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314 Training Academy instructors are highly qualified and have significant knowledge and training in their area of expertise.  All of our trainers have played and/or coached at a collegiate level with majority of our staff having Professional experience. 
 Softball Instructors: 

Anna Chisolm

Playing Experience: Jacksonville St University

Training: Hitting, Pitching, Fielding, Catching

Anna is a St. Louis Native. She played highschool ball at Parkway North, where she was a 3x, 1st-team All State player and holds 20 of the program’s records in single season and career stats.. She has been an Assistant Coach for Parkway North for 2 years.

Anna went to Jacksonville State and played for four years, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. While at JSU, Anna played a part in 4 championships titles (regular season, Conference tournament), and 3 regional appearances. Anna finished her senior season with 15 homeruns, and a program record for stolen bases. Anna competed against the USA Woman’s National Team as a member of the Alabama Stars.

Anna started giving lessons while at JSU, and since moved back to St. Louis, she has continued to provide instruction to many young athletes.

Lauren Delaney

Playing Experience: Northwestern University

Training: Pitching & Hitting

I have given private lessons since 2008 and have worked multiple camps and clinics.  I coached 1 year at Webster University working with their pitchers.  I played pro for 2 seasons in Europe (Vienna, Austria and The Hague Netherlands) where I played with their women's team and helped coach and run practices for both the women's team as well as the 12-15yo  girls team.

I played high school at Helias High School in Jefferson City, MO winning two Class 4 State titles. I broke school records in hitting and pitching and statewide pitching records. I was the 2006 Missouri Gatorade Player of the year, 4 time All-District, 3 time All-State.  Threw 3 no hitters and a perfect game in the 2003 state playoffs and was featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in 2/2004. I played select for the Kansas City Peppers and Chicago Bandits, winning the Colorado Fireworks tournament and placing in the top 20 nationally in ASA. 


I started for 4 years at Northwestern University, where we finished 3rd in the nation in 2007.  We won the Big Ten Tournament and Regular Season Championship in 2008.  I concluded my career with a 96-38 record, finishing third in school history in total wins and strikeouts (1,130) while becoming Northwestern's all-time leader in starts (136) and complete games (106). Big Ten Tournament MVP 2008, NFCA/USA Softball Player of the Week 2008, Big Ten Pitcher of the Year 2008.  Two time All Big Ten and two time NFCA All-Region and multiple time All Big Ten Pitcher of the Week. Lowes Senior CLASS Award Nominee. Full highlights at 


After college I went on to play pro in Europe for two seasons helping the Vienna Wanderers claim a European Cup title and being named MVP of the European Cup 2010.


A first session will consist of an analysis of the player to assess their skill level and go over basic drills and what to expect from future lessons. Typical lessons will go over drills as well as quality reps in either pitching/hitting/fielding.  Older players will also get coached on the mental aspects of the game and game situations. With younger players we will usually play a more game like drill during the lesson to keep it fun and go over basic rules to enrich their understanding of the game. All lessons finish with a recap of what the player needs to work on before the next session.  I expect players to practice on their own between sessions. You should plan on having someone to catch, if you cannot do this please let me know ahead of time and we will likely be able to make it work without a catch.

Shelby Hursh 

Playing Experience: Ohio St University 

Training: Hitting, Pitching, Fielding, Catching

Shelby is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, earning both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees there. During her undergraduate career, she was a pitcher on the Buckeye softball team. While on the team, she earned 43 wins, striking out 495 batters along the way, ranking her in the Top 10 in many categories in the Ohio State record book. She was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team in 2017,  Big Ten All-Conference Team in 2017, and the All-Midwest Region Team in 2016 and 2017. Shelby was the Ohio State Softball Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and 2017 after leading the team in wins both years. She was successful on the field and also in the weight room, earning Power Club honors three times throughout her career.


Shelby has been giving lessons since she was in high school, worked all softball camps during her time on the team at Ohio State, and remained on the camp staff during her two years of graduate school. She learned (and performed herself) hundreds of drills softball players of all ages and skill levels can utilize to help them reach their goals. Shelby also believes in the importance of the mental side of softball and takes a special interest in helping players to develop this part of their game as well. 


Shelby is a native of Tipton, Indiana and is eager and excited to continue to give back to the game and to be a part of the growing softball community in St. Louis. 

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