Caitlin M. Colvin - Owner/Lead Instructor
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.
Mike Prairie - Softball Instructor
Coach Mike Prairie brings over 20 years of experience to The Champions Gate. He has coached at both the high school and elite travel ball levels. Mike has the knowledge and ability to assist any player at any point in their career. Whether it's batting or pitching, he has a reputation for bringing out the best in each athlete. His knowledge of swing mechanics and pitching fundamentals are top in the field. Coach Mike cares about each player and has a real passion for the game. That passion and reputation for producing elite athletes have allowed him to help guide countless athletes through the collegiate experience. Coach Mike Prairie is an excellent addition to The Champions Gate program.
Michael Clarke - Lead Strength & Agility Instructor
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.
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!