MEET THE COACHES
Our coaching philosophy and methods go well beyond teaching the basic fundamentals of fast pitch softball. We teach our players to learn the game and strategy of fast pitch softball. We feel that is very important that they fully understand everything that takes place on the softball field. One of our goals is to totally eliminate mental errors in tournament play.
Another part of our coaching philosophy is stressing the importance of teamwork. Our players must learn to play as a team. An important part of this is learning to trust and depend on your teammates. It is also very important that every player accepts what role they play on the team. When we win, we win as a team. And, when we lose, we lose as a team.
In order for us to achieve our goals, we must have a good core group of like-minded and fully committed families. Our success depends on the full commitment of the coaches, families, and players. All of our players, coaches, and parents are expected to follow our code of conduct that will promote the values we are attempting to instill in our players.
Founder / President / Private Instructor
Founder and president of the NY Lady Cobras, established in 2004. Coach Jen played four years (1999-2003) as a NCAA Division I infielder at Manhattan College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 with a dual degree in Marketing & Management. During her time at Manhattan, she was a four-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team honoree and received the Jasper Award in her final season. She also served as co-captain in her senior year. Jen was a two-time member of the New York City softball team at the 2002 and 2005 Empire State Games. In 2009 Coach Jen attained an MBA from Hofstra University in Sports Management, and in 2011 she achieved a second Master's from Hofstra in Marketing Research. Currently, Jen works for Hofstra University as the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Coach Jen grew up in Ozone Park and is a graduate of St. Francis Prep in Fresh Meadows, where she was a 4-year letterman, starting 3B and SS for the Terriers (1995-1999). She was also a member of the NY Panthers (1996-1997) and Eastside Bombers (1998) travel organizations. Her coaching experience began as a volunteer at the Ozone Howard Little League in Ozone Park (1996-2004). From 2002 to 2003 she also volunteered as a coach for the Hudson Valley Express 14U softball team in Poughkeepsie, NY.
In 2018, Coach Jen joined the SUNY Old Westbury coaching staff as an assistant coach to the Panthers. In addition to coaching, Jen has been a softball instructor with several clinics and facilities across Nassau County and Queens. She also serves as a private instructor for individual players as well as local little leagues and has run several skills clinics and camps for young athletes.
Director / 14U Coach / Pitching Instructor
Coach Amanda grew up in Bellmore, New York and is a graduate of Mepham High School where she was starting first and third baseman at both the JV (2010) and Varsity (2011-2014) levels. She was awarded with all-conference in 2013 and all county honorable mention in 2014, and served as co-captain her senior year with the Pirates.
Coach Amanda played travel ball with the Long Island Cyclones as a pitcher and utility player. In 2013 the Cyclones Elite team was chosen for the USSSA Nationals in North Carolina. Coach Amanda was awarded co- captain at the 14u, 16U, and 18u levels.
After high school, Amanda went on to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Sports Management from SUNY Old Westbury. She served as a member of the Panthers softball team (2014-2018) as a pitcher and utility infield player. She was rewarded a captain position in her sophomore, junior and senior years for her
leadership and commitment to the team. As a sophomore, Amanda was awarded with Skyline Conference Weekly Honor Roll where she posted a .526 batting average, with 10 hits, 10 RBI’s, 1 HR, and 3 runs scored in 6 games. As a senior, Amanda was awarded with Second Team All Skyline.
Amanda’s coaching career began at only 14 years old, when she began to give pitching lessons to young aspiring softball pitchers with the North Bellmore, North Merrick Little League. Amanda started coaching with the NY Lady Cobras in 2015, and since then has has coached at all age levels from 10U through 18U showcase team.
In 2021 Coach Amanda completed her Masters Degree in Athletic Training at LIU Brooklyn. She is currently the NYU Langone Athletic Trainer for Wisdom Lane Middle School in Levittown.
Coordinator / Team Liaison
Coach Sam grew up in Valley Stream, NY and is a graduate of Valley Stream South High School where she was a 4-year varsity softball player playing shortstop for the Falcons (2007-2010), and was also a two-year member of the varsity volleyball team (2008-2009). In 2009 and 2010 she was awarded all-conference honors in softball. She was also a member of the Comets travel softball program from 2007-2010, primarily playing the middle infield positions.
Coach Sam continued her softball and volleyball careers at SUNY College at Old Westbury for four years while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology. During her senior year at Old Westbury she served as a team captain for both volleyball and softball. Coach Sam was a member of the Skyline Conference Academic Honor Roll for four years (2010-2014). In her senior year she was named to the Fall 2013 All-Skyline Conference Sportsmanship Team.
