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The Team

Who We Are

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Tabitha Loebel

Founder & Pitching Instructor

"Coach Tab" grew up in the Rochester area, but currently resides in the Buffalo area with her husband and 3 year old son (the 'L3').  She has over 15 years of coaching experience with the combination of levels between travel, high school and NCAA D2.  Under her leadership as the pitching coach, the Saints pitching staff helped the team qualify for the USCAA Small College World Series for 3 consecutive years. Her primary focus of the game is pitching, but works all aspects of the game.  She is currently working through the courses at Pauly Girl Fastpitch to become certified.  Coach Tab is a certified Special Education and Childhood Education teacher.  She uses her expertise from the classroom and applies that to reach her students needs. 

 

*FOR ALL NEW PITCHNG CLIENTS - PLEASE EMAIL L3.Fastpitch.softball@gmail.com

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Hannah Bardeen

Hitting & Catching Instructor

Hannah Bardeen grew up in the Buffalo area where she attended Amherst High School. She played travel locally and continued her collegiate play at the University at Buffalo, NCAA D1. She played with UB for 3 years, before transferring to D'Youville University to pursue nursing and play at the NCAA D2 level.  At D'Youville, Hannah is a record holder for runs scored, doubles, home runs, RBI's, and total bases. Hannah earned USCAA First Team All- American and team MVP.  She specializes in catching and hitting. Hannah has experience coaching as an assistant for travel, and working a variety of clinics in the area.

Rachael Fuerst

Hitting & Catching Instructor

Rachael grew up in the Buffalo area where she attended West Seneca East High School.  She played locally for travel as well as for NJ Intensity.  Rachael currently attends University at Pittsburgh (NCAA D1) to continue her education and further her softball career. Rachael is a catcher for the Panthers where she was named All- ACC Academic Honor Roll and CSC Academic All- District.  She has experience coaching as an assistant for travel ball as well as working at a variety of clinics in the area 

*Rachael has returned to Pitt and will be back on breaks*

Maddy "Pep" Pepke

Slapper, Hitting, Fielding & Baserunning Instructor

Maddy, "Pep" a Lancaster Native, graduated from D'Youville University (NCAA D2) with a degree in Nursing and is currently a certified Nurse.  Pep was a middle infielder and lead off slapper for the Saints. She was named the 2022 ECC Player of the Year, USCAA First Team All- American, and team MVP.  Maddy is a record holder at D'Youville University for stolen bases, single season hits, and runs scored. Her coaching experience includes private lessons and clinics with L3.  Pep specializes in slapping, bunting, baserunning, and hitting. 

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Jamie Bower

Hitting/Catching/Fielding Instructor

Jamie graduated from Royalton Hartland High School and played for various local travel organizations.  She graduated from D'Youville University  and now is a certified nurse.  At DYU,  Jamie was voted as team captain, earned USCAA Player of the Week and ECC Player of the Week.  She was solid utility player for the Saints. Jamie spent her first three seasons behind the plate.  Her senior year, she split time catching, playing first, and second base.  She helped lead the team in all three appearances at the Small College World Series in Dubois, PA. 

Bryanna "Dewey" Dewey

 Fielding  Instructor

Bryanna is majoring in Physical Therapy at D'Youville University.  She has two and years of division II softball experience playing middle infield and outfield. Dewey helped the Saints success in the USCAA World Series.  She made All-Tournament team with a .550 batting average.  Dewey attended Williamsville South High School with achieving the 2019 Gerry Gentner All- Tournament Team Shortstop, 2019-2021 Batting Average & Stolen base leader, along with 2021 All ECIC First Team Shortstop. 

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Katie Weimer

Catching/Hitting/Mental Game Instructor

Katie Weimer graduated from Orchard Park High School in 2015.  She was named the 2015 Class AA New York State Player of the Year, earned All-ECIC Large schools first-team honors and ECIC I first-team accolades as a senior in 2015, named Orchard Park Bee Player of the Year, and Varsity Softball Maroon Key MVP in 2015.  

Katie played her freshman year of college softball at the University of Buffalo.  Here she was named to the 2016 MAC All-Freshman Team, named the 2016 Buffalo Softball Rookie of the Year, and named MAC East Player of the Week (3/15).  Katie set Buffalo’s single-season record with 49 RBIs and posted the second most home runs in a single season with 12.  She led the team in home runs (12), RBIs (49), triples (four), total bases (109) and slugging percentage (.641). 

She transferred to the University of Tennessee where she spent her last three years playing collegiate softball.  She succeeded in the classroom as well as on the field, earning SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll in 2017, 2018 & 2019.  During her time at UT she helped her team make NCAA Super Regional appearances all three years as a hitter and a catcher. 

When Katie’s collegiate career came to an end with her graduation from UT in 2019 with a major in Kinesiology and a bachelor’s degree in Science in Education, her goal was to help other girls with the same dreams and aspirations further their softball careers and reach their fullest potential.  She began her coaching career with the Gold Coast Hurricanes, a distinguished travel softball organization originating from the state of Florida. She coached a travel softball team through the organization, and gave private instruction addressing hitting, catching, fielding, and mental game tactics.  

After concluding her education at Tennessee Wesleyan University with her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2022, she continued her coaching career at BC Athletics in Knoxville, TN.  The owner and founder of BCA, former MLB player Brett Carroll, trusted Katie in continuing the growth of the softball program within the organization by giving private instruction and beginning a travel softball team.  Come 2023, Katie moved back home to WNY aspiring to take her coaching skills to the collegiate level.  She became an assistant coach at Canisius University for the 2023-2024 season.  Now that her season is over, she is looking forward to revisiting private instruction with the L3 Fastpitch organization.

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