Ron Engle "K" Club Academy

Ron Engle - Owner / Softball Pitching /Hitting

Ron has been a private softball pitching and catching instructor since 2003.  He has been coaching softball since 1995.  I was the pitching coach for RR Gold out of Stockton with head coach Bob Regpala.  I coached for five years at Folsom High School.  Ron currently has 75 students that come to him for  lessons.   I have over 310 college pitchers in college.

Past Coached Teams

2017 Sierra College Pitching Coach

2003 to 2015 Pitching Coach Runnin Rebels Gold (18 Gold)

2008 Pitching Coach California Grapette's Gold (18 Gold)

2000-2005 Assistant Coach Folsom High School (Varsity)

2002 Assistant Coach Nor Cal Lite (14u)

2001 Assistant Coach California Sting (14u)

2000 Assistant Coach Fresno Force (12u)

1998-1999 Head Coach Sacramento Dynasty (12u)

1997 Assistant Coach Lady Blazers (10u)

Jody Cova - Softball Hitting, Fielding, Catchers Instructor

Jody is currently a catcher at Cal State Fullerton.  Jody is in her senior year.  While at Cal State Fullerton they have won three Big West conference championships.  Jody played varsity for four years at Casa Roble High School.  In 2014 Jody was named "Big Stick" player of the year.  Jody helped lead the team to win a section championship in 2016.  in 2017 Jody was named "Golden glove defensive player of the year."  She also won Spring athlete of the year in 2017.  Jody was team captain her senior year and helped lead her team to win conference.  While playing all four years on varsity she won all league honors.  Jody played 3rd base and catcher all through high school.  Jody can't wait to work with your daughter and help take her to the next level! 

Rob Diggle - Softball  Hitting & Fielding Instructor  

 Rob Diggle has been coaching either baseball or softball since the early 1980's. He was a high school baseball coach at San Benito High School in Hollister, CA from 1981 -1984. From 1985 -1989 he was an assistant coach at two Pac 10 schools. Rob worked on a Master's degree and helped at Stanford in the 85'-86' seasons and then spent 3 years as an assistant at the University of Washington. While at Washington coach Diggle completed his Masters Degree in Kinesiology from San Jose State University. Rob's primary responsibilities were hitting, recruiting, and infield play at UW.

In the 1990's Rob got involved with softball when his daughter began to play. He has been involved with several ASA organizations and currently is helping with All-American Sports Academy out of Tracy, CA. His teams have been many National Championships, finishing as high as 7th in the country. Coach Diggle has worked directly or indirectly (ASA team members) with over 50 collegiate players. Rob was the Head Coach at Union Mine High School. 

Bob Hayes - Softball & Baseball Hitting Instructor

Bob’s Fast pitch Softball career started back in 1977, where he played for Carmelita’s of Roseville Calif. Continued to play for the next  14 years for a variety of A and Open A travel teams at the national level based out of Sacramento California. Bob ended his playing career with the Roseville Merchants in 1994 at age 41.  

Bob started coaching in 1995 at a local recreational league in Orangevale California, where he coached for two years. In 1997 he started coaching travel ball with the Golden Thunder 12U. Bob continued coaching with a variety of travel teams; Sacramento Dynasty 12U &14U, Capital City Comets 14U & 16U and the Roseville Heat 18U and 18 Gold. His teams have all played in National Tournaments ASA, NSA and Triple Crown venues. Finishing in the top 20 in two ASA nationals 18U.   Top 10 in Triple Crown nationals 16U.   Champions in the 16u Triple Crown Fireworks Tournament in Denver Colorado.  Second place in NSA nationals 12U.    

Bob was Head Varsity Softball coach at Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks California from 2002 to 2007, where he led the Bronco’s to their first playoff berth in 20 years in the 2007 season. 

Bob was also an assistant coach at Sac City College for four years.

Bob was the hitting coach for Sierra College.

His son Heath Hayes played baseball at San Diego State where he received All American honors and was also named MVP of the WAC he senior year (1994). Heath was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 1994 and went on to play seven years with the Indians organization, ending his career with the Triple A Buffalo Bison in 2001. Bob and Heath started Triple play school of Athletic development in 2002, working with some of the elite baseball and softball players in the area, some of which have played or are currently playing at the D2 and D1 level, including his daughter Kayla Hayes who  attended San Jose State.

Bob is married to Janet Hayes (30 years) and a proud father of four daughters and one son and three grand children. 

Abbie Lewis - Softball Hitting Instructor and Fielding Instructor 

Hello my name is Abbie Lewis, and I am beginning my coaching career as a newly retired collegiate softball player. I am wrapping up my Bachelor's degree in Education Studies with a minor in Mathematics Education (and graduating in June this year) from Southern Oregon University, home of the Raiders! I am pursuing being a math teacher as I have just adorn and am so filled with teaching and watching growth and progress happen right in front of my eyes. As I have wrapped up my collegiate career, I have become insanely passionate about giving back to the next generation of softball players that are coming up and will continue to dominate the game of softball at that collegiate level.

