Baseball Coaches

Keith Hansen

Head Coach, Baseball

Coach Hansen is starting his tenth year at the helm for the Buccaneers and his sixteenth overall as a Head Coach.  In the first nine years of the program, the Buccaneers are 203-71, with two Elite Eight appearances (2011 and 2012), one Final Four appearance 2015, five Region Championships, thirty-one players signed with colleges, and five players drafted by Major League Baseball. In the past three, years the Buccaneers have been ranked nationally and were invited to the prestigious USA Baseball National High School Invitational in 2016. Coach Hansen’s overall record is 317-121 and has been Region Coach of Year in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 as well as Marietta Umpire Association Coach of the Year in 2016.

Coach Hansen started his head coaching career at Alexander High School in Douglasville, Georgia.  In six years at the helm of the Cougars, the team won 114 games and lost only 50.  They made the state playoffs three times, region runner-up once, and sub-region champs three times.  Over the course of those six years, thirty players signed to play in college and one player, Torre Langley, was drafted in the third round by the Florida Marlins.  Prior to Alexander, Coach Hansen was an assistant at North Cobb High School for four years under Hall of Fame coach, Harvey Cochran.  Coach Hansen graduated from North Cobb High School where he played basketball and baseball.  Coach Hansen and Coach Strickland played together at NCHS. After high school, Coach Hansen played for legendary coach Phil Williamson at LaGrange College from 1989 – 1992, he won the coaches award in 1989 and 1992. Coach Hansen has coached with the Cobb County All-Star Team, Georgia Dugout Club All-Star Team, Team Georgia and USA Baseball.  Additionally, he served as the Georgia Dugout Club President in 2011 and currently serves as assistant to the executive director.

Coach Hansen is married to Kelli Laser of Snellville, and their first child, Isabella, was born in March 2015. They also are proud dog owners and have two Great Pyrenees, Tank and Charity. Coach Hansen is the younger brother of Kennesaw Mountain Head Coach, George Hansen and attributes his success to his mother and father, George and Anita Hansen.

David Eeles

Assistant Coach, Varsity Baseball

Coach Eeles has been a part of Allatoona High School since it opened back in 2008.  Coach Eeles has been teaching and coaching since he graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where he was a catcher on the baseball team (and even caught pitches from the Buccaneers’ Team Pastor, Coach Mike Linch).  He is a native of Chicago (Go Bears!), and he was a quarterback/defensive back on the football team at Maine West High School.  He has also taught and coached in Virginia and Scottsdale, Arizona, before coming to Acworth.  Coach Eeles teaches math at Allatoona and is a sponsor of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  His hobbies all involve exercising, and he loves being active.  Coach Eeles is supported by his wife of twenty-one years, Angela, and he is blessed to have three wonderful children:  Brady, Payton, and Kaelyn.  Coach Eeles draws inspiration from Proverbs 3:5-6 and says that this verse has been a key one in his life and has never failed him yet:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your OWN understandings. In all your ways acknowledge HIM and HE will direct your paths.”

Mike Linch

Assistant Coach, Varsity Baseball

Coach Linch has been a part of the Allatoona Athletics program since the beginning.  He is honored to work alongside these outstanding coaches and players to help them be their very best on and off the field.  Coach Linch is an 1987 graduate of Fayette County High School, Fayetteville, Georgia, where he was inducted into the FCHS Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.  He played Division I Baseball at Liberty University in Virginia and lettered for three years for New York Yankees great, Bobby Richardson, while he obtained a communications degree in 1991.  Coach Linch is currently the Senior Pastor of NorthStar Church in Acworth, Georgia, and has been there since the church began in 1997.  He is a frequent speaker for college and NFL teams (including the Atlanta Falcons).  Coach Linch is married to Anne Linch, and they have two children:  Casey, age twenty-one, and Mary-Michal, age eighteen.

Brad Strickland

Assistant Coach, Varsity Baseball

Coach Strickland has a B.S. in Health and Physical Education and has been teaching and coaching for twenty-one years.  In high school, he competed in both baseball and football, then he continued to play baseball in college.  Coach Strickland is married to Lori Strickland, and they have five children:  Faith; Casey; Maci; Lyla Brooke; and Kylee.

Coach Strickland views his past coaches as his mentors, and he finds inspiration from Sparky Anderson, who said, “Success isn’t something that just happens.  Success is learned, success is practice, and then it is shared.”

Ed Wood

Assistant Coach, Varsity Baseball

Mike Dennison

Head Coach, JV Baseball

Coach Dennison has a B.S. in Business Management from Georgia Southern and a Business Education Certificate from West Georgia, and is in his tenth year of teaching and eleventh year of coaching.  In high school, he played football and baseball, then he continued to play football in college.  Coach Dennison has two sisters.

Coach Dennison looks up to Coach Gary Varner and Coach Bob Clark, his high school head coach, and he finds inspiration from Terry Bowden, who said:  “Accept the fact that you can determine where you want to go and how you are going to get there.”

Russ Russell

Assistant Coach, JV Baseball

Coach Russell has a B.S. in Sports Management from Georgia Southern University (1994), a Masters in Recreation Administration from Georgia Southern University (1996), and a Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction from LMU (2012).  In high school, he competed in baseball and basketball, then he continued to play baseball in college.  During his freshman season at GSU, the Eagles advanced to the 1990 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

Coach Russell was named the 2005 Atlanta Journal Constitution Cobb County Baseball Coach of the Year, the Region Athletic Director of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and an Atlanta Falcons/Symetra “Hero in the Classroom” for his work and was recognized on the field prior to a Falcons home game versus the New England Patriots.

Coach Russell is blessed to have his two children, Rett (class of 2018) who plays baseball and football, and Chamblee (class of 2020) who plays volleyball, at Allatoona with him.

Coach Russell views Joe Maddon of the Chicago Cubs as a mentor, and offers some of his own inspiration to his players:  “It takes a village to raise a child, but every village has an idiot.  Don’t be the village idiot!”

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