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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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Basketball Coach

Antonio Snell

Coach Snell has been coaching for a total of 13 years on the AAU circuit and high school level. He is also and independent recruiter and scout evaluator.

Coach Snell is married to Dyshenique Snell and has 2 awesome children, AJ and Ay'Zeria. 

From Coach Snell"I'm looking forward to working, learning, and growing with Chris, Casey, Brooke and the rest of the ABSA family"

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Softball Coach

Kelley Newell

Kelley Newell is an assistant softball coach at St Cloud State University, in Minnesota. She graduated from Bethel University in MN in 2011, where she played softball and graduated with a teaching degree.

 

Since then she has traveled around the world using softball to build relationships with other cultures as well as coach with incredible coaches and players from around America.

 

She’s been able to use softball in places like Myanmar, Egypt, China, Israel, and a variety of countries in Europe. She lived in Israel coaching and playing, helping national and league teams.. As well as getting to travel with their teams to coach and play in Women’s European Cup tournaments.  She continues to do this.

 

She is also in full time ministry in Minnesota, has a teaching background she loves to use in a variety of ways, and being an athlete has always been a part of her story. 

 

 She believes softball as well as other sports are a universal language that bridge so many gaps between people and are just a great way to spread some joy and love at home and around the world! Coaching is a joy to her! 

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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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Basketball Coach

Marvin Grover

       Coach Marvin Grover is a seasoned coach and educator with a passion fro nurturing young talent. With a background as a former college football and basketball coach, he brings a wealth of experience to the table. He has also served as the head coach in high school football, basketball and track, demonstrating his versatility and dedication to athletic development. 

      In addition to his coaching career, he is the proud owner of Heritage Youth Academy, where he strives to inspire and mentor the next generation of athletes. Through his extensive knowledge and expertise, he empowers young players to reach their full potential. Recognizing the challenges that youth players and parents face in the college recruiting process, Coach Grover has founded Marvin Grover Consulting. This venture is dedicated to providing invaluable guidance and support to navigate the complexities of college recruiting. He is committed to helping aspiring athletes achieve their dreams of playing at the collegiate level.

     Coach Grover's unwavering commitment to sports and education has left an indelible mark on countless athletes, and his legacy continues to thrive through his various ventures.

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Softball Coach

Sara Allen

Coach Allen joined  CIU in the fall of 2017 and heads into her sixth season as the RAMS first ever head softball coach. Sionce her arrival her teams have seen several achievements such as her 2020 squad was named an NCCAA Scholar team and slo honored by the AAC as the Women's Champions of Character Team.

As a catcher for the Toreros in Division 1 University of San Diego, Allen was a 3-time All-PCSC honoree and a 3- time USD offensive player of the year. She finishes her career at USD making 182 starts for the Toreros. She hit 159-503, with 33 doubles, 12 triples, 12 home runs, 81 RBls and 79 tuns scores. She was named the 2006 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a 2005 ESPN Co-SIDA Academic All American. 

Allen holds a 82-138-1 Record at the helm for the Rams.

Allen earned a bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of San Diego, California in 2006 and a master's degree in social and political science from Georgia Southern University in 2008.

Allen lives in Columbia with her husband Seth and their two dogs, Louie and Hank.

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Softball Coach

Coach Winn

       Maria Winn-Ratliff, owner of a 728-311-1 record, is in her second season as the third head coach in program history.

In her first spring season in 2022 after taking the helms of the program in November of 2021, the Cardinals were 21-35.

“We are extremely excited about having Maria and her husband Ed join the Cardinal family,” said TVCC athletic director Eddie Kite upon her arrival. “Her success at previous schools should elevate the softball program to new heights. I believe the softball program is in great hands and cannot wait to watch the team play this spring.”

        Winn-Ratliff is no stranger to Region XIV. The athletic director/head softball coach at Galveston College the past year, was head softball coach at Tyler Junior College for three seasons from 2016-19. She led TJC to three NJCAA tournament appearances in compiling a 164-42 record.

She was 11-1 against the Cardinals while at TJC.

Prior to TJC, she had a highly successful 12-year tenure at Western Nebraska Community College from 2004-16. At Western Nebraska, she posted a 535-218-1 record, qualified for eight NJCAA tournaments and won eight conference championships.

      In her last four seasons at Western Nebraska, Winn-Ratliff recorded 50-plus wins each season.

Winn-Ratliff has eight Coach of the Year awards to her credit (six at Western Nebraska and two at Tyler) and has coached 15 NJCAA All-Americans.

     She also served as head coach one season at Louisiana Tech University and had tenures as an assistant coach at Central Methodist University, Armstrong Atlantic State University and Bemidji State University.

      Winn-Ratliff has a Master of Education from Central Methodist University and Master of Public Health from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She received a Bachelor of Science from Columbia College.

      She played softball two seasons at Missouri Valley College and two seasons at Columbia College.

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