Trevian Girls Softball Association

TGSA is proud to feature the following private instructors:



DAVE SNYDER  Hitting Instructor

 After 25 years trading on the floor of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Dave Snyder decided to focus on what he really loves to do: coach softball and mentor young people.  As Assistant Varsity Coach at New Trier High School for the past eight years, Dave helped the program finish 4th at the IHSA State Tournament in 2006, 2008, 2011 and make the “Elite 8” in 2010.   Last summer, his 16U Trevians travel team finished 5th out of 51 teams at the USSSA World Series in Kansas City and was honored with the Tournament Sportsmanship Award presented to only one team by the tournament umpires and organizers.  Dave has coached competitive summer travel teams from 10U through 18U and is currently the head 14U Trevians Coach.

"I believe in creating an environment of trust and encouragement where young people are inspired to test the limits of their capabilities with minimal anxiety,” Dave says.  “A critical element of our success is learning how to deal with the inherent failure that's built into the game. I teach my students how to have a positive approach, give maximum effort always, and seek only to control the controllable.  Wins and losses will take care of themselves.  We enjoy the opportunity to display a great effort on a regular basis!"

For high school students interested in continuing to play softball in college and apply for athletic scholarships, Dave also provides counsel on appealing to college recruiters.  He shares an inside view of the college recruiting process based on his experience as a New Trier Assistant Varsity Coach, advises on the creation of an effective showcase video, and helps his players to navigate the complicated process of obtaining a scholarship and position on a college team.

Contact: 847-269-0707 to schedule lessons


KELSEY LEE Pitching, Hitting, and General Skills Instructor

Kelsey Lee played Division 1 softball as a pitcher at Lehigh University. During her career at Lehigh, the Mountain Hawks won two Patriot League Championships and qualified for the NCAA tournament. Kelsey was named to the Patriot League academic honor roll each of her four years at Lehigh. As a senior, she led all Patriot League student-athletes with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the spring with a double major in psychology and English. 

During her high school career at New Trier, Kelsey was named the Pioneer Press Player of the Year, as well as a Chicago Tribune second team All-State and Sun-Times second team All-State selection. She currently holds the New Trier record for career strikeouts (967) and career shutouts (39), and led the team with a .427 batting average as a senior.

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