At Rugged Softball, our coaches all train from the same set of principles. We believe in building quality movements and strength in the athlete as a whole before we being to specialize in skill development. We have created a systemized training program that brings our athletes the complete package, either remotely or locally.

Jenn Newman

Jenn lives in her hometown outside of Toledo, OH with her husband and daughters. After working in the mental health field for 4 years, Jenn has a passion to assist players to become not only physically strong through proper mechanics, but mentally strong as well. Rugged means “having or requiring toughness and determination,” which is essential to achieve any success as a pitcher, but more so essential in life.

Jenn believes in building character through sport and desires her players learn how to overcome obstacles on the field and off the field, which is why she has named her business Rugged Softball.

Experience

Born and raised in Whitehouse, OH, Jenn was a true utility player in every sense of the term, playing at least one game at every position on the field during her High School career at Anthony Wayne High School. She also earned accolades at multiple positions including a 1st Team All-State Pitcher while leading her team to a State Championship, pitching 7 shut-outs through tournament play, including 2 perfect games and boasting an ERA of 0.65 for the season. 

Earning a scholarship to Charleston-Southern University, Jenn took a medical red-shirt while battling an unknown neurological illness. After transferring to a smaller school to focus on recovery, Jenn was able to return to playing shape for a few short seasons and recorded a record setting 16 home-runs from the plate in her Freshman outing.

Upon completing her playing career, Jenn coached for 2 seasons at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA working as both the hitting and pitching instructor.

Jenn has Owned Rugged Softball for 6 years and has been a full time pitching instructor for 5 of those years but has been instructing pitchers and hitters for 15+ years.

More recently, Jenn has joined Denny Tincher, of Tincher Pitching, as the Development Specialist for the Tincher Pitching group. In this capacity she not only works in research and development of pitching mechanics, drills, and injury prevention in students, but her duties are to also train and develop pitching instructors.


For more about Austin, visit his websites Wasserman Strength and High Level Throwing.

Austin Wasserman

Austin Wasserman is our strength, conditioning and overhand throwing coordinator. He will write and manage all of the programming for in person and remote athletes receiving these services.

Austin is the Founder of Wasserman Strength, LLC and High Level Throwing, with locations in New Hampshire and Florida. He’s a Strength Coach, Performance Coach and Author from Brooklyn, New York. He’s the Author of the High Level Throwing® Series E-Books!

Austin received his B.S. in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning through the University of Connecticut Department of Kinesiology. He also received his Masters Degree in Human Nutrition through the University of Bridgeport.

He is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has been training athletes for the past 15 years.

Austin is highly respected by coaches, parents and players for his approach and knowledge of the human body. He has worked in New York City alongside some of the top Physical Therapists and Motor Learning Specialists in the country.

Austin will travel to the facility for in person session on a monthly basis. An in person trainer will over see the on-site training on a daily basis.

Sierra Bilinski 

Wasserman Strength’s Performance Coach, focusing on our day to day on-floor training, implementing and supervising the strength training and throwing athletes, and overseeing all remote training for our Ohio location.

Sierra is currently pursuing her B.S. in Exercise Science with plans to attend Physical Therapy school upon graduation. She plays softball at the collegiate level and has experience training youth athletes. Sierra has a history of coaching softball, both as a head coach and an assistant. She started training as an athlete here in the Summer of 2019, and now has joined the team as an intern. She has a passion for softball, learning, and working with athletes of all ages!