Abby Ramirez is the Windmills hitting instructor.
Ramirez, 24, is a professional softball player entering her third season as a middle infielder with the Chicago Bandits. Ramirez, a former standout at Trinity High School, played for the University of Michigan Wolverines, where she was an All Great Lakes first-team shortstop her senior season.
She’s now pursuing a master’s degree in sports management at Northwestern and aspires to become a professional coach when her playing days are over.
“This is a great opportunity,” Ramirez said of the Windmills post. “I love working with young girls because I think it’s important to mold strong fundamentals at an early age. Establishing good habits and good fundamentals early in softball players is extremely important. If you build it wrong at the beginning, you’ll see problems in the future.”
Bridget Boyle is the Windmills pitching instructor.
Boyle, now 25, was a four-year letterwinner as a pitcher and infielder for Lake Central High School, where she piloted her team to two Duneland Athletic Conference Championships and was an all conference player. She also was a starting pitcher and closer for the Flames of the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Boyle graduated from UIC in 2016 with a degree in accounting and is an auditor for Deloitte.
“I’ve taught pitching lessons since I was 15 years old, helping 6 year olds as they were first learning how to pitch,” Bridget said. “It’s something that I just love. It’s really terrific to teach for the Windmills. I played against the Windmills as a travel player growing up and it’s a fantastic organization.”
Eva Stees is the Windmills catching instructor. A recent graduate of Northwestern University, Stees, 22, returns to the Windmills after a stellar playing career.
In high school, Stees led Lane Tech to three Chicago City championships. As a junior in 2015, she batted .625 with 54 runs, 35 RBIs, 34 steals, 10 home runs, a 1.210 slugging percentage and a .698 on-base percentage.
She played four years at Northwestern, where she regularly earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. She graduated this year with degrees in environmental science and psychology.
"I know it's time to start an even more exciting chapter, where I can use the skills I learned on the field to teach girls and give them the same kind of attention that I got from college coaches," she said.
"I played for the Windmills for almost 10 years and the organization means a lot to me," Stees added. "It was always so cool when college coaches would come in. I feel like I can pay that forward to girls now in the organization."
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