The instructors on our 360U Team embody everything we teach our athletes to strive to be. Not only do we all share the same views on the softball x's & o's, but we share the fundamental belief that our athletes' success on the diamond is a direct result of being balanced, well-rounded & CONFIDENT young women who are accountable to themselves and everyone around them. Our experiences playing at the highest level of collegiate fastpitch softball, paired with our passion and commitment to the young women we serve provides an elite, high-quality, and athlete-focused approach to our instruction.
MARIA VAN ABEL
Maria graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a degree in Business Management. Maria was a 4-year starting center fielder for the Wisconsin Badger’s Softball team and contributed to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances and the program’s first ever Big 10 Tournament Championship. Under the leadership of a coaching staff that focused on a high-energy, savvy, and uniquely strategized approach to the game of softball, the left-handed slap hitter ranks second in the Wisconsin program’s record books in career batting average, stolen bases, and total hits. Her senior year as team captain, she earned All-Big Ten Defensive honors along with earning NFCA Division I All-America Scholar-Athlete honors and Academic All-Big Ten honors 3 consecutive years .
Maria began administering private hitting instruction in the Fox Cities her senior year of high school and continued instructing and mentoring numerous student-athletes throughout her college career. She coached several camps in her years at UW-Madison, specializing in slap hitting, base running, and outfielding technique.
LAURA BEYER (VAN ABEL)
Laura Beyer enters her third season as a volunteer coach at UW-Oshkosh. Prior to her time here, Laura coached at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College. Beyer attended the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point where she was a 4 year starting shortstop. The left-handed slap hitter holds numerous career records with the Pointers including batting average, triples, and homeruns. Laura was voted to represent UWSP athletics at the NCAA National Leadership Conference. She was also selected to play on the Midwest All-Star Team in an exhibition game against the USA Olympic Softball team during their ‘Bound 4 Beijing’ tour before the 2008 Olympics.
Along with years of collegiate coaching, Laura has been administering softball instruction for the last 8 years focusing on hitting, slap hitting, and defensive techniques.
Scott is entering his sixth season as the head softball coach for the UW-Oshkosh Titans. Under Beyer, the Titans own a 79-36 overall record. Beyer has coached numerous players to all region honors. Under Beyer's coaching, the team has set new school records in batting average, doubles, home runs, stolen bases, slugging percentage and fielding percentage. Beyer came to UW-Oshkosh from UW-Green Bay, where he served as an assistant coach for the NCAA Division I Phoenix since 2011.
Beyer has over ten years of experience in administering private, semi-private, and group lessons along with coaching several baseball and softball teams. Beyer has assisted in the development of over 100 high school student athletes into NCAA and NAIA collegiate players. Beyer specializes in hitting technique and defensive fundamentals.
Hailey graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with degrees in Design Arts and Business Marketing. She posted high academic marks while at UWGB making the dean’s list 9 semesters and graduating summa cum laude while also receiving the Chancellor's Medallion for her service to the university through her work with the UW-Green Bay Athletics Department. Hailey even spent 2 years playing under Coach Scott and Coach Laura! She was a member of the 2014 Phoenix team that won the Horizon League Regular Season and Tournament Championships making the program’s second NCAA Regional Tournament appearance. Hailey's weekly pitching coach was nationally acclaimed pitching and now head coach at Buffalo, Mike Roberts.
Hailey has found love in the game again by giving lessons to young athletes. Hailey brings high energy and a positive attitude to her lessons and provides athletes with a unique perspective given her vast background of former coaches and techniques. Hailey is detail oriented and analytical by nature so her coaching style puts an emphasis on drills and the fundamental pitching motion while also stressing the importance of a strong mental game, spotting-up, spinning the ball, and having fun!
Abby Menting recently completed a four year career as a starting catcher at UW-Oshkosh, graduating May 2019. A two year team captain, Menting garnished several awards during her tenure with the Titans including WIAC Player of the Year. Menting concluded her standout career topping the charts in several of her school's records including walks, doubles, and home runs. Outside of Coach Laura, Coach Maria, and Coach Scott, Menting was 360U's first employee, providing instruction with the company since its conception.
Off the field Menting was a stellar student compiling a 3.99 cumulative GPA student, and was hired full-time prior to graduation as a supply chain analyst. Menting has volunteered with the St. Joseph's Food Pantry, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Center and the Oshkosh Area Community Food Pantry.
Abby continues to feed her passion of the game by coaching and developing athletes. Abby's caring, compassionate approach to teaching makes her truly special.
"When I was growing up and learning the game of softball, our motto was always “Work Hard, Get Better, Have Fun.” This truly has been my motto all throughout my softball career. I always enjoyed the journey of working hard to get better and always remembering to have fun along the way."