Orange County, CA

Brittany Miller (12u Miller)

14u Coaching Staff

Adam Burleson (12u White)

Adam started coaching when his son started playing youth baseball, in 2010. He made the jump to softball in 2016 to coach his daughter in 8U. He has coached Rec, Select and All-Star teams in 8U and 10U divisions. His All-Star teams have competed at the State, Regional and National level.

He, along with Coach Justin took a team to Florida for the Babe Ruth Softball World Series to represent the Pacific Southwest . He and Coach Justin loved the competitive level of play they experienced in Florida, they decided to make the jump to travel ball.

Adam prides himself on creating an environment on the field that ensures the highest level of social and athletic development and growth.

Justin White (12u White)

Dara Nicholson (14u)

For over 18 years, Michael has coached many teams at the rec, travel and high school levels. His experience includes over 40 teams as a head coach, assistant coach or manager. Multiple appearances at regional, state and national level championship tournaments.

Before joining the Firecrackers, Michael was the training director at a local recreational league. He continues to teach players of all levels the fundamentals of the sport including hitting, pitching and fielding in group and individual settings.

As a coach, Michael promotes a positive and disciplined teaching environment that includes proper softball and game fundamentals. He teaches players to learn respect, accountability to themselves and the team. His approach allows players to gain invaluable knowledge on how to play with pride, a competitive spirit, all through constructive feedback and motivation.

Michael is in his third year at Edison High School in Huntington Beach as Junior Varsity Softball Head Coach.

He has two daughters, one that is a former Division I college softball pitcher and the other currently playing in travel ball.


Miller is currently on staff with the Loyola Marymount softball program.
 
Before joining the LMU softball program, Miller spent four seasons at Iowa State, where she guided the pitching staff to three no-hitters. 
 
Prior to her time in Iowa, Miller spent three seasons at North Dakota State, where she served as a graduate assistant for one season before being named an assistant coach. In Fargo, Miller guided the Bison to three straight Summit League Tournament championships to go with a trio of NCAA tournament appearances. 
 

One of the most decorated players in Iowa softball history, Miller was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, three-time NFCA All-Midwest Region honoree, two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and a NFCA All-American second team member in 2009.
 
The only player in Iowa history to earn Team MVP honors all four seasons, Miller saved her best for last in 2009 as she obliterated the Hawkeye record books, setting career marks in strikeouts (1,083), complete games (110), innings pitched (1,011.2), games pitched (183) and set the single season strikeout mark (339).
 

The No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NPF draft, Miller played two seasons for the Akron Races, posting a 4-3 record to go with a 2.28 ERA and guided the Racers to two postseason appearances.
 
A native of Garden Grove, California, Miller received her bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Iowa in 2009. Miller and her husband, Tavis, have five children, Zatyvion (15), Lataviah (14), Tajavis (13), Tryce (3) and Tytan (1).

TEAM ADMIN

Urban has coached youth sports for nearly 15 years, starting with basketball, soccer and later softball in 2009 when one of his daughters began playing.  Urban has coached Recreation, All-Star and Travel softball at age levels from 10u to 18u, and has coached at the high school level since 2014. 


Urban is also the College Recruiting Coordinator for Firecrackers-Kimura.

Javier has been coaching youth sports since 2010. He began with his son, as a head coach of his flag football team, while at the same time coaching his daughters as an assistant coach at the 12U and 8U level. Since 2010, Javier has spent time as both an Assistant Coach and Manager during Spring and Fall Seasons. Javier has also coached on 3 All Star Teams as well as at the Select Level. He also spent one season assisting with the Wilson Softball Program. He continues to coach at the Rec League with his youngest daughter in 8U.

Javier enjoys coaching softball, and places a lot of emphasis on fundamentals while ensuring he helps the girls develop a passion and understanding of the game. He believes in teaching the girls to have fun, regardless of the outcome of the game, and is happy to be a part of the Firecracker Organization.

Chet Kingery (12u Miller)

Meet our Staff

Urban Adams (18u)

Bryan Nicholson (14u)

Justin White has been a coach of elite athletes for 30 years. He began his coaching career in ice hockey. His ice hockey coaching resume includes a USA Hockey Level 4 Certification, the Youth Council Chair for 8 years for the California Amateur Hockey Association and the director of hockey for Glacial Gardens. During his coaching career he has taught 3 yr old to 83 yr olds and his high level teams have the following accomplishments; 3 time National Championship  team participant, 3 Pacific District Championships and he has coached the USA Hockey Select Development Program. 
After the birth of his 4 daughters the sport of choice changed. He has coached softball for 10 years including over managing 400 games.  Justin has continued to develop his coaching skills including attendance at USA Softball coaching clinics, worked with the Positive Coaching Alliance and utilized the seminars and sessions of numerous NCFA conferences to develop his coaching focuses of fundamental skill development and nurturing a competitive mindset. 
Justin raises his 7 children with his wife Michelle in Long Beach, when he does have spare time he is the radio play by play voice of the Long Beach Bombers Jr. Hockey team. 

