Softball Instructional Staff

Chris Erickson
Director of Softball Instruction

Coach Erickson has been instructing players of all levels for the last twenty years. For fifteen years, Chris was a high school football, baseball and wrestling coach in Montgomery County, Maryland, at Kennedy and Blake High Schools.

Chris left high school sports to spend more time with his children. After getting out of high school coaching, his daughter introduced him to the great sport of girls fast pitch softball. For the last six years, he has worked with girls from age eight to the college level and has coached many of the best players in Northern Virginia travel softball. Chris specializes in coaching hitting, pitching and catching. As a life long coach, Chris realizes that not all girls are the same and one size does not fit all. Chris has a talent for getting the most out of an athlete, no matter their skill set. Chris has a coaching philosophy that he has always stuck by: “Keep it simple, keep it fun and push the athlete beyond were they think they can go.”

Bob Marr
Softball Pitching Instructor

For the past two decades, Coach Marr has been developing and training softball pitchers and now he brings his wealth of experience to Fielder’s Choice. His background includes many successful years coaching travel softball teams, and the proven ability to help pitchers reach the next level.

His students have won HS district, regional and state titles in both Virginia’s AA and AAA conferences and he has helped send numerous girls on to the collegiate level with more being recruited each year.

Coach Marr’s pitchers have gone on to play at the following schools:

Ball State University Penn State
Bloomfield College Radford
Concord University Shepherd University
George Mason Virginia Tech
James Madison Wagner College
Lynchburg College  


Coach Marr works with softball pitchers of all ages and ability.  Schedule your lesson today – email or call (540) 338-3211.


Carly Schmidt- Softball Hitting Instructor

Carly graduated from Heritage High School in 2010 where she played for Megan Smith.  She was a four year varsity player and received multiple All-District Awards.  She continued her career at Louisburg College where she was named to the All-Region team in 2011.  She then moved to Patrick Henry Community College in 2012 where she was the Player of the Year as well as named to the All-American team.  She led the conference with 63 hits, 52 RBIs, 14 homeruns and hit .504 on the season.  Carly finished her career at Shepherd University where she led the team in homeruns was an All-Region selection.  Carly is currently the head softball coach at Loudoun Valley High School.

Katie Rynex- Softball Pitching Instructor

Katie graduated from Herndon High School in 2008. She was a four year varsity player and State Semi-finalists her senior year. She tallied a 0.23 ERA as a senior and was a two-time All-Region, three-time All-District selection, and Two-time All-District Tournament team. She tallied a 0.67 ERA and was part of the 2007 State Champion Team for the Virginia Baseliner 18u Gold Club team. She continued her career at Ball State University where she was a member of the Cardinals’ MAC championship team. She then finished her career at George Mason University.

Hannah Dewey- Softball Pitching/Hitting Instructor

Hannah graduated from the University of Maryland in 2017. In her senior season, she earned 20 starts in the circle, including wins against then-ranked #1 Florida and #18 Michigan. At various points in her career, she led her team in batting average, on base percentage, walks, and currently holds the team record for consecutive starts at over 140 games. After graduating from Maryland, she took her talents overseas to play professionally in Germany. With the Mannheim Tornados, she won a national championship and was named MVP and Pitcher of the Year. She also led the German league in batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, walks, and wins in the circle.