SWAT Staff & Private Instructors
Chris Wimmer – General Manager
Chris was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, where he established himself in high school as one of the top athletes in Greater Wichita Athletic League history. In his senior year at East High in 1989, he led the Blue Aces to a 23-2 record and a state runner-up finish while tallying a .533 batting average. Following his senior season, the Boston Red Sox drafted Chris in the 12th round of the MLB draft. Instead of signing with the Red Sox, he enrolled at Wichita State.
In his first year at Wichita State, Chris was named a Freshman All-American after hitting .322 with 30 stolen bases. As a sophomore in 1991, he moved to second base and raised his average to .401 while becoming the NCAA leader in hits (125) hits and runs scored (99). He helped the Shockers to a runner-up finish at the College World Series and was named a second-team All-American. After the 1991 season, Chris was selected to play in the Pan-American games in Havana, Cuba, where he put up a .385 batting average and helped USA to a bronze medal.
In his junior year at Wichita State in 1992, Chris posted a .366 batting average, led the country in steals (52), and was again named an All-American. In the summer of 1992, he was named to Team USA and played in the Olympic games in Barcelona, Spain, and he was also drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the eighth round of the MLB Draft. He signed with the Giants and reached the AAA level.
In the seven years he played baseball professionally, Chris appeared in six different positions (2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, and RF) and played for four different organizations (San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates).
After his playing career ended, Chris worked for eight years as an area scout for the Detroit Tigers. In 2014, he was recognized as one of only eight scouts to sign at least six players who made their MLB debuts in the years 2010-2014. Other recognitions include the following Hall of Fame inductions: Shocker Hall of Fame, Wichita East Hall of Fame, Kansas Baseball Hall of Fame, Wichita Biddy Basketball Hall of Fame, and the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame.
Baseball has given Chris a lot of incredible opportunities in his life, and he now desires to give something back by helping as many players as he can in all areas of their developmental process. As an organization, SWAT believes he will play a key part in our growth and truly recognizes what a huge blessing it is to have him here!
Shane Bailey – Youth Director
Shane has been with SWAT since the beginning and brings more than 20 years of coaching experience to the academy. In high school he was nominated as an All-State player twice and was voted MVP of his league all four years. After high school Shane received a scholarship to play at the University of Kansas, where he played shortstop. After college he began his coaching career as the infield and hitting coach at New Mexico Junior College for four years. Shane then went on to be an assistant coach/hitting coach for two years at De Anza College in Cupertino, CA. After serving as an assistant coach for six years, he took a head coaching position at Westmont High School in California, where he stayed for two years and compiled an impressive 62-5 record.
Shane now serves as the go-to guy at SWAT; he is the General Manager for the academy, the Director of Softball Operations and is going into his fourth year as the head coach of the 16U Lady Rebels softball team of which his daughter, Alexus, is a member. SWAT is poised to become a top-tier facility for athletic development because of Shane’s commitment to our customers and his relentless work ethic to drive our team to success.
Ashley Noles – Academy Director
James Ready – Recruiting & Sales Manager
James graduated from Bennett County High School in Martin, SD. He established himself as a premier pitcher/hitter in the South Dakota and Nebraska. His senior year he batted .478 with 18 home runs and had an era under 2.00. After suffering a shoulder injury, he rehabbed back and threw 7 innings of no run ball for Central Michigan University’s Club baseball team at National tournament. Once suffering another injury James changed his focus to baseball coaching and athletic training. He spent 2 more years at CMU as a student assistant coach.
After graduate school at LSU working with their football team James decided to enter the Sports Medicine field with professional baseball. He has spent the past 11 years work closely with athletes, coaches, and front office staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers. He also spent his off season giving baseball lessons. His time in professional baseball including 2 years working in the Major Leagues with the Houston Astros. James worked with 40 of 50 players from the 2017 World Series Roster. His times with these organizations has helped him develop top of the line arm care packages and knowledge of the game.
James passion for baseball has been instilled with him since his early years. His goal now is to bring his baseball and knowledge of how the body functions to develop great athletes and people.
Edie Thompson – Academy Owner
Edie is a well accomplished business owner and former softball player. As a player, she earned a full ride scholarship to play Division I as a catcher at the then top 10 nationally ranked Sacramento State University in California. She also played Division I for Santa Clara University before she ended her career. She has coached youth teams for a decade out in California. Following her years of play, she went on to graduate from Santa Clara University and also earned a Masters Degree from University of San Francisco. Edie is the founder of SWAT Academy and invests her time behind the scenes in strategic planning for the Academy including developing college relationships, planning player placement, our club structure and operations management.
Anton Shinhoster – Training & Workout Program Director
Anton has been with SWAT since the facility opened its doors. He played baseball in college as a left fielder at Jackson State University, where he helped lead his team to three SWAC tournament appearances. In 2005 he was named First-Team All-SWAC and was selected for the Blackcollegbaseball.com Elite Team. That year Anton was also nationally ranked in triples per game(10th), runs batted in per game(18th), and runs per game(20th). In 2006, he was named to the All-SWAC preseason team. After his playing career ended he served as an assistant baseball coach at JSU, where he graduated cum laude in 2006 with a degree in mass communications and completed a master’s degree in business administration in 2009.
Tanya Caraballo – Marketing & Events Program Manager
JJ Leaper – Recruiter & Head Coach
JJ graduated from Sentinel High School in 2006. He was a member of the 2006 All-State team and had signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at WOSC in Altus, OK. JJ ultimately was drafted by the New York Mets. After the New York Mets drafted him in the 38th Round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft, Leaper spent time in both the Mets and Royals organizations, and reached the A+ level before joining the Yuma Scorpions in 2011. He played a total of 31 games in the minors with the Brooklyn Cyclones, St. Lucie Mets, and Burlington Royals. While playing for Yuma, JJ was named a 2011 North American League All Star. On Aug. 4, 2011, the Oakland A’s purchased the contract of JJ after he appeared in 17 games sporting a 1.39 ERA with a fastball consistently clocked at 95. JJ retired from baseball after a slew of arm injuries plagued his career and now he turns his attention and passion for the game to developing young SWAT players as a way to stay involved in the game he loves.
Melanie Crawford – Customer Service Associate
Adrianna Canard – Customer Service Associate
Apryl Stoldt – Website Coordinator
Apryl Stoldt is SWAT’s technical support and website coordinator. This includes anything from making sure all of SWAT’s computers and database are working correctly and smoothly, to updating and maintaining our website. Her technician skills and attention to detail are key ingredients to keeping our technology operating seamlessly and SWAT’s employees and customers happy! Apryl works for SWAT part-time and is also a certified massage therapist!