MEET THE COACHES

Coaching Philosophy

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.

JEN KAMPH

FOUNDER / PRESIDENT

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 also 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 Senior Associate 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). In 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. She has run several skills clinics and camps for young athletes.

KERRI SURDI

COORDINATOR / 14U COACH / PRIVATE INSTRUCTOR

Coach Kerri grew up in Howard Beach Queens, where she first met Coach Kamph in 2004. She was a part of the very first Cobras team and played with the Cobras until 2010.

She graduated from St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, Queens in 2011. At St. Francis Prep, she played one year at the JV level and three years on Varsity. During her time at Prep, she was the starting second baseman and relief catcher for both JV and Varsity. She served as the co-captain her junior year and served as captain her senior year. Coach Kerri was awarded the coaches’ award in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, she was chosen to play for The New York City’s Best in The City game. 

 

Coach Kerri played travel softball with the New York Lady Cobras from 2004-2010, where she was the starting second basemen. Coach Kerri was awarded co-captain at both the 14U and 16U levels and has had the pleasure of being a part of many championship teams, including the Cobras 14U team that was awarded the 2008 NSA state champions in Florida and named softballfever.com’s June 2008 “Cover Team”.

 

Her coaching career began with her fathers baseball camp. Kevin Surdi was the president of the New York Mets Baseball Academy. At only 13 years old she started assisting the head coaches at the Academy, and eventually was in charge of  the 7 and 8 year old program at the entire summer camp. Coach Kerri began coaching with the cobras in 2012, where she assisted the 12U team. Alongside coaching for cobras, coach Kerri was a camp instructor at the Kids of Summer Softball and Baseball Camp. She has received coaching instruction from gold medalist Jennie Finch, all-star David Wright, legends Daryl Strawberry, George Foster, Mookie Wilson and Ed Kranepool.

KASSIE HOWLEY

12U ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Kassie starts her second season with the Cobras as the assistant coach for the 12U team. Coach Kassie grew up in valley Stream, NY and graduated from Valley Stream South High School, where she was a 3 year varsity softball player pitching for the Falcons (2011-2013) and was also a 3 year member of the varsity volleyball team (2010-2013). In 2013 she was awarded all conference honors in softball. 

 

She was a member of the Lady Rangers travel softball program from 2010-2014 as a pitcher and middle infielder. Coach Kassie continued her softball career giving private pitching lessons for the last three years. 

 

Coach Kassie is a volunteer in her local fire department as a NYS EMT.

AMANDA FUCCI

Director / 10U Coach / Pitching Coach

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. 

 

Coach Amanda currently is pursuing her Masters Degree in Athletic Training at LIU Brooklyn and plans to graduate in May 2021. 

 

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, where she assisted the 14u team, became head coach of the 16u team and 18u showcase team. She is now the head coach for the Cobras 10u team. 

Katie Rizzo

14U COACH

Coach Katie grew up in Garden City, New York. She is graduate of Kellenberg Memorial High School where she was a member of the softball team for two years. Katie played travel softball on a few teams, including the Long Island Thunderbolts, Frozen Ropes Fire and Ice, and Long Island Riptide; she played outfield and first base.

 

Katie attended SUNY Old Westbury college where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health. She was a member of the softball team from 2013 through 2017, and she was the starting first basemen for all four years. Katie acted as captain during her Junior and Senior years as a member of the SUNY Old Westbury softball team. Katie currently attends Adelphi University in the two-year, social work, masters program.

 

Katie began her coaching career at the age of 16 when she became a softball instructor for Long Island Baseball. She was in charge of several softball and baseball clinics until she was asked to coach for the NY Lady Cobras in the summer of 2016. Over the years, Katie has coached at the 10U, 14U and 16U levels for the Cobras.

SAMANTHA HOWLEY

12U HEAD COACH

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.

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