Staff

Staff 2017-11-01T00:38:47+00:00

Danny Florence

Owner
danny@frozenropestx.com

Danny (Flo) is the owner of Frozen Ropes McKinney. He has more than 20 years of experience in coaching baseball and helping players maximize their baseball skills and is very well known in the national coaching community for his passionate attention to detail in all aspects of the game. Danny has been a national speaker at conventions throughout the country and is a specialist in analyzing throwing motion and helping players gain arm speed while reducing the chances of injury. He holds a BS in Kinesiology from University of North Texas.

Danny served as Assistant Coach at both Brookhaven CC and McKinney HS before taking over the reins at Sherman HS and building that program into an annual playoff contender. Danny has also spent the last 18 years coaching the highest level of select baseball in the DFW area and has been a scout for the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds. He is in charge of the development plan of the company as well as overseeing the instructional consistency of all baseball instruction at Frozen Ropes North Dallas. Danny and his wife Judy reside in McKinney, TX with their two children, AJ (22) and Bailey (18).

Corey Thornton

15U Head Coach/Lead Instructor
Phone: 214-500-4843
E-mail: corey@frozenropestx.com

Coach T came to Ropes in 2008.  His coaching career spans all levels. Coach Thornton has coached High School, College and various levels of select ball.  Coach T has enjoyed a high level of success at every level he has coached at, having ejoyed many playoff runs and championships along the way.  Coach T has had over 15 former players spend time in the Majors and another 30+ former players drafted.

  • 1988-90 Head Coach Lewisville High School Summer Team
  • 1991 Graduate Assistant Stephen F Austin University
  • 1992 Assistant Coach 12u Nacogdoches Fire Fastpitch
  • 1994 Student Assistant Woden High School (Regional Finalist)
  • 1995 Assistant Coach Terrell High School
  • 1996-04 Assistant Coach Brookhaven College (2 D1 Regional Appearances)
  • 2004-2007 Head Coach Brookhaven College (2 D3 Regional Appearances)
  • 1995 Assistant Coach 18u Dallas Image (AABC Regional Finalist)
  • 1996 Assistant Coach 18u Dallas Mavericks (AABC Regional Finalist)
  • 1997 Assistant Coach 18u Dallas Mavericks (AABC State Finalist)
  • 1998 Head Coach 15u Dallas Mavericks (AABC State Finalist)
  • 1999 Head Coach 16u Dallas Mavericks (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Finalist, Fall State Champions)
  • 2000 Head Coach 17u Dallas Mavericks (AABC State Runner Up)
  • 2002 Head Coach Dallas Knights 18u (AABC State Runner Up)
  • 2003 Head Coach Dallas Knights18u (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Finalist, 1st Undefeated BBI 18u League Season in History)
  • 2004 Head Coach Dallas Knights 18u (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Finalist, Undefeated BBI)
  • 2005 Assistant Coach DBAT 18u (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Finalist, WWBA Final Four)
  • 2006 Head Coach DBAT 18u (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Finalist, AABC Connie Mack World Series Assistant)
  • 2007 Assistant Coach DBAT 18u (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Champions, AABC Connie Mack World Series)
  • 2008 Assistant Coach Ropes 16u (Mickey Mantle World Series 3rd Place)
  • 2009 Assistant Coach Ropes 17u (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Finalist)
  • 2010 Assistant Coach Ropes 18u (AABC State Champions, AABC Regional Finalist)
  • 2011 Head Coach Ropes 18u (AABC State Runner Up)
  • 2012 Head Coach Ropes 16u (AABC Mickey Mantle World Series Finalist)
  • 2013 Head Coach Ropes 17u (AABC State Runner Up, 18u AABC Connie Mack World Series Assistant Coach)
  • 2014 Head Coach Ropes 12u (USSSA World Series Champions)
  • 2014 Head Coach Ropes 15u (AABC Ken Griffey World Series Champions)
  • 2015 Head Coach Ropes 13u (Travel Sports Super State Champions)
  • 2015 Head Coach Ropes 16u (AABC Mickey Mantle World Series Champions)
  • 2016 Head Coach Ropes 14u (Perfect Game Super 25 Finalist, Super Series World Series Runner Up)
  • 2016 Head Coach Ropes 17u (AABC Don Mattingly World Series Participant)

TJ Ladd

13U/17U Head Coach/IT Manager
Phone: 972-567-8851
E-mail: tj@fozenropestx.com

Coach Ladd has coached in the Frozen Ropes Organization for 9 years now. He generally coaches a 13u or 14u team during the Spring, and a high school level team in the Summer. TJ is the IT Manager for both of the Frozen Ropes McKinney websites, is the youth camp coordinator and a full-time instructor. He played his high school baseball for McKinney North HS, where he was a stand-out shortstop and holds the school record for doubles in a season. He was named District 9-4A Offensive MVP his senior year, and went on to play collegiate ball at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. After his playing days, he returned to Frozen Ropes to extend his knowledge of the game to the youth players. He resides in McKinney, TX.

