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The central and most important part of an object, movement or group,

forming the basis for its activity and growth.

Excelling as a Fastpitch Softball Pitcher requires attention to detail that only an accomplished and knowledgeable Pitching Instructor can provide. Hello! My name is Linnea Utecht, and I believe learning the proper fundamentals of pitching from DAY 1 is essential to the success of a Pitcher. I have a rich history of producing outstanding, noteworthy student-athletes who find success on and off the field. 

Book a lesson to start your Pitcher on her path to greatness!


Linnea believes proper technique is the building block upon which speed, accuracy, and movement is gained. She is adamant about instilling correct fundamentals, perfecting the player's technique before moving on to learning new pitches. Linnea provides each of her student-athletes with the individual guidance they need to reach their highest potential. A former high school and college stand-out, and now a decorated triathlete, Linnea doesn't just ask for greatness from her pitchers, she demands it of herself. Only someone who chases her own dreams with unrelenting determination can inspire young female athletes to achieve their own personal goals! Based primarily in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but happy to serve any pitcher willing to travel to the Fox Valley for lessons and/or clinics!


Some of the most successful fastpitch softball pitchers in Wisconsin have started their careers with Linnea Utecht. Every athlete pictured on this website is a former student of Linnea or Denis.

Read on to learn about several of these amazing athletes!


As star pitcher at Lourdes High School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Lauren Schiek helped turn the program around, leading her team to their first conference championship in school history. Lauren used her devastating change-up and moving pitches to make Lourdes a force to be reckoned with, and earned MVP honors all four years while serving as Team Captain. She holds the state record for strikeouts in a game (20). Her travel ball career was equally illustrious, earning Schiek the honor of being named USSSA Best Player in Fast Pitch. Schiek went on to play Division I college softball at Santa Clara University (two seasons), and Abilene Christian University (fall 2021) . Her strong work ethic remains second to none, and Lauren prides herself on being fearless, focused, and limitless.

“From the very beginning, Denis and Linnea Utecht built the foundation for my softball career by instilling pitching mechanics and the intangible skill set that is necessary to develop into a successful pitcher. I am forever grateful for the lessons I have learned through working with and learning from the Utecht pitching legacy."-LS

Lauren Schiek

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Whether you’re interested in trying out pitching for the first time, or are looking to build on and improve your skills, Nucleus Pitching Academy offers private lessons for every experience level. Develop your skill set in the bright, clean, fully equipped basement of our family home, where there are no bad weather worries, and no onlookers. Many of the area's most successful pitchers started their careers in The Basement. You could be next!

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