August 8th, 2020 - 12-0 first game, and 5-1 loss the second game. So far so good. Keeping score... hard to take pictures... won those two games so far. Have more left to play... thanks for asking. She has gotten on base every time!!
August 3, 2020 - Thank you for the great feedback. We've been practicing every day and still working to get her speed up. We'll be scheduling another training soon.
Caroline (Thompson) has been pitching well this Summer (2020). I will send you stats as soon as I can get them.
16.2 innings pitched - 19 strikeouts - 27 hits against her - 2 walks - 2.52 ERA - WHIP 1.740
Drop Curve is really helping her. She lives low and on the outside corner.
Yeah, She uses the "water" change and occasionally the "flip" change. Still comes in high, but usually drops it through the zone
She is going to play at Manchester when she goes to college (hopefully this fall).
Dateline: September 28, 2019 - I was able to watch one of my pitchers, who lives in Louisville. Luckily her mom, Ashley, signed their Louisville Glory team up to play in the IN USSSA U16 State Tournament. It was being played at Dunn Stadium and Makayla was pitching the game against the Lafayette Indiana Firestorm who was an A team in this open tournament, and Makayla's team was a B team. Makayla pitched a perfect game, but because of an error on an infield pop up in the 7th inning, she had to face 22 batters, striking out 9. Her team finished 2nd in the tournament. In the first three innings, I clocked her speed at 52mph. In the last three innings she was throwing 54mph.
In my life as a coach, I have been lucky enough to watch three of my pitching students throw a perfect game. Eloise Cox threw 6 innings of perfection. Every out was a strikeout in her 10U league game at Edinburgh. Her team won their league.
The other student who pitched a perfect game was Kai Hanner, in her second year of 12U ball. Her team was in Illinois when I worked with her, while I lived in Effingham. She was playing in a State Tournament in Bloomington, Indiana. The year before, in her first year of 12U, she had a meltdown, in this same tournament in Bloomington, and lost by a huge score, ...and was devastated. The year I was able to watch her as a 2nd year 12U player, she pitched 6 innings of perfection and struck out 11 batters. This season  she was to start her college pitching career at St. Louis University, but the virus ended their season early.
When Makayla's mom was in HS at Seneca HS in Louisville, KY. I was her pitching coach. In 2019, Makayla's grandma [Phyllis], tracked me down on the internet, and asked if I was still giving lessons, and where did I live. We got together a few times after her HS season, and I saw some things I thought I could help her with, but we had not time to change her much, so we just worked on pitches and locations. Now that the virus has shut everything down, I mentioned that if she could change just a few things, I thought she could consistently over 55. I sent her some videos of some of my other students using a slightly different motion than she was used to and the first day she tried this new method... she was consistently throwing 58mph, on the first day she tried it. When she gets more of her legs involved, I believe we will see her in the 60's.
Video 2230 is her old method, and video 7859 is the first day she used the new method.
So very proud of all my students, but especially grateful to teach a daughter of one of my students from many years ago.
I cannot thank them enough for trusting me with their daughter.
September 28, 2019 - "This was our last time using an 11" ball. From now on she'll be using a 12" ball. Her 2019 Summer season of Rec and Travel was outstanding. She was 22-5 had a perfect game, two no hitters, she was the winning pitcher for her team in the rec league and her team won two Travel tournaments and finished 2nd, twice. She also threw between 60 and 80% strikes in her games." Outstanding.
September 23, 2019 - Started my first "online" lessons with the Doug Brown family [Riley] who live in the state of Delaware!
SUNDAY - September 15, 2019 - Caroline Thompson threw a perfect 4 inning game today during her tournament in Shelbyville at Holiday Park. She had no hits, and 10 strikeouts, and went 3 for 3 at the plate.
September 11, 2019 - This Sunday (9/15) we are playing at Edinburgh, but for Sunday Sept 22, let me know what times you have available. I'll also send over a recap of our games from this weekend, this afternoon. Callie did well and her screwball was really moving [both catcher and umpire said it was an impressive pitch].
April 6, 2019 - While conducting a clinic for the Teutopolis Parks and Recreation Softball program, I received a phone call from Emily. She said, "guess what? I just hit my first HS home run over the fence!
