Jason began playing baseball at age three, and travel ball at age 6 in programs sponsored and coached by major league players and coaches throughout the Southeastern US. While at Loganville High School, Jason played on a state championship team and was recruited to play and various colleges. While at Georgia Gwinnett College, he served as president of the baseball association for the schools’ club team and helped develop their softball and baseball programs. He is a former Cobb County Police Officer, before founding Grit Academy Athletics in 2018. In addition, Jason has spent more than 11 years training athletes, and 10 years coaching with the Cambridge feeder softball program. Jason is now the head of NGF (North Georgia Feeder), the middle school league for Fulton and Forsyth County schools. Jason is also the former coach and developer of St. Pius’s feeder program. Jason has worked with numerous college coaches developing athletes and has assisted several schools and travel organizations in player development. He has helped numerous players develop in baseball and softball and has a resume of getting players recruited to play at various levels of college ranging from division 1 to JR college. Jason is married to former Berry College softball player Holly Little. They have three children, one son named Luke age 6, and daughter named Harper age 4 and a newborn little girl named Hadley.
Holly played collegiate level for three seasons at Berry College before leaving for Nursing School at Mercer University. Holly played Outfield and was a Slapper. She started as a freshman, finished her collegiate career with a .319 batting average, helped lead the Vikings to Southern Athletic Association Champions as a senior, and was named Honorable Mention for the SAA All-Conference team at Berry. Holly started her travel ball career with the Alpharetta Fury and the Georgia Fire through 18u Travel Teams. She attended Milton high school where she was given the coaches award as a freshman and as senior, was named on the Georgia Dugout Club All-State team. In addition, Holly has coached for 8 years with the Milton and Cambridge Feeder Softball program, and previously Coached with the Georgia Mustangs. She has also run numerous development camps and previously gave pitching and hitting lessons. Holly was the Head Coach of the 2015 GA Mustangs 98 team. She is married to the founder of Grit (Jason Little). They have 2 children, a son Luke age 5 and a daughter Harper age 3. They are also expecting baby number 3 in June of 2023.
Coach Holly Little
Coco (Corrie) Roberts has been a pitching and hitting instructor for 17 years. She coaches girls of all ages. A native of Southern California she grew up playing softball since the age of 6. She was a part of OC Batbusters where they won the ASA national Championship. She played her 4 years of College softball at Georgia State University where she set multiple hitting records and was a 4 time All Tournament and All Conference team each year. During her Junior year she was selected to the All South East Region Team. She also coached at Milton for 4 years. She strives to teach her students to their personal strengths.
Coach CoCo Roberts
Kyrstyn began playing softball at 7 years old in Southern California, then moved to Georgia at the age of 12 and played for the Georgia Mustangs her whole travel ball career, where she took instruction from, Tim Todd, Holly Little, and GRIT’s owner and head instructor, Jason Little. Kyrstyn was a four year varsity starter at Chattahoochee High School, where she broke multiple single season and career records, including: Single Season RBI Record and the Career Home Run, RBI, Walk, and Batting Average Records. She earned Most Outstanding Offensive player of the year her freshman year, was selected to the 6A All Region Team in 2014 and 2015, received honorable mention in 2013 and 2016, and helped lead her team to the state playoffs as senior captain in 2016, which is still to this day the furthest Chattahoochee has gone in softball history. Kyrstyn continued her softball career at the Birmingham-Southern College were she played for two years, and was also named 1st Team for NFCA DIII Leadoff Classic Collegiate Tournament in 2018, followed by DIII Conference Championship and Conference Tournament Championship in 2019. Kyrstyn then transferred to Reinhardt University, where she continues to play.
