Softball Instruction

Kristin Castle Huestis – Pitching (Softball)

Coach Huestis pitched for The College of Saint Rose from 1999-2003 where she logged in over 422 innings on the mound with an average ERA of 2.405. Before that, she played for Averill Park High School where she started all four years on Varsity earning many awards including the Aileen Durrant award along with Colonial Council Player of the Year. Kristin has provided pitching instruction for the last 13 years where she has experience with private lessons as well as running pitching clinics for local area leagues. In addition, she has a combined seven years coaching experience with the Classie Lassie and Lansingburgh Royals youth softball leagues. Kristin was the assistant softball coach for Colonie High from 2007 – 2009. She also served as the Assistant Coach and Pitching Coach for Hudson Valley Community College softball program for the seasons of 2013 and 2014. Kristin enjoys sharing her love of the game and pitching with others. She is currently in her 15th year as a Special Education Teacher.

Hillary Faas – Hitting (Softball)

Coach Hillary Faas is a 2010 graduate from Columbia High School, where she was a four year starter on the Varsity softball team. In 2009, Hillary helped her team win a Section 2 Class AA Championship and went on to the semi-finals in the State Championship. After high school, she went to The Sage Colleges where she was a 4 year starter at shortstop from 2011-2014. Hillary holds numerous records at the college including all-time homeruns, all-time RBI’s, and all-time double’s. She is also ranked second in all-time hits, second in all-time in at-bats, and third in all-time runs scored. Over the course of her senior season, she batted .465 with a team-leading 45 RBI’s, six home runs, 20 extra-base hits, a .729 slugging percentage, and a .514 on-base percentage. In 37 starts at short stop, she had a .950 fielding percentage. That season, she was named Skyline Conference Player of the Year, Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year, and was the first ever Sage athlete to be named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region Second Team. In 2014-2015, Hillary was the assistant coach at Sage and continued coaching at various youth programs including Infinity Shock and Capital District Fusion. She also spent a year as the assistant coach at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in 2018. Aside from coaching, Hillary enjoys sharing her love for the game doing private hitting and fielding lessons. Hillary received her Bachelors in Science from Russell Sage College and her Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany, she now works for the New York State Department of Health.

Bobby Krogh – Hitting (Softball)

Long time resident and coach residing out of South Troy. Bobby is a graduate of Troy high School. Coach Krogh spent his youth playing for the Prestigious South Troy Dodger Organization under legendary coach George Rodgers. Playing alongside future big-leaguers Tim Stauffer and Casper Wells. In 2000, Bobby helped lead his Dodger Team to their 1st ever appearance in the Connie Mack World Series. In the series, Krogh batted .550 earning him a spot on the all-Tournament Team. He also set the record for the only player to hit for the cycle in World Series History. As a High-Schooler at Troy, Bobby spent the better half of 4 seasons with the Varsity squad, earning All-Area Selections 3 times, and All-State Honors Twice. Bobby also holds the Section 2 Record for Strikeouts in a game with 19. After a very successful High-School Career, Krogh took his talents to nearby Hudson Valley Community College, to play under Coach Tom Reinisch. In his two years Bobby Led the Vikings to back to back region 3 Championship Games. Advancing to the World Series in his freshman campaign. During that time, Coach Krogh earned MVP, Region 3, and All conference Honors, both on the mound and at the plate. After a career ending injury shortly after, Bobby dived right into coaching. For the past 10 years, Krogh has helped teams from the Little League Level, to the College Level and the Cape Cod Baseball League. Bobby now spends his time training players, coaching his team the (Upstate Orioles), and helping kids reach their goals of playing college, and professional baseball. He is the head Regional Scout for Prep Baseball Report, and is in constant contact with College and Professional Scouts across the nation. To schedule a lesson, please contact Info@upstatesportsacademy.com