Orange County, CA
12u (Miller) Coaching Staff
14u (Nicholson) Coaching Staff
18u Coaching Staff
Brittany Miller (12u)
16u (Callison) Coaching Staff
Adam Burleson (12u)
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.
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.
Aaron Kimura (18u / 16u / 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.
Marco Ibarra (16u)
Justin White (12u)
Dara Nicholson (14u)
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).
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.
Gary started coaching in 2014 as an assistant coach at Downey Ponytail. He served as an assistant for 1 year then moved on to head coach in 2015. He has coached All-Star teams from Districts through Nationals for 14u and placed 9th. He made the jump to coaching travel ball the past 2 seasons for 14u and 16u. He is always learning new ways to better himself as a coach and likes to be able to relate to the players. This past season his team ended the season taking 3rd place in the TCS World Series Silver Bracket. He is very passionate about softball and still plays to this day. His main goal is to make each player better than when he met them and ultimately get them to the next level.
Marco started coaching in 2012 as an assistant coach for bell gardens girls softball 8u. In 2013 became a head coach for the 10u all star team. 2015 was an assistant at Downeyponytail 2016 head coach and an assistant on the 12u all star team. In 2017 head coach for Downeyponytail’s 12u all star team. Made the move to travel ball in 2018-19 as an assistant coach for Callison 14u & 16u. Marco’s main goal is to help the players get better, and continue with there softball aspirations.
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)
12u (White) Coaching Staff
Gary Callison (16u)
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