENIOR (2014): Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Winner, SEC Player of the Year, Honda Award Winner as the “Best of the Best in Softball,” Honda Cup Winner, USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Top 25 Finalist.

Marty Tyson | CA Corona Angels / Hitting and Defense

Marty is one of the most well-known and respected travel ball coaches in the country. He has helped build the Corona Angels into one of the nation’s top travel programs. Marty founded the Corona Angels program in 1998 because he wanted to keep local, talented players in the Inland Empire instead of the players having to travel to Orange County. He has been the head of the Angels’ organization for more than 15 years, currently serving as the 18-and-under Gold Team head coach and the younger 14-and-under team head coach.

Dena Tyson | University of Washington / Defense

Dena starred at Washington from 2004 to 2007, earning first-team All-America honors as a senior.  An All-American, All-Region and All-Pac-10 performer... Ranks in the top-10 all-time at UW in RBI (127), home runs (34), walks (116) and slugging percentage (.512)... Team captain in 2007.

Lincoln Martin | Florida Gators & Top Tier Sports / Hitting

Lincoln Martin gained most of his experience during his 19 years at the pro level, including 6 years with the Baltimore Orioles. He is currently a scout for the Houston Astros and enjoys playing a major role in helping kids develop their skills from the College to the Pro level.

Austin Cauley | Top Tier Sports / Team Defense, Running

  • Baseball Coach/ Trainer at Top Tier Sports
  • Douglasville, Georgia
  • Professional Training & Coaching

Toni Mascarenas | Univ.of Arizona, OC Batbusters / Team Skills

  • 1998: Pac- 10 Newcomer of the Year
  • 2001 : First Team All-America honors, 1998 and 2000 All American
  • 1998-2001: 4-time All-Pac 10 Conference / 3-time All –Women’s College World Series / 2001 NCAA National Championship
  • Inducted into University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 2006
  • 2003: USA Elite Team
  • Arizona Heat of the National Pro Fast Pitch league
  • Head Coach OC Batbusters 14U

Roni Sparrey | Cal Poly / Saint Mary's- Outfield Defense

Roni Sparrey recently completed the second season of her second tour on the Gaels coaching staff in 2014.

She returned to the Gaels as an assistant in 2013 after spending the 2012 season as head coach at Dominican University.

In her first stint at Saint Mary's, Sparrey helped the Gaels to a 11-9 record in Pacific Coast Softball Conference play in 2011.

Prior to coaching at Saint Mary's, Sparrey spent four years at Cal State Northridge, three as an Assistant and one as the Associate Coach. In her first three seasons with CSUN she supervised the infield and the defense, as the Matador defense posted an average fielding percentage of .966 and finished among the top fielding teams in the Big West Conference and Division I. In her fourth season at Northridge as the Associate Coach, Sparrey led the team to a Big West Co-Championship.

Prior to joining the Northridge staff in 2007, Sparrey spent two seasons as Assistant Coach at her alma mater, Cal Poly. In her two seasons as an assistant with the Mustangs, Sparrey helped the Mustangs to a 35-16 record and a second place finish in the Big West in 2005 and a 27-23 mark and third place finish in 2006.

Sparrey had a successful four-year career at Cal Poly, hitting .298 with 203 hits in 682 at-bats. The 203 hits placed her first all-time on the Cal Poly career hits list.

During her sophomore season, Sparrey was given All-Big West Conference second team honors, followed up by honorable mention honors as a junior after recording a .203 average.

A successful senior campaign earned Sparrey first-team All-Big West and first-team All-West Region accolades. Sparrey led the club with a .373 average, three homeruns, and 26 runs batted in.

Sparrey, a native of Vallejo, Calif., graduated from Cal Poly in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in recreation administration.

Jayme O'Bryant | Michigan State, Monmouth / Infield

Jayme O'Bryant joined the Monmouth Softball staff in August 2015. She comes to West Long Branch following a four-year playing career at Michigan State, a year as a student assistant coach with the Spartans in 2014 and another season as a graduate assistant at Alabama in 2015.

O'Bryant lettered four years and started in 175 of 183 games at third base for the Spartans. She finished with 84 RBIs, 26 doubles, one triple and 14 home runs, while compiling a .267 batting average over her four years. She was named to the All-Big 10 Second Team as a senior.

O'Bryant graduated with a bachelor's degree from Michigan State in 2014, while earning her master's from Alabama in 2015.

Emily Friedman | Cal Berkeley, Columbia / Outfield

Emily Friedman joined the Columbia softball staff as an assistant coach beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Friedman spent five seasons playing professional softball, competing for the Philadelphia Force from 2006-09, and the Chicago Bandits in 2010. Friedman was selected to the NPF All-Star team in 2008 and 2010 and is the only player in the history of the league to receive All-Star selections as both an infielder and outfielder.

Friedman served as the assistant softball coach at Fordham University from 2008-2011. During her tenure, the Rams had three of the most successful seasons in program history. Friedman helped Fordham reach many milestones and earn many unprecedented accolades. These include the program’s first appearance in the NCAA Regionals, the first Atlantic-10 Championship, the inagural first team All-American, back-to-back Atlantic-10 Player of the Year selections, multiple All-Conference and All-Region selections, and Mid-Atlantic Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.  Furthermore, the Rams broke every single offensive record in program history.

Friedman played collegiately at the University of Wisconsin from 2002-04, before finishing her career at the University of Cal-Berkeley from 2004-06. As a Golden Bear, Friedman helped the team advance to the Women’s College World Series in 2005, as Cal won the Pac-10 title and achieved a #1 ranking during the season. In 2006, Friedman received honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors, and earned third team Academic All-American.

Since 2012, Friedman has been competing Nationally and Internationally in CrossFIt and is ranked as one of the top CrossFit athletes worldwide. In 2013 she placed 25th overall in the Reebok CrossFit Games, among some of the fittest athletes in the world.  During this time Friedman opened 2 CrossFit gyms where she coached CrossFit, Olympic Lifting, and was a personal trainer.

Cassie Reilly-Boccia

Named a Capital One second team Academic All-American and was tabbed an All-Region first teamer named to the All-SEC second team and the SEC All-Defensive team garnered SEC Community Service team honors was named a Capital One Academic All-District selection. Cassie was a Lowe's Senior CLASS finalist and finished 2012 with a .331 batting average, with nine home runs and 48 RBI...slugged .554...appeared in all 68 games, with 65 starts at first base...drew a team high 47 walks and finished with a .500 on-base percentage.  Author of Finished It: A Team's Journey to Winning It All

Kayla Braud | Univ. of Alabama / Slapping

Garnered NFCA first team All-American honors ….earned Capital One Academic All-America accolades ... named an Easton All-American ... won the Senior CLASS Award ... tabbed NFCA first-team All-South Region ... garnered All-SEC first-team honors ... named a CoSIDA Academic All-Region selection ... a Senior CLASS candidate ... named a preseason All-SEC selection ... a top-25 finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year