LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Five programs were voted by their peers as 2019 NFCA Travel Ball Regional Coaching Staff of the Year, announced the Association on Tuesday afternoon.
Representing each of the NFCA’s five Travel Ball regions, these respective coaching staffs – Virginia Unity 18u (East), Beverly Bandits 16u – Team Conroy (North), Tennessee Mojo 2021 (South), Texas Glory 2024 (South Central) and E.C. Bullets California 2020 (West)- are now eligible for the NFCA’s National Coaching Staff of the Year award, to be announced on Oct. 4.
It marks the fourth straight year for the Tennessee Mojo organization and second overall for the 2021 squad (2017). Additionally, a Conroy-led Bandits team is recognized for the second time in three years.
East – Virginia Unity 18u
Co-Head Coaches: Josh Johnson, Jenny Parker
Posted an undefeated mark at Rock Gold Fall Powerball Invitational… Crowned Glory Fastpitch – Strikeout Cancer and USA Softball Atlantic Coast Elite Showcase Champions… Fourth-place showing at NFA National Championship… Finished 17that the USA Softball JO Cup… One of the 18u players organized and ran a Hurricane Relief Drive to help those in need following Hurricane Florence that devastated the Carolinas… Nine of 11 players signed National Letters-of-Intent.
North – Beverly Bandits 16u – Team Conroy
Head Coach: Bill Conroy
Assistants:Rex Mack, Seth Holloway, Nick Carver, Casey Skeens
Compiled a 68-7-2 overall record… Crowned 2019 PGF 16u National Champion… Posted a 28-1 mark in elimination games… Captured first place at PGF Labor Day Tournament, King of the Hill, PGF Shootout and Demarini Invitational… Posted an 8-0 record at the Elite 1… Finished tied for fifth in final National NPS Rankings (US Club Rankings) for 16u.
South – Tennessee Mojo 2021
Head Coach: Brooks Cherry
Assistants:Wayne Key, Mark Sellers
Captured 2019 16u USA JO Cup, the eighth national title for the 2021 squad, with a triumph over the Williamsburg Starz… Finished tied for 10th in final National NPS Rankings (US Club Rankings) for 16u.
South Central – Texas Glory 2024
Head Coach: Lee Velazquez
Assistant: Trae Watkins
Collected titles at the Triple Crown Bomber Shootout, USSSA Easter One Day, USSSA Tournament of Champions and USSSA South National Championship… Put forth a fifth-place showing at the 12U PGF Nationals.
West – E.C Bullets California 2020
Head Coaches: A.J. Robinson, John Kubski
Assistants:Keith Carden, Erin DaSilva
Posted a 65-12-1 mark… Top of the field at the Fireworks NIT, PGF SoCal Invite, PGF Las Vegas Qualifier, Monster Mash and Triple Crown Players Classic… Finished tied for fifth at the Triple Crown/USA Nationals, tied for ninth at Boulder IDT 18u and tied for 13that PGF Premier… Went undefeated at Surf City Las Vegas and Zoom into June… Team posted a 4.04 GPA.
NFCA Travel Ball Coaching Staff of the Year award winners are voted on by fellow NFCA Travel Ball members within their respective regions. Only NFCA members are eligible for nomination and able to vote.