Austin is in his third season as a coach at DRBA. He is a graduate of Dubuque Senior High School (2014) where he was a four-sport athlete, including four years of baseball at the varsity level and received All-State Utility Honors. The former Dubuque County Legion player played at Kirkwood Community College for two years and finished with a 19-1 pitching record. Austin went on to sign a D1 offer to play at Eastern Illinois. Austin returned to Dubuque to play at Clarke University and graduated from there.
Taylor is from Madrid, Iowa and graduated from Waldorf University. She has 10 years of coaching experience ranging from middle school to college level players. In Taylor’s softball career she achieved 1st team all-conference for 4 years and 1st team all-district her senior season. Taylor’s strengths include middle infield, outfield, slap hitting, and base running.
Megan is from Cascade, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Dubuque. Megan has achieved many accolades during her playing career. Megan was high school honorable mention, all-academic team awards winner, team MVP, and a captain her junior and senior years. Megan was a three-year relief and starting pitcher at UD. During Megan’s UD tenure, she competed in IACC tournaments, was named second team all-conference her junior year, and received the Most Valuable Pitcher award. Megan pitched (4) games in IACC tournaments, won two IACC games and compiled an exceptional 1.85 ERA, giving up only three earned runs in IACC tournament play.
Danielle is from Morrison, Illinois and graduated from Clarke University. Danielle has achieved many accolades during her playing career. Danielle was two-time high school first team all-conference selection, two-time Sauk Valley All-Area team selection and two-time Moline Dispatch All-Area team honoree. Danielle was the winning pitcher in her team’s state championship game (first in school history). During Danielle’s Clarke tenure, she was two-time MCC-All-Conference Honorable Mention selection, team MVP her junior season, she holds Clarke’s record for most double plays and has the second highest fielding percentage (.993) in Clarke history.
Natalie was a three year starter for Dubuque Senior High School and was a team leader and captain for the Rams. Natalie was known for her speed, good glove and quick release and played all infield positions, 2nd & 3rd base were her favorite. Several times she was tournament MVP on the winning Rams team and maintained a better than .300 batting average throughout her career. Natalie played one year for the UD Spartans, before retiring to pursue a career in teaching. As one of DRBA Instructor’s Natalie specializes in hitting, fielding and base running.
Abigail Husemann is from East Dubuque, Illinois. Abigail was a 4 year starting varsity pitcher during her time at East Dubuque High School. While pitching for EDHS she received multiple awards which include being a 2 time TH 1st team all conference player, 2 time TH honorable mention, TH athlete of the week during junior season, TH athlete of the week nomine during senior season, 3 year NUIC conference first team all conference pitcher, NUIC conference player of the year senior year, as well as holding the home run record at EDHS. After graduating from EDHS in 2018 Abigail played 2 years of softball at Highland Community College in Freeport IL. After graduating with an associates degree with a specialty in early childhood education Abigail is now at Clarke University playing softball and working towards a bachelors in Elementary education. This is Abigail’s first season coaching at DRBA.
Randy was born in Connecticut and raised in Puerto Rico. He played 4 years of college baseball - at Muscatine Community College, Clarke College and Iowa Wesleyan University. Randy played for 6 years in Independent Baseball in Puerto Rico and 4 years in the United States and currently playing for a semi-pro team in Key West. He was the catching and hitting coach for Muscatine Community College for five years and three years as the assistant varsity coach in Muscatine. He also created the Muskies Baseball feeder program and served as president for three years.
In high school, Stephanie was a 5 year varsity letter winner. With MVC honorable mention and second team all MVC. While attending Loras College Stephanie played for a year and a half on the junior varsity and varsity as a catcher. Stephanie was an assistant coach at Xavier high school for two years while attending college.
Emily is from Oak Lawn, Illinois. A 2016 graduate of Marist High School. In high school softball, 2015 Illinois State Champion, 2015 2nd team All-Area, 2015 2nd team All State, 2016 1st Team All-Area. Holds the Marist High School softball record for season ERA and career ERA. A 2020 graduate of Loras College. A member and 4 year starting pitcher for the Duhawks. In 2017 and 2018, led the team in innings pitched, strikeouts, complete games, and shutouts. Pitched over 293 innings as a Duhawk with 182 career strikeouts. Pitched in the conference tournament in 2017 and 2018.
Sam is from Rockford, Illinois and graduated from Clarke University. Sam has achieved many accolades during her playing career. Sam was a four-year varsity letter winner at Guilford High School, four-time Scholar Athlete, was given Most Improved Player as a freshman, Hustle award as a junior, and named MVP and Miss Softball her senior year. During Sam's tenure at Clarke she played outfield, shortstop, and third base. Sam was named Honorable mention All-Conference as a freshman and received MCC Academic All-Conference all four years.
Hometown: Gilberts, Illinois
College: UW- Platteville
Christina is in her first season as a coach at DRBA. She is a graduate of Hampshire High School (2013). She played for the Illinois Thunder travel team in middle school and won MVP Illinois catcher and took third in USSSA nationals 2 years in a row. The former Thunder player attend UW- Platteville where she played rugby and graduated with a BS in psychology, minor in forensics, and BSW equivalency.
Mackenzie is from Dubuque, Iowa and went to Dubuque Senior High School. Her high school team went to state in 2013 for the first time since 1985. Mackenzie also played competitive travel ball for many different teams and has experience in both the infield and outfield. She also has 7 years of pitching under her belt. During her 4 years coaching, her goal is to see her team/players improve from where they first started.
Kathy grew up on a farm near Worthington, Iowa. She is currently an assistant coach for 16u softball at DRBA. Over the past 10 years, she has coached, or assistant coached for Sherrill, IA softball and baseball from ages 7–14 years old and Dubuque Aftershock softball 12 and 14u. Her education over the years includes Beckman High School- 1997, Kirkwood Community College with an Associate in Science in 2000, Northeast Iowa Community College with an Associate Degree Nursing in 2002. Chamberlain college of nursing with Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2017. Kathy played many different positions in softball from about age 7 to about 16 for Worthington. Her favorite position to play was catcher. She once had a triple play while playing in a tournament! Kathy is Currently working as a Nurse Case Manager at Finley hospital.