June 22, 2019 - Emily called to tell me she was 3 for 3 in her travel U18 tourney game, today with a HR over the fence and two doubles off the fence!
June 29, 2019 - Emily called to tell me she was 2 for 3 in one of her travel games today with another HR over the fence and a single.
Monday - July 1, 2019 - "Hey coach! been a long time. Lily is doing so great in softball. Her hitting is top notch thanks to our lessons and her dedication. Her slugging average is over 800. Anyways, would love to schedule another training session with you. Have anything available next week?" HOW DID THE LEAGUE TURN OUT? "My girls won it decisively. Used many of training skills I learned from you to have the top hitting team in the league. So much so that Lawrence North High School has reached out to me about coaching their new 12U travel team. Seriously considering it, but unsure. 10-3 season record and 4-0 tourney. Probably could have won all, but I let every girl pitch that wanted too." WHO TURNED OUT TO BE YOUR TWO BEST PITCHERS? "Eliana and Lily. Lily has finally decided to listen to pitching instruction!
Saturday, May 11, 2019 - At the Mother's Day Classic in Shelbyville, IN. Elie threw her first no hitter, and the umpire signed the game ball for her.
Friday, May 17th, 2019 - At the Edinburgh, IN tournament - Won 11-5 ... 6 strikeouts ... 18 first pitch strikes ... 68% strikes for the game ... 1 walk ... 67 total pitches.
Sunday, May 26th, 2019 - At the Center Grove Tournament - Elie had a phenomenal game ... 70.1% strikes ... she had 3 up - 3 down one inning.
Tuesday, June 11th, 2019 - Elie pitched a no hitter tonight ... all strikeouts ... vs the Brown County Hustlers. Won 13-0 ... No one made it on base.
The other coach kept saying "excellent pitching".
[This is her second no hitter of the year.]
Sunday, April 28th, 2019 - First game today (after throwing a shutout yesterday) - 6 strikeouts ... 55 pitches ... 45 strikes ... 82% strikes compared to 65% as the goal! And, they won the tournament!
Sunday - April 27, 2019 - Great day today! 66 pitches ... 3 walks ... 6 strikeouts ... 4 hits ... No runs ... 63.6% Strikes ... Won 7-0 vs Southern Indiana Reign.
Saturday, April 27th, 2019 - "Great day today! 66 pitches - 3 walks - 6 strikeouts - 4 hits - no runs - 63.6% strikes - shutout 7-0.
Sunday, April 28th, 2019 - "First game today: 6 strikeouts - 55 pitches - 45 strikes" [82% strikes]
They won the Battle of the Bats at Ceraland in Columbus, IN USSSA 10U.
Avery pitched 5 innings in a CYO game vs Christ the King, yesterday, April 22, 2019. 11 strikeouts, 6 walks, no runs scored. She said the umpire was squeezing her on both corners" They won the game 8-1.
June 18, 2017 - Quote from Tara Evans Monhollen [North Laurel Jaguars] during her acceptance speech into the Kentucky Preps High School Softball Hall of Fame: "One person in particular I'd like to recognize, is my pitching and batting instructor, Brian Gallagher. Some of you might know him, he's worked with a lot of Kentucky athletes over the years. He believed in me in a time, that I didn't even believe in myself. He was positive to a fault, and would always see the good in any situation, even when all I could see was what it looked like. He was such an inspiration to me, both on and off the field and was the reason I became a pitching instructor, myself.
Tara led her team in batting at .425 her senior year, and as a pitching instructor, also had one of her students voted "Miss Softball" in Kentucky.
Keep teaching Brian! You're the best at it I ever knew, and not just about hitting! Life and respect!!" Commenting on a video I posted on Facebook showing one of my students doing a hitting drill.
(Darrel's daughters received college scholarships to Bellarmine in Louisville, KY [Jessica] and Elizabeth to Columbia College in South Carolina.)
2018-10-15 - "Grace had her official visit to the University of Illinois this weekend. Since I can remember, orange has been her favorite color and thank goodness since she was given the all orange uniform for the photo shoot. So proud and happy for her. Go 2020 Illini!
October 8, 2018 - Cell phone call from Edinburgh parking lot - "Hi Brian, this is Josie. I hit a double to the outfield and my teammate scored from third to win the game! Coach gave me the game ball...
