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
12U-09 Coach / 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 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). 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 / 12U & 16U 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.
Coach Amanda currently is pursuing her Masters Degree in Athletic Training at LIU Brooklyn and plans to graduate in May 2021.
Coordinator / 10U Head Coach
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.
12U-08 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.
12U-08 Assistant Coach
Coach Kassie joined the Lady Cobras in 2017, coahing along side her sister Samantha for the Cobras 2008 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.
Coach Christine grew up in Floral Park, NY and is a graduate of Floral Park Memorial High school. She was a 5-year varsity softball player playing shortstop for the lady knights from 2008-2012. She also pursued basketball and volleyball during that same time period. Christine was awarded all-conference and all-county for all three sports.
Christine went on to study criminal justice and security and threat at Iona College where she graduated from in 2016. She has experience coaching since she was 17 years old at many different age levels and talents. She currently serves on her local town board which is a part of the Floral Park Little League and the District 29 board as well.
Coach Marina graduated from Mepham High School in 2013 as a 3-year varsity softball and 2-year varsity basketball player. Marina has played softball since the age of 5, and has been played on travels from the age of 13. She has played on multiple travel teams such as NBNM, LI She Devils, and LI Sudden Impact (16-18U).
Marina attended Long Island University-Post (LIU Post) earning her bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Business. Recently, Marina graduated from LIU Post again earning her Masters in Business Administration/Management. Although Marina did not join the LIU Post softball team, her training has been extensive between clinics, personal training, and travel team training opportunities with some of the best players on Long Island. Her experience combined with her knowledge of the game helps the players excel to the next stages in their softball career!
10U Assistant Coach
Coach Kelsey grew up in Seaford NY where she graduated from Plainedge Highschool in 2016. She started 4 years at the varsity level. During her time at Plainedge, she was the starting SS, and also played 3rd base and center field (2012-2016). She also played volleyball and basketball, starting on varsity all 4 years as well. In her junior and senior season, she was captain for all 3 sports. Coach Kelsey was awarded multi conference and MVP awards for all three sports. She also played travel softball for Team Long Island.
She started her college career at Division II Holy Family University in Philadelphia, starting her freshman and sophomore year in center field. In her Sophomore season, she hit her 100th career hit and also received All CACC second team as an outfielder.
Her college career continued when she transferred to Division I Rider University in New Jersey. She was
awarded All MAAC second team utility in her Junior year as a center fielder and a second baseman. Coach Kelsey is 25 hits away from her 200th career hit. She is majoring in Health Sciences and will be graduating in May 2021. She is looking to then pursue her Bachelors/Masters in graduate school for Nursing.
Her coaching career began when she was in highschool. She worked volleyball, basketball and softball camps. She started with the Cobras in the summer of 2019. She is also working softball camps and clinics with Rider University and giving batting lessons, specializing in lefty slapping.
Coach Christina grew up in North Bellmore, NY and is a graduate of Mepham High School where she was a 3-year varsity softball player (2011-2013) and a 4-Year Varsity Basketball player (2010-2013). Christina was also a member of two softball travel teams, the She Devils (up to 16u) and the Long Island Hellcats (18u) playing her primary positions pitcher and first base.
Christina attended Farmingdale State College earning her bachelor’s degree in business management. Although she did not play at the collegiate level, Christina has experience with off season training and travel level softball which helps her relate to the players she coaches and is able to apply her experience to help the players succeed.
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. Nick has coached the NY Lady Cobras for 3 years. He coached players in the age groups of 12u, 14u and 16u. He is currently one of the assistant coaches for our 16u team.
12U-09 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.
Coach Amanda has been coaching with the Lady Cobras for three years, currently assisting the 12U-09 team. She also gives private catching lessons and helps run the Lady Cobras skills clinics.
16U 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 thru 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”.
12U-09 Assistant Coach / Hitting Instructor
Coach Lara is from Merrick, NY, and is currently a junior at Bellmore JFK High School. She played varsity softball as a freshman and is looking forward to two more seasons there. Lara began playing organized softball in the Merrick-Bellmore Little League. She currently plays for the Lady Cobras and has been playing with the organization since she was 11 years old, serving as captain of her 12u, 14u, and 16u teams. Lara is a right-handed hitter, who has also been slap hitting from the left side during the last few years.
Lara’s been giving hitting lessons to girls from the Cobras team and her hometown since 2019 and is one of the organizers/instructors of the SPLG softball clinic which takes place in Merrick. This is Lara’s first year as an official coach for the Lady Cobras.