INSTRUCTORS

Caitlin M. Colvin - Owner/Lead Instructor

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Caitlin is the Owner and Lead Instructor at The Champions Gate. From Division 1 to Professional play, she brings years of experience to The Gate.  She played travel softball for 6 years with the Washington Lady Hawks Miller, a Top 10 nationally ranked team. She spent 4 years at Ohio University, a Division 1 school, where she ranked in the Top 20 in home runs per game and season in 2013. She was awarded the All-Academic team for the Mid-American Conference and coached collegiately at Ohio University from 2013-2014. In a professional capacity, Caitlin played for the USA Affiliate Softball in Prague, Berlin, and Curcoa from 2013-2015 before moving to the European Softball League in Amsterdam in 2016. She has been giving softball lessons to all ages since 2013 and has developed players to the collegiate level. With numerous years of experience, Caitlin brings a depth of understanding to the game that is unmatched. She dedicates herself to understanding her athletes on both a personal and athletic level to guarantee that they reach their full potential under her leadership.

Michael Clarke - Lead Strength & Agility Instructor

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Please welcome Michael Clarke to the Champions Gate family! Michael is a motivated sports performance coach with a background in exercise science. His extensive knowledge in speed and agility, strength and flexibility training, fitness program design, mental strength training, and nutrition coaching make him a valuable asset to our athletes. Michael has trained and developed over 200 players, including 5 All-American athletes, several state Players of the Year, and 9 pro athletes. His multi-sport coaching experience brought his athletes to both regional and state championships. As a 2-time Coach of the Year, Michael understands the needs of his players both on and off the field and uses his expertise to evaluate, council, and develop a variety of aspects for the athlete-in-training to excel. Michael will be running speed and agility programs as well as offering instruction in baseball and softball.

Meghan Gregg - Softball Instructor

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Meghan Gregg was the starting shortstop for all 245 games played for the University of Tennessee from 2015-2018. During her career, she earned awards such as SEC All-freshmen team, first team All-SEC her sophomore, junior, and senior year, SEC Player of the Year during her Junior campaign, Top 3 finalist for NFCA Player of the Year, 3-time All- Region player, and two-time All-American player. Meghan currently holds school records at University of Tennessee including the single-season RBI record, the career RBI record, and the career homerun record.. Coach Meghan Gregg is an excellent addition to The Champions Gate program.

Dane Grounds - Baseball Instructor

Dane Grounds brings years of baseball experience as both a player and coach. After three years of high school varsity baseball, he played on the SoCal NTT, a Top 10 National Travel Baseball Team. He spent time on the Atlanta Braves High School Scout Team, the Colorado Dug-Out Club as part of their All-State Selection, and the Norcross Astros, part of the Sunbelt Collegiate League. Dane also has experience in hitting and video analysis, talent scouting, and was a two-time JUCO Academic All American. He worked as an assistant coach for the SoCal NTT 17U team as well as Countrywide Softball based out of Jefferson, GA.  Dane loves working with fellow athletes and can’t wait to bring his skills and experience to The Gate!

Hannah Medlam - Softball Instructor

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Hannah was a four year starter at Radford University, a D1 school where she started as an outfielder, second baseman, and first baseman. She was a left handed power hitter, along with being a slapper.

Hannah was a four year varsity starter at Apalachee. There she started in the outfield and third base. She received first team all region all four years, along with player of the year her senior year.

Becca Meade - Softball Instructor

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With a combined 15 years of pitching experience, Becca Meade played most recently at Georgia College and State in 2018, but before pitching at the division II level, Becca had a record setting tenure as a junior college player at Georgia Highlands College. During her freshman campaign in the NJCAA, Becca led NJCAA in strikeouts, wins, and saves; earning 1st Team All-Region honors, along with Region XVII All-Tournament Team in both years while at GHC. As a result of stellar performance, Rebecca currently holds the record for wins, saves, and ERA at Georgia Highlands College. After suffering an injury her senior year, Becca made the decision to hang up the cleats as a player. Once healthy, she continued to develop young players of all ages in the Eatonton and Milledgeville area with an emphasis not only on spin and pitch development, but injury prevention as well.

 

Before college, Becca was a four year varsity athlete at Apalachee High School, with all region honors from 2011-2015, along with being awarded AAAAA Region Pitcher of the Year in 2014 & 2015. Aside from high school, Rebecca has a combined 10 years of top tier travel ball experience while playing for Team Georgia and Georgia Impact.

BJ Armstead - Baseball Instructor

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BJ Armstead is a native of Atlanta, GA and started playing organized baseball at three years old. As a teenager, he was ranked among the best Shortstops in the state of Georgia and was slated to be a high draft pick upon graduating from high school. He was a four-year varsity starter in high school (where he was a 3x All-Conference member) and went on to play division 1 baseball before coming back to Atlanta to finish his undergraduate degree and playing career at Morehouse College. While in college, BJ was a part of the All-Conference team and the All-Academic team. He continues to be involved with the sport by teaching players of all age groups the fundamentals of hitting, fielding, throwing, and baserunning. BJ specializes in teaching athletes about the mental side of sports in all regards, from Mental Toughness and Mindfulness to Mental Health. BJ brings a wealth of knowledge from experiences coaching baseball and softball from the T-Ball level to the Collegiate level.