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Meet The Team

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Founder & CEO

Chris & Casey Flanagan

ABSA is a family business owned and operated by Chris and Casey Flanagan since 2014.

 

Chris, a graduate of Lamar University with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, has been a college coach since 2011, and was a scout in the Cincinnati Reds organization for 9 years.

 

Casey, a graduate of the University of North Texas and Texas Tech University, is a BSN-RN at a large hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. 

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Softball Coach

Leah Amico

Leah is an American former collegiate All-American, three-time Olympian, left-handed-hitting softball outfielder and sports commentator originally from Chino, California! 

 

She's best known for playing for the Arizona Wildcats (1993–1997, winning three National Championships) and earning gold medals at the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. She is a USA Softball Hall of Fame honoree.

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Softball Coach

Ed Zarzabal

Coach Ed Zarzabal is entering his 9th season at  Texas Lutheran University (TLU) as an assistant Softball Coach.

8-Straight Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) Champions

2019 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS and NFCA D-3 National Coaching Staff of the Year

2021 NATIONAL RUNNER-UPS and NFCA D-3 West Region Coaching Staff of the year

2022 NATIONAL SEMI-FINALIST and NFCA D-3 West Region Coaching Staff of the year

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Softball Coach

Shane Babbs

Shane Babbs is a travel ball coach for G1 Impact Baseball/Softball Academy based in Bossier City, Louisiana. For over 10 years Babbs has led his teams from different organizations to 3 National Championships, 8 State Championships, and hundreds of tournament victories. He holds a 100% commitment rate for his graduating players that want to play in college. He has coached All Americans in travel ball and several All Conference players at the collegiate level. He has also been the college recruiter for G1 Impact for 5 years now, and has multiple contacts with coaches from all over the world.

 

Babbs is a licensed contractor in Texas and Louisiana. His wife Angel, a Radiology Technologist at CHI-St. Luke’s Hospital in Lufkin Texas/ Heart Institute of Texas, works in Nuclear Medicine and the Cardiovascular Cath Lab. She was also a collegiate softball and basketball player.

 

Together they have 3 kids Shaden, Addison and Aislinn who are all athletes themselves.

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Baseball Coach

Craig Bullock

Coach Craig Bullock is currently President of SocialBull digital marketing agency. He has been happily married for 25 years and has two sons ages 26 and 19. Both sons have played college baseball.

 

Coach Bullock’s Sports career includes:

  • 2 years with Padres

  • 5 years with Mets 

  • Scouted for Mariners

  • 3 years as 3B 

  • 4 years as Pitcher

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Softball Recruiting Coordinator

Brooke Richards

Brooke is currently a Pitching Coach for Texas Wesleyan & Softball Instructor, and she pitched against 2008 Olympic Softball Team (June 2008).

Other accolades include:

  • Scholarship Athlete for Tarleton State University (Exercise Sports Science & Fitness Management)

  • Most Wins in a Single Season for TSU

  • Lonestar Conference Honors/Awards

    • Newcomer of the Year (2006)

    • Pitcher of the Week (2007 & 2008)

    • First Team UT/P (2007 & 2008)

  • All-State Utility Player Midway High School (2004)

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Softball Coach

Shannon Gower

Shannon Gower is the longest tenured coach in Texas Wesleyan Softball history, entering her 18th season in 2022. In 2009, Gower became the winningest coach in program history, a record that now stands at 397. After 15 seasons, Gower holds an overall record of 397-368 (.519) leaving her just three wins shy of the 400 plateau. During her tenure, she has coached 54 All-Conference players, five Conference Players of the Year, 10 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and three All-Americans.

 

Shannon has recorded two conference championships (2010 and 2012) and made one appearance at the NAIA National Championship Opening Round (2012).  In addition, her 2006 team cracked the NAIA record at the time with 66 home runs.

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Softball Coach

John Anzalone

John Anzalone is a native of St. Louis Missouri and has been playing sports since he could walk. Anzalone played college ball and then 2 years minor-league baseball. He has over 20 years of coaching experience including baseball, soccer, football, and softball. Anzalone made the switch to softball to support his daughter, Kaylee and has been coaching softball ever since. 

Anzalone owns and operates his own business in the Mid-Cities area where he resides with his daughter Kaylee. 

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Basketball Coach

Franklin Selmon

Coach Franklin Selmon graduate of Temple University 96’ has been playing/coaching youth and national high school basketball for 30 years, age levels 10 - 19. Post – grad assistant coach for Clearwater Academy International FL., assistant coach at Oldsmar Christian FL., assistant coach at Lighthouse Private Christian FL. and the state director of Florida for U. S. Basketball Games. Athletic Director & J.V. head coach at Government Street Baptist in AL. 8th grade head coach at Living Word Christian AL, and director and head coach for YHWH KINGS AAU travel team since 2010. Won Gold at The United World Games with 16U in Austria June 2022. Coaches at the MSHTV camp in Indianapolis, IN last 4 years. USA basketball license and AAU license. 

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