The Maryland Black Ice Softball program was established in 2008 with 9 dedicated young ladies. These players paved the way for hundreds of young athletes to improve their skills, create a team environment and make it to the next level. The philosophy of the Maryland Black Ice program is to have a small organization to maximize its resources and increase time developing each player on and off the field.
Black Ice founder Keith Calta had a vision to create an environment in which players could develop and reach the next level if they had the desire to do so. He believed learning from experienced, in-house coaching and developing relationships with college coaches, current and past college players. These players and coaches visit our fields on a regular basis sharing their knowledge of the game with camps and one-on-one lessons.
Coach Keith believed so much in learning from experienced college coaches and players he formed the MBI Camps LLC - Maryland Black Ice camps. MBI Camps host some of the finest colleges in the country and players from the East Coast visit each year.
Keith hails from Williamsport Pa, home of the Little League world series. He attended the University of Maryland on a Football scholarship and played on the 1976 undefeated team which went on to play in the Cotton Bowl. He earned a degree in engineering and retired from TE Connectivity after 33 years.
His daughter Sarah Calta was on the first Maryland Black Ice team. Sarah went onto Maryland to earn a softball scholarship. She made the 2016 All Big Ten softball team and was honored with 4 consecutive all-conference academic teams. Sarah currently owns 100 Percent Chiropractic in Rockaway New Jersey.
Kathy McLaughlin is the MBI Camps director. Kathy is from Arbutus, MD and graduated from The University of Maryland. As a member of the softball team at Maryland, Kathy played in 3 NCAA Tournaments and was the ACC Batting Champion and an All-ACC First Team member. Upon graduation, she began her coaching career as an assistant Providence College for 6 seasons.
In this role, Jeff coordinates the administrative activities of the Maryland Black Ice Softball program and serves as the primary point of contact within the Cockeysville Recreation Council for travel softball.
Jeff is responsible for overseeing the web and social media strategy for Maryland Black Ice. In this role, Jeff promotes the MBI brand and events on the website & social media channels, creates and maintains core content, including photos & videos, and interacts with university & organizational partners, athletes, families, media and other key stakeholders though our social media platforms.
Jeff has 15+ years of experience working with youth organizations, previously coaching softball, soccer, lacrosse and basketball. Jeff previously served as chair of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras Advisory Council, Treasurer of the Fort Garrison Elementary School PTA and of a local chapter of the Girl Scouts. His daughter Meghan is a middle school student at McDonogh.
Nick, our 14U Head Coach, is responsible for the creation and execution of our player development programs across all teams, ensuring a consistent approach in line with core Maryland Black Ice Softball values and objectives. This includes setting up player clinics, engagement with college coaches, players and former players and other outside developmental events.
Nick's bio is included below in the Coaches section.
A member of the original Black Ice team, Allison Short completed an outstanding career at Frostburg State. In 2015, Allison was named conference Rookie of the Year. In 2017, she was selected as a First Team All-CAC and an ECAC South All Star pitcher as she led the league with a 1.91 ERA and was third in strikeouts. Allison is the Bobcats' career leader in wins, games started, appearances and innings pitched and is second all time in complete games and shutouts. Allison will be leading the Black Ice pitcher development program, working with our younger age groups to develop their pitching skills.
Sammie Stefan was a four-year collegiate athlete at the University of Maryland. She is joining Maryland Black Ice to help younger players grow and develop their softball skills. At Maryland, she played 1st base,
3rd base, and was the designated player for her team. Her sophomore year (2019), she received 2nd Team All-Big Ten Honors and led the team in doubles (11), homeruns (7), total bases (75), and slugging
percentage (.521). She also hit two grand slams in her career at Maryland and received several Big Ten Distinguished Scholar awards. Sammie has a niche for working with kids as she is majoring in special education at UMD and will graduate in May of 2022. Sammie is looking forward to building strong relationships with the players and wants to help the players both on and off the field.
Coach Nick Jensen has an extensive coaching career which began in Naples, Italy in 2001 where he spent 4 years coaching the girls Department of Defense High school softball team, and includes stops in San Diego and San Antonio before moving to Maryland in 2013.
Before joining the Black Ice, Coach Nick coached the Maryland Fever 18U team to a 4th place finish at 18U eastern nationals. Over 30 of his players have played or are playing collegiately. Schools include, but not limited to the following: SDSU, USD, Texas A&M, Baylor, Temple, UTSA, Abilene Christian University (ACU), Odessa college, University of Maryland, Washington University, Houghton, Elizabethtown, Stevenson, York university, Hood College, McDaniel College, Bowie State University, CCBC, Washington Adventist University.
Coach Dan Marquette has a reputation for focusing on player development, creating a positive environment, and growing the love of the sport among young athletes.
Stay tuned, as we'll have more to say about Coach Dan soon...
Coach Steve Paquette has been coaching since 2003. In addition to his softball experience, Coach Steve has 12 years experience in rec and club baseball, 7 seasons as a high school baseball coach. 15 years as a high school football coach, and 10 years of high school track. Coach Steve has also worked with the Ravens youth programs for 17 years.
Leadership, Grit and Spirit. Coach Steve's philosophy is to embrace failure and push through boundaries without fear...to get to know his players and encourage them to self advocate...to teach them be great teammates, leaders and friends. He ensures variety in practices and measures individual player development over the course of a season.
Coach Steve's team participates in strength and agility in the off season and spends time together just to have fun and build a sense of team.
Sportsmanship is very important; poor behavior is not tolerated. Coach Steve's teams always represent themselves in a positive manner.