ALL IN SOFTBALL
KAREN JACKSON: Karen or more commonly known as "KJ" is a native of Roseville, CA. She grew up and played in the local Northern California community, graduating from Roseville High School in 1990 and was honored as the Cal Hi Player of the Year her Senior year. Softball has been her life since 8 years old when her father, Jim Jackson, signed her up for Roseville Bobby Sox. It didn't take her long for the game to become second nature to KJ and a lifelong passion.
Over the next 11 years KJ would compete at the highest levels including comp ball, earning a full ride scholarship to the University of Iowa, played Internationally with the Puerto Rican National team, and was invited & attended the First Olympic Team USA Camp in 1993. KJ was honored as a 3 time All American at Iowa and still to this day holds many records at Iowa. Following her playing career and graduation with a Bachelors degree in Health Promotions at Iowa KJ was hired to stay on the Hawkeye's staff as a pitching coach in 1994. Over the next two years she would assist NFCA Hall of Fame Head Coach Gayle Blevins to two final four appearances at the Women's College World Series and coach Deb Bilbao to All American honors.
Missing competing herself KJ took a leave from coaching and put her cleats back on to play in the Women's Pro League. She played and earned a starting spot in the pitching rotation for the Carolina Diamonds from 1997-1999. Finishing her final year honored as an All Star. KJ was hired on as the pitching instructor for the University of Louisville Softball program in its inaugural season, coaching there for 5 years. KJ assisted Head Coach Sandy Pearsall in building the program from the ground up.
Following the birth of her daughter, Jayden, KJ went into the private sector as the Director of Fastpitch Operations at Champions, a 40,000+ square foot indoor facility in Louisville, KY. Loving to develop youth students from youth ages KJ continued teaching even after moving to Chicago to work in marketing for Wilson Sporting Goods, Co. Wanting to be closer to home & her family KJ took a job at the Sacramento Rivercats in 2009 while still teaching softball pitchers in local training facilities.
KJ dreamed of owning her own facility and after being home for a few years the dream became a reality when the doors of ALL IN opened up in December 2012. KJ runs and operates ALL IN full time and looks forward to continuing assisting young student-athletes in reaching their dreams. With a vast amount of experience in the sport and teaching a wide range of ages & skill levels she is highly qualified in developing strong fundamentals to ensure each student reaches their maximum potential. KJ relates to her students as she has over 18 years of mound experience. She trains her pitchers in all facets of the game from the fundamentals, strategy, conditioning, to the mental toughness it takes to compete. KJ has coached players who have or are currently throwing for Iowa, Louisville, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Northern Iowa, Hartford, ASU, UCLA, Cal-Poly, Sac State, Yale, Souther Utah, and more than she can remember! KJ was honored and inducted into the University of Iowa Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2015 becoming only the second softball player in the history of Iowa to be inducted into the HOF.
No matter if you are in it for recreational purposes or trying to make it to the highest level KJ will help you develop a training regimen for success. She strongly believes in being "ALL IN" no matter what you are doing so come ready to work!!!
JIM CARDA: Jim Carda is a native of Sacramento, CA. He was a 3-sport athlete at Christian Brothers High School (baseball, basketball, football) graduating in 1983. He then graduated with a degree in Biology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA in 1988. Following his graduation he was hired on at UC Davis Medical Center in 1992 and currently is an RN in the ER Department.
Always an athlete and passionate about sports Jim introduced his daughter Ally into softball and started his coaching career in 1998. His thirst for knowledge, discipline, and drive for excellence lead him into coaching competitive softball in 2001 for Lady Magic. Jim was Co-Head Coach with Joe Henderson in the Magic organization from 2001-2012. The dynamic duo successfully lead Magic to an ASA National Championship in 2008. Furthermore, Jim and his coaching staff prepared his players to go to the next level and play college.
Jim's passion for coaching didn't stop once his daughter left to play Division I college at UCLA nor did his success. He continued his coaching as a private hitting instructor since 2006. He focuses on power and consistency through using the lower half to create power. As a veteran to the game Jim knows the importance of the mental side of hitting and focuses on discipline in mechanics to build consistency and confidence. His students/players can be seen at UCLA, LSU, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Riverside, Utah Valley State, UC Santa Barbara, and UOP among others.
Jim is dedicated to helping his students achieve their goals of becoming the best hitters they can be and aiding them in reaching all their personal goals in academics as well as athletics.
MIKEL CANDREA: Mikel was born and raised in Casa Grande, AZ. Mikel is not new to the sporting world being the son of one of the most highly decorated softball coaches in the world, Mike Candrea, Head Softball of the University of Arizona. Mikel is fortunate to have one of the best teachers in the game mentor him through his coaching career. So there is no surprise that Mikel was eager to coach and train during his college career at the University of Arizona.
While earning his Bachelor's degree in Communications from Arizona, Mikel was an undergrad coach for both baseball and softball for 3 years respectively. He also broadened his vast experience in coaching as an undergrad strength and conditioning coach for the Arizona football team. Upon graduation Mikel went out into the private sector outside of athletics however with so much love for the game he wouldn't stay away long.
Mikel joined the coaching staff at The University of Pacific in 2007-2009. In his first season at UOP Mikel coached the hitters to a .299 team batting average, second best in the Big West Conference. While coaching at UOP Mikel started giving private lessons in 2008 in both softball and baseball. Enjoying coaching and training in the private sector Mikel ventured out full-time in 2009 stating his own brand of school called Team Candrea.
Mikel's speciality is hitting and training student-athletes on what it takes to get to the college level. He has students who are currently playing or have played at Arizona, UCLA, Long Beach State, Cal, Hawaii, Utah, Utah State, Michigan State, UOP, and many more!
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