Coaches & training staff

Chris

Chris Silber, Director
16U Head Coach

Chris Silber was the Varsity Head Coach for Faribault High School from 2013-2019.  In 2018, he led the Falcons to their first State Title.  Chris has coached club and community softball in Minnesota for over 15 years.
Chris' coaching philosophy starts with each player on the team having fun and owning “ACE” Attitude / Communication / Effort.  These basic things are what each athlete can control every day. This helps us lay a foundation to build on for both the players and the team as a whole.  Hard work and commitment to each other and to our team goals is essential to each player on the team.  Team goals help us to structure our practice plan and development plan to ensure we stay the course to achieve our goals. We can accomplish our dreams and great things by working together.
Coaching Bio:
Varsity Coach Faribault High School (2013-2019)

  • Named Big Nine Coach of the year 2017 & 2018
  • 2018 Section 2 AAA Coach of the year
  • 2018 Class AAA Coach of the year
  • Most Wins in a high schoool season 23-3(2017) &  23-2 (2018)
  • Team Set 28 new school records in 2017
  • Team Set 4 new school records in 2016 with a 16 – 9 record

2018-2019 TC Blitz 14U Coach
2017-2018 TC Blitz 16U Coach
2016-2017 MN Irish 2000 Coach
2014-2016 Sting Coach & Board Advisory Resource
2004-2013 Farmington Coach & Board Member

Chris lives in Lakeville with his wife, Lisa. They have three adult children Meghan, Becca and Chad who attended Farmington High School.

(701) 799-6229

tcblitzsoftball@gmail.com

18U Coaches

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Dale Stapf, 18U Head coach

Dale spent five years coaching in the Rosemount Traveling Softball Program at varying age levels, with a high degree of success. Through his tenure in Rosemount, Dale has lead his teams to championships in various invitational and state softball tournaments, including winning the 2017 NAFA Nationals. Dale has also spent four years serving as the Player Development Coordinator for Rosemount Traveling Softball where he has worked with girls of all ages enhancing their skills in this great sport.  Dale is currently an assistant softball coach at Bethel University where he is entering his 3rd season with the Royals.  “Head coach Penny Foore and Associate Head Coach Roman Foore have been so great to me and I couldn’t have two better coaches to look up to. These last couple of years at bethel have been great and I've learned so much by working with this phenomenal coaching staff and amazing young ladies.”

Playing Experience: Dale played three years of varsity baseball at his alma mater New Life Academy in Woodbury.  He also spent his summers playing ball in his home town of Rosemount.  Shortly after high school, he was introduced to adult slow-pitch softball where he spent the next 15-17 years playing at a high level. During that time, Dale played in some of the biggest and more popular tournaments in Minnesota, including the Dudley.  Dale has also played in multiple national tournaments and two world tournaments.  To this day, on the rare day off from coaching, he still plays competitive softball with his two brothers. Additionally, over the last five years Dale has also periodically filled in for the 35 and older Rosemount Pipers baseball team.

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Meghan Silber, 18U Assistant

Meghan has spent the last 3 years coaching for our TC Blitz organization at the 14U-18U level. Meghan has helped lead our teams to many victories throughout the years. She is currently our 16U assistant coach for the 2019-2020 season. “I love this program more than anything. I’ve learned so much more about the game through coaching the amazing girls in our club as well as from our coaches.” I owe a lot of my coaching philosophy to my dad, Chris Silber. He has taught me so much about coaching and how to best support the players."

Playing Experience: Meghan played club softball from 14U until 18U. She still says to this day that club softball was her favorite memory. She played three years of varsity softball for Farmington High School. After high school she decided to focus on school but missed the game too much. Once her parents started talking about the TC Blitz she jumped onto the idea to be back involved in the game. “Coaching for me has been one of the most rewarding things in my life. I love spending my weekends at the ball field.”

Meghan graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica with a degree in Elementary Education in May 2020.

16U Coaches

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Chris Silber, Director
16U Head Coach

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Jon Graff, 16U Assistant Coach

 

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Clarice Tennessen, 16U Assistant
TC Blitz Alumni

Clarice Tennessen (Reese) is a current Junior at St. Louis College of Pharmacy where she is pursuing a doctorate degree in Pharmacology. She has been a starter for the STLCOP Eutectics team each year where she plays outfield and shortstop. This past year, Reese has been nominated for the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award for her cumulative GPA during her first two years of college.