Wes Morrow

11U Head Coach/15U Pitching Coach
Phone: 903-819-2657
E-mail: wes@frozenropestx.com

Coach Wes played his High School ball for Coach Flo at Sherman HS.  He went on to play 2 years at Grayson County College.  In 2002 he signed to play at the University of Arkansas.  Wes was drafted by the Seattle Mariners and opted to sign pro.  He played for the Mariners organization from 2002-2004.  In 2005 He played for the Shreveport Sports.  In the fall of 2005 Coach Wes began his coaching career at Grayson County College.

  • 2000 Baltimore Orioles 29th round draft selection
  • 2001 Seattle Mariners 28th round draft selection
  • 2002 University of Arkansas signee
  • 2002 Seattle Mariners signee
  • 2004 Shreveport Sports signee
  • 2005 – 06 Grayson County Community College Assistant (Regional Finalist)
  • 2010 15U Ropes (Perfect Game BCS 8th place)
  • 2011 16U Ropes (AABC State Runner Up 16u)
  • 2012 18U Ropes (AABC State Qualifier)
  • 2013 11U Ropes (Elite 32 Qualifier)
  • 2014 12U Ropes (AAYBA Platinum 5th)
  • 2014 15U Ropes (AABC Ken Griffey Jr. WS National Champions)
  • 2015 13U Ropes (Travel Sports World Series Champions)
  • 2015 13U Ropes (AAYBA Platinum Runner Up)
  • 2015 13U Ropes (Triple Crown World Series Finalist)
  • 2016 14U Ropes (Perfect Game BCS Top 16 Finish)

Shem Martin

16U Head Coach

Coach Martin played his high school ball at Flower Mound Marcus.  He played pitcher and 1B.

Shem continued his play at Lubbock Christian where he pitched and played first.

He has coached 6 years of select ball and is in his second year at Ropes.

Shem umpires both high school and college ball in the Collin County area.

He and his wife Jana live in Frisco and he has two kids, Jake and Milla.

Bryan Whitsell

14U Head Coach

Coach Whitsell began his coaching carreer in 2000.  Coach Whit is one of a very select few who can claim two Mickey Mantle National Championships (16U).   Coach Whitsell played his high school ball for Coach Flo at McKinney HS and his College ball for Coach T at Brookhaven College.  He played for both Flo and T in his  High School summers.
Contact Coach Whitsell 214-551-1503
Coach Whitsell’s coaching history includes….
  • 2000 Assistant Coach Dallas Knights 16U (AABC Regional Finalist)
  • 2001 Assistant Coach Dallas Knights 16U (AABC Regional Finalist)
  • 2002 Assistant Coach Dallas Knights 16U (Mickey Mantle National Champions)
  • 2003 Assistant Coach Dallas Patriots 16U (Mickey Mantle National Champions)
  • 2003 Head Coach Dallas Patriots 13U
  • 2004 Assistant Coach Dallas Patriots 16U
  • 2005 Head Coach McKinney Mavericks 10U
  • 2005 Head Coach McKinney Mavericks 16U
  • 2006 Head Coach McKinney Mavericks 16U
  • 2007 Head Coach McKinney Mavericks 16U
  • 2008 Head Coach McKinney Mavericks 10U
  • 2010 Head Coach McKinney Mavericks 12U
  • 2011 Assistant Coach Frozen Ropes 13U
  • 2012 Assistant Coach Frozen Ropes 14U
  • 2013 Head Coach Frozen Ropes 14U
  • 2014 Head Coach Ropes 11U
  • 2014 Assistant Coach Ropes 12U (USSSA World Series Champions)
  • 2015 Head Coach Ropes 12U
  • 2016 Head Coach Ropes 13U
  • 2017 Head Coach Ropes 14U

Justin Bethard

11U Head Coach
Phone: 469-586-8931
E-mail: justinb@frozenropestx.com

Justin grew up in the Frozen Ropes system playing for both Coach Thornton and Coach Florence. In High School, he was a star pitcher, setting many records. He went on to play at Texas Tech University for Big 12 coach of the year, Tim Tadlock, where they made their first ever College World Series appearance. After his college career ended, he began as an assistant for Coach Thornton in the summer. In 2015, he helped the 16u team win the Mickey Mantle World Series. Justin is now an instructor.

  • 2015 Assistant Coach Ropes 16u (Mickey Mantle World Series Champions)
  • 2016 Assistant Coach Ropes 17u (Don Mattingly World Series Participant)
  • 2016 Pitching Coach Ropes 14u (Super Series World Series Runner Up)
  • 2017 Head Coach 11u Ropes