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Jeff Nowaczyk
Executive Director- Midwest Region (serving MI, OH, IN, IL, WI and Ontario)
Jeff brings a high-level of softball experience and knowledge to RISE Softball- Midwest Region. After completing his college baseball career at Central Michigan University he became the Assistant Baseball Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Northwood University. Nowaczyk has served as a catching and hitting instructor for 12 years; working camps, clinics, and private lessons throughout the Midwest Region. For the last 5 years Jeff has worked as an assistant scouting director and event coordinator for Prep Baseball Report Michigan, a high school baseball scouting service. Nowaczyk is a top level, competitive ASA/ISC Men’s Fast Pitch Softball player. Last season, Nowaczyk played for the #1 ISC ranked Men’s Fast Pitch Team in the world, Hill United Chiefs, as a catcher/infielder. In February 2017, Nowaczyk was named to the USA Men’s National Fast Pitch Team where he is currently a 5X Team USA Member. Jeff has represented the Red, White and Blue at the International Softball Federation World Softball Championships (June 2017) in Whitehorse, Yukon,  the Pan American Games Qualifier in Santo Domingo, Domican Republic (September 2017-Winning a Bronze Medal), ISF International Cup in Prague, Czech Republic (September 2018), International Softball Federation World Softball Championships in Prague, Czech Republic (June 2019), and the Pan America Games in Lima Peru (July 2019-Winning Silver Medal).
 
Contact Jeff anytime.
 
Phone: 989-297-0871
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Jon Gwizdala
Assistant Director of Scouting (serving MI,OH, IN IL, WI, and Ontario)
Jon is a longtime Mens fastpitch softball players and former collegiate baseball player. Since the completion of his college baseball career at Delta CC, Jon has worked as an Assistant Coach with softball programs at the High School, Junior College, and NCAA Div I & II levels. Jon has hosted and worked many camps & clinics across the midwest region. For the past 6 years, Jon and has given private pitching instruction. As a players, Jon has competes at the highest levels of the game and recently pitched for Team USA at the ISF International Cup Challenge in Prague, Czech Republic. 
 
Contact Jon anytime.
 
Phone: 989-894-4432
 
 
Danielle Bartodziej
Assistant Director of Scouting (serving MI, OH, IN, IL, WI, and Ontario)
Danielle is a Westchester, IL native and a graduate of Narzareth Academy High School (Playing 4yrs of Varsity Softball). Danielle playd travel softball for the Oak Park Windmills for 5 years. Upon graduation, Danielle attended NCAA Div II Northwood University in Midland, MI to play play college softball. During her time as a 4 year short-stop, she earned her BBA and MBA degrees. She has coaching experience with 12U-16U travel organizations and is currently an Assistant JV Softball Coach at Nazareth Academy. 
 
Contact Danielle anytime.
 
Phone: 708-606-7358