Behind every successful team, there’s a dedicated coach who’s committed to helping his or her players reach the top. The 13-3 Lutz Lightning softball team can attest to this. Thanks in part to their head coach Ron Gaschler, who has been guiding youth baseball and softball teams for the past seven years, the Lightning are holding down first place in their winter league.
Indeed, it has been a great season so far for our Coach of the Week, Gaschler, 44, and the Lightning players. Members of the National Softball Association (NSA), the girls are looking forward to a March Madness softball tournament this weekend at their local sports complex. After that, it’s all eyes on the playoffs, which commence the second week of April.
This will be the second playoff run for the Lightning since Gaschler joined the team back in 2009 when his daughter Rebecca, 10, transitioned over from a recreational team. Gaschler, who also volunteered with Rebecca’s former team has especially enjoyed travel ball play because he knows that his players are willing to go the extra mile to perform their best.
Outside of coaching, Gaschler is happily married to his wife Tracy who is always lending a helping hand. He also enjoys spending time on the golf course, and taking advantage of the many theme parks available to him and his family in Florida.
But for now, his focus lies solely on helping the Lightning conquer their end of the season goals. He is proud of the dedication he is able to provide his team, and knows that they will give him as much respect as he gives them.
Ron, good luck to you as the playoffs approach! Go Lightning!
Coach Ron Gaschler’s Keys to Success:
Coach the fundamentals and kids will learn. Make it fun and they'll want to keep playing.
Get the parents involved from the start. They need to be as integral to the team as the players are.
Positive reinforcement works and negativity does not. Do not expect your players to perform if you haven't taught them correctly.
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