Coach Shawn is on his 9th year of coaching softball. He has compiled a 242-132-14 record in 4 seasons with the Shooting Stars, refusing to play anything but the most elite tournaments across the US ensuring only national-level competition. His team's winning percentage in elimination play far exceeds their winning percentage in pool play due to mental training that positions players to perform in the clutch, accumulating a 42-14 record in elimination play (9 Championships) over the last 2 years. Coach Shawn also is the Director of the Ashburn Shooting Stars organization as well as the AGSL Comets organization and sits on the AGSL Board.
Shawn played professional baseball for seven seasons from 1995-2001, all in the minor leagues and peaking at AAA Oklahoma City. He made the Texas Rangers major league 40-man roster in 1999 as a first baseman but never played a big league inning. Shawn was among the Texas Rangers’ top prospects after winning the Florida State League MVP in 1998 while becoming the first player in league history to both score and drive in more than 100 runs. In addition to the Rangers, Shawn’s minor league career included stints at AA with the Washington Nationals (then Montreal Expos) and Kansas City Royals. Shawn appears in the national high school baseball record book for a 51-game hitting streak and five home runs in one game. He also still holds almost all North Carolina high school state hitting records.
Shawn surprised the baseball world when he retired after the 2001 season to focus on academics. Within two weeks he began classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received two degrees in nuclear engineering. Shawn subsequently rose through government ranks eventually taking a job at the White House where he was the National Security Council’s Director for Nuclear Threat Reduction. Shawn left the White House in 2012 explicitly to focus on his family. Shawn has been married to his high school sweetheart Marisa for 14 years and they have one daughter Makayla.
Coach Shawn's Bio
Shawn spends much of his time at the softball field, having coached Makayla’s teams since t-ball in Southern Maryland. Shawn takes a different approach to player development. Starting with the philosophy that softball is mostly a mental game, Shawn works extensively with players on goal-setting, dedication, concentration, confidence, visualization, attitude, and mental discipline. Shawn draws these mental lessons from his professional baseball experiences and combines them with a broad range of highly-specified drills to teach physical technique. This fused approach to peak performance is designed to maximize each player’s ability on the field, but more importantly it develops mental habits that can be translated into academics, work, and other facets of life.
Coach Kevin's Bio
Kevin has been coaching softball on and off for the past 16 years, primarily as an assistant coach. Kevin coached in AGSL house league level in ages from 8U to 18U. Kevin also coached a 10U and 12U summer Pride program for AGSL. The past four years, Kevin has been the assistant coach on the 12u and 14u Shooting Stars. Kevin coached all three of his daughters at various stages of their careers. His oldest played JV at Broad Run through her Sophomore season. His middle daughter played Varsity and JV 2 years each at Broad Run as a pitcher and first baseman and for the Leesburg Revolution. Kevin's youngest is currently playing for the Shooting Stars 2020.
Kevin says: "My coaching style is one that pushes the girls to do their best. I am very interested in the growth of our young ladies softball skills and fundamentals. I expect the girls to work hard during practices, just as they would during the games. In 14U the girls will need to make adjustments to become stronger and therefore teamwork and conditioning will continue to be important."
Coach Caitlin's Bio
Playing on scholarship for Shepherd University in 2008 and 2009, Caitlin started at 3B and C. She led the Rams in hitting her freshman and sophomore years, batting over .450 each season. Caitlin played baseball at age four, switching to softball at nine. She played travel ball for Manassas Blaze and Vienna Stars. Caitlin won eight letters at Osbourn High School in Manassas. She was a four-year starter for the Eagles, primarily at 3B, 2B, C, and LF while also playing varsity volleyball. Coach Caitlin was the Assistant Coach for Osbourn High School Varsity Softball in 2018. She also last year coached the 18u Virginia Legends and the 18u Titan Elite.
Coach Jeff's Bio
Coach Jeff is a Practice Coach, specializing in drills and technique, and will help with college recruiting at tournaments. He has been coaching youth sports for 30 years, especially softball. Coach Jeff excels at teaching fundamentals and mental discipline.