For the second time this year, a top Georgia-based travel ball team announced that it has aligned itself with the Texas Bomber organization led by Scott Smith.
In April, national championship winning coach patrick lewiswho was previously part of the Georgia Impact program, moved to the Bombers. Click here to read this story.
In this case, as in Lewis’s, it was an 18U team making the move to the Bombers as the East Cobb Bullets 18U team Stephens – led by Head Coach Dana Stephens with Associate Head Coach and Director of Recruiting Richard Johnson— formalized the transition.
“We are excited to take the next big steps in our softball coaching journey,” begins Coach Stephens. “As the world of travel softball continues to evolve, we want to be positioned to do all we can to support our players and our families. We believe the Texas Bombers organization allows us to be prepared for the ever-changing landscape of our game.”
Coach Stephens’ team says he appreciates his time with the Bullets.
“We appreciate the EC Bullets organization for the many great years and the chance to represent our players in this competitive world of travel softball,” he continued. “Special thanks to Coach Greg Schnute for their strong support over the years. Our players have had great success earning their place to play at the college level. »
Coaches Stephens and Johnson say they take great pride in emphasizing player development and helping their athletes be recruited into college programs that suit them academically, athletically and socially.
“We thought it was a great opportunity to be a Bomber and be able to offer our players the great resources of the Bombers organization. We focus on player development. That’s what we do,” says Stephens.
“The Bombers are on the cutting edge of data analysis, which will help take this development to the next level. Their commitment to empowering student-athletes and their families is impeccable. We’re excited to represent that here in Georgia and the Southeast. We would like to thank Coaches Smith and Lewis for this opportunity!
Coach Stephens and Coach Johnson have over 20 years of combined experience as coaches in the field of travel softball. Stephens also coached for four years at the high school level and added former D1 collegiate players Veronique Burse (FAMU) and Dorian Edwards (Alabama A&M) to their staff.
Over the past three seasons, they have helped over 35 athletes develop and find their form at the collegiate level.
Top prospects to watch on the team include the 2024 class outfielder Morgan Willinghamlauncher Hudson of Athens and pitcher Janea Hudsonalongside the 2023 class of talented players, including Karly Casey (uncommitted), Peyton Nicholson (State of Georgia), Kendall Smiley (State of Alabama), mariyah brown (State of Tennessee) Shelby Edwards(State of Alabama), Alora Bevily (Alabama State) and one of Georgia’s top pitchers Makayla Stephens.
Coach Johnson adds:
“I’m very excited to join the Bombers organization as I believe it will allow us to continue to help our players and their families navigate the recruiting process while helping them find the program that fits their needs. better to their needs”. I am convinced that the Bombers’ excellent reputation and their higher ranking in the national team will be very beneficial for our players and our families.
“It’s exciting to see how the Bombers have embraced all the changes that are happening in the world of softball and to be a part of those changes” Having had players drafted from programs like Middle Tennessee State, UAB, University of Chicago , Georgia State, Delaware State, Alabama State and a host of others, it’s important to be with a very progressive club.
“We look forward to what the future holds!” adds Coach Johnson.