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Coach Marc – The Real Story

Marc Dagenais was born in Mirabel, Quebec, a primary French-speaking province of Canada. As a kid, Marc practiced many sports but baseball was his favorite. In 1989, at age 13, his parents decided to sign-up his younger sister for softball and Marc thought that coaching softball could be fun so he offered to help out. That day, Marc’s life changed forever.

Marc Dagenais, 13, already successful and winning medals
Marc Dagenais already successful and winning medals at 13 years old using his coaching skills

Marc immediately felt in love with coaching. He felt in love with “helping others” and found extreme self-satisfaction in helping young athletes get better, develop their skills and improve their game. That’s the day he quit baseball because he found something more fulfilling and that he enjoyed even more. He never looked back and he’s been coaching softball ever since.

During his teen years, Marc became obsessed with the game. He read just about every softball books he could find. He watched all the tapes his dad would allow him to buy. He took all the coaching courses available. As a result, he rapidly became a skilled coach and experienced tremendous success winning a ton of tournaments and championships in addition to receiving numerous “Coach of the Year” awards. At 19 years old, he also became the youngest softball coach in Canada to receive a full level III coaching certification.

However, the best thing that happened during those years was the close relationship he developed with his younger sister as he coached her for several years. They lived a common passion and spent a lot of time together. Today, they share wonderful memories. Marc also experienced success outside of coaching as he was named “Student of the Year” in 1993 when he graduated from high school.

In 1995, after two years at a community college, Marc started an undergraduate degree in physical education at the University of Montreal. He wanted to know more about coaching and training athletes. He finally graduated in 1998 after reading just about every book he could find on the topics of softball, baseball, strength and conditioning, coaching and sports psychology. He also started to work as a personal trainer during that period.

In early 1999, Marc became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and decided to “experience life a little” by moving out of province. He first spent a few months in Nova Scotia coaching softball and personal training before moving to Vancouver, BC, to become an assistant softball coach at Simon Fraser University.

Marc Dagenais displaying a softball championship trophy
Marc Dagenais with one of his athletes displaying the championship trophy after winning another post-season title

During his three years at SFU (2000-2002), they never finished lower than 3rd at the NAIA National Championship in addition to playing several top D-1 schools like Arizona (facing Jennie Finch), Arizona State, Washington, Nebraska, Oregon and Long Beach.

Marc has a DAILY performance-boosting softball tip for you!
 
 
 
 

It’s also during that period that Marc was officially labelled “out-of-control”. The reason is that in addition to coaching softball at SFU, he also…

  • Coached with the Canadian Women’s Softball National Team Program during the summer
  • Completed a Masters Degree in Coaching Sciences at the University of British Columbia
  • Completed a Diploma in High Performance Coaching with the National Coaching Institute
  • Trained elite amateur and professional athletes at a sports performance center
  • Founded www.softballperformance.com (August 2000)

 

Marc supervising a strength and conditioning session
Marc Dagenais teaching an athlete how to properly execute a lift during a strength training session

At the end of 2002, Marc moved back to Montreal to pursue doctoral studies in sports psychology and spent 2 years studying self-confidence, talent development and coaching expertise.

He also continuated to coach with the Canadian Women’s Softball National Team Program participating in numerous international competitions like the Canada Cup, the US World Cup, the Olympic Qualifier and the World Championship.

 

During the same period, Marc also got involved with the Quebec Provincial Team Program and earned another “Coach of the Year” award along the way by leading the Quebec 23U Team to a silver medal at the 2004 Nationals. He also obtained his level IV certification and his designation as a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC).

Over the years, Marc has worked with numerous elite amateur, college and professional athletes including hundreds of softball players. He has also been coaching women’s competitive fastpitch softball for almost 20 years and has coached at every level of the game from grassroots to the college and the international level.

Today, Marc uses his exceptional combination of softball coaching expertise and sports sciences knowledge – which a very rare combo in the world of softball – to help softball players turn their athletic talent into extraordinary performances and help coaches get more out of their players, turn their struggling team around or get an edge over their opponents.

Marc currently works with the Canadian Women’s Softball Olympic Team, the Canadian Men’s National Team, several Canada Games Teams, numerous college, high school and travel ball programs as well as many elite male and female players all over the world helping them become dominant and perform at their best.

Marc Dagenais coaching with the Canadian Women's National Team
Marc Dagenais observing a training session while coaching with the Canadian Women’s National Team

Marc publishes a FREE daily email newsletter on his website at www.softballperformance.com that you are encouraged to sign-up for and has developed many best-selling softball performance resources to help players and coaches boost their game quickly and easily. He also run an exclusive coaching program – the Softball Performance Achievers Club .

Marc regularly speaks at various conferences, writes a monthly column in the NFCA Fastpitch Delivery and is a regular contributor to Fastpitch Forever and Softball Today magazines.

Marc currently lives in beautiful downtown Montreal and enjoys one of the best urban lifestyles in North America. He greatly enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching movies, playing sports and exercising.

Lia Roque

Lia Roque (aka Coach Lia) is a Softball Peak Performance Coach that helps softball players improve their game and teams reach new levels of performance.


Coach Lia is an experienced softball coach and an expert strength and conditioning specialist

A former elite softball player, she is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Men’s and the Women’s National Team of the Phillipines.

She’s also the Program Director and Head Softball Coach of the Softbelles Summer Camp, a softball camp exclusively for girls dedicated to teach the proper fundamentals of the game and promote the sport in the Phillipines.

She has a degree in physical education from the University of the Philippines and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Human Movement science. She specializes in strength and conditioning and coaching sciences.


Ken Krause

Ken joined the SoftballPerformance.com team for his technical and writing expertise. He is a well-known and sought-after softball coach and private instructor specializing in pitching, hitting, and catching instruction with almost 15 years of experience. .

He is currently instructing out of Grand Slam USA in Spring Grove, IL and is also the Head Softball Pitching Instructor at North Shore Baseball Academy in Libertyville, IL. Instructing softball is great but nothing beats the emotions of coaching a team on the field and the rewarding experience of helping young ladies achieve their dreams and help them grow both as athlete and people. That’s why he still finds the time to coach the Mundelein Thunder, a highly competitive 16U team.

Marc supervising a strength and conditioning session
Ken Krause is a sought-after and experienced softball coach and private instructor.

Ken is an accomplished writer and loves sharing his passion of the game with other softball enthusiasts through his writings and articles.

He is a contributing columnist to Softball Magazine, where he writes Krause’s Korner – a regular column sponsored by Louisville Slugger. He is also the Editor of the “No BS Softball Performance Letter”, the exclusive newsletter of the Softball Performance Achievers Club .

In addition to writing articles for these publications, he also writes for two of the most visited softball blogs on the internet – The Softball Performance Blog and The Fastpitch Lane Blog.

Ken is a certified Master Coach with the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) and is also certified by both the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and American Sports Education Program (ASEP)

 

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