Lasers Blue Coaching Staff

tony-aAnthony Gunter – Head Coach:  After completing five seasons as a Head Coach in the Stingrays organization, Coach Gunter has moved the team to the Lady Lasers returning the same coaching staff and majority of players from the 2016 Ohio Stingrays Gunter team that compiled a 65-24-1 record with 3 tournament championships, one runner up, and a 5th place finish of 192 teams at Colorado Sparkler. This will be his 10th season as a travel softball head coach. As a coach, he sees himself as a teacher first, manager second. During his tenure he has coached teams to dozens of tournament championships and finalist finishes including ASA State, NSA State, Laser Nation, and GAPSS. Last year’s team compiled a record of 89-26-2 with 8 tournament championships, 2 finalist finishes, and qualified for ASA / USA Nationals in Bloomington IN.

With over twenty five years’ playing experience in both baseball and softball, Coach Gunter’s passion for teaching girls the game of softball matches his passion for helping his them reach their dream of being recruited to top college programs.

Tony and his wife Lisa (team administrator / treasurer) have lived in Pataskala since 1997 where they raise two daughters and own and operate Echo 24, Inc., a telecommunications contracting business and Sugarcreek Softball, an indoor training facility.

Coach Gunter can be reached at 614-778-2629 or
tgunter@echo24.com

 


devan-aDevan Boggs – Assistant Coach:  Since starting her softball career off to a great start with the elite Ohio Stingrays organization, Devan has had an admirable softball career that did not come without desire, focus, and dedication. Her dreams led her to being a 4-year starter and leader at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio. Holding down the short stop position and lead-off spot in the line-up, she was also a part of the pitching staff stepping in as needed. Ending her career as a highly decorated athlete, she earned her way to the NFCA All-American 1st team following the previous year of being named on the third team. Along the way she was also named a 3-time All-OAC 1st-team and NFCA All-Region honoree. Devan started her career as a Crusader being named as the league’s “Co-Rookie of the Year” her freshman year and ending it being named as the league’s “Player of the Year” her senior season, breaking the league record in doubles and leading the Capital University program in hits, doubles and home runs. As academics are priority in a STUDENT-athlete’s life, Devan ended her senior season a 1st-Team Academic All-American after earning 1st-Team All-District honors two years in a row.

Devan’s softball career has now transitioned to coaching. As she is currently assisting Coach Tony Gunter in conjunction with Coach Kelsey Long in leading the Lady Lasers Blue.  She is an key player in a coaching staff that sets the platform for players to excel as a student-athlete, inspiring, encouraging, and growing not only as a player, but as a person of character as well; yearning to do the same for others.


kelsey_longKelsey Long – Assistant Coach:  Coach Long returns for her 6th year with the team. Kelsey has also served as a private pitching instructor with four years’ experience building and developing pitchers at Sugarcreek Softball. Last spring, Kelsey will also joined the coaching staff at Otterbein University as the pitching coach.

As a player, Kelsey was a 4 years starting pitcher at Otterbein University. During her career at Otterbein, Kelsey led the pitching staff in appearances, innings pitched, wins, complete games, shutouts, and earned run average. Kelsey helped lead the team to only their second appearance in the Ohio Athletic Conference tournament in school history. She was also a part of setting the school record for team wins the same year, 2012. Kelsey was also a three year captain and organized community service events at the Ronald McDonald House of Central Ohio for the team three times per year.

As a student at Otterbein, Kelsey obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology while graduating with honors. She completed her honors thesis research project on A Ketogenic Diet and Its Effects on Working Memory and Workload her senior year. Kelsey was also the president of Alpha Epsilon Delta, the pre-medical honorary society and was a Cardinal Science Scholar for all four years.

 


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