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Softball – Ashley Hansen Softball Academy

Ashley Hansen

Ashley Hansen is the founder of Ashley Hansen Softball Academy (“AHSA”).  Ashley graduated from Stanford University in 2012 as one of the most highly decorated players in the history of the Cardinal softball program.  Ashley was the 2011 USA Softball National Player of the Year–the first Cardinal and only second non-pitcher in history to win the country’s top player award.  During that year, Ashley started all 59 games at shortstop, led the Pac-10 with a .495 batting average, 25 doubles (to lead the nation in doubles per game), 9 home runs, and only five strikeouts (third best in the nation).  In addition to being named a first team All-American, Ashley is the only player in Pac history to be named Newcomer of the Year (2009), Player of the Year (2011), and Defensive Player of the Year (2012).  Ashley was a top-10 finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.  Ashley helped Team USA capture the 2009 Canada Cup Championship and won gold medals at the 2009 KFC World Cup of Softball and 2009 Pan Am Qualifier.  Ashley participated in the USA Women’s National Team selection camp in September 2007– the only high school invitee.

Patrick Murphy, head coach of 2012 National Champion Alabama, has said of Ashley:  “She knows the game inside and out; she studies it . . . She could probably have one at-bat against one kid and go in more prepared than half of college softball the next time — she remembers what she
throws . . . .”  Ashley is committed to sharing with young girls this knowledge and the practice techniques that made her one of the most honored players in college softball.

Telephone:  650.275.AHSA

Nolan Church

Nolan brings to AHSA his extensive baseball and softball background.  Nolan played college baseball for two years at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, hitting .280 and leading the Fighting Artichokes to a second place finish in the 2009 Junior College World Series.  Nolan transferred to the University of New Orleans, where he hit 5 home runs and led the team in hitting with a .328 batting average during his junior campaign.  Nolan became the sixth player in UNO history to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat against crosstown rival Tulane and was named team captain his senior year.

Nolan began training with Ashley Hansen on the sotball field in the summer of 2009.  Two years later, Ashley was named college softball’s top player and credits Nolan with helping her achieve this honor.

Ashley: “Nolan played an enormous role in preparing me for the 2011 season. He not only improved my mechanics, he strengthened my mental game and motivated me to outwork all of my competitors. I’ve seen him do it for many players (both baseball and softball) and there is nobody better at getting the best out of people.”

Nolan graduated cum laude from New Orleans in 2010 and currently works at Google.