Mike Stith - Team Mizuno Founder
Director of Player Development
and College Recruitment
Mike Stith is the founder of Team Mizuno and is the organization's Director of Player Development and College Recruitment. Mike enters his 32nd year as a highly decorated coach and softball instructor. For Mike, the development of elite-level softball players and helping his players in the college recruitment process is his "full-time" job.
Coach Stith is sought out by many softball coaches all over America and regularly delivers player and coaching clinics encompassing all phases of the game, including hitting mechanics, infield and outfield fundamentals, game strategies, and college recruiting. Mike is also the owner of Sports Training Complex ("STC") located in Anaheim, CA. STC features a 13,000 square foot state of the art training facility designed to raise the bar in softball training and player development. Utilizing his skill and the resources of STC, Coach Stith has helped develop many of the country's top college softball players through unique hitting, fielding and training ideas which are based on old fashioned fundamentals and hard work. Mike offers a true "D1 training curriculum". Simply put, Mike Stith is a "coaches' coach".
Mike's success in coaching began on the football field at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, California where he played for Coach Marijon Ancich. Mike later coached under Ancich and credits him with many aspects of Stith's coaching philosophies related to effectively communicating with student athletes, as well as how to teach the values of self confidence, self esteem, family, and what it really means to be a professional on and off the field. These ideas developed into how Mike teaches the game of softball today.
Mike began his softball coaching career in Chino Hills, California where he was instrumental in organizing girls' recreational softball in 1995. Mike's goal was to provide the best possible softball experience for as many players that wanted to participate with a goal of teaching them solid fundamentals and leaving them with a desire to keep playing long after they finished their seasons.
After developing a strong recreational program, Coach Stith formed and became the head coach of Tuff-e-nuff, a nationally competitive travel team that he coached until 2001. While serving as the head coach of Tuff-e-nuff, Coach Stith won three ASA National Championships during a four-year period beginning in 1997. Coach Stith's Tuff-e-nuff teams were 12U National Champions in 1997, 14U National Champions in 1999, and 16U National Champions in 2000.
After achieving national success in his own program, Coach Stith teamed up with Gary Haning of the 18Gold OC Batbusters in 2004 to become Gary's assistant coach. Mike coached with Gary until 2010, when Coach Stith became the head coach of the 14U and then 16U OC Batbuster teams. Mike believes that Gary was instrumental in helping him further develop as a softball coach and for helping him to gain notoriety and recognition throughout the college softball coaching profession. While coaching the OC Batbusters, Coach Stith was proud to win two additional ASA National Championships under Gary's leadership.
In 2012, at the urging of Mizuno USA, the most respected softball and baseball brand in America, Coach Stith formed Team Mizuno and is the Head Coach of the 16U travel team. As the founder of Team Mizuno, Coach Stith believes that his role as Director of Player Development and College Recruitment is one that every player in the organization will benefit from. Coach Stith believes that Team Mizuno players will be among the most well equipped and well trained players (both physically and mentally) in America, regardless of their age.