Coach Kyrstyn "Mooch" Fisher
Delany Turner was born and raised in northern Virginia, she began her softball career at age 7 as a pitcher utility player, she can hit! Began travel ball at age 10, later playing on top A level teams in her high school years, Vienna Stars and Virginia Legends. Started giving lessons in 2014, having a business to fall back on in her college summers and post graduation. In High school, she was a 4 year varsity starter, played where Coach needed her most: shortstop, second base or pitcher. She was recruited by D1, D2, and D3 schools, committing and signing to University of Virginia College at Wise. As a freshman Delany led the team on the mound and at the plate to place 3rd in conference. To pursue her math dream she transferred to Southern Connecticut State University as well continuing her softball career. At Southern she competed in national, and global math competitions. She was a personal statistician for the men and womens basketball teams, increasing their winning percentage. On the softball team she was a true utility player, pitching, playing outfield, and always hitting the ball around the field. She majored in applied mathematics and minored in computer science. After graduating college the summer of 2019, she pursued her dream to play softball overseas for a selected team USA, traveled all over Italy playing the game and promoting the sport. During covid she coached local travel teams in Virginia while growing her softball lesson business. In 2022 she decided to pursue her corporate career and moved to Georgia working for Morgan Stanley as a data engineer. Delany proudly still gives back to her sport, helping Grit grow the softball community.
high school records:
- 1st team all conference utility player
- 1st team all conference as a pitcher
- 1st team all region pitcher
- 1st team all state pitcher
- HS record for most strikeouts in one game (20 out of 21 outs)
- HS record for most strikeouts in single season (207)
- top 10 leader in doubles for NE-10 conference in 2018 (SCSU)
- student athlete academic honors (SCSU)
- Honorable mention - All conference pitcher MEC conference in 2016 (UVAW)
Coach Delany Turner
Coach Albert Mora from Venezuela a bilingual and High-energy extrovert with several years of coaching experience at different levels; high school, middle school, and also international level. Private softball and baseball instructor. Over two decade of experience playing baseball; five years playing for NJCAA and NAIA programs; over three years in a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic. People-oriented, effective communication and management skills. Winning attitude with the ability to lead teams and players take on multiple responsibilities. --
Coach Albert Mora
Fernando Tanaka is from São Paulo, Brazil. He started playing baseball at the age of 5 and since then he has had the opportunity to represent Team Brazil in a few occasions:
1998 - U8 Pan-American Baseball Tournament in Caracas, Venezuela.
2003 - U13 CABA Tournament in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
2004 - U14 Pan-American Qualifiers to World Baseball Tournament in Monterrey, Mexico
2005 - U15 World Baseball Tournament in Mexico City, Mexico. 2006 - U16 Pan-American Baseball Tournament in Barquisimeto, Venezuela.
2007 - U17 Showcase Brazil vs Japan in Japan
Fernando was also fortunate to receive a full scholarship after sending a video to each one of the Junior Colleges here in US. Northwest Florida State Community College gave him the opportunity to be a Raider as a Freshman. Shortly after his Freshman year, Fernando received another full scholarship to Stillman College (D2) in Tuscaloosa, Al. He played most of my games as a Short-Stop, but the only position he didn't play during an official game was First-Baseman. During three years as a Tiger he received a multiple awards:
2013 - Captain Award
2013 - Best Offensive Award
2013 - SIAC Baseball Tournament All-Tournament Team
2013 - SIAC Baseball Tournament MVP
2014 - Captain Award
2014 - SIAC 1st Team All-Conference
2014 - SIAC All-Tournament Team
2014 - SIAC Player of The Year
2014 - ABCA/Rawlings Division II All-South Region 1st Team
2015 - Captain Award
2015 - Pre-Season All American
2015 - SIAC 2nd Team All-Conference
Here are Fernando's numbers as a Tiger (https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=tanaka000fer )
Coach Fernando Tanaka
Keara was a Gatorade Player of the year in the Georgia High School 2016-2017 season. This prestigious award recognizes not only on the field achievement, but high academic achievement and proven character off of the field. A four year letterman varsity pitcher with unrivaled confidence and Grit, Keara knows what it takes to be mentally tough to dominate on the mound. After high school, Keara continued her softball career pitching at the University of Georgia.
Coach Keara Napoli
Owner and President of Georgia Fire Fastpitch Organization
Owner of Level Up
Coach Tim Todd
Coach Kelley Bagarose
Coach Katelyn Cooper