Nick Palacios

Experience: I grew up in Bandera, Texas and lettered all 4 years at Bandera High School in 3A baseball. Was named in the top 100 prospects of Texas by MaxPreps where I then walked on and played Division 2 and Division 1 baseball at Abilene Christian University for 4 years from 2012-2016. I am currently playing professional baseball in the Frontier League for the Southern Illinois Miners and just finished up my first season in August up there. This is my first coaching job as a pitcher/fielding instructor but I believe I can help teach your kids about this game with the experience I have gathered over the years.

Philosophy: I have always grown up the small kid in the group. No one every really looked at me as a threat and even now you look at me and you don't see much. But what I have that separates me from those that are bigger and stronger is something my father instilled in me when I was younger. That is the ability to never give up and the drive to always try and work harder than the person next to me. I believe that hard work pays off and when your chance comes you are able to rise to the occasion. There is a quote by Derek Jeter that is a personal favorite of mine and it goes like this, "There may be people who have more talent than you, but there's no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do."

Thomas McAdams

1990- 2002 High School Head Baseball Coach 2006 Founder Baseball His Way 2008-current West Texas Missions travel teams Ages 9-14

Our Mission w Baseball His Way / West Texas Missions is to share Jesus through baseball.

Shelby McIntyre

Shelby is an Abilene native, playing 4 years as an outfielder under Coach Heather Collier at Abilene Wylie High School before attending Hardin-Simmons University as a 4 year starting outfielder under coaches Rita Jordan, Dan Sheppard, and Arin Spence-Salas. While at Wylie, McIntyre earned All-District Outfield honors and a spot on the Big Country All-Star game in 2009. During her four years with HSU softball, she earned All-Conference Outfield honors in 2011, 2012, and 2013, as well as Academic All-Conference honors in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, with a year left in school and a year of athletic eligibility left, McIntyre transitioned from throwing the ball in from the outfield to throwing the javelin on the HSU track and field team earning a conference championship, All-Conference honors, and Academic All-Conference honors.

High School Experience: Abilene Wylie High School: 2006-2009 - All-District Outfielder - Big Country All-Star Game Selection, 2009

College Experience: Hardin-Simmons University: 2010-2013 (Division III, American Southwest Conference) - All-Conference Outfielder - 2011, 2012, 2013 - Academic All-Conference - 2012, 2013 - 4-year starter - Majored in PR Advertising/Marketing

Primary Focus: Hitting & Fielding

Kara LeLeux

Kara graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 2016 and was a 4 year starter Cowgirls softball team. She had great success as a Cowgirl ending with a career batting average of .310, 17 homeruns, and a .989 fielding percentage. She was All-ASC Honorable mention in 2014 and 2016 and Third Team All-ASC in 2015. Kara is passionate about sharing her knowledge of the game with younger athlete's and helping them become better both on and off the field.

Jennifer Jones

Playing Experience

1987-1991 So Cal Raiders
1987-1991 Yucaipa High - 4 Year Letterman – Team MVP
1990 Team USA Sports Exchange

Current:
Pitching coach in Big Country area.

“I want to coach these young ladies in all elements of the game to help them become a fundamentally sound pitcher and helping them to understand that this game is 90% mental and 10% physical.”

Cyndi Herrera

Playing Career:

2005-2009 Abilene High
2009-2010 Midland College
2010-2011 Ranger College
2011-2012 Schreriner University

Education:
B.S in Kinesiology from McMurry University

Cyndi is very passionate about the game and wants to share her love and knowledge to young athletes.

Natalie de la Torre

Nat de la Torre is from Brownwood, Tx. She played softball and soccer for Brownwood High. She was a three-time selection to the all-district team for infielders, and all-state selection, as well as being named Sports Writers Association’s Offensive Player. She played travel ball for Texas Blaze 18U RR Gold out of Austin, TX. She decided on HSU over St. Mary's, Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Ouachita Baptist. She played at HSU for two years. Nat is currently working on her Master's degree in Kinesiology at HSU, and she is graduating in December of 2016. She plans on pursuing a career in Sports Medicine or Sports Performance.

