The Bay Area Blue Diamonds softball program specializes in high level performance development. Our motto: Prepare hard, play hard and study, but always maintain humility in winning, dignity in our actions, and grace towards others. NEVER SETTLE
The Bay Area Blue Diamonds are proud to announce that we will have the honor of having Ashley Hansen and her husband Nolan Church run our tryouts for the Spring/Summer season. This is a great opportunity for girls to meet one of the premier softball players in the country. Ashley Hansen is the founder of Ashley Hansen Softball Academy (“AHSA”). Ashley graduated from Stanford University in 2012 as one of the most highly decorated players in the history of the Cardinal softball program. Ashley was the 2011 USA Softball National Player of the Year–the first Cardinal and only second non-pitcher in history to win the country’s top player award. During that year, Ashley started all 59 games at shortstop, led the Pac-10 with a .495 batting average, 25 doubles (to lead the nation in doubles per game), 9 home runs, and only five strikeouts (third best in the nation). In addition to being named a first team All-American, Ashley is the only player in Pac history to be named Newcomer of the Year (2009), Player of the Year (2011), and Defensive Player of the Year (2012). Ashley was a top-10 finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention. Ashley helped Team USA capture the 2009 Canada Cup Championship and won gold medals at the 2009 KFC World Cup of Softball and 2009 Pan Am Qualifier. Ashley participated in the USA Women’s National Team selection camp in September 2007– the only high school invitee. Nolan brings to AHSA his extensive baseball and softball background. Nolan played college baseball for two years at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, hitting .280 and leading the Fighting Artichokes to a second place finish in the 2009 Junior College World Series. Nolan transferred to the University of New Orleans, where he hit 5 home runs and led the team in hitting with a .328 batting average during his junior campaign. Nolan became the sixth player in UNO history to hit for the cycle, accomplishing the feat against crosstown rival Tulane and was named team captain his senior year.