Our Story

Dickey’s Dugout is built on a foundation that focuses on the undiscovered power of young athletes!

Our goal is to not only help guide each athlete to the next level of this sport through fundamental and elite training but to also LIGHT A FIRE in every young athlete we work with by mentoring young girls to become the young women they are meant to be.

This fire is ignited by the 3 core values that Dickey’s Dugout instructors coach by and live by:

  • CONFIDENCE: Self awareness at a level of  understanding what you’re fully capable of.

  • FREEDOM: Free of all fears, free of all doubt. Freedom to unleash your soul and energy.

  • INTEGRITY: In moments of fear, choosing courage over comfort. Choosing what moves you toward the dream version of yourself!


Haleigh Dickey | Founder 
Hitting and Catching Specialist | Mindset Mentor
Haleigh opened The Dugout in May 2018 with the platform to build strong fear conquering young woman. She has mastered the art of connecting with athletes and uses that connection to build a growth minded environment. Dickeys sparks a fire inside athletes and families to open up to new levels of communication, hard questions and conversations, creating goals and visions and living every day in pursuit as such. She has created a one of a kind program, Mastery of Badassery, to be available for any teen looking to grow as well as a only of its kind event- Power Anthem, the player parent mindset workshop. She is expanding the resources available to the softball community for building a culture of strong young females.
 
Here's a little about her softball experience! 
Haleigh was born and raised in Woodstock, GA. She attended Etowah HS and graduated in 2009. She received a scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and played 2010-2013. In her time at Carolina, she set the single game record for home runs; 3 for 3 homeruns as a freshman. Matching that effort for a second time. In her sophomore season, she started all 55 games at first base and was named to the 2011 All-ACC first team- Leading the team with 12 home runs and 43 RBIs: both rank in the top 10 of single-season school history and Collected a .333 batting average with a team-best 13 multi-RBI games and 16 multi-hit efforts .  Haleigh was named to the ACC All-Tournament Team her junior season as she led the team with 12 home runs, tying the second-highest total in the ACC . Collecting another 46 RBIs, ranking in the top 10 in single-season history at UNC  at the time. Her 46 RBIs led the ACC and 11 doubles were the second highest in the ACC that year. In Haleigh’s final season, she set the UNC home run record with a solo shot in a win over James Madison, 43 total career homeruns. Had 41 RBIs, ending her career with 149, which ranks second in UNC history.

Haleigh was a Carolina Leadership Council Member and a team captain, who was nominated to be in the Richard A. Baddour Carolina Leadership Academy.

After graduation, Haleigh moved back to Georgia and began her coaching endeavors. She was an assistant varsity coach at The Lovett School in Atlanta from 2013-2017. She also was a Volunteer Assistant for Georgia State University Softball for the 2016 season. 


Khayla Green

Hitting and Fielding Specialist

Green played High School softball and lacrosse at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia. During her high school career, Khayla played softball as a four-year starter, three-year Team Captain in 2012 thru 2014, 1st team All Region in 2011,2012 and 2014 and 2nd team All Region Class 7A in 2013. During the spring seasons, Green played Lacrosse from 2013-2015, where she was a two-year starter and tied McEachern’s women’s lacrosse single season record for goals scored with 15.

Green then attended Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee under head coach Kristin Ryman as a utility player where she was a four-year starter playing third, middle infield and outfield. Green helped lead their team to an Atlantic Sun Regular Season and Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship in 2019 taking them to the Tuscaloosa Regional where her career ended. Green left the Lipscomb Softball program as the Career Leader in Walks with 41 in her final season, a .432 on base percentage and .963 fielding percentage. Khayla finished her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science.

As an instructor, Green recognizes every player is different; she plans to highlight their strengths and fortify their weaknesses to ensure each player leaves better than they came.


Sofia Tapia
Outfield Specialist/ Hitting and Catching Instructor

Sofia Tapia graduated from South Forsyth High school in Cumming, GA in 2016. She played on the Varsity Softball team all four years.

She continued her softball career in Virginia as a Radford Highlander. She graduated from Radford University in 2020 as an honor scholar and received a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sport and Health Education with a minor in Psychology. She was a four-year starter playing outfield and catcher. She played in 181 games and had 488 AB’s with 131 hits and 74 RBI’s. In 2018, she recorded 17 extra base hits, was one of two highlanders to have over a .400 on-base percentage and slugging percentage, hit .343 in conference play with an .854 on-base plus slugging percentage. She Picked up 15 multi-hit games, including a team-high four three-hit games. Tapia was leading the team with 9 stolen bases and 13 walks before the season ended short in 2020.

She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in Physical Therapy at Georgia State University and hopes to give back to the game and help girls achieve their goals on and off the field.


April Harper
Pitching Specialist
April Harper grew up in Blairsville, GA graduating from Union County HS in 2008. She further pursued softball at Kennesaw State University where she was named to the A-Sun All Freshman Team leading the Owls with a 2.24 ERA and a 10-9 record. She later led the Owls in wins, innings pitched, games started, won-loss percentage, appearances and strikeouts.

Harper has been coaching travel fastpitch here in Georgia for the last 5 years and giving private lessons locally. She currently coaches Texas Bombers Griffin 07.

April is currently working on her real estate license but has dedicated time and passion to her travel ball experience and wants to continue growing this game. She will be developing strong, smart, and fear conquering pitchers from 8-13 years old.

Kailah Rain
Outfield Specialist/ Hitting Instructor
Kailah Rain graduated and played softball for Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia. Kailah was a 4-year starter, and helped lead the Canes to 2 State Tournament appearances. Rain was also selected All-Region and All-County in 2013 as a senior.
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Rain continued her softball career at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida under head coach Kelsi Dunne where she was a four-year starter in the outfield. During her freshman year, Rain was named All- Sun Conference 1st team and NFCA All-East Region 2nd team boasting a .328 average and 44 hits on 46 starts. Rain helped lead her team to their first ever NCAA postseason appearance in 2018. Rain completed her career with a .315 average on 448 AB, with 141 total hits. Kailah completed her Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security.
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As an instructor, Kailah wants to give back to the game that taught her so much and help other girls achieve their life and softball goals!