"There is NO off-season!"
Erin King: Erin has been coaching with 5 Star Athletics since 2007. She has an innate ability to connect with young women and motivate them to improve both their mental and physical skills that is further complimented by her professional training.
King graduated from Dickinson College where she was the starting 3rd basemen. She was named to the All-Conference team 3 times and in 2010 her team won the Centennial Conference Championship and reached the NCAA regional playoffs.
Miranda Tamayo: Originally from Huntington Beach, CA, Miranda graduate from Indiana University in 2015 where she was a standout pitcher. She was a graduate assistant for University of Indianapolis softball team 2015-2017 while earning her Masters of Arts in Teaching for Secondary English Education. She currently teaches English as Freedom High School in Woodbridge, VA.
Miranda has an extensive background in coaching and instruction. Prior to her time with 5 Star Athletics, she was a freelance pitching instructor in her hometown of Huntington Beach and during her time at Indiana. She has also been an instructor at Pure Fastpitch Facility(California), Sky's the Limit Softball Facility(Indiana), and coached for PGF(Premier Girls Fastpitch).
CaraMia Tsirigos: Originally from Atlanta, GA, CaraMia graduated from Indiana University in 2017. Tsirigos was a standout 1st baseman, catcher, and DP for the Hoosiers. During her time there she was first team All Big Ten, NFCA Third Team All Midwest Region, Big Ten Medal of Honor, CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team, Academic All-Big Ten, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
Currently CaraMia is a graduate student in the Sports Industry Management Program at Georgetown University.
Megan Maloney: Megan graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2016. She was the starting left fielder for all four years. She was named All-PSAC my senior year. She helped her team her senior year to the 2016 PSAC playoffs for the first time since 2009. She graduated with a Health and Physical Education degree.
Currently Megan teaches at Reservoir high school, her alma mater, where she also helps coach the Varsity softball team. Megan has such a passion for coaching softball and loves giving back to the game.
Karlyn "Bec" Buker: Buker graduated from the University of Tampa in 2014 with a Sports Management degree. While at Tampa, her team won their conference in 2012 and 2014. They also made NCAA Regional appearances in all of her four years there. Buker earned the minaret scholarship for UT which was awarded based on her academics, leadership, and community service. She also served as the SAC representative for her team.
During her time at UT, she interned at the International Softball Federation, working directly under the Director of Competitions. She has also worked part-time as a tournament director. Buker has attended 5 Star camps since she was 8 and worked her way up the "ranks". Most recently, Buker accepted the position as Assistant Coach at LaSalle. Prior to Lasalle, she spent two seasons at Mt. St. Mary's University and one year at the College of New Jersey.
Blair Freeman: Blair is a 2009 graduate from St. Bonaventure where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary and Special Education while she played outfield and was a slapper for the Bonnie's for 4 years. In 2010, Blair stayed at St. Bonaventure to earn her Master's in Early Childhood Literacy. After college Blair moved to Maryland to pursue her teaching career with Hartford County Public Schools and began working with the Maryland Black Ice Softball Club based in Cockeysville. With Black Ice, Blair has worked closely with all teams within the program. Most recently she has started coaching both the 14U and 16U teams. Blair is happy to share her passion and love for the game.
Shannon Riley, LMT: Riley joined 5 Star Athletics in 2009 as the Director of Operations, Master Instructor, and Strength Coach. Most recently, Riley continues to work with 5 Star Athletics but has started her own company called Cre8 Change. Cre8 Change has a unique focus on health and wellness. Shannon has certifications as a CHEK Practitioner Level II, NeuroKinetic Therapist Level II, NSPA, ACE and is a Licensed Massage Therapist. 5 Star Athletics is happy to partner with Shannon and Cre8 Change. For all your training and health needs please contact Shannon directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Riley graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University in 20014 where she earned her degree in Business Sports Management. She received her Master's in Business Administration from the Mount in 2006. While at the Mount, Riley was a 4 year standout on the soccer team. She played on year of softball as a 2nd baseman and slapper for the Mountaineer's.
Jillian Callaway: 5 Star Athletics founder Jillian Callaway, is in her 16th year. Callaway's true passion is working with the youth in the DC Metro Area. She is very grateful for her two coaching stints she had with her alma mater, the University of Maryland. Home is where the heart is: and Callaway couldn't be more proud to call 5 Star Athletics her true home. Callaway was also nominated in the ASA Hall of Fame in November 2012.
Callaway graduated from the University of Maryland in 2003 with a B.S. in Communications. During her collegiate career as a Terrapin, Callaway played nearly every position on the field and amassed a 0.988 fielding percentage while batting 0.300 at the plate. She was honored with the M Club President's Cup Aware for Academic Achievement and ACC Top Six for Service Award, and was also selected to the Verizon All-Academic 2nd team.
In her first year after graduation, she worked as a softball instructor at Planet Fastpitch in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, New England's largest exclusive fastpitch softball facility. Callaway moved back to her roots to take the assistant coaching position at her alma mater in the Fall of 2004. She helped the Terrapins to another winning season while promoting character and poise, which won them the ACC Sportsmanship Award for the 2005 season. Callaway continued on as the pitching coach in the fall of 2005 under new Terrapin Coach Laura Watten. She also coached under Watten again for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Callaway played an integral part in leading the Terps to its most wins in the ACC in Maryland history.
Lauren Robison: Lauren has been a part of the 5 Star Athletics family since she was 12. In 2012, Lauren joined 5 Star Athletics on a full time basis. Her energy, passion, and knowledge for the game make her a perfect fit for her role as Master Instructor. Studying under Callaway for the past decade, Robison has developed the skill set for teaching all aspects of the game. She has truly become one of the top instructors in the country. 5 Star Athletics couldn't be more proud to have her as part of the family.
Robison is also a teacher at Calvert High School in Calvert County, MD. She graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a Kinesiology degree, where she played 3rd base and was a 4-time JMU Athletic Director Scholar-Athlete.