Staff

Chas Pippitt: Founder/CEO/Lead Hitting Instructor

Chas Pippitt is the founder of Softball/Baseball Rebellion and creator of the Softball/Baseball Rebellion Hitting Methodology. A combination of his unique ability to breakdown the swing to hitters of all ages and his understanding of the importance of technology in training, Chas has amassed over 30,000 one-on-one lessons during his career. Chas has aided in the development of hundreds of travel ball all-stars, dozens of scholarship-level college athletes, and 25 MLB draft picks. In addition to his in person training, Chas does remote training with elite high school, college, and professional baseball players and fly-in training with nationally recognized college programs.

 

Chas has also invented five hitting products, the Launch Angle Tee, the Drive Developer, the Rebel’s Rack, the Rack Bat, and the Bat Drag Buster, currently used in all 50 states and internationally in over 12 countries. When he’s not doing lessons, Chas is writing and developing content for www.softballrebellion.com and its social media pages.

Lacey Waldrop: Director of Softball Pitching

We are excited to announce the addition of Lacey Waldrop to the Softball Rebellion Staff! Waldrop will be Softball Rebellion's Director of Pitching and will be doing softball pitching lessons as well as providing content for our website and social media's.

 

Waldrop comes to the Rebellion from Duke University where she was the pitching coach for the last two seasons, helping lead the Blue Devils to 54 total wins and 24 ACC wins. In addition, Duke's pitching staff finished second in the ACC with a 2.05 ERA in 2018.

 

Before joining the Blue Devils, Waldrop spent one season at the University of Oklahoma, where she served as a graduate student manager. Waldrop and the Sooners went 61-9, captured both the Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and winning the NCAA Women's College World Series.

 

Lacey was a two-time ACC Pitcher of the Year selection and the 2014 USA Softball National Player of the Year pick at Florida State paced the Seminoles to a four-year record of 195-58 with three ACC regular season championships, two ACC Tournament crowns and four NCAA Tournament berths including one College World Series appearance in 2014. A three-time All-ACC and All-America choice, she turned in 859.2 career innings of work and posted a 109-29 record with seven saves, a 1.37 earned run average and 917 strikeouts.

 

Waldrop, a two-time Academic All-ACC choice and two-time ACC All-Tournament Team selection, finished her career among Florida State’s all-time leaders in pitching victories (1st), pitching appearances (170; 2nd), strikeouts (3rd) and saves (4th). In addition, she was the recipient of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in 2015 and earned 16 ACC Player of the Week citations during her heralded career. The No. 3 overall selection in the 2015 National Pro Fastball draft by the Chicago Bandits, Waldrop helped the Bandits to consecutive NPF championships in 2015 and 2016.

JK Whited: Hitting/Catching Instructor

JK Whited is the 1st instructor to be certified in Softball/Baseball Rebellion’s Hitting System.JK has done over 15,000 lessons in his career and has worked at Baseball Rebellion since 2011. Since beginning writing articles for Baseball Rebellion in 2013, JK Whited has worked with thousands of clients from all over the world, in person and through Online Lessons as well. JK Whited works alongside Chas Pippitt, Tyler Zupcic, Garrett Gordon, and Eric Tyler every day, to create the most current softball hitting techniques and drills to improve hitters at any age. Alongside Eric Tyler, JK also is the co-leader of the Softball Rebellion Catcher Program and instruction.

JK had a standout career at UNC-Asheville, where he started 4 years behind the plate and was a captain his junior and senior year. As a junior, JK was on the watch-list for the Johnny Bench Award, the best catcher in college baseball. JK graduated in 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing from UNC-Asheville.

Tyler Zupcic: Hitting Instructor/Senior Editor of BR Premium

Tyler Zupcic joined Softball/Baseball Rebellion in July of 2017 and is certified in the Softball/Baseball Rebellion Hitting Methodology. Tyler is the Senior Editor of BR Premium while being a hitting instructor and has quickly become the favorite instructor for many Softball Rebellion clients. Tyler has also led or aided in many of Softball Rebellion’s new business development opportunities.

Tyler, a former Division 1 baseball player at Appalachian State University, comes to Baseball Rebellion from East Carolina University, where he spent the past two years as the Director of Baseball Operations. At ECU, Zupcic was responsible for a variety of administrative duties including team travel, game-day organization, budget coordination, community service outreach and served as the baseball team’s liaison with the athletic department. Prior to his time at ECU, Zupcic spent a year and a half as an assistant baseball coach at Providence High School in Charlotte, NC. He helped guide the Panthers to a No. 21 national ranking and a NCSHAA 4A state title in 2015, the school’s first in 20 years. After graduating from Appalachian State in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, Zupcic had a short stint in the Frontier League with the River City Rascals out of O’Fallon, MO. Zupcic comes from a baseball family, his father Bob played 12 years of professional baseball including MLB stops with the Boston Red Sox (1991-1994) and the Chicago White Sox (1994).

Eric Tyler: Hitting/Fielding Instructor

Eric Tyler comes to Softball/Baseball Rebellion from East Carolina University, where he spent the past year as the Volunteer Assistant Coach. Eric led the outfielder and assisted daily with the hitters. Tyler, a 4-year starter for the ECU Pirates (2014-2017), played 5 different positions throughout his time at ECU including third base his final two years. Eric was a part of teams that won the 2015 AAC Conference Tournament championship, as well as the 2016 Charlottesville Regional championship. The 2016 regional championship team also accounted for the schools first ever win in a Super Regional beating Texas Tech 8-6. Eric was named a team co-captain prior to his senior year as well as being awarded First-Team All-American Conference honors. Eric graduated from East Carolina in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Parks Management with a minor in Business Administration. Eric is a native of Landis, NC.

Garrett Gordon: Hitting/Fielding Instructor

Garrett Gordon comes to Softball/Baseball Rebellion all the way from Saline, Michigan. Garrett has been doing one-on-one instruction for the past 4 years out of an indoor facility in Michigan. Before becoming a hitting instructor, he attended Spring Arbor University and Wabash Valley Community College where he played as an outfielder.  In 2013, after his Sophomore year at Wabash Valley, he was selected in the 23rd round by the Washington Nationals. Garrett helped lead the GCL Nationals to the Gulf Coast League championship with a record of 52-9! Garrett will be doing hitting and fielding lesson at Softball Rebellion full-time.