Meet Your Bandit Academy Instructors

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Jourdan Skirha

Bandit Academy Instructor

Jourdan Skirha, is a 2017 graduate from Division I Drexel University where she majored in Sport Management. Skirha earned an athletic scholarship to play softball where she played four years as a middle infielder, third baseman and outfielder.  In 2017, Skirha was nominated for Drexel University’s Best Athletic Play for her pinch-hit, walk-off grand slam against Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference rival, University of Delaware.

Skirha graduated from Oak Forest High School in 2012. Skirha was on the 2009 IHSA 3A State Championship team.  Skirha earned all-conference honors as a sophomore, junior, and senior and was named 2nd Team All-State in 2011 and 2012. Skirha has experience in coaching with the 10U and 14U Sparks travel softball organization. Skirha has been professionally instructing defense and offense since she graduated college in 2017. Her specialization is teaching overhand throwing mechanics. Skirha owns two cats, Shinka and Stella, and one dog, named Bandit, that was named the Chicago Bandits official team dog in September 2019.

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Abby Ramirez

Bandit Academy Instructor

Current Chicago Bandits starting Second baseman, Abby has been with the Chicago Bandits for 3 years. Abby played softball for the University of Michigan for 4 years has received numerous awards. A Chicago native, Abby went to Trinity High School and was name the 2013 Illinois Gatorade Softball Player of the Year.  

Collegiate Highlights and Awards:

  • NFCA All-Great Lakes Region first team (shortstop, 2017), second team (shortstop, 2016) and third team (shortstop, 2015)
  •  Two-time All-Big Ten second team (shortstop, 2015, '17)
  • NCAA All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • All-Big Ten Defensive Team (second base, 2014)
  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 10)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015, '16, '17)
  • U-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2014, '15, '16, '17)

Professional Highlights and Awards:

  • Was named to the All-NPF team at Second Base in 2019
  • Posted a .352 batting average and .370 slugging percentage with an .417 on-base percentage during the 2019 season with a .989 fielding percentage
  • Appeared in 41 games during her rookie season in 2017.
  • Batted .243 as a first-year player and contributed 14 RBI.
  • Also chipped in three stolen bases throughout the 2017 season.
  • Recorded five multi-hit games as a rookie.
  • Made her professional debut and went 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored June 6, 2017.
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Jessica Mrozek

Bandit Academy Instructor

Former student-athlete at James Madison University and now an experienced Merchant Development Manager in the e-commerce industry. Skilled in Coaching, Sales, Communication, and Team Building with a comprehensive, educational background in Organizational and Leadership Communications. Coach Jess lives in Chicago and currently coaches the 10U Beverly Bandits team with Abby Ramirez.

Collegiate Career at JMU:

• Ranks ninth on the JMU single-season batting average charts with a .375 average
• Drove in the winning run against LSU in the opening game of the NCAA Super-Regionals
• Hit a pair of homers in the NCAA Regional, one against North Carolina(grand slam) and one against Longwood in the title game
• Led the team in batting average in 2016
• CAA Player of the Week (5/7) after adding three homers and seven RBIs in the Dukes' sweep of Drexel
• JMU Athletics Director Scholar-Athlete Award (Fall 2016, Fall and Spring 2017)

Fenwick High School:

• Named to Illinois High School All-Star game as a senior
• All-East Suburban Catholic Conference as a sophomore and junior
• All-Area as a sophomore and junior
• Honor roll student at Fenwick High School
• Played club softball for the Beverly Bandits
• Finished third in ASA Gold and PGF nationals

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Eva Stees

Bandit Academy Instructor

Played for four years at Northwestern, where she regularly earned Academic All Big-Ten honors.
Graduated with degrees in Environmental Science and Psychology

In high school, Stees led Lane Tech to three Chicago City championships. As a junior in 2015, she batted .625 with 54 runs, 35 RBI, 34 steals, 10 home runs, a 1.210 slugging percentage and a .698 on-base percentage. Stees played 10 years in the Windmills organization and is currently the assistant coach for the 12U Windmills team. She is currently pursuing her masters in physical therapy.

Kellie Fox

Kellie Fox

Bandit Academy Instructor

• Two-time All-American in two years of eligibility after transferring to Arizona
• 2014 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year
• Member of the U.S. National Team (2014, 2015)
• 2015 USA Softball Player of the year
• Led Arizona in batting average as a senior (.400)
• Was a .394 career hitter
• Hit 15 home runs each of her two seasons
• Drew 44 walks in 2015, tied for the 10th most in school history
• First-team all-Pac-12 in 2014 and 2015
• Hit six triples in her career, including a team-high four in 2015
• Started all 101 games in her career at shortstop and as Arizona's No. 3 hitter
• 8 years of coaching experience in high school, travel ball, and private lessons
• 2015 and 2016 instructor for MLB Play Ball softball camp in Vero Beach, FL

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