The Gold Coast Hurricanes coaching staff includes many well-known high level college athletes throughout the organization. Many of these coaches provide private or group professional instruction in many aspects of the game. From pitching and catching to fielding and hitting, please contact one of these coaches for availability.
Pitching and Hitting Lessons
Kim Gwydir was the head coach at Florida International University for 10 years where she started the Fastpitch program and guided the young program to multiple Top 25 ranking and a Regional Appearance. Kim has worked with the Hurricanes Organization for many years and was the pitching coach for the Gold Team that won ASA Gold Nationals in 2008. While working with Gold Coast, Kim has mentored such pitchers as Stephanie Brombacher (UF), Kelsie Dunne (Alabama), and Rachele Fico (LSU) to name a few. Coach Gwydir currently works with USA Elite Training LLC who has brought their acclaimed teaching methodology to South Florida with there center adjacent to Memorial West Hospital in Pembroke Pines.
Kim has an extensive coaching background. It starts with being the first female varsity baseball coach in the NY Catholic HS Baseball League in 1988 when she worked at St. Anthony’s HS on Long Island. Coach Gwydir also was the founder and first 18 and under coach for the Long Island Chargers Junior Olympic fastpitch softball organization and built it into the premier softball organization in the area. Kim was inducted into the Suffolk County Sports Hall of Fame May, 2006 for her work with youth fastpitch softball on Long Island. After guiding the LIU- CW Post fastpitch softball team to a regional berth, Kim moved to Florida in 1998 and started the softball program at Florida International University and became their first Head Coach. At FIU she amassed over 440 victories and achieved several NCAA top 25 rankings.
Coach Gwydir has won 4 Coach of the Year Awards and has instructed many top softball players including a USA Olympian and several members of the Canadian National Team Program as well as many All State and All County award winners. Recent students include Aimee Chapdelaine (American Heritage HS/ U of Virginia) Kara Clauss (Cooper City HS/ George Washington U) and Corrine Clauss (Cooper City HS/ Providence College)
Cat Olnick (18 & Under Norman Assistant Coach)
Catching, Hitting, Fielding Lessons & Personal Training
Cat was a four-year starting catcher at the University of South Florida. Named NFCA All-Region and to the All-BIG EAST Third Team as well as BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team in 2009. While garnering weekly BIG EAST Honor Roll mentions, Olnick not only led her team but was also ranked top 10 in the BIG EAST for batting average, slugging percentage and on base percentage. Cat also won a BIG EAST Conference Championship her sophomore year in 2008.
Graduated from American Heritage High School in 2006, and played travel ball with Gold Coast Hurricanes. She is currently an assistant coach at St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens with Jeff Norman.
Catching and Hitting Lessons
TD played High School ball at American Heritage in Plantation from 2002-2007, and during that time won 2 state championships. She played travel ball for 5 years with Marty Cooper and the Gold Coast Hurricanes when the team took 7th and 3rd at Gold Nationals. TD played college ball at the University of Florida for Tim Walton where the team won 2 SEC Championships, went to 4 consecutive College World Series, and appeared in 2 national championship games. In 2008 she made the All SEC Freshman Team, and was a 4 time recipient of All SEC Academic Honors.
Dominique is a four time letter winning shortstop at The University of Alabama, with three appearances at The Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City and SEC conference champions 2006. While at Alabama, Dominique received NFCA National Player of the Week with recognition from USA national team for her achievements. She is second in Alabama history for longest hitting streak. Coach Dom played high school softball for Chaminade-Madonna College Prep graduating in 2002 with a state championship in 2000. She achieved first team all-county in Dade and Broward from 1999-2002. Dominique also graduated as Gatorade Player of the Year for 2002.
After graduating from the University of Alabama in 2006, Dominique became the assistant coach at Polk Community College. In 2007 Coach Dom moved to Lincoln, Nebraska and worked as an assistant at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. In 2008, she returned to her hometown and started coaching high school softball. She is currently working as a para-professional in the ESE (Exceptional Student Education) Department at Flanagan High School and is the head coach for the JV and Varsity softball teams. Dominique is also the head coach for The Gold Coast Hurricanes 12U softball program and has developed young softball players in the South Florida area for over 10 years.
Gold Coast Hurricanes is the most competitive program across the board. All of our age groups compete at every level, boasting many Championships.