ABOUT AZ REDHAWKS SOFTBALL
Born to Compete
We established the AZ RedHawks Softball Program because we wanted to create a group in the East Valley area for girls of all ages to have access to indoor and outdoor training from previous collegiate and professional athletes, year round.
We hope to prepare your daughter for life during and after softball. We intend to do this by establishing outstanding work ethic, teaching time management and how to be a student-athlete, by cultivating a safe and positive training environment for each athlete, by prioritizing the success of the team over individual success, and by demonstrating the importance of community service. Our coaching staff believes that these key principles will lead to great success within the program!
We are very excited to welcome new players to the AZ RedHawks!!!
Please e-mail our director, Stacey Stepek. We would love to meet you!
LEAVING THE NEST
College Bound Athletes
Congrats to all of our seniors who are spreading their wings and leaving the nest this fall to further pursue their career in softball and education!
Hailey Misner: Mesa Community College
Madison Russel: Arizona Christian University
Cori Haro: Park University
Jessani Lerwill: Benedictine University
Robin Lee: Benedictine University
Aspen Markland: Chandler Gilbert Community College
Motivators, Educators, Mentors
RedHawks Manager & Director
Stacey grew up in Downers Grove, IL where she was a 4-year varsity letter softball and basketball player. At her high school, she set state homerun records, competed in the state homerun contest her senior year, and lead the area in fielding percentage at first base. She earned All-Area and all conference awards, along with being a part of the National Honors Society and graduating in the top 10% of her class of 989 students.
From high school, Stacey was awarded a scholarship to play Division I softball at the University of South Carolina-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC from 2004-2008. During her time at USC Upstate, her team led the nation in runs scored per game, batting average, stolen bases, and fielding percentage. Her team won 3-4 conference championships in the Atlantic Sun conference, and were able to advance to the conference tournament each year. Stacey graduated with Cum Laude honors along with the Physical Education student-athlete of the Year award in her Senior year. She also helped her University’s SID with athletic events and broadcast.
From 2008-2015, Stacey moved back to the northwest suburbs of Illinois where she taught Physical Education and coached volleyball, basketball, and softball. Stacey took her Hampshire High School varsity program to new heights within her first 2 years as a head, winning conference for the first time in 20+ years and advancing to the playoffs. She was also named the Northwest Herald Coach of the Year in 2014.
The past two years Stacey has been living in Arizona where she has taught and coached. Stacey was the assistant softball coach at Benedictine University at Mesa in Mesa, AZ. She was a part of their inaugural season in 2016, where they took 2nd in conference and then in their second season the team made their first ever conference tournament appearance in Redding, CA.
Stacey is very excited to share her knowledge and skills with future students of the game. Go RedHawks!!!
Head Coach 16U Red
Kiley is originally from Seal Beach, CA where she attended Fairmont Prep Academy for high school. There she lettered varsity all four years, received First Team All-League for three of those years, Second Team All-League for one year, and MVP All-League her Senior Year. She was also named CIF Scholar Athlete the same year. After graduating, she attended Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, CA where she played 2 years on the softball team under ASA Hall of Fame recipient, Suzy Brazney. There she found her position on the field as a pitcher and received Second Team All-Conference in the Orange Empire Conference. Kiley continued her education and played softball at Benedictine University, where she accepted a scholarship in Mesa, AZ. There she was named Cal-Pac Pitcher of the week and helped lead her team to conference playoffs two years in a row. During her senior year, Kiley received an offer to play semi-pro softball over seas in Germany and then shortly again after in Sweden. She finished her softball career after 18 long years of dedication to the game. She is a Cum Laude honors graduate of Benedictine University and has a Bachelors of Science in Nutrition. She is continuing her education at ASU for a Masters in Physical Education.
She has coached girls of all ages the last 7 years and gives private pitching/hitting lessons to athletes. She has coached at Mesa High School for 2 years and is going into her 3rd year there. Last year, she took over the Mesa High School softball program and is now, the head coach of the varsity team. She helped lead the team in her first year there to the most victorious year since 2009.
She looks forward to coaching more young, dedicated athletes.
Assistant Coach 16U Red
Avri is from Tucson, Arizona where she graduated from Salpointe Catholic High School. She played on the varsity level her last two years in high school under head coach Amy Baray-Rocha. There she found her position at first base and hit .368. Her senior year as captain, she helped lead her team to the AIA Divison II Championship. Unfortunately, her team fell short, but it helped pave her road to college ball. She was recruited and given a scholarship to play at Benedictine University where she started as a freshman. There, she helped lead the team to the Cal-Pac tournament in 2016 and 2017. She was the leader in the conference in putouts, was 11th in the conference in RBI's, and 9th in home runs her senior year. She holds the record at Benedictine for most grand-slams. Avri graduated in 2019 with a Degree of Science in Nutrition at the university in hopes of pursuing her career as a physical therapist.
She has been with the RedHawks since the start of the program, gives private hitting lessons, and helped coach at Mesa High School the last two years and is the assistant varsity coach. She has helped guide the programs to many successes and has been a helping hand in their growth. She is very excited to be coaching with the RedHawks and aims to help girls find a love for the game that she once discovered herself.
Head Coach 12U
Caitlyn Mcdowell is from right here in the East Valley. She has been playing softball her whole life. She graduated from Apache Junction High School where she holds the record for most home runs in a varsity career and tied for most home runs in a season. She was recruited out of high school to play at South Mountain Community College where she found herself as one of the starting pitchers. After her two years at South Mountain, she moved on to play at the Division 1 level at Grambling State University in Louisiana. There she received a scholarship to finish her softball career. During her junior year, she was a top 3 finalist for the SWAC Conference Player of the Year and earned the SWAC Pitcher of the Year.
This is Caitlyn's second year with the AZ RedHawks as she heads the 12u team into another successful season. She is excited to share her love and passion for the game with all of the athletes.
The AZ RedHawks have joined forces with In My DNA for Speed and Agilities Specific Training with Coach Jordan Anaya.
Jordan was born in Albuquerque, NM. He and his family moved to Arizona and he attended Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ where he played football for the Huskies. In 2010, he suffered a neck injury that ended up cutting his football career short. While not being able to play anymore, Jordan found a new passion in coaching. In 2014, he started coaching youth tackle and flag football for Poston Butte AYF and Eduprize Charter School in San Tan Valley. After 2 years of coaching youth, he got his first varsity football coaching job at San Tan Foothills High School as the running backs coach. Since then, he has coached at Mesa High School and Jefferson High School (Portland, OR). Once Jordan returned from Oregon, he became a Certified Speed and Agility Coach through NSPA. He then started his own business called “In My DNA” through which he provides training and motivational coaching to student athletes. His goal is for “In My DNA” to be a movement that people can be a part of to live inspired, be unique and be successful. Jordan currently works at Athletes Performance Enhancement as a Sports Performance Coach, and is working towards his Strength and Conditioning Certification through ISSA.
BECOME AN AZ REDHAWK
Don’t Miss Out!
If you are interested in becoming a RedHawk, please contact:
Kleinman Park - Mesa, AZ
Poston Junior High - Mesa, AZ
Mesa High School - Mesa, AZ
625 S Smith Rd STE 7
Tempe, AZ 85281
Please bring cold water, bats, helmets, and gloves.