Reese was a part of the original 18U TC Blitz team. She played her last two years of eligibility with TC Blitz, and has been welcomed back to join our coaching staff.

14U Coaches

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Brent Anderson
14U Head Coach

Brent Anderson began coaching softball in Rosemount, MN. He coached in the Rosemount youth program for 7 years at the 10U-12U level. While coaching with Rosemount fast pitch, Brent helped build a program that became one of the top in the state at the time, lead a 12U team to win Tier 1 State Championships in both 2018 and 2019, and served on the board for 3 years as the communications director. He has also been a two time coach for the MN USA Selects All Star!

"I am super excited to be named the coach of the TC Blitz 06 (14U) team. I couldn't be more proud to be involved with such a wonderful club organization. I cant wait to get started with the girls and push them to be better players, better teammates and better people."

Brent lives in Rosemount with his wife Marilyn and daughters Maizie and Bryn

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Chris Tennessen, 14U Assistant

 

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Grace Viland, 14U Assistant
TC Blitz Alumni

 

13U Coaches

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Nicole Pierick, 13U Head Coach

 

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Nayeli Pallais, 13U Assistant
TC Blitz Alumni

 

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Jesse Delorit, 13U Assistant
TC Blitz Catching Coach

Jesse Delorit is an Assistant Coach with the Bethel University softball program and will be entering his sixth season. Delorit brings an experienced background of coaching, playing and the ability to keep the game fun to his position with the Royals. Delorit's primary focus at Bethel is working with the Royals catchers and outfielders. Bethel has had four MIAC All-Conference selections in the outfield and catcher under Delorit.

Coach Delorit successfully played men’s fastpitch softball for 24 years as a catcher at the major level and is a two-time ASA Men’s Major champion, an All-American as well as a five-time NAFA champion with multiple NAFA First-Team selections. Delorit is an ISC World Champion and was named to the ISC All-World Team as a catcher. He participated with Team USA and in 2012 was named to the 20th Anniversary NAFA All-Tournament Team. Prior to coaching at Bethel, Jesse worked with catchers and assisted with hitting at both Bloomington Jefferson and Eagan high schools.

Jesse works in Sports Event Management for WOW Factor Sports based in St. Paul, MN.

12U Coaches

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Alex O'Connor, 12U Head Coach
TC Blitz Pitching Coach

Alex O’Connor is entering her 3rd year coaching for the TC Blitz. She has coached the 16u team for two years. Prior to coaching with the Blitz, Alex coached for the Minnesota Irish, Minnesota Combat and Minnesota Stealth club organizations.  Alex went to Southwest Minnesota State University where she was a 4 year starter. During her time in Marshall, she ran off-season training for the Marshall High School Tigers for 3 years. In addition to that, she ran pitching clinics in the surrounding area. Alex graduated from SMSU in 2017 with a degree in Elementary Education and minors in Reading and Coaching.

During her time with the Blitz, Alex has also worked with the pitchers in the program. As a pitching coach, Alex feels that every pitcher is different. The most important part of pitching is that the pitcher is comfortable with what she is doing. Alex works with pitchers on fundamentals, different pitches and the mental side of pitching. Alex feels that it is important to have strong fundamentals while pitching so that the base for all other pitches is there. From there, pitchers will learn new pitches and perfect spins for different pitches. During pitching lessons and clinics, pitchers will have fun and build upon the skills they have.

Alex currently lives in Eagan, MN

(952) 992-0046

alexoconnor21@yahoo.com

Don

Don Mittelstadt, 12U Assistant

 

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Winter Training Coaches

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McKayla Armbruster
TC Blitz Alumni

