My name is Paul Petricca. I have coached baseball and softball for over 25 years, and consider myself a student of the Game. I enjoy teaching the fundamentals of hitting to baseball and softball players, with the goal of helping them achieve a repeatable and powerful swing. I understand clearly where power comes from and how to convert the power source into bat speed.
I decided to create this site, because I want to share what I have learned about hitting over the years through observation, analysis of the best hitters in the history of baseball and softball, and through my experiences in the batter’s box as a player. I have published several hitting and baseball-related articles that range from the presentation of technical hitting theory, to practical topics for coaches, players, and parents.
In 2015, I joined the Wheaton College (Illinois) Softball coaching staff as the hitting coach. The 2015 Wheaton College Thunder set several team and individual single-season school hitting records, including home runs and doubles. Six Thunder players were named to the All-Conference team by the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW), two players received All-Region honors, and one player was named an All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). The CCIW also recognized the Wheaton College coaching staff, led by talented Head Coach Katie East, as the Coaching Staff of the Year.
In 2016, the Wheaton College Softball team broke almost every offensive record they had set the year before, including new highs for triples and home runs. Eight Thunder players were CCIW All-Conference selections, two were named to the All-Region Team, and Katie Thornton repeated as an All-American for her achievements on the pitcher’s mound and in the batter’s box.
During the day, I am a Managing Director for Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate company based in Chicago. In my spare time, I enjoy going to Chicago Cubs games with my family and friends, fishing, biking, and working with my church and in my local community. I live in Arlington Heights, Illinois with my wife Tammy and I have three young adult children; Elaine, Sam and Rick