“Practice does not make perfect.
Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
- Vince Lombardi
THE PERFECT PRACTICE APPROACH
CJ Evans has a proven track record of leading athletes to understand the art of hitting and groove their best swing mechanics. She uses a combination of customized drills, video analysis, and high intensity individual lessons and group workouts to lead each hitter to reach his or her highest potential. She calls her approach "CJ's Perfect Practice" because she believes wholeheartedly in the wisdom of Vince Lombardi's famous saying: “Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
It's tragic when dedicated, hard-working athletes stagnate as hitters even after devoting hours to hitting practice. In many cases, too much time is spent reinforcing bad habits instead of grooving good ones.
Coach CJ loves working with dedicated athletes, and has made it her mission to show them how to spend their practice time effectively, building fundamentally-sound hitting mechanics that produce the results they want and deserve.
CJ'S COACHING & PLAYING EXPERIENCE
Hitting Coordinator for the Medlock Monarch's Baseball travel organization
Assistant Coach (head hitting instructor), University of Virginia for five seasons (2001-2005)
UVA was 15th in the nation among NCAA Division I schools with a .292 batting average in her first year coaching
The team scored a record 326 runs in 2001
In 2002, UVA posted school records for doubles and tied the record in 2003
In 2004, UVA set a single season record with 34 home runs
UVA led all Division I teams with 29 triples in 2004
UVA was 16th in the nation with a .295 batting average in 2004
UVA was 17th in the nation in slugging percentage in 2004
Prior to coaching UVA, worked as a coach at Team USA softball camps with Ralph and Karen Weekly
Head softball coach at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, Washington (1999-2000)
Played softball at Western Washington University (1995-1999)
In 1998, team won the NAIA National Championship
Named to the 1998 NAIA National Championship All-Tournament Team
Named 1998 WWU Female Athlete of the Year
WWU Softball Team Captain (1998 and 1999 seasons)
WWU Softball MVP (1997 and 1998)
WWU Softball Most Inspirational Player (1998 and 1999)
.345 WWU career batting average
Set 12 WWU school records, including career home runs and RBI’s
ABOUT COACH CJ
CJ has more than twenty years of experience coaching baseball and softball hitters of all levels -- from 8-year-old beginners to Division I elite college players, professionals, and Olympians. As a player, she was a part of the Western Washington University team that won the 1998 national championship, and was inducted into the hall of fame at WWU in 2011 after setting 12 school hitting records.
When she's not helping athletes perfect their swings, she spends time with her husband and two boys. Love of baseball runs deep in the Evans family!
30-minutes, packed with reps, video analysis, and customized drills.
ONE ON ONE LESSONS
Most lessons are conducted in the batting cage in my backyard in Decatur, GA.
SMALL GROUP SESSIONS
Work with up to six hitters at a time, emphasizing swing mechanics, situational hitting, goal-setting, accountability to teammates, and more.
Venezuelan National Team,
Participant in 2008 Olympics
"CJ was my hitting coach at UVA and I
have to truly credit a lot of my hitting
success to her because she helped me get better every year. I know that my accomplishments could not of been attained without her hitting instruction. She kept it simple and fun. I continued to take her teaching at the Olympic and Professional level."
Shortstop University of Virginia and California Sunbirds (National Pro Fastpitch)
"While at UVA CJ worked on many aspects of hitting with me. Throughout the year I could always count on CJ to work with me in the batting cages. She always came with a new approach or a new drill that would improve the details of my swing. In fine tuning those techniques I was a strong and confident player at the plate throughout my collegiate and Professional Fastpitch career."
University of Virginia All-American, Akron Racers, Washington Glory and USSSA Pride (National Pro Fastpitch)
"CJ is a very talented and experienced hitting instructor. Her knowledge and approach to the game allows her to bring the best out in her hitters! I was very lucky to have played for her during my college career!"