McKayla, who currently plays for Minnesota State University, has already made a formidable name for herself as one of the nation’s top young pitchers in the game.  In her shortened COVID-19 freshman campaign, McKayla appeared in seven games.  She started four of those games and finished with an unblemished 4-0 record, allowing only three runs in her starts. McKayla, better known as “Mac”, threw for Faribault High School, Faribault Fury and the TC Blitz Club Program. She was a member of Team Fury Traveling Fastpitch teams from 2010-2017. Mac has played in over 700 games, pitching in nearly 500 of those games. She has recorded well over 400 victories and nearly 4,000 strikeouts in her career. Mac led the Falcons to the State Championship in 2018, pitching two shutouts and a no hitter on her way to the title. She led the state in wins and strikeouts for three straight years.  She allowed opponents to a 1.12 batting average and had an era of .521.  Mac can be found in the MSHSL record book multiple times.
In 2019, Mac concluded her club career with a SE PGF National Championship! She pitched every inning of the PGF SE National Championships in Tennessee. She was undefeated, going 8-0 allowing only five runs the entire tournament in rout to the Championship. McKayla is known for her pit-bull mentality as she shuts batters down! She is the strikeout queen with power and spin and seldom walks a batter.
Mac’ Credentials:
  • Currently a freshman pitcher at Minnesota State University
  • Ms. Minnesota Softball Player of the Year 2019
  •  MN Gatorade National Player of the Year Finalist 2019
  • MN All-Star Team Member
  • MN All-Tournament Team Member
  • 3x All-State
  • 5x All-Conference
  • 5x All-Section
  • 5x FDN Pitcher of the Year
  • 4x FDN Player of the Year
  • 4x Gold Glove Award
  • 4x Team MVP
  • 10 Single Season FHS Records
  • 16 Career FHS Records
  • 2018 Big 9, Section 2AAA, & MN State Champion
  • Member of 6 League Championship Teams
  • Member of 5 MN ASA/USA/USSA State Championship Teams
  • 2019 SE PGF National Champions

Jesse Armbruster
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Jesse Armbruster (Faribault ’92), a former All-State wrestler for the Falcons, was named the 9th Head Coach in the history of the Faribault Wrestling program in 2001.  In the 2019-20 season, he will enter his 27th season as a member of the Faribault coaching staff, the last 20 as the Head Coach. He also teaches Social Studies at the Faribault Middle School.

Armbruster was one of the top lightweight wrestlers in the history of the Faribault Wrestling program.  Voted team captain and team MVP, he holds All-Conference certificates as well as All-State honors.  Armbruster, a member of Faribault’s Career Win Club, was selected to the 1992 Minnesota All-Star Team and competed in the prestigious National High School Wrestling Championships, finishing 5-2.

Armbruster continued his wrestling career at Augsburg College. A four-year letter winner for the NCAA powerhouse Auggies, he finished his career with 134 wins, and once again, was regarded as one of the best in school history. Winner of three conference championships and named the team duals conference Outstanding Wrestler in ’94, Armbruster went on to earn three NCAA All-American certificates placing third in 1994, second in 1996 and winning the NCAA National Championship in 1995. He was voted team MVP twice, competed for two National Championship teams, and captained the 1995 Championship team as well as the 1996 NCAA Runner-up Team.  Armbruster was inducted into the NCAA Wrestling Hall of Fame in March of 2014.

As a coach, Armbruster headed the Faribault club program during the mid 90’s while competing at Augsburg. In 1996, he was named Region 1 and MN/USA Coach of the Year. He began his full-time coaching career at Augsburg and assisted under legendary Coach Jeff Swenson and helped aid the Auggies in winning the NCAA Team Championship in 1997. Armbruster was named to the Faribault staff and assisted under Tim Tousignant where he was named Region 1AAA Assistant Coach of the Year in ’98.  He was named the Section 1AAA Coach of the Year in 2016. In his tenure, Armbruster has coached 73 High School All-Conference wrestlers, 55 State Entrants, and 27 All-State athletes. He has sat in the corner of 11 State Championship matches and celebrated four Individual State Championships with his student-athletes .  Coach Armbruster was a member of the MN Storm Coaching Staff for three seasons in 2006, 2007, and 2009.  Armbruster is currently the all-time wins leader for the Falcons as he approaches the 300 win mark.  Jesse was inducted into the MCC Region 1 Wrestling Hall of Fame in March 2020.

Armbruster also coached softball in Faribault and at the Club level for over twenty years.  He helped guide the Falcon team to the 2018 Minnesota State Championship and a 64-6 record his last three seasons with Faribault.  Armbruster coached Team Fury and TC Blitz on the national club level and amassed a 429-73 record the past ten years.  His teams won six league championships, five MN/USA/USSSA State Championships, place in the top five nationally five times and won the SE PGF National Championship in 2019.

While Armbruster's most memorable wrestling memories number in the hundreds from great team wins to celebrating state championships.  He admitted one of his greatest memories in coaching was hosting his daughter McKayla, Ms. Minnesota Softball 2019, high in the air after she led the Falcons to both a State Championship and the National Title!

Jesse lives in Faribault with his wife Amanda