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Since 2001, Talya (Trudell) DiGirolamo has been providing students with a solid foundation in softball knowledge. She has taught individual pitching and hitting lessons and coached teams at various levels, from recreation to college. She has a broad understanding of the sport, from the fine details of mechanics to the ability to translate that work into successful performances on the field. Her positive teaching methods have helped launch students into the successful future they have always dreamed of. Coach Talya travels to various locations within the metro-Atlanta region and Buford to provide lessons.
Coach Talya is excited to take this next step, coaching private instruction full time! Starting Fall 2016, Talya will be available at a variety of locations in and around Atlanta, and surrounding counties. Please click on "Services" for options offered and pricing. Looking forward to working with you!
Talya received a full 5-year scholarship to play for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). While at UTC, she earned Southern Conference Pitcher of the Year (1999) and First-Team All-Conference (2001). She had an ERA of .94 her senior year and a career ERA of 1.45.
Students taught by Coach Talya have achieved great accomplishments. Kelsey Nunley just completed 4 years at the University of Kentucky, earning 1st Team All-American and played for USSSA Pride in the NPF league in summer of 2016 & 2017. Lydia Ritchie went on to play at East Carolina State. Kelly Troglin played at Tennessee State University. Nicole Gilkeson went on to play at Agnes Scott College. Madi Stanley's school (Girls Preparatory School) won the state championship in 2014 with Madi on the mound.
Talya worked with the Emory University pitching staff as a part-time coach for the 2016-2017 season. The pitching staff posted a record of 25-13, with a season ERA of 2.58, and a .229 opponent batting average.
Talya coached at Agnes Scott College from 2011 to 2016. She took the softball program from the bottom of the Great South Athletic Conference to 2-time Regular Season Champs and 2-time Conference Tournament Champs, appearing in the Division III NCAA Regionals twice.
-14 All-Freshman Team Awards
-27 All-Conference Team Awards
-One Pitcher of the Year (2014)
-One Freshman of the Year (2014)
-One GSAC Tournament MVP (2016)
-Two GSAC All-Tournament (2016)
-9 GSAC All-Academic Awards
Quotes From Students and Parents
Kelsey Nunley, Pitching Student
I am blessed that I got to take pitching lessons with Talya. After a successful college career at the University of Kentucky, I am currently pitching in the NPF for the USSSA Pride and I know Talya was a huge part of my success. She has always been professional, prompt and attentive during my instruction time. She is a great pitching instructor and I am forever grateful to have worked with her.
-University of Kentucky
First Team NFCA All-American
SEC Pitcher of the Year 2016
- USSSA Pride (NPF)
All-NPF Team 2016, Pitcher
Member of the 2016 & 2017 Regular Season Champion Team
- Member of Bussolengo Softball Team in Italy, 2017
Pitched Perfect Game to Clinch Women's Softball European Premier Cup Championship, 2017
Ricky Ritchie, Father of Pitching Student Lydia
Great news for young players in Atlanta. Lydia who is a senior pitcher at East Carolina University, to this day falls back on the lessons taught to her by Talya DiGirolamo.
- Conference USA Academic All-American 2014
- American Athletic Conference All-American 2015, 2016
- AAC Weekly Honor Roll on multiple occasions
- 2016: 178 KO'S and 2.67 ERA before battling an injury
Tiffany Cain, Agnes Scott Team Member
It's easy to say that Coach T was one of the best coaches that I have had over my many years of softball. Her love of the game shines when she coaches. She inspires athletes to improve their game in many aspects. As a pitcher, she changed my game by enhancing many of my pitches. She was able to quickly recognize where I needed improvements and helped me make the adjustments every way possible. I would highly recommend Coach T for anyone needed help in any part of the game.
-Two Time All-Conference Award Recipient (Infield)
Kim Patterson Culbreth, Hitting Student
By far one of the best instructors I've ever had the pleasure to be coached by!
- Chattanooga State Community College Team Member
- Currently a softball instructor in Chattanooga
Jamie Savat, Mother of Pitching Student Rayleigh
Having moved from the softball mecca of Southern California, Talya DiGirolamo, was the only instructor we could find to continue our daughters pitching growth without trying to change her whole foundation of pitching. Talya had some of the best training and she passes on her knowledge, techniques, and passion to the girls. We drove an hour one way, just to make sure we had the best! Thanks Talya!!
Skylar Washington, Agnes Scott Team Member
I was a member of the Agnes Scott College (ASC) Softball team from 2006-2010. Coach T came on as an assistant coach my senior year. I did not really have a softball background, I was just a curious student at a D3 school with athletic ability that showed up to a try out. I can honestly say that in the one year that I was able to work with Coach T, she brought a professionalism and softball knowledge to the program that was greatly needed. Later, when she was named head coach and the team started winning, I was not surprised. She turned a softball program that was accustomed to losing into conference champions. ASC's success during her tenure is a true testament to her ability to coach all levels. She is quickly able to assess a player's skill set and tailor a training program according to a person's ability. In addition to her coaching acumen, she is a generally pleasant person to be around. I would highly recommend her for your softball needs.
Alyssa Millikin, Agnes Scott Team Member
"Coach T is the best dancer in the world, which makes her a great coach." :)
- Two Time All-Conference Award Recipient (Outfield)
Laura Schaeffer, Agnes Scott Team Member
Coach T is patient and flexible. You can tell she takes coaching seriously, and is always trying to be the best coach possible to her players.