October 9, 2018 - "Emma’s team won one pool game lost one. Then won two brackets before losing single elimination. Peyton’s team did the same thing. Emma had a really good hit with bases loaded over third base head and back to fence in foul line. All three players made it in. She got to second. She had 5 RBIs that game.
October 9, 2018 - "Eloise had a personal best tonight pitching 39 mph during the Grizzly Cubs fall ball game. We are so incredibly proud of this kid. She has gone from 33 to 39 in just a couple months. Thanks to Aunt Kelly for getting the videos, and a huge shout out to Brian Gallagher for being her amazing coach. We appreciate all the time you have invested in her and believed in her." [Elly won her game 12-1, no hits, 7 K's and 2 walks in three innings... U10 league]
Sunday, October 1, 2018 - "The girls [U12 Lightning] won their Saturday tournament with a 5-0 record. Avery pitched the first game and won 5-1, Kendra had a double to the fence and Abby had an inside the park home run over the right fielder's head, in the semifinal game. On Sunday they were 2-1 and finished third. They were 7-1 for the weekend and had the #1 USSSA rating for Class C teams in Indiana" I clocked Avery at 48mph in their last game on Sunday. Second fastest at the tourney.
October 4, 2018 - "Yes, (she played Sunday, September 30). She pitched a 5 inning shut out: 4 k's, 7 hits, 1 walk. She pitched a total of 8 innings and had 7 scoreless innings.
October 2, 2018: "Hello Brian, she just finished up fall season on Saturday. Overall she did well, she was the team's starting pitcher (altho they rotated in other girls to get them experience). The 2 games she pitched 2 innings they won, including one inning where she had 3 straight strike outs :) . Her coach even noticed her improvement from spring season and was impressed. We'll probably pick back up on lessons early next year in prep for spring season.
October 1, 2018 - "Hey Coach. No go Tomorrow. Need to take a little break. 6 games this weekend and Lily did great! Won MVP for her team in the tourney they were in.
September 16, 2018 - "Lexi Pitched a full game today and only walked 4 batters total. Addy [Adasynn] pitched two innings and walked nobody first inning and just walked 2 the second inning.... they definitely made us proud today! They won both games today, also." [Jessica and Adasynn are both new students and have never pitched before... Lexi has had 5 lessons and Adasynn has had 2]
August 23, 2018 - 3:39 pm
Sorry I have not been responsive as things have been very busy lately. Harlow tried out for the Indiana Dreams 09 travel team and she was invited to be part of the team. We accepted. The team is out of Lebanon, IN so we have been going to Lebanon twice a week for practices. The organization has their own instructors who are teaching the techniques approved by the organization so we will have to work with them going forward.
I attribute you working with Harlow as part of the reason that she was able to make the Indiana Dreams team. We are very excited about the organization and we appreciate your part in Harlow's development. I will certainly refer anyone to you that is need of instruction.
May 2, 2018 - 8:21pm - Emily called to let me know she had hit her first home run over the center field fence, in their game vs Lawrence North. Awesome news, Emily!
April 21, 2018 - I put on a one day [9 hours] hitting, throwing, catching, sliding, and pitching clinic for over 40 boys and girls in Dieterich, IL. This was my second year of doing a clinic for this Park Department based on a recommendation from the Teutopolis, IL Park Board President.
February 10 and 11, 2018 - I was the "Guest Instructor" for the 5th year in a row, for the Wabash Valley Junior College Warrior Softball Clinic. I was allowed to teach sliding, and pitching, and provide several drills for hitting. We had almost 160 attendees over the two days...some of the students came to both days, and some only came for one day.
April 14th, 2018 - I put on a Free clinic for the Greenwood Lassie League in the rain. We were able to use their covered area for picnics to do hitting for an hour and a half, and then used the parking lot to do one and a half hours of pitching. We had over 40 girls attend even though it was raining most of the morning. This was my payment to the league for allowing me to use their fields to teach my students during the Summer and Fall. Thank you, Jodi, Rick and GLL.
Saturday and Sunday - April 7 and 8, 2018. I completed my tenth year of putting on a hitting, throwing, sliding, and pitching clinic for the Parks and Recreation Department of Teutopolis, IL. This year the Board President said there was a 25% increase in the number of girls signing up. We had to use a gym in the elementary school, due to cold weather, but we had fun and no one got hurt!