Teaching Philosophy: “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.”– Derek Jeter

Greg Gammons

I've been coaching kids for 23 year and still learn something new everyday from them. I started playing baseball when I was 4 years old and played my whole life thru High School and College.

I played College ball at UT Tyler for 2 years , I started coaching soon after just so I could stay with the sport.

I coached Baseball for just a couple years before moving to coaching softball. I go to multiple coaching clinics a year including Baylor , UT , and the ASA coaching clinics held by Coach Candreas. I do my best to stay up to date with all the new trends and new mechanics in the sport. My expertise consists of swing mechanics , fielding mechanics , and catching mechanics.

My coaching philosophy is,
Yelling, and screaming are not coaching. If I were to walk around a youth softball field and close my eyes, I pick up too much in negative tone and too much yelling and demeaning. Learning the complexities of softball can be difficult and frustrating for young players, but that’s where a coach needs to look at his methods and approach. The frustration needs to be focused on: How can I better explain or teach this idea? This will be more productive than verbally abusing or expressing anger and threats. Physical punishment (extra running or up downs) does not necessarily teach the player to get it right. After all these athletes play a sport where they fail more than they succeed!!

Armando Felan

Casey Wilson

A three-sport (soccer, football and baseball) standout at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, Calif., Wilson attended both Santa Ana College and Central Michigan University before transferring to ACU in 1998. Wilson graduated the following year with B.B.A. in marketing and later received his M.B.A. with an emphasis in entrepreneurship from Concordia University in California. He earned a National Diploma from the NSCAA in the summer of 2011 and an Advanced National Diploma in the summer of 2015.
 
Wilson was a standout club and high school soccer player while growing up in southern California. He played for the Western Regional championship club team in 1989, a squad that finished with a 50-8 record.
 
Wilson’s high school soccer coach was Ali Khosroshahin, who later guided the USC women's soccer team to the NCAA Division I national championship in 2007.
 
An All-America placekicker in football for Santa Ana, Wilson would finish his gridiron career at Central Michigan where in 1996 he set the school record for PATs in a season (45), a record that stood until 2006 when Rick Albreski hit 48.
 
Wilson transferred to ACU in 1998 and played baseball for head coach Britt Bonneau for two seasons. He hit .300 in 1998 for the Wildcats.
 
Wilson was hired as ACU's assistant softball coach in 2005, and served as the program's recruiting coordinator and hitting coach. During his six-year tenure in that position the Wildcats amassed an overall record of 193-138, which included four trips to the national tournament (2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009), three LSC Tournament championship game appearances, and two LSC South Division titles (2006, 2009).
 
Wilson simultaneously served as ACU's head soccer coach and assistant softball coach from 2007 to 2010.
 
Wilson is the father to twin 13-year old sons, Hayden and Tanner, and daughters, Mary Collins and June. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Abilene.

 

Mac Wright

Originally from Abilene, I played as a 4 year starter under Heather Collier at Wylie High School, rotating from catching to playing middle infield. During my time at Wylie I earned All-District Honors, along with New Comer of the Year award , Co-MVP award, and was chosen for the Big Country All-Star game in 2010. After high school I attended Hardin-Simmons University, where I was a 4 year starter under coaches, Dan Sheppard and Arin Spence-Salas. During my years as a Cowgirl, I received All-Conference Infield honors in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and was selected to the ASC Tournament team in 2014 along with Academic All-Conference awards as well. While furthering my education, I stayed to be the Graduate Assistant for the Cowgirls during their 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Experience & Education
4 Year Starter : Wylie High School
4 Year Starter : Hardin-Simmons University
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2014
Master of Business Administration, 2016

Primary Focus
Hitting
Fielding
Catching