CONNECT Training Center strives to provide softball and baseball players the opportunity to grow their confidence, knowledge, and physical skill set. The knowledgable staff will help inspire, educate, and challenge each player to reach their full potential within their sport.
CONNECT Training Center is located at 14 Pryor Dr, Suite 417 and is a 6,000 square foot, state of the art facility with 4 cages and 3 pitching lanes available for all age levels.
There are many advantages to becoming a member of Connect Training Center.
Rent a cage for only $15 / hour. Cages can be reserved by calling us at (423) 777-4850, or through the MindBody app.
Private lessons are available for hitting, pitching and catching. Connect Training Center works exclusively with Chattanooga's top Softball and Baseball professionals that are sure to help your game.
Any player involved in any class or lesson must be a CTC Member. Annual Membership is $25. Members have access to available cage space, and are invited to free and pay clinics throughout the year.
Founders, Jill and Jeremy Higdon, are excited to combine their years of experience running a sports training facility with the RBI Softball Leagues's vision and the City of Chattanooga's commitment to helping young athletes across the area.
"I'm really excited about the vision and service the CONNECT Training Center will provide. Softball has grown tremendously in popularity and affords numerous college scholarships for young women. It is important that we insure all young girls have access to training and playing opportunities. This facility directly addresses that need."
"I am so proud of Jill and Jeremy for recognizing the need for such a facility in Chattanooga and for using their knowledge, skills, and resources to provide this opportunity to the kids in our city."
"Chattanooga is known for its strong softball community, and this new training center built by Jill and Jeremy will allow even more young girls to learn the sport and improve their skills."
Connect Training Center (CTC), Chattanooga’s first non-profit softball skills training facility, founded by Jill & Jeremy Higdon, is proudly opening for registration on Monday, August 24.
CTC has partnered with the City of Chattanooga’s Parks & Recreation Department to help develop the softball skills of girls in Chattanooga’s RBI league. CTC is the first non-profit indoor training facility available to the league and will focus on all aspects of playing softball as well as developing positive life skills. “We are so thrilled that CTC has recognized the need to develop the skills of these outstanding young ladies and give them such high level training that they would otherwise not receive, ” said Greta Hayes, Director of Recreation.
To facilitate the training, CTC has also partnered with the Chattanooga State Softball Team to provide instruction to the girls on a weekly basis. “I was thrilled for my players to have the opportunity to share their talent and knowledge of the game with these younger girls and to give back to the community that supports us,” said Chattanooga State Head Softball Coach Blythe Golden.
“In our 16 years of coaching, Jeremy and I have had the good fortune to work with some of the most talented softball players and coaches in the country and to be a part of Chattanooga becoming a focal point in the world of softball. We wanted to connect this world with the RBI league. We believe that CTC presents a wonderful opportunity for these girls to connect with skilled players and learn from them on and off the field,” said Jill Higdon.
In addition to its work with the RBI League, CTC will also offer memberships, cage rentals, individual instruction and all skills youth classes.
All Skills Youth Classes will be formatted by CTC director Jill Higdon and taught by Chattanooga State players, Fury players, and other softball professionals. These classes are for 4-12 year olds and will be formatted to work on all softball skills: throwing, catching, fielding, and hitting. Classes are one hour and will meet once a week.
“I am so proud of Jill and Jeremy for recognizing the need for such a facility in Chattanooga and for using their knowledge, skills and resources to provide this opportunity to the kids in our city,” said Kelli Smith, head softball coach at Baylor School.
“The mission of Connect Training Center is to provide a positive atmosphere where young athletes can develop the skills necessary to be successful on and off the softball field.”
Connect Training Center is located at 4253 Crowell Road, Suite 419 and is a 6,000 square foot, state of the art facility with 4 cages and 3 pitching lanes available for all age levels.
UTC Head Coach Frank Reed, Chattanooga State Head Coach Blythe Golden, and Pitching Instructor Brandon Carr will give a FREE Coach’s Clinic on hitting, catching, and pitching August 30, 2:00-4:30. Register online at https://www.facebook.com/connecttrainingcenterchattanooga.
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4 year letterman at Red Bank High School and Division 1 East Tennessee State University where I still hold current records. Was named captain by head coach of high school and collegiate team. A veteran of five Professional Independent Minor League baseball seasons (Pecos, United, Can-Am, North Country), has a career .304 lifetime batting average in Professional Baseball with 20 professional home runs and 167 RBIs in 319 professional games and over 1200 at bats. Fabry has also been recognized in 4 different professional seasons as a league all-star and captain of 2 professional teams.
Ginger played softball all four years (1998-2001) at the University of Alabama and was a 1st team All-American in 2001. She is in the top ten in numerous statistical categories the SEC and at Alabama.
Ginger was a US National Team Training Camp invitee in 2001 and played professionally in 2004 for the Texas Thunder in the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF).