​​​Aaron started his coaching career when his oldest was playing softball in 10u Rec, back in 2010.  He has coached All-Star teams from Districts through Nationals.  When Aaron decided to coach in Travelball, he helped his team earn 3rd place in the TCS World Series in 2015.  Most recently his 18u team took the Championship title in the 2018 18u Open Division of the Colorado Sparkler.


He believes in teaching proper techniques as well as honing the basics (no matter what age division). 


Aaron is currently in his 5th year with the Los Alamitos High School softball program.  He has found a home with the Firecrackers organization and is constantly learning and honing his craft.

Javier Uribe (12u White)

12u (White) Coaching Staff

Enrique started his coaching career when his youngest sons were in Little League in 2005.  He has coached All-Star teams from Districts through Regionals. At that time, he became the only coach to go 5 years straight years with a winning record. 

Enrique started coaching girls softball when his oldest and youngest started to play. He took a handful of girls that knew the game and made them in to champions for back-to-back seasons. He went on to coach All-Stars and ultimately State. When Enrique decided to coach in Travelball, he started at the 12u level with his youngest daughter Maiya. Enrique has helped teams become USSSA 12u Champion, USA Preps Champions 14u, Runner-up 2019 TC OC Coastal Classic. And in the summer of 2018, helped with the 18u Open Division in the TCS-Colorado Sparkler.

Enrique has been coaching youth Baseball and Softball for over 20 years and he believes in encouraging and motivating kids to play at a higher level including playing sports in college. 

Website & Team Photographer

Liz Kimura

Kimura

Enrique Lopez (18u)

18u Coaching Staff

Aaron Kimura (18u / 14u / 12u)

Dara was a 4-year starter on Varsity at Pacifica High School and signed with Cal State Fullerton. She was part of 3 CIF Championship teams. Throughout her high school career, Dara received All-CIF Player of the Year, MVP Garden Grove league, 2nd Team All-American, 1st Team All-American West Region, 1st Team All-State, 1st team All-County, Team Defensive Player of the Year and Team Offensive Player of the Year awards. She also led the county in stolen bases her senior year and was a part of the Senior All-Star game.

Dara played travel ball with the Orange County Athletics 1995-1998 and was part of the 18u Gold National Championship team So. Cal Athletics in 1999 receiving 1st Team All-American honors.

Dara’s collegiate athletic career started at Long Beach City College where she earned State Tournament MVP, 2nd Team All-American and All-State Team honors. After playing at Long Beach she transferred to Palomar College earning All-Pacific Coast Conference Team Player of the Year, 1st Team All-American, Team MVP, 1st Team All-State ending the season with a .508 batting average and signed with Oklahoma State.

Team Administrator

12u (Miller) Coaching Staff

Jennifer Riddle

Michael Hecht (12u Miller)

​​​Bryan was a 4-year varsity baseball player at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove (04-07). Earning All-league twice and all county once. He then went on to play two years at Mt. Sac Junior College which he was All-South Coast conference. After his two-year at Mt. Sac, he went on to Concordia University of Irvine. He was a part of the 2011 National Championship team. In that year he received All-GSAC honors and All-American honors. At the end of the 2011 season Bryan was drafted by the San Francisco Giants.


After his professional career was put to an end due to injuries Bryan went on to coach for a collegiate summer ball team Clarinda A’s in the MINK League. He then moved back to California to coach high school and travel ball. 

Coach Chet has over 25+yrs experience between coaching and playing both baseball and softball. Coach Chet started with his love for the game as a player, playing since he was just 5yrs old. He went on to play travel ball competing at high levels all over the United States and playing at the Varsity level all thru high school at Mayfair in Lakewood, CA. He then worked a bit with professional scouts, searching out new talent to play at professional levels. Coach Chet then took on a coaching position at Mayfair High School for the Varsity Baseball team, with a few of the players he coached going onto play college ball as well as at the professional level. He then started playing Men’s Softball (both slow-pitch & fast pitch) and developed a love for the game of softball.  He again traveled all over the United States to play at a high level and winning many state & national titles.

Coach Chet started coaching softball for his daughters team through city recreation leagues in the 6U division 6yrs ago.  During his 6yrs of coaching softball, Coach Chet not only coached regular season teams but also multiple All-Star teams with state & national titles under his belt. As his daughters love for the game, and skills developed, they decided to make the move into travel ball. The decision to make the move into the travel ball world came easy because both he & his daughter were ready to challenge their skills and knowledge.

Coach Chet’s knowledge for the game is undeniable but his passion and love for both the game and the players is indescribable. Coach Chet is there for the players, to help guide their desire to succeed beyond expectation and push their limitations. He values the fundamentals of the game of softball, the team concept, and the willingness to work hard to improve every day. He believes that players need to be pushed, that coaches at times must be their harshest critics, while always being their biggest fans. He feels a coach must support his players but never pamper them. Treat players fairly and let them know their value to you and the team. Goal setting is important and only reasonable goals should be set, but when they are achieved, don’t accept them as your limitation. He believes in not just developing great athletes but more importantly great human beings both on and off the field.