Sunday - April 8, 2018 - "Can't wait to get back up to lessons! Sunday at 11 still on? Played at the Reds Academy. She pitched cool and collected. Nice job! ... Game Changer "With Elley on the Mound, Harrison Wildcats shut out Talawanda... Elley Zigler didn't allow a single run on 4 hits, with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk against Talawanda, throwing a complete game [5 innings] shutout and leading Wildcats to a 21-0 victory on Friday, April 13th. Friday - April 20, 2018 - "2-2 right now. Last night's ump was horrible. She will have to explain it, but she is so hard on herself when they lose! She did pitch well, it was just one of those games!
Yes, she [Amiyah] is playing very well. Her batting average is at .583 and her on base percentage is .853 and her ERA for pitching is 1.9. She is doing very well and their record is 6-1 for her high school.
Wednesday - April 25, 2018 - "Caroline won last night 2-1. She pitched the entire game, allowed 3 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 11. JV game vs Perry Meridian. She used Change up [flip change], screw, and fastball.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 - "Hey coach. I'm sure you get plenty of texts like this and I *think* you like to receive them. Lily hit a three run home run last night to win the game for her team. Very proud of her and thankful for your work with her. Still have a lot to work on with throwing, but her hitting is great!
Monday, April 23rd, 2018 - "Our season started. FYI...we won our first game 10-4 and your students (Lucy, Harlow, Emily, and Alyssa) pitched great. My daughter, Harlow, pitched one inning and struck out three batters.
Sunday, April 8th - "Miley is absolutely on fire! Batting 7 for 7 over three games, all singles and doubles. She pitched an awesome game yesterday, allowing only 1 run (late in the game, on a fielder's choice play) and gave up just 3 hits all game. Single elimination tournament... the team that beat us 7-4 won the tournament.... but coach said tonight we are ranked 3rd out of 64 teams in the state in our division and 15th in the nation....went 4-1 this weekend.
March 19, 2018 - "Caroline pitched a complete game tonight for JV [16-3 Win]. 10 strike outs, 3 walks, 5 hits and 1 earned run. She went 4-4 from the plate with 1 walk
Sunday, November 5, 2017: "Abby went 3-3 ... 2 scores today. yesterday not so good, they lost in semi finals just b4 the downpour... she hit the ball hard between short and third twice and once up the middle
July 3rd - "She played with the Diamond Dynamics over the weekend, and they won the tournament. U got her "check in" and stance perfect. She had a couple good hits and had game winning catch Saturday.
July 16 - "We won the tournament today. I'll let Payti tell ya about it tomorrow. She did really good. Thanks, Brian
July 22 - "Payti 3 for 4 so far today. One nice rip to outfield. ... 5 for 7 after two games. ...ended day at 7 for 10 and 3 RBI. Thanks dude.
July 29 - "Payti just go a hit off a fake bunt [I taught her]. ...another fake bunt for a base hit!!! ...won first game, winning second. ...we won second game. Should be #1 seed. ...Payti ended up 5 for 11 for the weekend. 1 for 3 today.
Two good hits. One caught in the outfield. We lost to that Diamond Dynamics team. They won the tourney... It was funny, today. The other team's coach was telling his girls to watch for the fake bunt/hit when Payti got up to bat!
Hey Brian it's Shawn. Payton will not be back from Florida until late next Monday night. So I was wondering if you have any open spots elsewhere next week kinda close to me ? Let me know I'm willing to drive. I would love to get Payton to you one more time before tournament next weekend. Btw Payton loved it last night. I quote "I learned more tonight than I ever did with other batting coaches". Thanks.
After Session on Monday June 5th, 2017
May 11, 2017 - Brian: "Were you able to play tonight?" Justin: "Yes we did! Her team won 19-9 and 5 of the last 6 outs were her [Stella] striking out batters. The other out was Charleigh catching a foul tip behind the plate
May 7, 2017 - Abby K "Abby hit 5 for 6 with a walk and scored 3 runs. They lost in the semifinals" ...of the tournament her team was in.
