Meet Our Staff

Kelsey Kingery  |  Coach  |  Iowa Angels Director

Kelsey_BioCollageAs a 2010 Knoxville High School graduate, Kelsey was a five-time letter winner in softball. From the start of her eighth grade year to the end of her senior year, she was a Varsity starter for the Panthers. Kelsey was very versatile in her positions; not only was she an asset for her pitching, but she played center field, shortstop, and first base throughout her career as well. During her high school experience, she earned several awards including being twice named to the All-State honorable mention team, a two-time First Team Little Hawkeye Conference selection, Second Team All-Conference honors and honorable mention, and she was a captain for Knoxville her senior year. She still holds the school record for career homeruns (15) and most homeruns in a season.

Following graduation, Kelsey was recruited to play at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota as an outfielder. During her freshman year she appeared in 28 games, starting in 13 while batting .256 and recording four doubles and two home runs. On April 9 vs MSU Moorhead she drove in a career-high six RBIs with two home runs tying for first with the most RBIs in a game. SMSU hired a new coaching staff her sophomore career, and halfway through she decided to hang up her cleats. Kelsey then transferred to the University of Northern Iowa for the start of her junior year. She is a 2014 UNI graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, in addition to a web development diploma and digital marketing certificate from DMACC. Throughout her college career she was continuously featured on the Dean’s list.

Currently she works for the Stelter Company in Urbandale as a graphic designer in addition to being a freelance designer.

Hannah Parker  |  Coach  |  Lessons Instructor

Image result for hannah parker usfHannah Parker played two years of Division I softball for Western Kentucky University where she hit over .500 throughout post-season regionals play and took control of her skillset at the core of WKU pitching. She then continued her collegiate career at the University of South Florida, where she strengthened her game to lead USF to several postseason appearances and a conference championship. Hannah finished her senior year with eight wins and two saves while completing a degree in communication. She can also add to her resume that she pitched professionally in Germany for the Karlsruhe Cougars. Parker has local ties in Iowa as well, being a five year varsity starter for Southeast Polk High School along with earning first team all-state, district, and conference honors.

 

Steviee Grove  |  Coach

Steviee_BioCollageSteviee went to Indianola High School and played for the IA Pride, St. Louis Mizuno, and Kansas City Xtreme throughout her teenage years. She was selected as an Adidas Future All-Star, along with being the Most Valuable Player in the ASA 18U Gold Regionals in 2010. She was registered at a 1.62 pop-time. She continued her softball career at Indiana State University upon graduation. As a freshman she played in 20 games, while starting 16 of them. Steviee was also a recipient of the Indiana State 2011 Johnson Political Science Award, becoming the first freshman in Indiana State history to receive this honor. She then transferred to the University of Iowa in the spring of her sophomore year. Her junior year she had an at bat against Jackie Traina, the Ace for No.1 Alabama that year. Unfortunately she came down with mono during the spring season, and chose not to redshirt in order to pursue her dreams of becoming a lawyer in a timely manner. Steviee’s senior year was at William Penn University where she was the starting catcher/DH and played in all 56 games. She helped lead the team to a MCC Conference Title, MCC Conference Tournament Title, and an appearance to NAIA Nationals. Throughout her college years she was continuously on the Dean’s List and President’s List. All four years she received the NFCA NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete. In 2013, she was honored with being an All-Academic Big Ten Selection. Upon graduating from William Penn University, she achieved a degree majoring in Political Science and was accepted into Drake University Law School. She is in her third year at Drake, and will take the BAR this summer to officially become a lawyer.

Gary Grove  |  Coach

Gary_BioCollageGary comes from a bloodline of athletic history. His father, Donald Grove, was drafted to the Chicago Cubs before WWII struck. Gary dominated in Motocross, and quickly climbed to the top at the professional level. However, once he started a family, his racing days ceased. Then he built a successful masonry business that had over one hundred employees during its’ prime time.

Gary has the most coaching experience of the IA Angels staff. He started coaching softball when his daughters were only five years old, and he hasn’t let up since. Gary has coached for over 20 years. Throughout this time, he has attended multiple lessons, clinics, practices, and camps in the fast-pitch industry to increase his knowledge of the game. He has learned from some of the best around, including: Mike Mahoney (MLB catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals), Brent Vigness (Head Softball Coach at Creighton University), Mike Christner (Head Softball Coach at William Penn University), and Ben Blake (Baseball Coach at Simpson University and brother of Casey Blake who played for the Cleveland Indians). Gary values all aspects of softball, but his specialty is hitting. Before he coached Abby Gilson (player for Northwest Missouri State), she had hit only 2 homeruns in her high school career. In one season, Gary took her from only hitting 2 homeruns, to breaking the school record at 10 homeruns in a single season.

Gary has made a difference in multiple lives; on and off the softball field. He has coached many girls throughout the ages, and helped them to the next level. The names listed below are just a few examples:

  • Malloree Grove – Creighton University, University of Iowa, William Penn University
  • Brittanee Grove – Creighton University, University of Iowa, William Penn University
  • Steviee Grove – Indiana State University, University of Iowa, William Penn University
  • Garret Grove – Iowa Central Community College – clocked at throwing 93mph
  • Kristine Labertew – Northwest Missouri State
  • Abby Gilson – Northwest Missouri State
  • Shelby Feldt – Iowa Central Community College, Morningside University
  • Sarah Bowen – Central College
  • Natalie Vasquez – Neumann University
  • Morgan Franklin – Luther College
  • Brooke Berkey – Buena Vista University
  • Brooke French – Wayne State University
  • Ryan Bracken – Hendrix College
  • Ashley Burrows – Luther College
  • Megan Bolton – Marshalltown Community College, Mount Mercy University
  • Kelsey Miller – Bellevue University

Gary is constantly teaching and encouraging kids at all ends of the spectrum. He loves the game of softball and will continue giving back to this wonderful sport.