About the Program
The 2017 Milton Academy Softball team hopes to continue to build on the their recent success and remain a formidable opponent as they compete in the highly competitive Independent School League (ISL). In addition to their ISL game schedule, Milton also plays several other independent schools from around the area, and will compete against some of the top prep schools in New England in the Big East Invitational tournament hosted by Brooks Academy and Phillips Academy Andover at the end of May.
Over the March break, the team traveled to Orlando, Florida for an incredible week of spring training at Universal Studios with KSA Events. The team had the opportunity to compete with opponents from Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey in state of the art softball facilities. The Mustangs could not help but have an amazing week of softball, theme park adventures, and team bonding, in the much welcomed warmth of the Florida sunshine. Past spring training trips have included travel to Disney’s Spring Training at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Historic Dodgertown at Vero Beach, FL, Myrtle Beach, SC, Cocoa Beach, FL, and Tampa, FL. We are very thankful for these opportunities, which ultimately affirm the importance of preparation.
The team philosophy is based on the expectation that every player is committed to working hard on individual skill development and good fundamentals so that they have the foundations to play to the best of their ability. Maximizing every player’s potential is an important goal of the program. We try to keep players engaged by making an effort to make practices fun because we believe that we will get more out of players if they enjoy what they are doing. We emphasize the importance of trust and communication within a team, and want every player to be prepared and supportive of one another with a clear sense that we are all working together toward a common goal.
There is a strong sense of pride to be part of Mustang Softball; it doesn’t end upon a student’s graduation from Milton. We are very proud of our softball alumni out in the “real world” making a difference. We encourage former players to keep in touch, and look forward to visits from them at games and practices. More recently we have had the good fortune to have several players return to the program as coaches. Our student-athletes are impressive young women, and we celebrate their successes on and off the field. Not only are they accomplished in the classroom, but also many are talented musicians, dancers, class leaders, orators and multi-sport athletes. Over the past several years we have had players recruited to compete at the collegiate level, which is another source of great pride for Mustang Softball.
If you have any questions please contact Head Coach Amy Hickey via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617.947.2031.
Coaches and Captains
1st Team (Varsity)
Head Coach: Amy Hickey
Amy Hickey will begin her 17th season coaching the Varsity Softball team at Milton Academy. She joined the Milton Academy coaching staff as a pitching consultant and assistant coach in 2001, and was named Head Coach in 2003. Coach Hickey graduated with a biology degree from Holy Cross College. She was the starting pitcher for all 4 years and was one of the teams leading hitters and base-stealers. In her senior season, she pitched every game (28 complete games) for the Crusaders, which on most game days meant pitching both games of double headers. She received MAAC Academic All-American honors. She also served as Captain and was voted team MVP in her senior season. Coach Hickey has also served as the Varsity Assistant Field Hockey coach at Milton Academy for 13 years, and has been an assistant coach in the middle school and girls JV ice hockey programs for 10 years.
Assistant Coach: Lauren Tarpy
Lauren begins her second year at Milton Academy serving as an assistant coach to the varsity softball team. Lauren grew up in Milton and graduated from Notre Dame Academy (Hingham, MA) in 2009. There she played softball for 4 years as a 2nd baseman and pitcher, and was elected captain of the varsity softball team her senior year. During her time at NDA, she helped lead the team to win two Catholic Conference Championships and played in the State Tournament every year. She was also a three-time Catholic Conference All-Star and won several awards including the Coach’s Award and Unsung Hero Award. Lauren has also played for various club softball teams throughout the state. She has several years of experience playing “A” level Fastpitch softball and has competed in numerous ASA, NSA, PONY, and USSSA tournaments throughout the Northeast area. She also has experience working as a pitching coach, proving instruction in various softball clinics as well as one-on-one training.
Assistant Coach: Isa Gell-Levey
Isabelle (Isa) Gell-Levey began her 5th year as a coach at Milton Academy this season. This is her first year as the Assistant Softball coach, and she just finished her first season as the Varsity Volleyball coach. She joined the Milton Academy coaching staff as a volleyball and softball coach at the Middle School, and has since gone on to be the assistant coach for Varsity Volleyball for two years, before taking on the role of head coach for volleyball this fall and assistant coach for softball this spring. Coach Isa graduated from Wellesley College in 2013 with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry, and will be taking a hiatus from coaching to attend the Boston University School of Medicine this upcoming fall. She also is a ‘Stangs alum, graduating from Milton Academy in 2009, where she was a three sport Varsity athlete in soccer, volleyball, and softball. During her career, she earned 1st-team All-ISL honors in both softball and volleyball, and was named team MVP in both softball and volleyball. Coach Isa is extremely excited to take on this role, and is looking forward to working with such a well-established program centered around a strong work ethic and teamwork.
Captains: Libby Czarniak ’17 & Clare Lonergan ’17
2nd Team (Junior Varsity)
Head Coach: Charlene Grant
Assistant Coach: Melissa Ragonese