What is coaching? It is a way of relating to people in order to help bring out the best in them. I suspect there are many similarities in coaching and in leading or managing any kind of company or business organization. We all have coaches in our lives - people who help guide, teach and motivate us to be the best we can be. They are our parents, teachers, friends, and sports team coaches. It is indeed a special role, and one I have loved. Over the years that I have been involved in college coaching, I have learned a great deal.


1. Spend twice as much time on your hitting as you do on your defense. Hitting is a tough skill to learn, refine and master. It takes a lot of time to become a highly skilled hitter and ultimately, team selections are often made based on who can contribute offensively.

2. Select the heaviest bat you can swing without losing bat speed or developing faulty mechanics. This will give you maximum power.

3. Hold the bat with your fingers. You have considerably more strength and control with your fingers rather than your palms.


Christopher Newport University
Coaching Staff-

Head Coach:
Keith Parr - 7th Year

Chip Bailey - 4rd year
Todd Winegrad - 5th year
Erin Dudley - 1st year
Lindsay Kelly - 1st year
Ashley Carlson - 1st year

Currently we have the pleasure to be coaching one of the top softball programs in the nation. We have a great group of athletes that love competing at the college level. It is also our goal to provide outstanding softball clinic and camp experiences to the young softball players in our region.


We provide Fastpitch Softball Clinics offered throughout the year with outstanding instruction on all aspects of this wonderful game we all love!

Instruction is provided from experienced college coaches and players, along with special instructors from the professional fastpitch level.

Softball Clinic

New Captains Softball Clinic website :)