Kara Faraone is a former University at Albany Great Danes softball player. She competed in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference from 1997 to 2000. While playing for the Great Danes, Kara had 129 hits, 57 stolen bases and scores 79 runs. Her winning pitching percentage from 1997-1998 .800. She also participated in the Empire State Games in 1997, 1999 and 2006. Kara in the head softball instructor at Allstars Academy and has been teaching pitching, hitting and fielding lessons for the past seven years. Currently, she plays in women and men’s leagues around the Capital Region. Recently, she was awarded the 2010 Fall MVP award in the highest men’s division in the Andy’s Sports league.
Our son has had the good fortune to have Nick Davey as his pitching coach here at All Stars Academy. Although only with Nick a short time, our son's improvement has been tremendous. The pitching lessons are not "cookie cutter" lessons - each week the lesson is distinctive, with special emphasis on our son's need as a pitcher. During the lesson there is a discussion about mechanics, game strategies and the mental aspects of the game. Nick doesn't just talk at our son-he involves our son in discussion, encouraging him to capitalize on his strengths, analyze his weaknesses, and to strive to better himself each and every week. There has even been occasion for throwing to "live batters" which uniquely couples working on mechanics as well as game tactics. We are truly happy with our experience with Nick Davey and All Stars Academy.