A Brentwood, Tenn., native, Brock’s playing career began at Ezell-Harding Christian School.  There she was a two-time all-state honoree and a member of two state championship squads.  She played two seasons of softball at the University of Tennessee. During her tenure, the Lady Vols won a SEC championship and made back-to-back Women's College World Series appearances.  She graduated from UT in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies.  Most recently Brock served as the Assistant Coach to the University of Missouri Kansas City team.  

Jessie Norman -

Speed, Agility and Strength Training

Thomas is a 2006 graduate of Lipscomb University.  After graduation, he coached the Bison’s baseball team for three years.  He helped the Bison reach their first Atlantic Sun Conference tournament as well as assisting in the team’s first conference tournament championship and regional appearance. Thomas went on to be an assistant baseball coach at Travecca Nazarene University.  Currently Thomas is the volunteer assistant coach for the Belmont University baseball team.  His duties include coaching the outfielders, first base, and assisting with the hitters.

Roger Herrold -

Owner / Instructor / Slapping

Heather Parker -

Pitching Instructor

​Over the past 13 years, Herrold has been involved with some amazing people in the softball community nationwide. He believes that Middle Tennessee has been missing a key component for young aspiring softball athletes. Athletes will get to work with former players and college and professional instructors in small, mini-camp settings. The goal is to give your daughter(s) a place to attain their softball goals. The instructors will focus on teaching solid mechanics and fundamentals in all facets of the game.  As the Academy grows, instructors and other programs will be added.  

Parker is a former All-Conference pitcher with a decorated college career at Lipscomb University. She finished fifth overall in strikeouts in the A-Sun Conference with 143 in 186.2 innings.  She finished seventh overall in the A-Sun Conference with a 2.29 ERA.  She finished first on the team in strikeouts (143) and ERAs (2.29).  Parker spent the first 2 years at Wallace State where she was named DII NFCA First Team All-American. She was also named 2009 Gatorade Player of the year for Alabama.

2016 Academy Staff Members

  • Hitting/slapping, pitching, catching, and  defensive fundamentals training
  • Professional and college instructors
  • Recruiting services / skill video packages
  • Swing analysis software
  • Speed, agility, and strength training 
  • Exposure camps and clinics
  • Full-service pro shop and team sales dept.


Our commitment to the player:

The Academy staff is committed to providing your player the very best they they have to offer every time they step on the turf.  

​​​​Nashville's Elite Softball Academy

Training Today's Female Athlete

5162 Hickory Hollow Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37013

(615) 922-2952

Matt Thomas - Hitting & Defensive Instructor

Natalie Brock - 

Hitting & Defensive Instructor

As a Nashville native, Jessie Norman grew up playing all around the middle Tennessee area. In fact, her career began right down the road at Una Recreation Center! She graduated as an all-state player from Page High School in Franklin, and continued her career playing two seasons at Tennessee Technological University. During this time, the Golden Eagles won two OVC Championships and made the school’s first appearance in the Women’s College World Series. Jessie began coaching travel ball in 2006 while she earned her M.S. in Sport/Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 4 years at Western Guilford High School, she brought a fledgling program to 3 state playoffs, with several All-Conference players, and worked hard to get several of her girls signed to continue their careers in college. She has 10 years experience Coaching, Mental Skills Consulting, and Speed, Strength, and Stamina Training, with her focus on ages 10-18.