 

I started my collegiate career as a slapper.  While at Southern Oregon my hitting evolved from be a slapper only to being able to hit with power and slap.   I personally was a utility player throughout my entire career. I began as a shortstop and second baseman the first two years at William Jessup University, and finished my career in the outfield at Southern Oregon University. This is a great benefit for my students that I’m able to teach infield and outfield.  I naturally began my career as a right-handed hitter and switched to the left side at the age of 12-13. With that being said, in the last season or so of my career I have just loved being a student of the game. I had an incredible coaching staff at Southern Oregon that taught me so much about the game as a whole. We were taught through experiences such as our many camps and recruit clinics how to teach, instruct, and have fun with our recruits and campers. SOU hosts a camp annually that takes up over 7 fields and is filled with teams and recruits from all over. We had frequent recruit weekends, and it was talking to these recruits every weekend that I really found a passion to help and aid young players in their college decision making process. Being that I am a transfer student, I am even more passionate than ever to make sure that students are asking the right questions and finding the place they can set roots and call home!

 

Outside of just teaching fundamental mechanics, passion and insight for the game, and just enjoying the sport we play, I also want to be someone for these girls to talk to in relation to their hopes, aspirations, goals, and dreams that this game has to offer without losing sight of the fun of the game. 

 

Statistics and Player Background: 

Competed in 2018 and 2019 at William Jessup University (Calif.), where she was an All-Golden State Athletic Conference selection as a freshman and an All-West Region and all-conference pick as a sophomore… In 2019, ranked second in the NAIA with 1.2 stolen bases per game, going 41-of-44 on the bases while leading the team with a .461 batting average and 30 runs scored in 34 games… Was 28-of-30 on stolen-base attempts as a freshman and batted a team-best .407 with 50 runs scored as the Warriors went 32-15.

 

Jessica Scott- Softball Catcher and Hitting Instructor 

Hi! My name is Jessica Scott a Sacramento State Softball Alumni. I was born and raised in Sacramento, so staying close to home to represent my hometown was truly a goal of mine while looking to play at the next level. I graduated from Sac State in 2020 in the heart of the pandemic, with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development with a focus on Family and Consumer Sciences in Public Health. 

 

As a newly retired collegiate softball player, I’m looking to begin and further pursue my coaching career. Since stepping off the field in 2020 when my senior year was shortened, I decided hanging my cleats up was one thing, but needing to stay on that dirt was a no-brainer. I began coaching a travel ball team under Rod Rubalcava in 2018. Rod and I have coached a few different teams with a variety of age groups since then. Looking back at my career, I was always surrounded by passionate people that were giving back and now I want to do the same. 

 

In 2020 I began giving catching and hitting lessons at BATS in Sacramento. I actually started taking catching lessons at BATS when I was just 11 years old and that’s where it all began! 

For my students I gear my lessons towards that player and their needs,

(what they struggled with and what they excelled at) and will cater to each student in order to perfect their craft. I want my students to feel as comfortable as they can to openly communicate what they are expecting out of their time with me. Aside from mechanics and fundamentals I want to mentally challenge my players to help them grow in each aspect of the game - this game is a game of failure, we have to be a strong individual in order to play this sport, so I want to gear my influence with them in both physical and mental aspects of the game. 

 

High School 

A 2016 graduate of Sheldon High School in Elk Grove, Calif…was a four-year starting catcher for the varsity squad…helped the Huskies to back-to-back CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships in 2015 and 2016... as a senior, she was a third team all-state, first team all-Metro and first team all-Delta League selection after batting .371 with a .421 on-base percentage and 28 RBIs in 31 games…as a junior, she was named first team all-Metro and first team all-league after hitting .429 with a 1.198 ops, 11 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBIs in 31 games…garnered some form of all-league recognition all four years of her high school career...

 

College

2017 Season (Freshman) 

Played in 18 games as a true freshman, including 13 starts…all 13 of those starts came behind the plate.. started eight games at catcher during conference play…had a pair of pinch hitting appearances and one pinch running appearance…appeared in the Big Sky Conference Tournament...finished the season with a .987 fielding percentage.

 

2018 Season (Sophomore) 

Played in all 51 games, starting 50 times at catcher…committed just two errors behind the plate, good for a .994 fielding percentage…caught a pitching staff that finished first in the Big Sky Conference with a 2.85 team ERA...the only game of the season she didn’t start was March 10 vs. Howard where she came in to pinch hit...Big Sky Conference Tournament Champions in 2018...went on to play in Regionals for the NCAA College World Series Tournament at UCLA.. 

 

2019 Season (Junior) 

Played in 49 games, including 45 starts at catcher…caught a Sacramento State pitching staff that finished first in the Big Sky Conference with a 2.88 ERA…in addition, she was the battery mate for three pitchers that finished with a 3.75 ERA or lower, including Big Sky Pitcher of the Year Savanna Corr…reached base safely in seven straight games from March 15-22…appeared in the Big Sky Conference Tournament...committed just four errors all season, good for a .983 fielding percentage.

 

2020 Season (Senior) 

Played in 10 games in a shortened season, including seven starts at catcher…hit .353 (6-for-17) with a home, run, two walks, five RBIs and a .450 on-base percentage…the home run (a two-run shot) came in the season opener...finished her career playing in 128 games, including 115 starts and a .987 fielding percentage…ranks 13th in Sacramento State’s Div. I era (1990-pres.) with 574 putouts.