Make The Change
Mandee Luers- Owner and Pitching Instructor
Located in Tallmadge and Stow, OH
“If You Always Do What You've Always Done, You'll Always Get What You've Always Got.” ~ Henry Ford
Hi everyone! My name is Mandee Luers, and I am the owner and primary instructor at Make the Change Fastpitch! Make the Change Fastpitch is located at 1647 Southeast Ave, Tallmadge, OH Unit#5. I am available for private pitching lessons, group or team lessons, clinics, and camps.
I attended Dover High School in Dover, OH, and after pitching four years for the Tornadoes I committed to play softball at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. While at Marshall I received my Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management and Marketing. After my four years of eligibility had ended at Marshall, I moved to Nashville, TN and while pursing my Master's Degree in Sport Administration, I was a graduate assistant coach at Belmont University.
After Belmont, I got my first Division 1 pitching coach position at IPFW in Fort Wayne, IN. During my first season at IPFW I coached the Summit League Pitcher of the Year. I was at IPFW for three seasons in total and during those three seasons the team had an overall record of 102-48-1, which was at that time the best three seasons in school history. After three seasons with IPFW, I left to be the pitching coach at Kent State, but not before I had coached the pitching staff to the best ERA in the Summit League 2 of the 3 years and during my final season the 15th best ERA in the nation at 1.69 with all three Mastodon pitchers ranked in the top 75.
During my two seasons at Kent State (2013-14) I worked not only with the pitching staff, but also the catchers. At Kent State I was fortunate enough to coach the 2013 MAC Pitcher of the Year as well as a 2nd Team All MAC Pitcher. During my second season at Kent State our pitching staff led the MAC in ERA, shutouts, and least home runs given up.
Following my second season at Kent, I decided to pursue a dream and goal I have had for a long time and start my own business!
When instructing my main focus is fundamentals. I believe that having a great base to what you are doing makes improvement a quicker process. During lesson time we focus heavily on movements that make up the pitching motion such as lunging and jumping. I also encourage girls to focus on drills and perfect small portions of the motion to make them all come together as one piece slowly and with patience. As with any skill nothing is instant, but with practice and hard work I am confident that every girl will see improvement!
In person lessons and clinics
Please contact me for availability! All of my lessons are private which guarantees you will have ample time to ask questions and pinpoint issues throughout your pitch. My goal for private lessons is to have each pitcher understand the mechanics of a pitch and the individual drills and movements they need to work on to succeed and fix issues in their pitch.
I also work with many teams and organizations in the area. Please contact me if you are interested in a clinic or team session!