Bill currently serves as an assistant coach for Widener University's softball team. Outside of the softball world, Bill is a renowned motivational speaker and life coach, as he currently serves as a consultant, speaker, and head coach for The 415 Group, LLC. Bill brings unique qualities to the position beyond his hitting and catching expertise," stated Academy GM Rob Itri. "He is a great communicator who has an uncanny ability to get the absolute most out of players. Aside from the physical mechanics, Bill institutes a sound mental approach and self confidence in every player he works with. A 2008 Widener graduate, Bill is currently pursuing his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaching Association, Positive Coaching Alliance, and is a Level IV ASA Certified Softball Coach/Instructor.
My daughter started working with Coach Bill at the age of 13. He made an immediate impact on her play and hitting. She has become the starting catcher on her tournament team and a sought after college recruit but most importantly, she says, 'I feel so much better as a player and as a person after I see him!'
My daughter started seeing Bill in the Fall of 2013, (age 10) simply to take softball lessons because she truly wanted to learn to be a catcher. Little did we know then, not only was this a really lucky thing to happen in her softball development, but also in her OVERALL psychological development. She has confidence and she has fun. She looks to him as a mentor and role model. (Her words). I believe it's because he has this combination of super charged positive energy, humor and a uncanny ability to read people and get the best out of his students. She is almost 13 and still taking lessons.
'Coach Bill has the uncanny knack for connecting with players in a way that is skill-based and user friendly. His enthusiasm and love for the game are evident and allows him to immediately connect with players and their families.
My daughter started in travel softball hitting right handed and shortly thereafter was switched by her coaches to a left-handed slapper due to her speed. With little to no one-on-one instruction by her coaches, and her confidence diminishing, we had to seek a hitting instructor. Several instructors later we found Billie. After her first lesson it was quite clear that his approach to hitting is by far above the rest. Billie’s approach to hitting is first learning the proper mechanics of a swing and identifying how the batter needs to think and adapt for a successful hit. It’s difficult to find a great TEACHER, and with instruction from Billie, you will see what potential lies deep within your child to make her the best player she can be. He exudes such energy, passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for the game, and beyond, and has been a true mentor for both our daughter and us. Billie has been blessed with a gift for connecting with not only the athlete, but people in general. G. Solge and H. Solge, 8thGrade Student and Travel Player, Wilmington, DE