Our coaches are former college standouts and area coaches with years of experience. They all have a love, a passion and a respect for the game that they share with their students while they teach the fundamentals.
Megan played 4 Years at DePaul where she was named an Academic All American in 2014 as well as First Team All Big East. She grew up in Pearland, TX where she was named the High School Position Player of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. After College, Megan was an Assistant Coach at Texas State University from 2016-2017 and the University of Texas at Arlington from 2017-2018. A first basemen and outfielder in college, Megan has been teaching the game to girls of all levels for the past 9 years. At the University of Texas, Megan introduced a Mental Strength training program for the team in addition to coaching OF and hitting.
A power-slapping outfielder, Amanda split her collegiate career between our two hometown teams, DePaul and UIC. Selected to the 2011-2012 BIG EAST All-Academic Team, Amanda excelled as an all around player, culminating with 31 starts and a .294 average her senior year at UIC.
Amanda grew up in Naperville, IL playing travel ball for the Stone City Sharks and the Orland Park A’s. Since graduating from college, Amanda has remained in Chicago, working in Development for the American Diabetes Association and coaching the next generation of fastpitch players.
Samantha Nikolich grew up on the north side. In her four years playing at Lane Tech she played all 9 positions. Growing up, she also played travel softball for the Chicago Outburst, Chicago Fireworks, Lake County Liberty, and the Schaumburg Sluggers.
From Lane she went to Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana where she pitched and played seven positions (everything but catcher and RF). Samantha has instructed for the Highland Park Girls Softball, North Shore Baseball Academy camps, camps held at Bethel College and done private lessons all around Chicago.
She is a natural teacher — her degree is in elementary education, specializing in middle school students. Sam has been coaching the Bash Bombers travel softball team since 2015 and in 2016 went back to her alma mater, Lane Tech, to help coach the Indians JV squad.
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University of Illinois Chicago, 3B, C
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Jr. at Lindenwood University, C
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Sophomore at Judson University, OF
Jim Price has coached youth sports for the past 20 years. For much of that time, he coached baseball, at both the house and travel level.
For the past few years, Jim has brought his skills and experience to girls softball. 11 years ago, he founded Bash Sports Academy, bringing high-quality baseball and softball training to Chicago’s north side, his lifelong home. There, he has taught thousands of young ballplayers all aspects of both baseball and softball, alongside some of the top instructors in the country.
Jim believes that coaching softball is more than teaching mechanics, it’s about mentoring kids. And whether his players go on to a career in their sport or not, he is dedicated to instilling in them the values that will make them a success, both on the field and throughout the rest of their lives.
Todd has been coaching girls softball for 7 years. In 2014, Todd and Jim Price partnered to create the Bombers to give girls in Chicago access to elite level instruction and competition.
Todd played hockey and baseball through high school, then, went on to play hockey for the Penn State Nittany Lions. After college, he fell in love with fast pitch softball, playing in leagues all around the Chicagoland area. Todd’s fast pitch softball career culminated with a gold medal for Team USA at the Pan Am Maccabi games in 2001 in Mexico City .
Under his leadership over the past 6 years, the Bombers have become a nationally-recognized program known for their athleticism, fierce competitiveness and sportsmanship.