At Central Utah Athletics our mission is to help youth develop the skills to be successful in sports and life.
All our programs take a “Whole Athlete” approach, where the youth participant is provided tools and opportunities to develop as a person and an athlete mentally, physically and socially. We emphasize the importance of Community, Honesty, Integrity and other life lessons through sports. Our programs serve multiple counties throughout Utah, with a focus on youth in low income/rural communities. The Central Utah Athletics - Softball Program was developed three years ago to address the decline in participation in female sports in low-income/rural communities. To date, our softball program has over 48 participants with a growing waiting list. This program is available to EVERY girl between ages of 8-15. No athlete will be turned away!
Our “Whole Athlete” program includes: program scholarships (full and partial), team equipment, clinics, private lessons, practice facilities, insurance, tournaments and league play, mentorship, coach training, injury prevention and recovery, nutrition, access to a physical trainer, a mental coach, professional instruction as well as college prep and recruitment. Central Utah Athletics is leading the way in providing the best in athletics for our low income rural communities. The positive, lifelong impact this program is having on these girls/youth is unmeasurable.
We also mentor and train our coaches to create positive environments, on and off the field or court, where youth can feel safe, accepted and allowed to be themselves as they develop their true athletic abilities. Our goal is to allow opportunities for all skill levels, regardless of race, gender or financial status, through mentoring and training athletes to be dedicated in achieving personal and athletic goals, help break down mental barriers, instruct correct skill fundamentals and provide nutrition, injury prevention/recovery and recruitment education.
Meet Our Experts
Lacey Hofstedt: Slapping/Bunting, Outfield and Speed Private Coach
Lacey grew up in Folsom California where she played basketball and softball. A natural "righty", she decided to try slapping out her senior year of HS. Well everyone noticed! Excelling at both but ultimately choose to pursue Softball at BYU, Utah.
"Lacey used her speed to become a key player for BYU in her career. She finished with the most stolen bases in a career at BYU with 79, more than 30 away from the second place player. In 2013 and 2015, she tallied 25 stolen bases, tied for the most in a single season. Her Senior season in 2015 was her best, notching the third best batting average in a single season at BYU with .435. Outside of the field, Hofstedt excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-American honors in 2015"
Lacey loves sharing her love of the sport with others. " I love how it feels when you get it right - when the ball goes where you want it to or the play is done perfectly. I love working hard to get that feeling of success and accomplishment when faced with a difficult task/situation".
Emi Willing: Batting and Pitching Private Coach
Emi Willing grew up in Hawaii where she started playing sports at the age of 5. She excelled in many sports where she earned multiple all-state and all-conference awards, including tennis, golf, and track and field, and softball. She went on to play softball for Brigham Young University where she earned NCAA all-region second team selection, all-MWC (Mountain West Conference) first team selection, and an NCAA Regional All-tournament team selection. She is a NFHS certified coach and earned a bachelor’s degree in International Relations with an emphasis in International Politics. She resides in American Fork with her husband and 5 children.
Shelly Coray: Peak Performance and Mental Strength Coach
Shelly Coray started playing sports at age 5. As a high school athlete she played basketball and lettered in Cross Country and Track and Field. She graduated with an associates degree from Weber State University and is a certified Mental Strength Coach. She has been involved in high school track and field as a coach or manager for 16 years and is now coaching privately. She developed the Winner's Edge, a mental strength training program for youth in 2011 and has coached hundreds of athletes to gain control over their mind. She is a published author, a professional speaker and a NFHS certified coach. She resides in Mona with her husband and 5 children.
Lynnette Kahaulani: Private and Team Pitching Coach
At the age of 13, Lynnette knew one thing; she loved softball! She set her sights on playing softball in college and began preparing. She took lessons, played a lot of ball, attended to her grades (4.0) and worked very hard. Her senior year she saw the realization of all her hard work and received a full scholarship to Lehigh University, a D1 College. Lynnette later transferred to University of Utah Valley State College (now UVU). There she earned her Associate's of Science degree, as well as a National Championship in Kissimmee Florida. The UVSC Wolverines went undefeated in the tournament, 9-0 to win the title. Thereafter, Lynnette left for Austria to serve a mission for the LDS Church. When she returned to the states, Lynnette contacted several colleges in a desire to get back on the field. She was awarded a full scholarship at New Mexico Highlands University (D11) where she played her remaining years as well as completed her degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Physics.
Lynnette has been coaching pitching throughout her college years and continues to enjoy sharing her knowledge with youth in the sport
Womans Majors-2000-1999 Allentown Patriots (this league is the home to the legendary Raybestos' Brakettes and was the highest level of play for women's softball until the Olympic team was formed and the NPF)
2003 Australia Down Under Bowl - this was an invitational only All Star team consisting of players from the RMAC Athletic Conference. I was invited to play and participated in games against universities along the Gold Coast.
2015-2016 - Worked with Copper Hills High School as the pitching coach
Lynnette has 3 children, works full time at Imsar LLC on Radar systems for military drones and resides in Springville.