About Champions

Founded on Christian principles, Champions Fastpitch Academy began in the Spring of 2000 as individual private pitching lessons.  After 20 years in Atlanta we have helped hundreds of young ladies reach their dreams of playing at the collegiate level. We now have multiple instructors at 5 Metro-Atlanta locations offering pitching, hitting, defense, and catching instruction as well as strength and conditioning programs. Our mission is to build upon the God given potential of each individual, developing the skills needed to succeed on and off the field.



Owner & Lead Pitching Instructor

 Florida State Pitcher (96-99)

BS Degree in Exercise Physiology

MS Degree Kinesiology and Biomechanics


ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year

ACC Postgraduate Scholarship

Emory University Pitching Coach 

Founded Champions in 2000


Group Lessons Only



Locations and Availability

Sundays/Monday/Wednesday at Champions

Leigh Prickett

Facility Administrator & Showcase Event Management

Marshall University 3B 2003-2006

BS Degree Exercise Science and Kinesiology 2006

MA Degree Athletic Administration 2008

Reinhardt University Assistant Coach 2008-2011

Kennesaw State Assistant Coach 2012-2013

Been With Champions Since June 2013

Carey (Schiller) Jones

Georgia Tech P/OF (95-99)

BA Degree in International Affairs

3 years Varsity Coach at Lovett

Middle School Coach at Pace

Champions Instructor: 2003-present

Fitness Instructor – Livestrong Boot Camp


Group and Private lessons


Pitching, Hitting, and Infield

Locations and Availability

Available at Champions by Appointment

Jamie (Fitzpatrick) Jones

Kent State Pitcher/1B (04-08)

BS in Math Education

Minor: Coaching

MEd in Math Education from GSU

Former Student of Champions owner Stacy Tamborra

KSU Season/Career HR Record

All-MAC-1st team, All- Region

MAC Conference MVP

Played for EC Bullets and Atl Vipers

Champions Instructor: 2001-present


Group Lessons


Hitting and Pitching

Locations and Availability

Available Sundays/Wednesdays at Champions

Katie Byrd

Southern Wesleyan 2015-2016

Kennesaw State University 2017-2019

Atlanta Vipers Travel Coach 2019-Present

NCAA Regional Participant



Group and Private lessons


Hitting, Defense, Catching, and Beginner Pitching

Locations and Availability

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursdays  at Champions


Lini Bush

University of Arizona

No. 5 on UA’s All-time HR leaders: 61
Ranked #54 All-time NCAA DI Home Runs: 61
All-Pacific 12 Conference Honorable Mention 2009-2011
2012 2nd Team All Pac 12
2009 WCWS Appearance
2010 WCWS Runner Up

Emory University Assistant Coach 2016-2017
Eastlake High School, Varsity Head Coach (Chula Vista, CA) 2014-2016
California Lutheran University Assistant Coach 2012-2013


Team Training, Group and Private


Hitting, Catching, Defense

Locations and Availability

Champions (Marietta): Sundays

Jen (Fenton) Maloney

Alabama Outfielder (08-12)

2012 National Champion

2012 All American

3 time SEC Champion

SEC Scholar Athlete


NCAA record holder for the most consecutive stolen bases (74)

Played for East Cobb Bullets Gold

Major: Elementary Education


Team Training and Private lessons


Hitting, Slapping, Outfield

Locations and Availability

Sundays at Champions

Callie Alford

Georgia State University, Catcher/3B 2012-2015

3 Time All NFCA All-Region Team

2015 Senior CLASS Award Finalist & All-American

2 Time All Sun Belt team

2014 Preseason All-Sun Belt Team

2 Time All-CAA Team

2012 CAA All-Rookie team

Georgia State University Career Record Holder for RBI and Home Runs


Team Training and Private lessons


Catching, Hitting, and Defense

Locations and Availability

Available at Champions

Michelle Floyd

University of Arizona Pitcher ‘13-‘17

Threw 9th perfect game in school history
Italy A1 Pro League ‘18-‘19
Venezuela National Team ‘18-Present — Finished tied for most strikeouts at America’s Olympic Qualifier–Top 5 for Strikeouts at World Championships
Athletes International Ministry Collegiate Athlete of the Year ‘17
PAC 12 Pitcher of the Week
PAC 12 All-Academic Honorable Mention

Works For The Atlanta Braves


Monday- Thursday




Champions (Marietta)

Layne McLaughlin

Santa Fe College

  • Thomasville High School Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Female Athlete of the Year
  • All Conference Catcher/Utility Player (Santa Fe College)
  • NJCAA National Championship Participant
  • Degree in Special Education from The University of Georgia
  • 3x Time State Tournament Participant (Lovett School)
  • Thomas County Central High School Softball Coach 2015-2017
  • The Lovett School, Assistant Coach: 2018-Present


Hitting, Defense, Catching and Team Training


Mondays and Fridays (Weekends as Requested) at Champions (Marietta)

Jocilyn Yarnell

B.S. KSU in Exercise Science

All-American D1 Cheerleader

2 Year Team Captain

NCA National Champions

Personal Trainer

Georgia Tech Strength and Conditioning Intern


Sport Specific training. Personal Training. Team and Group Strength and Speed training.


Crossfit and Strength/Conditioning


Champions (Marietta) Saturdays, Sundays, & Mondays

Malayna Tamborra

Champions Junior Instructor- Pitching/Hitting

Mount Paren Christian School

Atlanta Vipers 14U Gold



Private Lessons by Appointment





One of the greatest joys of coaching is to see young people realize their dreams and at Champions we have had the honor to see many of those dreams come true. Champions’ instructors have devoted their lives to being positive role models for today’s young people. Our desire is to develop and nurture athletes on and off the field. Our goal is to build strong character grounded in tremendous work ethic and centered on solid fundamentals… Developing a heart of a Champion that is second to none!