Ginger coached softball at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega. In her two seasons there, North Georgia made their first two appearances in the NAIA National Tournament, won 2 conference championships, and 2 conference tournament championships. Ginger, most recently, coached at North Forsyth High School in the Atlanta area.
As a private instructor near Atlanta, she helped assist Ocee Park and Recreation in Alpharetta, GA with player and coach development , designed coach and player clinics, did individual pitching and hitting instruction, as well as aid coaches on-site with effective and efficient practice strategies and itineraries.
William Russell has been serving as an Assistant Coach at Covenant College since 2008. Prior to Covenant, William spent four seasons as the head baseball coach at Mid-Continent in Kentucky. With six years of college softball coaching experience and eleven years of college baseball coaching experience he brings a wealth of tactical knowledge to develop skills on the diamond.
Christian is a current catcher at Cleveland State community college in Cleveland Tennessee studying education and planning to be a coach and teacher. Christian was a 4 year letterman at McCallie where he primarily caught for the Blue Tornado. He graduated in 2014 as a part of the State Championship baseball team at McCallie. As the captain of the State Championship team, he hit .324 his senior year. At McCallie he was coached by a staff that had 2 former Major League Baseball players in Tim Costo and Robert Long. He was selected and started catcher for the 2014 Tennessee vs. Georgia all star game after his senior year. He has worked multiple summer and winter baseball camps at Mccallie. He aims to instill the proper catching techniques in receiving, framing, blocking, throwing and leading the team from behind the plate.
Jake was a 4-year letterman at Independence High School in Thompson Station, TN, from 2007-2011 under Head Coach Bill Moore. While at Independence Jake helped lead the team to 2 State Tournament bids. Jake was named Captain of the 2011 Eagles that set a school record with 30 wins and finished 6th in the State AAA division. While at Independence Jake received Defensive Player of the Year awards in 2010 and 2011 as a Catcher. Jake was selected to the All-District team for his performance in 2011. While at Independence Jake helped lead the pitching staff to a team ERA under 2.50 from 2009-2011 holding the responsibility of pitch calling, and pre/postgame pitching preparation.
Jake received a scholarship to continue his career at Freed Hardeman University, an NAIA program formally in the TranSouth Athletic Conference. Jake played 2 seasons for Freed Hardeman before transferring to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to pursue his education. Jake hit .279/.412/.346. As a Freshman Jake helped lead the Lions to their first Conference championship in a number of years with a 36-23 record. Jake was the only Freshman in the conference to be selected with All-Conference honors as a member of the 2nd Team All-Conference in 2012. While at Freed Hardeman Jake helped lead the pitching staff to back to back school record setting years in terms of team ERA.
Jake was a Volunteer Assistant Baseball coach for the Hixson Middle School baseball team in 2016, and gives individual instruction for both Baseball and Softball players in hitting, fielding, catching, throwing, and base running. Jake’s primary focus is to teach how to play the game the right way to young baseball/softball players as well as developing their knowledge of the game.
Jake graduated college from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in August of 2015 with degrees in General Management and Industrial Management. He is currently working full time with the Tennessee Valley Authority-TVA.
Phone: (423) 903-4077
Christine Engbers is entering her fourth year with the Covenant softball program in 2016, but her first as the full-time assistant coach. Engbers was hired as the full-time assistant in December of 2015. Engbers has experienced tremendous success as a head coach in the high school ranks. She previously served as the head coach at Dade County High School in Trenton, Ga. Her squad won the Georgia High School Association Class AA state championship in 2012 and made another deep run into playoffs in both 2013 and 2014. Engbers was a finalist for the Chattanooga Times Free Press' annual Best of Preps Coach of the Year honors in June of 2013. She was named GACA Coach of the Year and Georgia Dugout Club Coach of the Year in 2012. Engbers graduated from Covenant in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She played four years and had a career .335 batting average, fourth best in school history, and ranks second in program history with 162 hits and 45 multi-hit games. Engbers holds the program's record for career steals with 59, including the season record of 26 in 2012. She was a second team NCCAA All-American in 2010 after hitting .352 with 15 stolen bases which helped the Lady Scots reach the NCCAA National Tournament for the first time. Engbers also played three years of basketball at Covenant. She played in 56 career games, making 42 starts.
Source - athletics.covenant.edu/sports/sball/coaches/Christine_Core
Sara Russell, former college softball coach resides in Chattanooga with her husband William and three children. She has nine years of college coaching experience and has been giving private lessons for over ten years. Whether you are looking to learn the basic fundamentals, add velocity, or fine tune a spin pitch she has the knowledge and experience to get you to the next level.
All state catcher out of red bank high school 2006. All conference outfielder in 2007 helped lead Chattanooga state to conference championship. All conference/all district as a catcher in 2008 at Chattanooga state. 2008 national baseball congress all American. Finished career at the university of central Arkansas.
Phone: (865) 310-9068