Taylor Schroeder is the Head Coach of the Pride Elite 16u softball team. Taylor played college ball at the University of St. Francis in Joliet as a Utility player. She attended Lincoln- Way Central where she started at shortstop all 4 of her years. She was all conference, all area, team MVP and won the sportsmanship award her last two years with the Knights.
After Taylor's playing career she finished her last semester at St. Francis as an assistant coach to Amanda Jensen in the 2015-2016 season while they were nationally ranked. After she graduated she went on to coach Lincoln - Way Central's Freshman team. Taylor then moved up to Michigan and was the assistant coach at Finlandia University. She moved home and decided to focus on getting younger girls quality training for them to excel at higher levels.
Taylor has gained a lot of experience coaching travel, high school and college softball. She is a DEFENSE and HITTING Coach here within our program & she is eager to share her knowledge with these kids!
To schedule a lesson with Coach Taylor, call 815-347-4947.
What Parents and Players Have to say . . .
"My daughter has been coached by Taylor for a couple years now and it has been amazing to see how she has grown as a person and player. Any coach can run fielding drills and lob balls in a batting cage, but what Coach Taylor delivers is much more. She has taught my daughter invaluable lessons about responsibility, accountability, self-confidence, health, and doing things right. These lessons seem to have transferred to her performance on the field where she continues to improve as a player. My daughter looks forward to working hard at practice as much as playing actual games."
- Chris Gad; Parent
"Coach Taylor is great to have on your side. She has your daughters best interest in Heart. She is willing to give 110% of her time to help build your child's Softball career. Whether your daughter is looking to play in High School or College; Coach Taylor will help your daughter get her there. She has been an inspiration to my daughter. It is not just basic softball coaching, she also works with each girl about self confidence and determination. She teaches each girl the value of their own worth. I would highly recommend the Pride Elite organization"
- Shelley Wagner; Parent
"I have two daughters taking batting lessons from Coach Taylor and couldn't be happier with their progress. Taylor's combination of enthusiasm and knowledge make their training fun, and Taylor knows how to motivate players to try their hardest at all times. Taylor takes a personal interest in her students and it's clear that she cares very much about them and their development. I highly recommend Taylor and have done so already!"
- Mike Byrne; Parent
“Coach Taylor has coached my daughter for over a year and she has helped her confidence and overall game. Taylor is intense but never puts the player down. She's an inspiration” - Keith Wagner; Parent
"Our children have been receiving hitting and defensive lessons from Coach Taylor for a few months now. The improvements in their skills have been noticed by others and myself at their team practices. Not only have they been learning new softball and baseball skills, but also life lessons. She cares about them as athletes and as people. We are so lucky to have Coach Taylor in our lives and can’t wait to see what else she will teach them in the future!"
- Jenny & Mike; Parent