Friday night at the Tulsa Elite Invite saw Mother Nature flex her muscles as another storm knocked out many of the scheduled evening games, but one highlight was a battle of two key programs in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma this weekend--the Texas Glory and the Tulsa Elite.
Today, we focus on Ed Naudin's 16U team that is one of the best squads in the age division.
The Texas Glory organization is well-known across the nation and the 16U Naudin teams have consistently been nationally ranked in the Top 25.
Overall, the Texas Glory is mentoring over 1,200 athletes spanning 81 teams nationally playing in states such as Texas, Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
The Glory program, led by Kevin Shelton, has produced hundreds of players who have gone on to success at the next level in all divisions.
Here's a closer look at one of the flagship teams...
Team name: Texas Glory 16U Naudin
Location of team: McKinney, Texas
Head Coach: Ed Naudin
Texas Glory Social Media:
Facebook: Texas Glory Fastpitch and Texas Glory Naudin
2018 Top Finish:
16U ASA Gold National Champions
Team’s outlook for the season:
“We are extremely athletic, competitive and team-based and are ready and prepared to compete against the top programs across the United States.” – Bill Wark, Texas Glory 16U Manager
Recruiting outlook: “The prior success of our athletes and teams creates a winning reputation for our program. This success rate draws countless college coaches to observe our athletes as we compete at national showcases and tournaments. Our athletes are now provided opportunities to demonstrate their individual skills, character, and mental strength. Texas Glory players have a proven track record of success at the next level.” - Wark
- MIF/ OF Brianna Evans (2021) - Oklahoma State University
- RHP/1B Karsyn Iltis (2021) - University of North Texas
- MIF/OF Toni McInnis (2021) - University of Kansas
- IF/OF Micaela Wark (2021) - University of Houston
- Tulsa Elite
- Top Gun
- Texas Glory Invite
- Boulder IDT
- PGF 16U Nationals
What’s the team’s core value?
“"Leave It Better Than You Found It.' This foundational message is from Tracy Beard, a mentor and inspiration for our Texas Glory program." - Wark