My daughter, Lena, came to La Shawn with already strong pitching skills and having achieved a fair amount of success. While La Shawn certainly knows the mechanics and finer points of teaching pitching, our reason for selecting La Shawn was his ability to instill and build confidence, to help frame the lessons from a loss and set-backs, and to help translate the lessons of elite sports to life. Lena strongly desired to “get to the next level”, which for her included pitching at the highest level in 16 & 18U including National Tournaments and being recruited to play at a D-1 University.
What was important to us, was that La Shawn was able to help Lena see her strength and capabilities. La Shawn also utilized a personal assessment tool that provided Lena a valuable new way of seeing and understanding herself. La Shawn reviewed her games, tournaments, practices. He took the small lessons along the way and framed them to help Lena see the next steps. I appreciated watching La Shawn draw upon his years of experience coaching including his personal experience working with his daughters.
Over the course of time, there were some big wins and some losses to some terrific national teams. There were D-1 schools that expressed interest, and others that just blew her off. Today, Lena is pitching at UC Santa Barbara, where she continues to apply many of the lessons learned while working with La Shawn.