Management

Mike Kearney

OWNER / CEO

 

Mike is currently the head coach for Frederick High School and a former head coach of a local 18U girls fastpitch travel team. He has previously coached football and girls basketball and has coached girls softball on various levels since 2004. He has a certificate of completion as a  High school strength and conditioning specialist. Mike along with his wife Angela are committed to bringing a facility to central Frederick County and give athletes of all ages a place to sharpen their softball and baseball skills and improve their game.

Angela Kearney

DIRECTOR / MARKETING
 
Angela and her husband Mike originally founded Strike Zone in 2018. They worked diligently side by side to form a premier athletic center for young athletes and adults to have a place to enjoy and sharpen their skills all year long. Strike Zone is the only facility that offers air conditioned batting cages in Frederick County. Our facility is also heated during the cold winter months.

Softball Instructors

Haley Christensen

INSTRUCTOR

Hi, I’m Haley Christensen a Frederick, MD native. I started playing softball at the age of 5 and started learning how to pitch around 8 years old. I attended Tuscarora High School where I was a four-year varsity player. As for my travel experience, I played for the Heartbreakers from 2005-2013, which allowed me the opportunity to continue on to collegiate level at Lebanon Valley College. Most recently, I have started giving pitching lessons to young women of all ages as well as just completing my first year of assistant coaching at Tuscarora High School. I am excited to bring all of the knowledge and experience I have attained throughout the many years and give back to Frederick. 

Jenna Knable

INSTRUCTOR

 

Jenna is a 2013 graduate of Clear Spring High School, earning First Team MVAL, First Team All-County, and team MVP her senior year.  She then continued her athletic and academic career at Hagerstown Community College where she received First Team All MDJUCO and First Team All-Region XX honors. After playing at Hagerstown Community College for two years, Jenna transferred to Wilson College.  While at Wilson College Jenna was Student Athlete of the week twice, First Team All North Eastern Athletic Conference twice, and First Team East Coast Athletic Conference once. While in college Jenna played various positions, but mainly caught and played second base.  She also complied a .418 college career batting average where she had 435 at bats, 41 doubles, 5 homeruns, and 105 RBIs. Jenna recently became the Head Coach at Hagerstown Community College.  During her first year at the helm of HCC the team went 24-17 and appeared at the Region XX final four tournament.  Four players received All-Region XX honors, and five players received All-MDJUCO honors. Jenna currently gives softball hitting, fielding and catching lessons, and can be booked through the Strike Zone online scheduling system or jenna.knable@gmail.com.

Jade Bowins

INSTRUCTOR

 

Jade Bowins is a 2010 graduate of Governor Thomas Johnson High School, where she was a varsity starter for 4 years as well as a captain her senior year. Jade continued her athletic and academic career at Sacred Heart University (SHU) in Fairfield, CT where she helped take the team to their 2011 NEC-Conference victory followed by an appearance at the D1 NCAA Regionals. As a 2014 graduate of SHU, Jade was a 4-year starter as well as an All-NEC 2nd Team selection her sophomore year. She was also a 2-year captain and 2-year recipient of the Dr. Gary Rose Scholar Athlete Award. Her coaching experience includes 10 years of clinics at SHU, Hood College, and the Frederick Heartbreakers. After graduating from SHU she coached alongside Terry Burdette for 2 seasons at Hood College as a graduate assistant. Since completing graduate school she has enjoyed coaching at Oakdale High School for 2 seasons and most recently her first season as the head coach for the 14u Frederick Heartbreakers. Jade currently gives softball hitting and fielding lessons with special expertise in left-handed slapping.

Baseball Instructors

Sean Connole

INSTRUCTOR

Coach Sean is returning to Hood College Blazers baseball team for the second year following an impressive 32-11 season as an assistant. During the 2018 season, the Blazers finished as conference runner-ups and lead all of Division III in stolen bases, while displaying academic success off the field earning ABCA All Academic Excellence Award. Coach Sean’s main responsibilities included working with hitters, outfielders, offensive/defensive mentalities, and baserunning while in the first base coach position. Connole helped the Blazers offense to a +115 run differential, .315 team batting average, while stealing 155 bases (at an 85% success rate).  Prior to Hood College, Connole has spent two years as a graduate associate coach at Springfield College from 2014-2015, two years at Georgetown University from 2016-2017 as the volunteer assistant coach, working primarily as a positional coach for outfielders, hitters, and base runners for both programs. Connole played four seasons at Washington College as both an outfielder and a left-handed pitcher. During his collegiate career, he was named team captain and declared the team MVP in 2013. He batted a career .371, earned All-Centennial Conference Second Team honors in 2011 and 2013 and was selected to the first team as a junior in 2012. Connole earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington in 2013 and recently completed his Master of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Studies from Springfield College.

Devin Bell
INSTRUCTOR

Devin is known to be a powerful contact hitter. He is a 2012 Walkersville high graduate where he broke numerous batting records. Devin attended Frederick Community College to continue his passion for baseball. He was a two year All American while also breaking a "thirty year homerun" record. Devin hit 21 home runs his 2nd year at FCC. He and another teammate were given the nick name "Bash Brothers" both were dominant at the plate. FCC Awards: First Team - All CONFERENCE / First Team - ALL REGION / First Team - ALL MD.JUCO / 2ND Team - ALL AMERICAN / NJCAA D2 WORLD SERIES ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM. Devin finished his career at Frostburg State University under the coaching of Coach Robertson. Awards: First Team - All CAC Baseball Team / First Team - All Region / First Team  / ECAC D3 South Baseball All Stars / D3 baseball.com All South Region Co player of the week 2016 World Series Watch List / 2016 AARON ZUMPANO ROOKIE*OF*THE*YEAR*. Devin powered through numerous injuries which finally ended his baseball career. Devin is a leader along with a high baseball IQ.

Connor Myers

INSTRUCTOR

Connor Myers is a 2012 Middletown High School graduate, where he was the captain of the varsity baseball team and earned First Team All-State accolades. After being recruited by several different universities, Myers accepted an athletic scholarship to Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, VA. While attending ODU, he was featured on SportsCenter Top 10 twice, named Second Team All-Conference USA,  selected as CAA All-Rookie, and is the record holder for games played with 224. His senior season he hit .310 with 42 RBI’s, 17 doubles, six home runs, and 19 stolen bases. Upon graduating college in 2016, Connor was drafted in the 27th round by the World Series champion, Chicago Cubs. He is currently assigned to the AA Tennessee Smokies. Connor specializes in playing the outfield, base running, and hitting. He is eager to pass on his knowledge and share his passion! 

 Collin McGowan

 INSTRUCTOR

 

Collin McGowan is a 2012 Good Counsel High School Graduate, where he was a varsity 2 way player for 3 years accruing a 2.15 ERA over 81.1 innings and batting .308 as a senior. As a sophomore he earned WCAC honorable mention and helped the falcons go on to win a WCAC title. He then attended LaSalle University on an athletic and academic scholarship. At LaSalle he was a three year starter in the middle infield and appeared in over 170 games. His junior season he batted .277 with a .357 OBP. He also was consistently on the NCAA honor roll list. His family has a long history in the game including his great grandfather being a part of the baseball HOF as an umpire and now he looks to pass his knowledge on.

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