Gary Sears - Head Coach
Sears is no stranger to the Capital District having spent the past 15 years in various capacities, including five seasons as the head coach and manager of the Capital District (CD) Crossfire 16U Elite A and 18U Elite teams. In that role since, 2011, he has coached winning elite travel teams in national and world championships and won coaching awards such as the USSSA Sportsmanship Award. He has also coached at the high school level, as well as collegiate level, through the years and holds college level certifications in softball. A former assistant softball coach at the College of Saint Rose in 2012, he also served as the head coach of the Miss Shen 23U/Open Team in 2015.
Jennifer Onwe - Associate Head Coach
Onwe spent the last three seasons as an assistant softball coach at her alma mater Sage College. During that time, she held the Interim Head Coach position on two separate occasions. In addition to coaching, she was also the recruiting coordinator for the Gators softball program from 2017-2019. She was a four-year letter winner for Sage and a team captain during the 2015-2016 season. Onwe attended Sleepy Hollow High School where she was a four- sport scholar athlete. In softball, she was a team captain, all- league shortstop for four straight years and a two-time all-section honorable mention selection. She was the starting goalie for soccer all four years and was an all-league selection in back to back seasons as well as an all- league performer in the shot put. She has her bachelor’s in applied biology and her Doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Erika Kenney - Pitching Coach
Erika has been playing softball since second grade. She started pitching when she was in 4th grade and began taking lessons in 6th grade. Erika is a very experienced travel softball player having played 14U through 18u on two different travel teams that qualified for Nationals. Erika was captain of her JV and Varsity softball teams in High School and earned 3 MVP/MVO awards. After graduating high school, she went on to play four years at Division III Morrisville State College where she pitched, played middle infield, and outfield positions. While in college she made it in the school’s record book 6 times, 3rd in games started, 4th in complete games, 3rd in innings pitched, 10th in earned run average, 6th in strikeouts, and currently claims the top spot in career appearances on the mound.
David Apkarian - Program Manager / Coach
Jim Aldous - Coach
Keith Guido - Coach
Shawn Boschelli - Strength & Conditioning Coach