Travis Janssen comes to ACME with 26 years of NCAA college coaching experience. Most recently Travis served as the Head Coach at Austin Peay State University. In six full seasons he accumulated 169 wins, along with 2 OVC runner-up finishes. His teams defeated Power 5 schools nine different times in six years, including three victories over Top 10 ranked opponents (Vanderbilt 2019, Clemson 2018, North Carolina State 2017), which were the school’s first ever top 10 wins. During his time at Austin Peay, Janssen’s OVC conference winning percentage was the highest of all active OVC coaches. Travis has worked on coaching staffs that have produced close to 100 professional players, including 11 that have reached the Major Leagues. Most recently, former player and current St Louis Cardinal, Ryan Helsley was named a 2022 MLB All Star. In addition to Austin Peay, Travis has had coaching stops at six other NCAA Division 1 or Division II schools, where he has been a part of five championships. He has made stops in his coaching career in both the SEC and the Big XII conferences. As a player, Janssen played professionally for the Adirondack Lumberjacks briefly in 1996. He was an All-American at New Mexico State University in 1995, as he posted a batting average over .400 for his two-year career. Before his time at New Mexico State he helped lead Butler County Community College (KS) to a 3rd place finish in the NJCAA World Series. Janssen prepped at Manhattan High School in Manhattan, KS. During his senior year he led the Indians to their first state championship in program history.
Scooter Hightower was born and raised here in Clarksville, TN where he grew up playing local at Clarksville National little league. He played baseball at Clarksville High School from 2009-2012. In 2010 he was part of the CHS state tournament team. Once he graduated in 2012 he went on to play college baseball at Columbia State Community College as a pitcher. In 2014 he helped lead his team to the junior college World Series. From there he got drafted in 2015 to the Pittsburgh Pirates where he pitched for 5 years. In 2018 he was elected to be on the Florida State League All Star team. He retired from the Pirates organization in 2019. He is now a local firefighter for the City of Clarksville and is happy to be back in his hometown to teach the youth skills he has learned throughout his career. —