All instructors within HITS have played collegiately and/or professionally and are continuous students of their games in order to provide the best instruction to our athletes.
Bernadette Cardon, co-owner of HITS, played Division 1 Softball at the United States Military Academy and was a part of the team to go to the Texas Regional in 2013 after winning the Patriot League tournament. After her college career, she helped coach New Bern High School’s softball team, where she specialized in hitting and catching and helped their clean-up batter to obtain a .601 batting average. After, she joined William Peace University’s softball staff as an assistant coach. The team ended with a .295 batting average and a slugging percentage of .392. She also focused on the infield and ended with a team fielding percentage of .946. Bernadette is now the head coach at Brunswick Community College in their inaugural season.
Bernadette graduated from West Point with her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently obtaining her Master’s in Sports Psychology. She currently resides in Leland, NC where she works as a Psychiatric Technician, coaches softball, and provides both individual lessons and camps.
Bernadette's coaching philosophy revolves around the three H's: Hustle, Hardwork, and Honor in order to develop athletes not only physically, but also mentally.
Zoe Howard, co-owner of HITS, played Division 2 Softball at Fayetteville State University and held the title captain for three of her four years. Under the three years of her captainship, the team brought home the title Southern Division Champions. She was also the recipient of the Coach’s Award her freshmen and sophomore year, as well as MVP her senior year. In her junior year, she earned First-Team Honors as a utility player. After she hung her cleats, she decided to continue her love for softball through coaching. She coached at Topsail High and Middle School. In, 2020 she continued her coaching career on the staff of Brunswick Community College in their inaugural season.
Zoe graduated from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management, then continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to obtain a Master in Business Administration. She currently resides in Hampstead, NC, where she gives individual lessons and helps run softball camps.
Zoe's coaching philosophy is focused on strengthening the player's mental game and transitioning it into game-time situations.
Amanda, co-owner of HITS, comes from a variety of coaching backgrounds, from coaching recreational softball to high school up through collegiate softball. She coached three years at Page High School in Greensboro, NC, eventually becoming the head coach before moving to Wilmington, where she assisted at Hoggard High School (2019 NCHSAA 4A Eastern Champions) and Wilmington Little League in developing successful pitchers and hitters. Amanda currently assists at Brunswick Community College with pitchers and hitters, along with serving as the program director for the Port City Post 545 Lady Legion in Cape Fear Region.
Having graduated from Meredith College in 2015, Amanda started all four years as an infielder and pitcher. She currently holds 7 career hitting records including hits, doubles, triples, total bases, slugging, and home runs. Amanda pitched under the instruction of Head Coach Kim Scavone, Boston College Hall of Famer. She has continued to develop her instruction and knowledge through professional developments and providing instruction to clients across North Carolina
As a member of the Meredith College Avenging Angels, Amanda was awarded 2015 NCAA DIII Statistical Champion for slugging (.990), USA South Conference Player of the Year in 2014, NFPA All-Regional teams twice, USA South All-Conference four years (3 years first team), NCCSIA All-State College Division selection three years, and four years as the offensive MVP. She finished her college career hitting a home run that earned her the highest slugging percentage in the country in Division III, with a .990 average.
Amanda's coaching philosophy focuses on developing confidence and critical analysis skills in athletes. She lives in Wilmington, NC where she teaches chemistry in New Hanover County.