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Gulls Softball Academy

Lauren Cusick Softball Director

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Softball School Staff

Softball Philosophy

Keep it simple. Softball is a beautiful game of precision, patience, and integrity. We practice quality, consistency and competency in order to uphold those essential aspects of the game. We fear nothing, and we leave it all on the ball field.

Lauren Cusick

From Salem, Oregon, Lauren was a 4-time 1st Team All-Conference and All-State player also earning State Player of the Year and 1st Team All-Region honors. Lauren played 3rd base for Colorado State University from 2004-2008 earning 1st Team All-Conference 4 times, MWC Player of the Year, MWC 10th Anniversary Team, NFCA All-Region and Easton All-American honors. She set 4 school records during her career, including career and single season homeruns (38, 20), slugging percentage (.863) and runs scored (61). Following her collegiate career Lauren was a Grad-Assistant Coach at Colorado State from 2008-2009, transitioning to coaching 14u-18u travel ball and offering private lessons from 2009 – present. 


Colorado State University Individual Records

                Single Season Homerun Record – 20

               Career Homerun Record – 38

                Slugging Percentage - .863

                Runs Scored – 61

Mountain West Conference Awards

                MWC All-Tournament Team (tournament discontinued after 2005) – 2005

                MWC All-Conference Team – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

                MWC Player of the Year – 2008

                MWC 10th Anniversary Team – 2008

NFCA Awards

                NFCA All-Region 2nd Team – 2006, 2008

                Easton All-American 2nd Team - 2008

Lindsey Palmer De Leon

Softball Pitching, Hitting, & Fielding Coach. 

Lindsey De Leon

From Stansbury Park, Utah, Lindsey De Leon (Palmer), was a 4-time 1st Team All-State and MVP player as well as Gatorade Player of the year. Prior to pitching and playing 1st base & outfield for the University of Utah (2008-2010), Lindsey pitched, as well as played infield & outfield for SLCC from 2006-2008 where she earned NFCA NJCAA All-American Honors twice, Easton Sports 1st team All-American and NJCAA National Female Athlete of the Year as a pitcher. In 2008 she pitched a 29-2 record with season 309 strikeouts & led the team in hitting 45 RBI's & 55 hits. 
Following her collegiate career Lindsey coached at SLCC and Weber State University, where her pitchers earned Conference Player/Pitcher of the Year, NJCAA Nationals 1st Team All-Tournament, 1st Team All-Conference and 1st Team All-Tournament accolades. Her Weber State University teams earned two births to NCAA post-season play during her tenure.
*** Lindsay is back with the Salt Lake Community College Bruins as the pitching coach 2017-Present. 
Along with 5 years of coaching college, she has coached summer ball teams from 2010-2014 & regular Private pitching & hitting lessons since 2006 to the present. 

Erika James-Dixon

Hitting and Fielding Coach

Erika James Dixon

played 2 years at Salt Lake Community College where she was named to the NJCAA All-America First Team. She batted .440 and help lead the Bruins to a 5th place finish at the National Tournament both years. She was also named to the All-Region 18 First-Team and to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division I All-West Region First-Team. During her sophomore year, Erika stole a team- and region-best 43 bases, which set a school record that still stands. Erika continued her college career at Weber State University where she set a Pacific Coast Softball Conference record with 35 stolen bases in a single season and 70 in her career. After her playing Career, she continued to help coach at Weber and became the Director of Softball Operations for 4 years. Erika’s primary position was in the outfield, and she specialized in teaching left-handed hitting, including slapping. Erika James Dixon is married to the love of her life Corby Dixon and a proud mother of 3 beautiful children. 

Cyd Allen

Catching, Hitting and Defensive Skills

From Taylorsville, Utah, Cyd graduated from Taylorsville High School where she was a 4 time 1st Team All-State selection, 2007 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year, 2007 & 2008 5A Softball MVP, 2007 5A State Champ, and 2008 5A State Runner Up. She continued her softball career behind the plate and as a stand out hitter at BYU, SLCC & TEXAS TECH where she earned numerous accolades including; NFCA FIRST Team All-American NJCAA D1, SWAC First Team, Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year, NJCAA First Team All-Region, Big-12 Conference Player of the Week, and was a Big-12 Conference Student-Athlete Ambassador for Texas Tech. Following her collegiate career, Cyd earned a position as the strength & conditioning coach for the cheerleading program at Texas Tech University where she also double majored in Exercise & Sport Science and Nutrition. She furthered her education receiving a Master’s degree in Leadership & Management and is currently pursuing further goals in becoming an NSCA-Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN). Cyd loves outdoor sports, weight lifting, nutrition, going to festivals, & trying new foods!