Hi Coach Brian. I wanted to let you know that the practice last night revived Elizabeth on pitching. Since she wasn't that good and the team was counting on her, she was really getting down on herself. She didn't want to pitch anymore to be honest but I told her she has to finish out this year. After practice last night she was excited again. Thank you so much. :)
Brian Gallagher is the only Fast Pitch instructor I use to help my daughter with her pitching and batting mechanics. My daughter  started going to Brian for instruction over 4 years ago when he lived in Illinois. Once he moved to Indiana, we were forced to search for another instructor. That was not a good journey! Nobody compares to Brian...period! I’m proud to say we still use Brian as our instructor, albeit through the use of email and video. Not only does he teach your child, he also instructs the parent as well so you can continue to work with your child at home. He is an incredible gift to the world of Fast Pitch softball. His level of knowledge, attention to detail, and the ability to instruct my child while keeping it fun is second to none.
I have a 15yo daughter who plays high school ball and travel ball. She's in a bit of a slump and I'd like to get some help to straighten her out. We are in Bedford and the site says you travel up to 50 miles. Is Bedford within your travel distance? If not do know of fields where we can meet?
After our first session, her is the text I received from David:
Until this last weekend [before our session] I think she was 1 for 15 and then she went 6 for 8 or 7 for 9 with a couple of walks. Very impressive weekend. Her team won USSSA Fall State.
Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 - Text
Hey Coach... just an update on Emma. We played our first tourney this past weekend in Terre Haute. Emma hit in all five of the games we played and the highlight was a three run double that put us ahead in the game that put us in the Championship game. She was son excited. We got second in the tourney.
Tuesday, October 4th, Kaitlyn Williams pitched a no hit shutout vs a Team from Franklin, IN to get her team into the Semifinals of the Fall League Tournament. On Wednesday, October 5th, Kaitlyn hit her first ever Home Run over the fence to start a rally that led her team to a 5-4 "walk off" victory over Seymour, IN. Her team plays in the Championship game October 6th.
June 18, 2016 - "I think we may be getting somewhere with the girls [Emma and Peyton]. The reports Mell is giving me from Columbus: Peyton is driving the ball between second and third to the grass. Here in Lafayette: Emma got walked twice, hit by a pitch, and the one time she hit, she hit a line drive past the shortstop into the outfield.
Saturday, March 19th [Comment from Gina Smith on Facebook] - Congratulations Crush !!!! A BIG win in the mud and rain. Taelyn was super excited to meet up with her pitching /hitting coach. We thank you Brian Gallagher for stopping by to see her play.
Sunday, March 20th [Reply to Gina's comment by Theresa Reinbold] You have a great hitting/pitching coach!!!!! He helped both my girls get into college.
Quote text from the coach of one of the teams I teach hitting to: Fury U16 last tournament on Feb 7th: "The girls who don't take hitting lessons had a combined BA of .127, girls taking lessons from Brian had a combined BA of .427, and Kaitlyn Williams had a .667 BA." [Kaitlyn has been a student of mine for about 1-1/2 years] "Huge difference...the facts were presented to them. I'm hoping they (all) get their butts into lessons." Kaitlyn also led her team in the fall league last year with a .600+ BA.
Below is a quote on Facebook recently from Todd Kelly, Dad of Shelby Kelly.
Thanks Brian Gallagher it all started with you.
Shelby came to me as a pitching student after her Mom, Kim, called me and asked if I could take a look at her daughter's pitching. Shelby was 9 years old and her coach had told her she was too little to be a pitcher on his team. Kim asked if she could bring Shelby for a lesson and give her feedback on whether I thought Shelby could pitch. After the first session I could tell Shelby had the capability to pitch. By the end of that season she was the number one pitcher on the team. Now in her Junior year, and "not a lot taller", Shelby signed a letter of intent to pitch for Belmont University in Nashville, TN; after graduating in June from Ballard HS in Louisville, KY. She has pitched on the varsity at Ballard since 8th grade. She's come a long way since being told she was too short to pitch!!
Monday - June 22nd (Kevin Smith)
Taelyn wanted me "to tell coach Brian" this weekend at the USSSA IL State Tournament Bracket game, she pitched a PERFECT GAME. Her first time ever?
We practice at home every chance we get. Still haven't found another pitching instructor that is worth a darn.