Sabrina Hartsell began coaching softball as an assistant coach at St. Johns River State College in 2020. She comes to us with years of experience developing youth pitchers. Her transition to college coaching was a smooth one as she has prepped many of her former high school and travel ball standouts for some impressive college careers.
Hartsell’s coaching career began at Bolles High School in 1998 where she was an assistant, taking over the head coach position just a year later in 1999. She left Bolles in 2002 to start a family and pursue a career at Baptist Medical Center in the Wolfson’s Children Emergency Room. She began giving private pitching lessons, and in December 2010, went back to coaching at Creekside High School. She took over as Head Coach in 2012. In 2013, Hartsell led 5A, Creekside, to a second-place finish in their first appearance at the State Tournament. She finished her 5 years at Creekside with a record of 125 wins and 17 loses, four District titles, 4 straight playoff appearances including two regional titles, and two state playoff appearances finishing as the runner-up once.
In the fall of 2012, Hartsell was hired to coach the 16U Florida Select Softball Program. Her coaching contacts grew as she assisted multiple players in earning college scholarships at the game’s highest level. In the fall of 2013, she and her husband, Mike, started the Florida Force Softball program. She also coached for three years (2015-2018) at Daytona State College.
Hartsell is a 1996 graduate of Orange Park High School, where she was a three year letterman in fast pitch softball and weight lifting. She was named MVP, Pitcher of the Year and made the All-State Team three years. She set several school records, and her strike out record remains unbroken. Hartsell received scholarship interest from several DI universities, but like many of our athletes, she decided on the Junior College route. She attended Florida Community College of Jacksonville (now Florida State College of Jacksonville) where she pitched for two years before transferring to the University of North Florida. Her pitching career was shortened due to an unfortunate elbow injury.
Sabrina has been married to her husband, Mike Hartsell, since 2002. They have two sons, Hunter and Nolan.