Baseball Coaching Staff
Softball Coaching Staff
MICKEY BONO - Director of Operations -
Baseball & Softball Coach
Mickey has been coaching and instructing baseball in Central Florida for the past twenty three years. He played his high school baseball at Lake Brantley before attending Seminole Community College. After high school Mickey played for Chet Lemon’s Juice where he competed for a national championship. He worked one season with Doyle Baseball in their summer training program and worked with Chet Lemon Baseball for two seasons. Mickey coached the Central Florida Suns team for five years from 1995-2000, where along with his dad Mike, he coached his younger twin brothers, Ryan and Kyle. For seven years he coached the Lake Mary High School fall team in UCF's fall league. He was also one of the original instructors at the Hit & Run Baseball training facility from 2005-2013. Mickey's nephew Brayden Kintner is a member of the Suns team.
Mickey has played in a competitive wood bat 28+ men’s baseball league for the past seven years. He was a member of the Orlando Marlins from 2006-2012. In 2013, he joined the Orlando Indians where he helped them to a 24-2 record and the spring season championship. He has been selected a league all-star five times.
MIKE BONO - GM & Coach
Mike been coaching amateur baseball for the past fourty years and Bono Baseball has become one of the most recognized baseball names in Central Florida. He coached all three of his sons, Mickey, Ryan and Kyle as they grew up. An Indiana native, he went on to play Division I baseball at Murray State University in Kentucky from 1969 to 1973. Mike has consulted with several area leagues in growth, improvement, coaches training, facility improvement and league affiliation changes.
Mike’s teams have won Florida championships in Pony, Babe Ruth, American Legion and AAU baseball. He has coached in the West Seminole Pony, Longwood and Altamonte Babe Ruth and Maitland and Northwest Little League programs. As a charter member of Florida’s AAU Baseball Committee, he helped launch AAU baseball in Central Florida. His AAU teams served as feeder a program for several of Central Florida’s top high schools.
Most noted was the nationally ranked Lake Mary High School 2001-2002 teams where 14 of his players went on to play collegiate baseball. In 2000, the Central Florida Suns-17U team competed for AAU’s national championship, finishing third in the nation. In 2001, he sponsored and coached American Legion Post 53 that compiled a 51-2 record falling one game short of the World Series. His Seminole scout team placed third in the 64-team 2001 Perfect Game Wood Bat National Championship.
Mike also serves on the board of the Hamilton Foundation, an organization that provides high school and college scholarship funds based on need and merit. Mike is co-publisher of the book Peak Power Baseball, “How to turn little league dream into major league reality”. Mike is married to Sheila with four children and six grandchildren. Mike and Sheila have been married for 46 years.
KYLE BONO - 7U Baseball Manager
Kyle was a two-time all-state performer in high school at Lake Mary playing for Coach Allen Tuttle. He attended UCF on a baseball scholarship where under the coaching of Craig Cozart and Jay Bergman, he became one of the nation’s dominant closers his freshman year with a UCF single season record 0.83 ERA in 28 appearances. As a sophomore Kyle earned two All-American honors with an 8-2 record and 1.93 ERA. Kyle ended his college career as UCF’s all-time career ERA leader with a 1.66 ERA and the single season shutout record holder with 5. All of his UCF records still stand today. After being drafted in June of 2004 by the Boston Red Sox, Kyle decided to play for the Chatham A’s in the premier collegiate summer league, the Cape Cod League with his, twin brother and catcher, Ryan, before signing. He earned all-star honors with 8 saves and an ERA of 0.00 at mid-season.
Kyle signed with the Red Sox on July 20, 2004 for a record signing bonus and began his professional career at Lowell, MA. In 2005 Kyle pitched for Wilmington in the Carolina League. As the trading deadline approached the Red Sox traded Kyle to the Diamondbacks for major leaguer outfielder, Jose Cruz, Jr. Kyle finished the 2005 season at Lancaster in the California League. He retired from baseball in 2006 to pursue other interests. Kyle and with his twin brother Ryan, own their own landscaping company Landscapes of Florida. In the fall of 2013 he joined his older brother Mickey on the Orlando Indians.
