Nicole Neuerburg Finn is a fastpitch softball pitching instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally from Houston, Texas, she’s been playing softball for over 30 years and coaching for over 20.
2010-2011: Assistant Softball Coach at California State University – East Bay
Member of the 2006 National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League’s, Texas Thunder
1998 – Present: Private & group instruction at all ages and levels
Texas Thunder – NPF – 2006
Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas – 2001-2004
Nicole holds nearly every career pitching record at Texas State University.
107 Career Wins
1.31 Career ERA
180 Career Appearances with 114 Complete Games
1,019 Strikeouts in 959.2 Innings Pitched
As a freshman, Nicole pitched the program’s first perfect game.
Brazoswood High School – Clute, Texas – 1997-2000
410 Strikeouts in over 250 innings pitched
Honors & Awards
2 NCAA Tournament Appearances
All-Tournament, All-Southland Conference, All-South Region Team
Pitcher of the Year – 2002
22nd Pitcher in NCAA History to Record 1,000 Career Strikeouts
32nd Pitcher in NCAA History to Record 100 Career Wins
ESPN High School Sports Softball Player of the Year 2000
Sports Illustrated – June 12, 2000 – Faces in the Crowd
Texas State Girls Coach’s Association Athlete of the Year 2000
All-State MVP 2000
UIL All-Century Team
2000 5A State Champions
Team, District, and County MVP 1997-2000
“I could probably throw harder if I wanted, but why? When they’re in a jam, a lot of pitcher try to throw harder. Me? I try to locate better.” – Greg Maddux
Control, Movement, THEN Speed
Elbow to Hip Arm Whip
Strong Front Side
What do I expect from you?
I expect you to LOVE softball. If you want to get better, I will teach how to get better. But I expect you to be open to new ideas and techniques. With that, I expect a lot of questions!
I also expect you to practice. If you only pitch once every week or two when we have a lesson, it will be hard for you to get better. Use our lesson as a learning experience, then practice those new techniques.
What should you expect from me?
Fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. I will not teach you a quick fix, because it DOESN’T EXIST! I want you, as a pitcher, to understand WHY I have you do certain drills. When you understand how the softball pitching motion works, you will then become a better pitcher. Great pitchers have excellent fundamental mechanics, and I will continually reinforce those techniques and principles.
“Our daughter has had great success with Nicole. In four months Nicole was able to break all her bad habits, and now she pitches at a level comparable to her teammates that have pitched travel ball for two years… We love that Nicole isn’t just telling her how to pitch, she is teaching her how to understand pitching. Now our daughter can make her own adjustments when she’s in the circle… With Nicole’s playing and coaching experience at the collegiate level she will always be our daughters pitching coach.”
– Phil & Star Santacruz, Fremont
“My daughter Sarah has been been taking lessons from Nicole for the past two years and it has been a great experience for her. Nicole brings a tremendous attention to detail to her lessons. Her unwavering focus on fundamentals has helped Sarah build a lasting foundation for future success. In addition, Nicole takes a very positive approach to coaching, always smiling and clearly enjoying her role in developing young athletes. Of course, Nicole had a great deal of success in her own career at the high school, college and professional level and has truly inspired Sarah to be the best she can be. ”
– Rob & Jerri Koplowitz, Oakland
“I am so happy we found Nicole. My 12 yr old daughter is really enjoying working with her. She is easy to learn from, breaks down the mechanics, great drills, and most of all really knows what she is talking about.(which is hard to find) but hey she is a pro!!! The videos she takes at the lessons help my daughter have an idea of what she is doing or not. Works out great for girls that are very visual learners. Nicole is very passionate about softball and it really builds the confidence level in young ladies. The girls really look up to her, for sure my daughter does 🙂 If your not seeing the progress you would like, you may want to consider a coach that actually pitched at the level you want to see your daughter one day. Thanks Nicole for all you do, we are grateful.”
-Myra Johnson, Castro Valley
“Nicole has given pitching lessons to our now-13-year old (Ruby) off and on for three years. Quite simply, Nicole taught Ruby how to pitch. Ruby has grown from a true 10U beginner into a successful/legit pitcher now heading to 14 “A” ball.
Nicole is an outstanding coach and human being. She is so good at diagnosing, analyzing and prescribing solutions for problems in pitching motions that she probably should have been a mechanical engineer. One of her many great skills is reverse-engineering to find the root cause(es) of pitching problems. So there is a lot of: “So why did that happen? Why did you end here? Where was your knee? And why was your knee there? And before that where was your arm? And why was your arm there? So what are you going to do on the next pitch?”
The way that Nicole talks to young women has the ideal balance of (a) high expectations and (b) positivity/support/nurturing. In other words, she can tell her student that a pitch or pitch sequence was not good/bad/sucked and has to be better but still have the whole conversation with an encouraging smile that tells the pitcher “Come on. I love you and I know you can do better. Try that again.” In that way she embodies the very best coaching characteristics and lives up to the principles of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
She is also teaching the girls valuable life lessons that will stick with them long after their softball careers are over. Every young athlete should be lucky enough to have a coach like Nicole. She’s the very best.”
– Rob Siltanen, Alameda