Keith hails from Williamsport, PA, home of the Little League World Series. Keith attended the University of Maryland on a football scholarship and was a member of the undefeated 1976 Cotton Bowl team. Keith, a former engineering manager at TE Connectivity, is now retired. His wife Kathy serves as President of Barton Cotton, a leading fundraising organization. His daughter Sarah played softball at Maryland and was voted to the All Big Ten team in 2016.
Kathy is from Arbutus, MD and graduated from the University of Maryland, where she played in three NCAA tournaments and was an ACC batting champion and All ACC first team member. In additional to leading the MBI camps and clinics, Kathy will be assisting in the build out of our player development program for the younger age groups.
Robert has been coaching softball in and around Maryland for over 20 years, including
the North Carroll Fury, PA Intensity, and, of course, Maryland Black Ice. Robert has primarily worked with pitchers and catchers, with many of his players going on to play at the university level. Robert returns to the Black Ice to lead our player development program for our younger age groups, and is looking forward to working with a new generation of players.
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.
Nicole Dell, a four-year collegiate athlete at Stevenson University is returning to Maryland Black Ice to assist, coach and develop the program’s younger age groups. She was one of the founding players of Maryland Black Ice, playing shortstop. At Stevenson University, Nicole played both shortstop and second base. In her senior year, Nicole led the team in walks and posted a fielding percentage at .943. She was a NFCA Division III All-America Scholar Athlete for the 2014-2015 season, and earned other academic honors each year from 2014 to 2017. Nicole’s passion, positivity, and love for the game will make a huge impact on the younger girls in the Black Ice program. She strives for perfection and builds off fundamental and basics to master her 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.
Jeff has over 10 years of experience working with youth organizations, previously coaching softball, soccer, lacrosse and basketball and currently serving as chair of the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras Advisory Council. Jeff previously served as 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.
Coach Terrance is entering his second season as a head coach with the Black Ice, and his ninth season coaching overall. Terrance's goal is to continue to develop student athletes and prepare them for college athletics. In his first season as head coach, Terrance had two players sign with Division 1 and 2 schools.
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.