Meet the MVSA Storm Coaches
The MVSA Storm program is lucky to have a tremendous amount of coaching experience. At every level in the Storm program, the coaches bring a level of experience that provides the teams with outstanding instruction and development. Coaches have played and coached at all levels, including college. Information on both of our 18U, our 16U, and 14U coaching staffs can be found below.
Storm 18U - Team Bell
Tommy Bell - Head Coach
- ASA A.C.E. Certified Coach
David Jacobs - Advisory Coach
David Jacobs completed 14 seasons as a head coach in the STORM organization. Jacobs’ teams compiled a record of 405 - 210 - 17 (308 of those wins at the 18U "A" level). Jacobs’ teams became one of the dominant girls fast pitch teams in the area and one of the best in the region. Eight of those teams had 30 or more wins including the 2011 team with 39. Jacobs’ 18U teams qualified and played in the PONY National tournament 11 times including a 9th place finish (out of 127 teams) in 2004 and 17th place finishes in 2008 and 2009. His 2011 team finished 13th. Jacobs’ teams earned over 40 National Qualifying bids. Over 50 of his players went on to play college softball, several on scholarship at the Division I and II levels.
Under Jacobs’ leadership the STORM 18U teams drew players from several Montgomery County schools and surrounding counties. His players were consistently named ALL GAZETTE and/or ALL MET. The Storm 18U coaching staffs with Jacobs second to none consisting of men and women fastpitch players and high school coaches, to include Jim Kibbe who coached with Jacobs for 6 years. Jacobs and Kibbe still run the MVSA Advanced pitching and catching clinic and have taught most of very best pitchers in Montgomery County.
Jacobs was inducted into the Washington Metro Softball Hall of Fame in 2011, one of only two select coaches to be so honored. He played college baseball and football as well as semi-pro baseball after college eventually moving to men's fastpitch softball in 1982 where he played at the "A" and "B" levels for several years. Jacobs has Regional and National Tournament experience as a player and as a coach.
Jacobs is married and has two daughters; Rachel and Rebecca, both were pitchers in the STORM program. Rachel holds the record for most career wins at 89. Rebecca went on the pitch and catch on scholarship at Division II Shepherd University. Rachel currently runs the Storm beginners pitching clinic. Rebecca served as one of the 18U assistant coaches and also serves as a coach at the pitching clinics.
Jim Kibbe - Advisory Coach/Pitching Coach
Jim Kibbe, who was inducted into the Greater Washington Fastpitch Softball Hall of Fame in 2006, has been involved in fastpitch softball for over 30 years. Jim started playing fastpitch softball in 1976 when he founded the Ashton “A’s” softball team to play in the Wheaton Church Men’s Fastpitch Softball League. Jim brought his skills from 10 years of competitive baseball to third base, where he learned the game of fastpitch softball. He has competed at the ASA Regional and National level, winning two ASA Regional titles in 1994 and 1995. In addition, Jim has coached girls at the high school, recreational, and select levels. After retiring from competitive travel softball in 1996, he moved on to coach in the Damascus Hurricanes Select Girls Fastpitch organization for five years before joining long time friend and former teammate Dave Jacobs at the 18U Montgomery Village Storm as an assistant in 2004, where he remains today. Jim also helps Dave Jacobs at the highly successful MVSA pitching clinic that Dave founded and has run for many years.
Teams Jim has coached at the select level have achieved:
- 18 National Qualifications (ASA, NSA, PONY, USFA, USSSA)
- 6 Girls PONY National Appearances
- 2 Girls NSA National Appearances
- 1 2nd Place USSSA State Championship 2005
- 3rd Place NSA State 2002
- 4 ASA A Regional Qualifications
- Numerous Tournament Championships
Jim coached at Holy Cross High School for four years as an assistant and head coach., he was also an assistant varsity coach at Gaithersburg High School for four years.
Jim currently works with the Storm pitchers and has coached fourteen All County, All Region, All WCAC Conference and All Metropolitan pitchers, including the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 All-Gazette Players of the Year, including the Gazette All Decade Player in 2010. His pitchers have taken their schools to State Semi-Finals, one State Final, and have won numerous High School Regional titles. Many have advanced to pitch at the college level, where some have won All-Conference Honors.
Jim is married to his wife, Ranta, and the couple have two daughters, Amanda and Lexi. Amanda was a standout at both the select and high school levels. Amanda played in the Storm program for four years at the 18U level. Amanda received All-County Gazette and Examiner honors all four years and All-Met honors her last two years of high school and she was recruited to play softball in college at Millersville University. In 2010 Amanda was added to the Gazette All Decade Team.