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Who We Are

We are former student-athletes;
We are business professionals;
We are educators and entrepreneurs;
We are professional athletes;
We are coaches and instructors;

We are today'sFACES Academy and this is our way of giving back!

today’sFACES Academy is the online home of today’sFACES Youth Sports Programs based in the Atlanta Metro area. today’sFACES is defined as: today’s Former Athletes Coaching Education & Sports. We are a talented network of current and former student-athletes, professionals, coaches and instructors with an unwavering passion for the game and a strong desire to give back to today’s youth. Although most of us have gone professional in something other than sports, the passion for the game still lives on and we believe there’s no better way to give back than to share our experiences, education and greatest insights on how to be a great student-athlete through camps, clinics, and private instruction.

 

INSTRUCTORS


Adrienne Walker-Chery, Director of Softball & Business Development
Pitching Instructor

University of Tennessee graduate with a degree in Advertising; Inaugural member of the Tennessee Lady Vols Softball program (1996-2000); Recent class of 2010 Lady Vol Hall of Fame Inductee; Elected not to play high school softball but earned a full-ride scholarship to play for the Tennessee Lady Vols through travel ball.

Recorded first no-hitter in school history in 1996; First-ever University of Tennessee NFCA All-South Region Hurler; Earned First-Team All SEC honors and multiple SEC Pitcher of the Week accolades; Ranked sixth in Division I with a 0.71 ERA; Still ranked in the top 10 in the UT record books in a number of statistical categories including third in Tennessee single season ERA, 0.71 (1997); third in complete games (61); fourth in solo shutouts (16) and fifth in career ERA (1.97), career appearances (108), career starts (87) and career wins (54).

In 2008, Adrienne was recognized for contributing to The University of Tennessee Lady Vols legacy, in a limited tabletop edition of “In the Footsteps of Champions: The University of Tennessee, the First Three Decades”. Adrienne is currently a full-time instructor and the founder of Today's FACES Academy, a youth sports camp organization dedicated to promoting education & sports.

 

Brittany Barnes
Hitting & Fielding Instructor

Georgia Tech graduate with a degree in Industrial Engineering; Started collegiate career at North Georgia College and State University; Garnered a GACC Championship her Freshmen year at  NGCSU and helped the team finish 5th in the nation; Posted a .556 slugging percentage and a .359 on base percentage as a Sophomore; Also ranked second on the team in homeruns and fourth in RBI.

Brittany went on to finish her collegiate career at Georgia Tech, where she became one of the most prolific power hitters in the ACC. Smashed a career-high 20 homeruns, tied for third best in ACC history... Drove in 73 runs, second-best in ACC history ... Selected to the NFCA All-Southeast Region second team ... Named ACC Player of the Week on April 30th after hitting three home runs and driving in 10 runs in a three-game series against Virginia ... Finished second in the ACC in RBI (third in the NCAA) and home runs (seventh in NCAA).  As a Senior Brittany led Tech and tied for first in the ACC with 12 homeruns. Brittany was also second on the team and ninth in the ACC with a .536 slugging percentage. Brittany ranks third all-time at Georgia Tech in slugging percentage (.597) and fifth in homeruns (32).

In 2008, Brittany was taken in the fourth round (23rd overall) of the National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Akron Racers.  The following two years Brittany was recruited to play in the German professional league.  She played for the Mannheim Tornadoes in 2009 and the Wesseling Vermins in 2010.  Brittany helped both teams garner a German Championship, the Tornadoes in 2009 and the Vermins in 2010.  Brittany was also at the top of the league in homeruns, RBIs, and slugging percentage both seasons. Brittany is currently available for fielding and hitting instruction for all ages.

 
Tisha Mahon
Slap-Hitting & Fielding Instructor

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate Tisha Mahon. Tisha majored in Execise and Sport Science with a concentration in Sports Administration. Born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina she moved to Atlanta, Georgia after graduation. Tisha roamed the outfield and was a slapper for the Tarheels. She finished her career with 57 stolen bases and .302 batting average. Currently Tisha is the community coach at Mt. Pisgah High School and the head coach of the Georgia Mustangs 10u travel ball team. Tisha is currently available for instruction for all ages.

 

Lacey Williams
Hitting/Fielding Instructor


Lacey Williams, a native of Maryville, Tennessee, is a 2008 graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College, located in Athens, Tennessee, where she was a four year starter for the Lady Bulldogs. In her freshman year at Tennessee Wesleyan College, she helped her team to the AAC Conference Championship and Regional Tournament with an overall record of 35-16 and a 23-7 mark in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. She boasted a .426 batting average during her inaugural collegiate season. In her sophomore campaign, she led her team to the Regular Season Conference Championship and another Regional Appearance with a 26-19 overall record (AAC 13-2). In 2008, Lacey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

Upon graduation from Tennessee Wesleyan College, Lacey went on to be the Assistant Softball Coach at William Blount High School in Maryville, Tennessee. While there, she helped the Lady Govs to a Regular Season Championship in 2010. In 2011, she helped the Lady Govs to a District Championship, Regional Runner-Up and Sub-State appearance. In 2013, she was hired as the Assistant Softball Coach at Maryville College. Lacey relocated to the Duluth area this past summer. She is available for hitting and fielding lessons for all ages.

 
Natasha Koutnik (Willemese)
Catching Instructor


Natasha moved from South Africa in 1998 and started playing softball in 2000. She is a graduate of North Georgia College & State University with a degree in Art Marketing.

Prior to her collegiate career, Natasha attended Peachtree Ridge High School from 2003-2006; where she was selected to the All-Gwinnett County Fast Pitch Diamond Club Team three years in a row, All-Gwinnett County Academic Team, saluted with the Lion Award (the highest presented student-athlete award for excellence in academics, athletics, and character), named Outstanding Student Athlete fir the 2004-2005 season, names Senior Female Athlete of the Year for the 2005-2006 season, received the Best Offensive Player Award in 2003, MVP in 2004, and received the Pride Award (excellence in athletics, academics, character, sportsmanship, and leadership) two years in a row.

At North Georgia, Natasha played an active role in the team’s 51-game winning streak in 2010. Natasha’s primary position was behind the plate where she earned the privilege of calling her own games and Head Coach Davenport described her as a “Pitching Coach on the Field”. During her tenure at North Georgia, Natasha earned South Atlantic Regional All-Tournament Team honors, as well as, the Peach Belt Presidential Honor Roll Award. Natasha is currently an employee of Kennesaw State and is currently offering private instruction in catching to all ages.
 
Cat (Catherine) Tarvin
Pitching Instructor


Cat is a graduate of Presbyterian College with a degree in Sociology. Cat played collegiately at Kennesaw State before transferring to Presbyterian College in 2011 to compete her college career and degree.

Cat complete her playing career in 2013 by starting in all 53 games during her senior year as a right fielder, pitcher or designated hitter. Cat had 185 plate appearances and 15 appearances in the circle, starting in nine games. Her batting average was (.316) on-base percentage(.332) slugging percentage(.548); She led the team in runs scored (34), hits (56), doubles (10), triples (2), and total bases (97). Cat was second in home runs (9) and fourth in RBI (31). She earned the honors of MVP of Presbyterian College Softball Team and Big South 2nd Team All Conference 2013.

Cat recently worked with Emory University as the Volunteer Assistant Coach and currently coaches at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. She is currently pursuing certification as a Fluid Dynamics Instructor through Tincher Pitching and is now available for pitching and hitting instruction for all ages.
 
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