Coach John LaVoie is a former high school and collegiate baseball player and has been involved in various aspects of the game for over 30 years. He spent most of his playing career pitching, running down fly balls in the outfield, and manning shortstop. After finishing his playing career, he turned down a High School coaching opportunity in order to move to Ohio to be with the love of his life, Kelly. Not long after arriving in Ohio, Coach LaVoie began coaching recreation youth softball. Since 2012, he has served on the New Albany Youth Baseball and Softball Board of Directors. In 2014, he took over the New Albany softball program and revived the (fall) softball program after it had been dormant for several years. In 2016, Coach LaVoie transitioned to Board President and continues to volunteer his time to both the rec and travel league on a regular basis. Coach LaVoie has served as the head coach for New Albany 10u travel softball for the past 2 seasons (2015-2017).  He has provided limited private instruction since 2014, but he is now opening his calendar to the broader community.

When it comes to teaching players, his philosophy is simple:

1) Effort over results.
2) You practice like you play.

Coach LaVoie believes players who put in the effort will eventually see positive results. Players don’t need to seek perfection during each at-bat, but they should aggressively compete against their peers, while ALWAYS maintaining an atmosphere of fun. He takes great pride in helping players increase their game IQ, as well as refining game mechanics.