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MILA ELLSWORTH, '97, HAS AGREED TO BECOME OUR NEW HEAD SOFTBALL COACH

We are pleased to announce that Mila Ellsworth (’97 Saint Thomas Aquinas alum) will be our new Head Coach for our Saints Softball team. Jessica Teddy (’99 Saint Thomas Aquinas alum) will be joining as the Varsity Softball Assistant.
 
Coach Chris Orel recently resigned as the Saints Softball Coach. She finished her 16th year stint with a 282-81 record and led our team to its 2nd State Championship in 2008. Coach Orel, thank you for your many years of service and dedication to the Saints Softball Program.
 
Mila Ellsworth, owner and founder of Strictly Softball, has over 20 year of experience instructing pitchers. She works with beginners as well as Top 25 Division I pitchers.
 
Mila has coached numerous pitchers to the collegiate level. She has coached the Kansas State Championship pitcher the last 15 out of 17 years, 3 Gatorade Players of the Year, and has consulted for the University of Missouri, Kansas City, University of Northern Colorado, University of Arkansas at Monticello and Park University.
Prior to starting Strictly Softball, Mila pitched in the Netherlands for Onze Gezlen, in the Royal Dutch League. There she pitched with and against players from The Netherlands National Team.
 
She graduated from Florida International University with a B.S. in Business Marketing and International Business. Her collegiate career began at Georgia State University where she earned TAAC All-Conference honors. Upon transfer to FIU she set several pitching records: Career Strike Outs, Career Shutouts, and Most Consecutive Shutout Innings. Mila led the Golden Panthers to Top 25 rankings. She was a two-time captain who earned Sun-Belt All-Conference Honors.
 
Mila is an Olathe, Kansas native. She attended Saint Thomas Aquinas High School where she was a 4-time letterman and led the Saints to their first state title. She still holds numerous pitching season and career records; most wins, strikeouts, shutouts, ERA and more. Mila pitched competitive ball for the nationally recognized Dan Eakin KC Peppers. Mila is happily married to Danny Ellsworth (’97 alumni) and they have three children, Keyle, Peylan, and Boston. She and her family are members of Holy Trinity Parish.
 
Welcome Coaches Ellsworth and Teddy!
 
Go Saints!
Sarah Burgess
Athletic Director
 

Kerri Jennings--Assistant Coach:

It is Kerri Jennings' 25th year coaching softball for St. Thomas Aquinas.  She spent 3 years coaching JV before moving up to be the assistant varsity coach in 1998.  She is in her 10th year teaching in the PE department at Aquinas, as well as coaching freshman 'A' volleyball.  Before coming to Aquinas, Kerri taught and coached volleyball at Bonner Springs High School for 11 years.  In addition, she played volleyball and softball at the junior college level before earning her degree from the University of Kansas.  Kerri currently lives in Bonner Springs with her husband, Brad, and her son, Dylan.

 

Jessica Teddy--Assistant Coach

This is Jessica’s 8th year coaching girls’ softball, including one year of Aquinas JV softball.  She played softball at The Catholic University of America earning the MVP for shortstop her senior year.  She was a 4 time letterman at Aquinas helping the Saints earn their first state title in 1997.  She earned league honors for her batting average and fielding at shortstop.  

Jessica graduated top in her class with a degree in Biomedical Engineering from The Catholic University of America.  She works at Stowers Institute as a Lab Technician doing cancer research in a developmental biology lab.  She is happily married to Chris Teddy (1999 alumni) with their four kids, Lorelei, Charlotte, Jameson and Hudson.