Our expert instructors at PreGame Sports will teach a strong, fundamental base to each individual player in an encouraging, positive way. Their experience on the field as a player and coach will teach you both the physical and mental side of the game and how to apply it on the field in order to take your game to the next level. Please email the instructors below to set up your training session at PreGame Sports.
Alix Ezell joined the Illinois softball staff as volunteer assistant coach in August 2020.
Ezell comes back to the Illini following a two-season stint as a graduate assistant on the University of Texas-Arlington softball coaching staff. While in Arlington, Ezell handled video and game data, coordinated all team travel and community service events and managed practice and game day equipment, while also aiding in practice drills and managing recruiting emails amongst various other responsibilities. She also helped lead the Mavs to the 2019 National Invitational Softball Championship.
Prior to her time at UTA, Ezell served as the head student manager at Illinois under Perry's leadership for two and a half years. In her role with the Illini, the Villa Grove, Illinois native catalogued video, coordinated team meals while traveling, managed all game and practice equipment and helped during training sessions.
A two-year student-athlete for the Parkland College softball team, Ezell holds an associate's degree in Kinesiology from Parkland ('16), a bachelor's degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism from Illinois ('18) and is working towards her master's degree in criminology and criminal justice from UTA.
As a volunteer assistant at University of Illinois, Alix is excited to train 6th grade and younger.
Please email Alix to schedule your individual training session.
As a first team All-American player in high school, Sarah Bencivenga (nicknamed “Benny” by her earliest teammates) was recruited to play at the University of Delaware. As a starter for Delaware, she was named Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week (week of Apr. 28) and earned CAA All-Rookie Team honors her freshman season in 2014. She transitioned from starting shortstop to center field her sophomore year and batted .351 on the year with 18 doubles, second in a UD single season and second in the CAA. After her sophomore season, she continued her career at Florida Atlantic University where her team won the Conference USA Championship, advanced to the Division I NCAA tournament, and finished the 2016 season Nationally ranked at No. 23. She did not compete in her final season due to an injury.
Sarah was also a semi-professional athlete for the Connecticut Stratford Brakettes, an organization that formerly competed in the pro league and comprised of several Olympians throughout program history. She helped lead her team to two National Championships during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
Sarah is committed to sharing the passion for the game with athletes of all ages. Beyond teaching the skills of the game, she invests in developing her players’ leadership abilities on and off the field. Sarah believes that this sport offers many opportunities to all different kinds of players at several levels of competition. She says, “When you are passionate about something, you compete for it and work hard every day to progress."
Sarah worked professionally as an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia before moving to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where she is currently a graduate student at UIUC studying Health Communication.
Please email Sarah to schedule your individual training session.