My Interests:

Crossfit: 3rd Mountaineer Crossfit Competition. I love crossfit and became addicted fall of 2012 and have been hooked ever since the first workout!
Doing tough mudders, mud runs, electodash’s
Playing and snuggling with my 2 kitties – Simba and Alladin – I’m obviously obsessed with Disney movies
Watching the tv show Scandal – its absolutely my favorite TV show
Music Concerts – I go to at least 5-6 a year, that number should be around 20 if I had more time
I drink hot Tazo Passion Tea at least 2-3 times a day

Exhibition & awards:

My bio:

“Micaela is not only a terrific softball player; she is a terrific person, as well. She approaches each day with a plan, dedication and enthusiasm. That commitment is truly a benefit to those with who she works.”
- Michael F. Alden, University of Missouri Athletics Director

Micaela Minner, a professional softball instructor is currently enjoying instructing softball in Ohio, PA, and WV. She has made teaching the game her career. With a Masters Degree in Education Counseling and Psychology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology, she is able to apply her knowledge from her degree to her philosophy and structure in coaching. She resides in Akron, OH and is an avid crossfitter that loves weightlifting, boxing, and playing with her two kitties. Her facility is located in Tallmadge, OH. She has teamed up with a strength and conditioning coach who will be doing sport specific training, along with offering adult boot camp classes and personal training. She will also be joining forces with Alanna Barker, a Division 1 pitching coach. This facility will be a Mecca for elite athletes who are looking to better their game and learn more than the basics. A place where you can find both softball instruction and strengthening that will allow you to take your game to the next level is an opportunity that is rare to exist. She is very excited for all her athletes to reap the benefits of her finally being in one location.

Micaela was a 2003 graduate of Sanger High School and member of the 2001 Class 3A state championship softball team. She enjoyed a standout career at the University of Missouri, which concluded in 2009 at the Women’s College World Series after Missouri upset perennial softball power UCLA in Los Angeles to win the Super Regional. It was the first time Mizzou reached the Women’s College World Series in fifteen years. For her college career, she finished third all-time in batting average (.357), third in career hits (230), first in career doubles (55), third in career home runs (40), fifth in runs scored (142), third in career RBI (180), second in slugging percentage (.631) and second in career walks (95). She also sits second all-time in single-season slugging percentage (.781 - 2005), doubles (18-2007), home runs (17-2005) and fourth in walks (33-2007).

In recognition of her achievements on the field and in the classroom, she was selected as Missouri’s softball representative to the University of Missouri All-Decade team, which is comprised of one standout from each of the university’s athletic teams from the years 2000 through 2009. Micaela graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications in 2007 and received her Master’s Degree in Education Counseling and Psychology with an emphasis in Sports Psychology in May of 2009.

Honors at Mizzou:

  • 2005: Honors: Crimson Classic All-Tournament Team, All-Big 12 Second Team, Big 12 Player of the Week, All-Midwest Region First Team.
  • 2006: Honors: Began the 2006 campaign on the preseason USA Softball top-50 watch list, All-Big 12 First Team, Academic All-Big 12
  • 2007: Honors: All-Midwest Region First Team, All-Big 12 First Team.
  • 2008: Honors: All-Midwest Region First Team
  • 2009: Selected as Missouri’s Softball Representative to the All-Decade Team from 2000-2009

Minner was selected 18th in the 2009 NPF draft by Akron but was unable to play because of injuries which included a torn labrum in her shoulder, a broken left fibula and a partially torn ACL. She signed a free-agent contract in 2010 to play for Akron. In 2010 she enjoyed success at the highest level of softball competition, the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. The league is comprised of some of the best softball players in the nation, including numerous former Olympic gold medalists and current Team USA representatives. As of July 11, 2011 she hit .341, which was fourth in the league and the highest average on her team, the Akron (Ohio) Racers. She also led her team in slugging percentage at .545 and hit a tie-breaking two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning to lead Akron over the Chicago Bandits, 5-3 in Chicago on July 8, 2010. It was her second home run of the season. At the end of her rookie season she was sidelined by yet another injury (torn ACL) during the NPF Championship Series. After rehabbing all off season Minner came back for season with the Racers in 2011. After the first 2 weeks of season she was leading her team her 2nd in batting average (.471) and hits. She finished out the season with a realization that retiring and hanging up her cleats was the best idea with regard to staying healthy and completely healing her body. After 10 surgeries throughout her life her body knew it was time to quit.

In between her professional seasons, she got the opportunity to work under Crystl Bustos and Howard Carrier for a year. Carrier is a coach and instructor, who is one of the most influential researchers of the game of softball. That opportunity truly helped mold Minner into the instructor she is today. The experience helped her get her feet wet in training and teaching softball. It is one of her most appreciated experiences of her life. Crystl Bustos is a 2-Time Gold Medalist USA Softball, Silver Medalist USA Softball, and holds the world record for home runs during an Olympic series with six. She was 2008 USA Softball Player of the Year. She played in the WPSL (Women’s Professional Softball League) and NPF(National Pro Fastpitch) and was League MVP multiple times. She is known as one of the best hitters in the world. Therefore it is clear to see why her experience learning from Crystl Bustos had such an impact.

Minner is the daughter of Jim and Angela Kastel, has a sister, Dani Minner, and a brother Ben Kastel. Her parents and brother reside in her hometown Sanger, TX. Her sister currently lives in Chicago, IL.