COACH LUKE TOWN
Owner/ Player Development. Coach Town is the heart and soul of ABA. A former collegiate pitcher with 28 years experience coaching 5 year old athletes all the way to high school, college and professional athletes. His ability to teach fundamentals and advanced details of the game in a transformation format is unique and unprecedented. As a Transformational coach, he is very passionate about breaking the mold of traditional coaching styles in order for athletes to excel with confidence and self-disciplined. Coach Town has been studying biomechanics of baseball, specifically in throwing since 2000. As a throwing coach, there are few more knowledgeable in injury prevention, pre-hab/re-hab, creating velocity.
COACH ANDREW OLLA
Prospect/ College Recruiter. Coach Olla has scouted for the Milwaukee Brewers and is currently a scout for the Philadelphia Phillies. Coach Olla has previously coached at both the college and high school ranks for 8 years. He is entering his second year with the ABA program and has been a strong, positive addition to the ranks. He sees the big picture and understands the importance of being a transformational coach. He understands the game and loves to teach the mental side of baseball to help prepare athletes for the next level.
COACH PHIL THOMPSON
Hitting/ Outfield Instructor. Coach Thompson has years of experience playing Independent League baseball with teams all over the country. He also had a successful college career at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo California. He has extensive coaching experience with the collegiate team The San Diego Wave and 5 years Coaching at The University of Kansas. He also has years of experience coaching youth and high school age athletes. Coach Thompson brings a very high energy, caring and extremely knowledgeable and detailed aspect to hitting and fielding to the program. Players in the program love him and have shown dramatic improvement at the plate and in outfield play.
COACH CHRIS COOPER
Catching Instructor. A former professional and college catcher, Coach Cooper has spent years researching and improving techniques to train better catchers. He has a rich history of success with players from not only this program, but other athletes around the area. Coach Cooper is a constant student of the game and he has a gift for improving catchers pop time, receiving, blocking and teaching our catchers how to call a game.
COACH CHAD HOFFMAN
Catching Instructor. Coach Hoffman is currently a school counselor with the Olathe School district. A former college athlete himself, Coach Hoffman takes a lot of pride in working with the catching staff. Coach Hoffman has a quiet confidence demeanor and is able to push athletes out of their comfort zone and perfect their skills. His ability to teach leadership skills on and off the field and prepare student athletes for college makes him a high asset to the ABA family and program.
COACH JOHN HERMSEN
Hitting Instructor. Coach Hermsen is a former college player with experience in coaching youth, High School and college athletes. Coach Hermsen brings the mental side of the game in full view with a bachelor’s degree in sports psychology and is working on his masters. Coach Hermsen knows what it takes to play at the next level.
COACH TODD JOHNSON
Program Team Coach. Coach Johnson is a transformed coach. He has been with the program since its beginning and brings over 23 year of experience coaching. Coach Johnson is now a spokesperson for the program and the transformational way of coaching. He is a student of the game and continuously thriving to improve student athletes. He is a mentor, teacher, an outstanding communicator, motivator and highly respected by players and parents alike.
COACH BOBBY BARTOW
Prospects Team Coach. A former college coach from both Purdue, Arkansas Tech and Brown Mackie College. He is entering his 15th year as a coach. Primarily an outfield coach but also spent a lot of time in the recruiting department. Coach Bartow has been a great asset to the ABA family with a lot of passion for teaching the game.
COACH TROY STREMMING
Prospects Team Coach. Coach Stremming is a former College pitcher with a strong passion for coaching. He has been with ABA since the beginning and brings a high energy brand of transformational coaching to the program. Coach Stremming is a master communicator and is highly respected by both players and coaches. He is able to teach players how to slow the game down, play fundamental with enthusiasm which leads to success from his players. His huge heart and passion for all young players makes him a quality asset to this program as a coach and mentor.
COACH DAVE THOMAS
Prospects Team Coach. Coach Thomas has been with ABA since the beginning. A now 24 year veteran of coaching. He is very articulate, knowledgeable, consistent and approachable. He is a strong transformational coach that players and parents highly respect. His experiences as a player and a coach make him one of the top coaches at ABA.
COACH RODNEY CALDWELL
Prospects Team Coach. A 25 year veteran coach and a former college catcher. Coach Caldwell has been coaching with the same drive and enthusiasm as he did playing in college. Very knowledgeable of all aspects of the game, Coach Caldwell is a true transformational coach. He has a very unique skill of getting everything out of every player. Coach Town and Coach Caldwell have not only been teammates for 34 years, they have remained close friends.