about Virtual Softball Academy

The mission of Virtual Softball Academy is to bring quality Fastpitch Softball Pitching and Hitting Instruction to anyone, anywhere. Our staff of professional softball coaches have over 50 years of combined experience. We are former college softball coaches and college softball  players.

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Virtual Softball Academy combines affordable professional coaching using state of the art technology to help take your game to the next level.

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Kim Gwydir

Kim Gwydir


Coach Gwydir was Head Softball Coach at Florida International University for 10 years. In that time, she took the Golden Panthers to several National Top 25 rankings and a regional appearance. Coach Gwydir’s students have progressed to playing on the US and Canadian National Teams, including a USA Gold Medal winner. With over 440 wins, multiple Coach of The Year Awards and too many players to count who have gone to play at the college level, Coach Gwydir has worked with players from age 7 to college.  Coach Gwydir is the owner of USA Elite Training Florida LLC 

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Jennifer Hapanowicz

Jennifer Hapanowicz

Founder/CEO USA Elite Training LLC

Coach Jennifer Hapanowicz – CEO and founder of USA Elite Training LLC and Virtual Softball Academy – has been instructing youth softball players of all ages throughout the New England region, including CT, NH, NY, NJ, ME, and RI, for the past 20 years.  In 2013, Coach Hapanowicz began instructing players in the South Florida area. A highly accomplished collegiate player herself, Coach Hapanowicz attended the University Of Rhode Island on a full athletic scholarship as a pitcher and first baseman.  Utilizing over 20 years of experience in the softball and recruiting industry, Coach Hapanowicz assisted in placing her clients in leading college athletic programs across the country including LSU, UMass, UConn, Stanford, University Of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and many others.

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Stephanie Poetzsch-Salzman

Stephanie Poetzsch-Salzman

Owner StrikeOut Inc, NY

Stephanie Poetzsch-Salzman, owner of Strike Out, Inc. She has  been playing softball since age 6. She began in the Little League of the Islips, and played there from age 6 to age 12. In 1991, my Little League of the Islips team coached by her father Stephen Poetzsch won the New York State Championship and then move on to the Eastern Regional tournament. It was during that tournament in 1991 that she first played against teams that had windmill pitching. After losing the championship game, Stephanie decided that she wanted to learn how to windmill pitch so her team could achieve our dream of getting to the Little League World Series in 1992.

It was in 1992 the Stephanie met Kim Gwydir founder of the Long Island Chargers, and that fall worked hard to learn how to windmill pitch. That next summer her Little League of the Islips team won the New York State title, the Eastern Regional title, and went on to the Little League World Series and took 3rd place After that  she went on to play for the Long Island Chargers from age 12-18, where her teams won over 300 games. She then went on to play for the University of Rhode Island from 1998 – 1999, then decided to transferred to Stony Brook University. There she broke almost every pitching record including career strike outs, wins, innings pitched, and threw the first no-hitter in Stony Brook history. After a great career, joined the staff as the pitching coach at Stony Brook University and stayed on for 4 years.

Stephanie established Strike Out, Inc in 2006, and has been giving pitching lessons and running clinics for over 24 years to girls of all ages and abilities all over Long Island.

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Some of the schools our students have attended

U of Florida, Florida State U., UConn, LSU, UNC-Chapel Hill, Stanford, UMass, Florida Guld Coast, U of Virginia, Bryant College, Yale, Bucknell, Providence, Nichols College, Southwest Florida State, Central Florida State, U of North Florida, Florida Atlantic University, Lynn University, Florida Tech, U of South Florida, UMass – Lowell, Union, Nicholls College, Bates College, Tufts, Wheaton College, U of Bridgeport, SUNY Oneonta, U of Binghamton, Manhattan College, George Washington U, Western New England College, Hamilton College, Bentley, Brandeis, U of New Haven, Assumption, U of Hartford, Rhode Island College, St. John’s University, Mercy College, Concordia College,

SUNY College of Charleston, Rivier College, Merrimack College, South Carolina – Upstate, Towson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Stevens Institute, Bucknell, Colgate, Columbia, Boston College, UMBC, U of St. Joseph’s, Nova Southeastern University, Cornell, Ohio State, U of Maine, Florida Southern, Roger Williams, Quinnipiac, Salva Regina, Molloy College, Emerson, U of Southern CT, Sacred Heart, Virginia Weslyan, Western CT State, Princeton, Rowan, Albertus Magnus, Ithaca College, Skidmore College,  Saint Anslem University, Coastal Carolina U., Caldwell College, Liberty U., Rutgers U, U of Rhode Island, Stony Brook U., Boston U., Hofstra U., Marist U., College of St. Rose