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Lou Gareis has over 30 yrs experience in softball pitching in fastpitch, modified pitch and slowpitch. Lou has been a fastpitch pitching coach for 15 yrs. both in Little League and ASA. As a pitching coach in New Jersey he coached 7 pitchers who recived scholarships to college programs, before moving south.

After retiring from DuPont Co. with 30 yrs. service Lou and his wife moved to South Carolina to watch their daughter pitch for the Lady Gamecocks Softball Program. It was only natural that Lou start coaching young pitchers in South Carolina. The results of his coaching since coming to South Carolina in 1992 are phenominal. His pitchers have won more than 10 High School State Championships, and over 100 of his pitchers received College scholarships. He has coached pitchers from over 100 different High Schools in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

 Darlene Gareis was a 2 time All-State, 3 time All-South Jersey, 4 time All-Conference and 4 time All-County pitcher for Pennsville High School in New Jersey. She was a Little League District Champion and in 1991 won the ASA Northeast Region Championship. Darlene was a two time Salem County H.S. Player of the Year and the South Jersey State Pitcher of the Year in 1991.

After receiving a full ride scholarship to USC for pitching her accomplishments were many. The team was ranked in the top 20 for all four years and in the top 10 for three of the four years. Darlene led the nation in regular season wins, with 32 in 1994 and was named the Spurs and Feathers Lady Gamecock MVP in 1994. She was All-South Region in 1994 and 1995 and finished with the LADY GAMECOCK ALL-TIME RECORD OF 102 WINS!

After graduating from USC in 1995 Darlene worked for the Lexington County Recreation and Aging Commission, and has since married and bought a home in Columbia. She and her husband Paul welcomed twin little girls, Haley Mae and Tracy Faye Truesdale on January 19, 2001. The girls just completed their first year of T-Ball. Look out softball world!

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