Sam has experience coaching at various levels including 18u travel softball, 14u travel softball as well as 10u Little League. She has run winter clinics for Little League girls ages 9-16 and conducted private hitting lessons for the last 5 years.
Since graduating from SUNY College at Old Westbury, Coach Sam has gone on to earn a Master’s Degree from CUNY Hunter College in Special Education. She is currently a 5th grade special education teacher in Richmond Hill Queens, NY.
14U Assistant Coach / Catching Instructor
Coach Amanda is from Bellmore, New York. She graduated from Mepham HS where she played softball and was a member of the track team. Amanda was awarded the Coach’s Award her senior year for the Pirates track team. She started playing softball at the age of 7 and continued her playing career with both Team Long Island and the Lady Cobras. Amanda is currently enrolled in Farmingdale State College pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Programming and playing for the Rams.
Coach Amanda has been coaching with the Lady Cobras for five years, currently assisting the 14U team. She also gives private catching lessons and helps run the Lady Cobras skills clinics.
10U Head Coach
Coach Kelly grew up in Uxbridge Massachusetts and graduated from Holy Name High School in Worcester Massachusetts. Kelly played all 4 years of High School on the Varsity Level as their top pitcher earning several "No hitters" and a "Perfect game". Kelly played many years on travel ball with the Bay State Blaze from 14U to 18U as their top pitcher and Captain. She led the Bay State Blaze to several Nationals in Virginia, Kansas, and Texas. Her pitching success led her to be awarded a 4 year athletic scholarship to Fairfield University in 1997. At Fairfield University she studied nursing and graduated with a Bachelors in Nursing. Several years later she studied at NYU and graduated with her Masters in Nursing 2007.
Coach Kelly is now an adult/geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She currently lives in Williston Park NY and is involved in their town softball little league where she coaches both of her daughter's teams at the Farms and Minors level. She has continued her passion for softball by coaching and teaching pitching to young athletes. She believes in teaching proper mechanics at a young age and even more importantly the love for the game. Over the past summer, Kelly helped organize a Summer League for her daughter's All- Star team and coached them through an undefeated season and Championship. Coach Kelly is currently the head coach for NY Lady Cobras 10U.
14U Assistant Coach
Nick Fucci grew up in Brooklyn, NY and is a graduate of Aviation High School. He is currently retired and lives in Bellmore, NY. He has been coaching fastpitch softball for over 20 years. His coaching career began with the North Bellmore, North Merrick Little League and the Williamsport tournament teams. In 2005, with the help of our president, Jen Kamph, he founded the Long Island Cyclones fastpitch organization. His organization had teams of different age groups from 12u-16u.
Throughout his Long Island Cyclones career, he experienced different softball leagues, tournaments, and showcases. In 2010, the long island cyclones merged with the Brooklyn cyclones, making cyclones elite. This transition allowed the 16u team to compete at a higher level that helped benefit his players for college exposure. Many of the players Nick coached were awarded the opportunity to play collegiate softball including his daughter. Once his daughter, Amanda Fucci, was awarded the opportunity to play collegiate softball, he retired the Long Island Cyclones organization.
Two years later, he and his daughter came to the NY Lady Cobras organization with the opportunity to coach. He has since coached players in the age groups of 12U, 14U and 16U. He is currently one of the assistant coaches for our 14u team.
12U Assistant Coach
Coach Ray grew up in Basking Ridge, NJ. He was the starting catcher for varsity baseball at Bayley Ellard High School, NJ and Santa Fe Catholic High School, FL. He went on to play baseball at Saint Leo University (D2) and graduated with a B.A. in Business Management. Post college he played baseball for the MABL.
Coach Ray has a long coaching career at every level from 8U through 18U with teams such as Massapequa International Little League, South Shore Chiefs, East Coast Jays, LI Pride, and NY Lady Cobras. Coach Ray currently serves as a Board Member for Massapequa International Little League and in addition holds the position of Vice President, Farms & Minors Softball. He also runs the fall and winter softball clinics for ages 5-12 for Massapequa.
Coach Ray is a Senior Stock Loan Analyst and has worked on Wall Street in the Financial Industry for over 20 years. Fun Fact: Coach Ray is ambidextrous and always carries a right-hand and left-hand glove with him “because you just never know”.