About Coach D
Founder & CEO of DR3 Fastpitch
My name is Danielle Rubin, but my clients call me Coach D
I was born & raised in Canton, Georgia. My parents are Karl & Susan Rubin and I have one younger sister, Nicole. I started my softball career at 8 years old playing for the local rec ball association. I didn’t start taking pitching lessons until I was 9 then eventually moved to travel ball my 2nd year of 12u. My softball career #LEVELEDUP in 8th grade, when I became a part of a nationally ranked travel ball organization, Ga Impact (Bass); coming in 3rd place at PGF Nationals. On March 6th of my sophomore year, I verbally committed to play D1 Softball at Kennesaw State University #HootyHoo. I finished my high school softball career playing for the Atlanta Vipers Organization. I attended Kennesaw State University my freshman season then finished my playing career at Georgia College and State University. I have given lessons & worked at clinics/camps throughout my college career then later I started my own brand, formerly known as DR3 Pitching, in May 2019. Teaching is in my blood. In May 2020, I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Special Education degree, certified in PreK-12th grade. I then obtained my Master's in Special Education in July of 2021.
Even though my softball journey did not turn out as I originally planned, I am so grateful for where it has led me! Coaching is my passion. I feel it’s my life calling and it’s pure joy for me to be making a difference in these young players' journey both on and off the field.
I am currently a pitching instructor, mental training coach, and mentor to incredibly talented girls, ranging in ages from 5-51 in all 50 states and 4 countries! I’ve worked with over 1,000 pitchers worldwide. I give in-person lessons at Prime Athletic Center in Canton, Georgia. I also coach part-time for the 18u Georgia Thunderbolts – Carver.
I have had so many good times playing the sport I love. I have also faced a lot of adversity, and pain, and have shed a few tears but at the end of the day, it was the “failures” that I have come to appreciate more and more since I’ve taken on a different role as a coach. I never thought I’d admit it, but I know I would not be the instructor I am, have the drive that I have, and the passion I have, without going through some hardships and challenges. What I thought was a mess is actually my message to each player I have the privilege to teach: Ladies, never give up on your passion! Just know that God closes one door but always opens another door if we stay in His will.
- Georgia Prime '08 - Gray 2019
- In Person Lessons in Middle Georgia 2017-2020
- In Person Lessons at The Prime Athletic Center in Canton, Ga (2020-Current)
- Online Lessons World Wide (2020-Current)
- DR3 Pitching LLC CEO 2021
- DR3 Fastpitch CEO 2022
Travel Ball Experience
- Georgia Prime '08 - Gray 2019
- Georgia Prime '08 - Green 2020-2021
- Barrie Storm (Canada) Online Consultant 2020-2022
- Palouse Havoc Fastpitch (Idaho) Online Consultant 2020-2023
- Georgia Thunderbolts - Carver 2021-2023
- Georgia Impact - Carver (Consultant) 2023-2024
- Bachelor of Science in Special Education
- Master's of Special Education
- Fastpitch Pitching Biomechanics (Coachataclick)
- Fastpitch Pitching Rotational Transition (Coachataclick)
- Foot Doctor Esia Coach (FDE Coach)
Experience with DR3
I've only been working with Coach D for a few months, and I have learned so much! She brings a new view to the vast world of pitching. Starting with a video analysis has helped me see so much of what my pitches were lacking. Her mental training sessions have really helped me with keeping my mind focused in pressure situations. The pitching lessons go in to detail explaining how and why the body works the way it does in a pitch. The lesson plans for each week use detailed warmups, drills, and cooldowns to teach each category. Booking lessons and finding equipment is easy using her website. For all beginning (and experienced) pitchers, I highly recommend DR3 pitching!
Improved speed, spin, and mentality!
I began using Coach D in the fall of 2021 and have been with her ever since. I love the way she uses science and reason to explain why you are doing something and how it affects you. By improving my mechanics under her, my speed overall has increased over 10 mph. I’ve also learned an additional 3 pitches and perfected my others! I would highly recommend to any new or experienced pitcher.
My daughter has been pitching for 2 years now… she participated in clinics with other coaches prior to meeting Coach D. Nobody seemed to click with my girl… who has some anxiety and has to warm up to new people… but there wasn’t truly an adjustment period with Coach D. She connected with my girl by helping her understand how her body moves and how she can use those movements throughout her pitch!!! My girl has been in a car accident and suffered a knee injury… while she was out Coach D checked on her and encouraged her to focus on getting well and healing her body before thinking/worrying/considering pitching! I am grateful for Coach D and the way she and Coach Ava have worked with Rylynn! 5 out of 5 recommend!!!