LESLIE J. KORKGY-VALENTI
~ Founder and Owner
Leslie has served as an assistant coach for Bloomfield College (Div.2), nationally ranked Montclair State University (Div.3) as well as Felician University (Div.2). Specifically as a college level pitching coach, Leslie played an integral role in each of these teams post season play. Most recently Leslie spent time training Britney Guzman (John Jay HS/Bloomfield College) to prepare her for international play in Puerto Rico. Leslie accompanied Britney to Puerto Rico which resulted in her receiving an invite to try out for the Puerto Rican National Team in Plant City, Florida.
Leslie has a long history of both participating in as well as organizing clinics for players of all ages as well as for coaches. Leslie has worked alongside some of the biggest names in softball: Margo Joncker (former pitching coach for the USA olympic team), Dina D’Aquino (former coach of the NY/NJ Juggernauts professional softball team), Jaime Wohlbach (Head coach East Stroudsburg University, Assistant Coach Peru National Team, international clinician, and former Pro Player). Along with many local organizations and high school programs Leslie was sponsored by Subway Restaurants in conjunction with Williamsport, PA to conduct a clinic for the Newark Ironbound softball program. Leslie also served for 5 years as the director of the Yogi Berra Museum summer softball camp. During that time, Leslie worked closely with Dave Kaplan who was the founding museum director as well as Yogi Berra’s co-author.
As a player, Leslie received pitching instruction from the top instructors in NJ and PA: Roz Bostonian (former pitcher for the Budweiser Belles), Vicky Morrow (All-American from University of Michigan/member of the Pan Am softball team), Carol Erickson (former head coach at William Paterson University), Betty Zwingraf (taught Olympian Michelle Smith), and Darryl Stofflett (newly inducted member of the Lehigh Valley Fastpitch Hall of Fame).Her playing experiences include participating in the 15u ASA National Softball Tournament in Marietta, GA. with the North Jersey Shiloh. At 16, she played ASA major level softball with the North Jersey Regals and continued playing ASA Class A softball with the Linden Arians. An All-County and All-State pitcher from Leonia High School she posted a 70-18-1 career pitching record and a career batting average of .390. At 18, she pitched against the Raybestos Brakettes who’s roster included Dot Richardson and Sheila Cornell (both members of the USA Olympic softball team) and Kathy Arendsen, Barbara Reinalda and Pat Dufficy (all members of the Pan Am softball team). Leslie was a 4-year starter for Muhlenberg College and posted a 40-45 career pitching record, 64 complete games and 477.1 total innings pitched. In 1993, she was nationally ranked with the 23rd best era (1.67) in Div. 3. She also had a .349 career batting average as well as numerous all-conference, all-region honors and centennial player of the week recognition 2 years in a row. Leslie was named both the sophomore and senior athlete of the year for Muhlenberg College. In 1995 Leslie was invited to play and coach in Italy’s professional softball league. As a former high school history teacher and head softball coach at Hasbrouck Heights HS for 8 years, she received the 2005 Governor’s Teacher’s Award and in 2006 was named a “Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction”.