My name is Steve LaDrigue. I am the founder of Team Hustle Arizona Fastpitch as well as the coach of a Team Hustle 09' 12u team and an 08' 14u team. I also coach Junior High Softball and Varsity High School softball for Heritage Academy in Laveen Arizona. I have coached at Heritage Academy since 2017. With the High School Varsity we have won 2 state Championships (2017,2018) and were playoff contenders in 2019 and 2021. My Junior High team has been State runner ups twice (2017,2019) and were State Champions last year in 2021). I will remain the head coach for both teams during this upcoming 2022 season.
In 2013 I created a program called Team Hustle. This program was designed to help at risk youth play sports. It actually had nothing to do with softball. I am a firm believer that sports can teach kids many life lessons as well as build confidence and helps keep kids active in something positive. We have helped kids play all different sports in different cities from Phoenix Arizona to Sacramento California and back to my hometown area of the Monterey Bay in California. Team Hustle has also been part of a huge back pack and school supply drive over the last 5 years in Sacramento California with my friends at Konnected Clothing Company. We have given out over 500 bags full of supplies every year. I would love to do one in Phoenix Arizona in 2022.
I believe that everything happens for a reason and that God puts people in our lives for a reason. In 2016 the head coach at Heritage Academy was Kerrey Hunt. She brought me aboard to help her with her program that she established. I told her that God brought us together for a reason and I don't know exactly what it is it. Come to find out I think God brought me there to be inspired. I had an extremely talented and athletic student athlete that could have went far with softball if she had proper coaching earlier in her life. I asked her why she never played club ball and she said my mom couldn't afford it. At that moment I knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to take 8 and 9 year old girls and teach them the game of softball and all the life lessons that come with it. So I started Team Hustle Arizona Fastpitch and never looked back. I have girls in Team Hustle to this day that have been here since the first moment.
The 1st Team HustIe team started in 2017. (pictured)
In my years of being around softball here in Phoenix Arizona I have developed some great relationships with coaches, players and parents. So when I decided to start this fastpitch program with a Team Hustle 10u team we had tremendous support from the softball community here in Arizona. Every year our fastpitch program has expanded. Our softball program teaches the importance of effort and attitude and family. We have created a competitive culture. We do not quit, We are not scared of anyone. We look to develop these girls not only as softball players, but as students and as people. We thank all of you that have supported me and this program. #TeamHustleFamily
- Coach Steve LaDrigue