Our Instructors

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Manuel (Manny) Santana

Baseball Pitching
Baseball and Softball Hitting

Manny was the Assistant Varsity Baseball Coach and former JV Head Coach at Indian Trail High School. He has also coached summer baseball as the head coach for Phenom Wisconsin 16u. Pitching and Hitting Instructor with Nike Phenom Baseball.

During his playing days, Manny played for Indian Trail High School. Led Indian Trail to their first conference title and received Southeastern Conference Player of the Year with an 11-0 Record and 0.78 ERA  while also batting .330 he then went on to play at College of Lake County.

Manny trains in all aspects of the game: pitching, hitting, and fielding. Manny has also developed his own throwing program to strengthen one’s arm, gain velocity, and arm care to make sure they are throwing with care and the right way.

For lessons, you can contact Manny at 262-945-5168 or

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Madelynn Chase

Pitching/ Hitting

Maddy has been a part of the sport for 15 years. She has coached fastpitch pitching and hitting for 4 years.

She was a part of the Beach Park Thunder organization during her travel years. Maddy played softball at St. Joseph High School and then later on at College of Wooster where she earned three all conference awards (two first team) and All Conference Player of the Year Junior year as a pitcher/1st baseman. She was elected as a member of the all region team Junior year as well.

You can contact Maddy at 224-772-9109 or

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Ken Krause

Pitching/ Hitting

Ken Krause, owner and lead instructor of Softball Success, has been coaching girls’ fastpitch softball for more than 20 years. He has coached teams from 10U to 18U with the Mundelein Thunder, Lake County Fastpitch, and IOMT Castaways.

He is currently a Four Star Master Coach with the National Fast pitch Coaches Association (NFCA), Elite Level certified pitching coach with High-Performance Pitching, and is certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP). Ken is a private instructor specializing in pitchers, hitters, and catchers.

Ken has built a national reputation as a long-time contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where his Krause’s Korner features consistently were among the most-read articles in the magazine. He is also the Administrator of the Discuss Fastpitch Forum, the most popular fastpitch discussion forum on the Internet, and owns Life in the Fastpitch Lane, one of the most-read fastpitch softball blogs on the Internet.

If you are interested in scheduling a lesson you can contact Ken at 847-373-2249 or email at