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Meet our team
 
 

Dave
Paetkau

The Yale Softball Academy is very fortunate to have Dave work with our students. Dave brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program. He is currently the hitting and outfield coach for the Canadian Women's national team as well as the owner of Abbotsford's own Powerzone Academy indoor training center since 2003.  In 2008-2009 Dave was head coach of Denmark's men's national team and coached the 2005 Team BC at the Canada Summer Games.

Dave is a member of Softball Canada's long term player development committee and has been a coaching facilitator for the Competitive development coaching program since 2013.

Dave is also an accomplished Softball player.  Some of his ball career highlights include:  

• ISF World Champion in 1992, Silver Medal in 1996

• Pan Am Games Gold Medalist 1991 & 1995

• 8 year member of Canadian Men's National Fastpitch Team

• Canadian National Championship: 1 Gold, 3 Silver, 3 Bronze

• 2 Time ISC All-World Team, 2 Time All Canadian Team

• Inducted into Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame 

 
 

Jen
Schreyer

Ms. Schreyer is the teacher/director of the Softball Academy as well as a pitching instructor. Jen has been playing softball all her life and has a great passion for the game. She received a scholarship in 2003 to pitch for Simon Fraser University where she played for four years winning 4 regional championships and the NAIA national championship in 2005.  Jen was named to the region 1 all-star team in 2007 and pitched a perfect game in her senior season. After university Jen spent two summers playing professionally in Europe for the Vienna Wanderers in Austria and in Valencia, Spain for Antorcha. She was named most valuable pitcher of the Spanish League for the 2008 season. Jen brings a wealth of pitching experience and has been working with pitchers in Manitoba, BC and internationally since 2005.  She is a NCCP Certified CANPitch pitching instructor. 

Jen has worked with the academy since 2009.

 
 

Jenny
Gilbert

Jenny Gilbert graduated from NCAA division 1 Ball State University in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and a minor in Management and has since attained a Master's Degree in Athletic Coaching from Ball State.  She was Player of the Year in the Mid Atlantic Conference for 3 out of 4 years. She has played on the Canadian Junior National Team and is currently on the Senior National team.  She also played in the NPF (National Pro Fastpitch League) for the past 4 years for the Akron Racers.  Jenny will be coaching the outfielders. 

 
 

Holly
Speers

Holly Speers attended Kent State University from 2014-2018 as a ShortStop.  She was the 2018 NCAA Division 1 leader in batting average, slugging %, on base % and base on balls.  She was the Conference Player of the Year in 2018 and was in the top 10 for NCAA Division 1 Player of the Year.  She played on the Junior National Team in 2013 and 2015 and has been part of the Senior National team since 2017.  She grew up playing ball for the Delta Heat organization. Holly works with the infielders.