Kyle has conducted benefit camps as a way to give back to his former high school and one of his coaches who died unexpectedly at age thirty-eight. A true student of the game Kyle shares what he has learned from his college and professional pitching coaches. He has developed a comprehensive training program that can be adapted to any age player. Kyle has a 6-year old son named Landon.
CARLEE WOOD MITCHELL - 1OU Head Coach
Carlee Wood Mitchell grew up locally and played travel softball from 10U-18U. She was an high school All-State performer at Lake Mary under current Coach Jeannie Fisher. During high school is also played volleyball, basketball, weightlifting, and slow pitch softball. She recieved a scholarship to play at S.C.C., currently named Seminole State College of Florida, and Tallahasse C.C.
After softball, she graduated from the University of Central Florida, and is a licensed physical therapist assistant. She is the mother of two, Clayton 12 & Hailey 10.
She has coached and managed recreation and travel fastpitch softball teams for the last four years from 6U-10U. She coaches with strong passion and respect for the game. She loves teaching and developing players into better athletes on and off the field.
ASHLEY BITZER SPRAGUE - 10U Coach
Ashley Bitzer Sprague grew up locally and played travel softball from 12U-18U with the Seminole Warriors as a catcher/first basemen. She also played under Jeannie Fisher at Lake Mary High School and lettered as a swimmer. After high school, she received a scholarship to play at S.C.C. under Courtney Miller. There she was named MFC All Freshman Team, All Conference, 2nd Team NFCA All South Region, and Academic All State both years.
After softball, she graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Early Childhood Education. She currently teaches preschool at Sanlando Christian School. She is the mother of three, Rylin 9, Titus 8, and Grady 4.
This will be Ashley’s first year back in travel softball since having babies of her own. Her kids have been playing baseball and she has been involved in all of their teams. She has a deep love of the game and is excited to help girls reach their full potential.
RYAN BONO - 6U Softball Head Coach
Ryan was a four-year starter at UCF playing both catcher and first base. He ended his career as a .300+ hitter and an all-time Top-10 performer in seven offensive categories. Through his leadership and competitive drive he served as “a coach on the field” for coaches Jay Bergman and Craig Cozart. Defensively he only allowed eight passed balls in his career while throwing out nearly 40% of the base runners. During his senior year he was nominated for the prestigious Johnny Bench Award, an award that goes to the nation’s top catcher. He finished as one of the ten semi-finalists. He is considered the “best overall catcher in school history” by both the pitchers and coaching staffs. Following college Ryan signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros, but decided to start a business rather than pursue baseball.
His career highlights include both power and finesse. He had two game-winning walk-off home runs, one coming against 24th ranked Oklahoma State in the 2004 NCAA regional at Dick Howser Stadium at Florida State. Against 8th ranked Clemson he executed a game-winning suicide squeeze bunt giving his twin brother, Kyle, a complete game pitching victory.
Ryan also earned an opportunity to play in the prestigious Cape Cod League in 2004 following his sophomore year. Playing for the famous Chatham A’s was one of his most favorite baseball memories as he competed against the best players in the nation and where he threw out three runners in one inning.
He prepped at Lake Mary High School where he lettered three years in baseball and two years in basketball. He was coached by Allen Tuttle and named all state, all-conference and all county as a junior and senior. He finished his prep career with a batting average of .395, hitting .462 as a senior where he led Lake Mary as the nation's fifth-ranked team according to Baseball America. He was also an honor roll student at Lake Mary. Ryan is married to wife, Chelsea Rozell Bono and has a 6 year old daughter named Addison is plays on the 6U team and 4 year old son named Austin.
Baseball & Softball Support Staff
Scott Mahnken - Softball Scorekeeper
BRIAN ENGLISH - Coach - Baseball & Softball
Brian was a 2 year varsity starter at Jefferson High School in Tampa. He was first team all-conference during his senior and finished his career 3rd in the school’s records with a career ERA of 1.16. After high school he played 2 years at Hillsborough CC and led the team with a 2.38 ERA in 2001. Brian then went on to play one season at Division II powerhouse University of Tampa in 2001, where he hit .331 with 24 stolen bases. Brian has prior baseball coaching experience working with youth teams in the Tampa area before moving to the Orlando area.
Brian also plays alongside Suns’ manager Mickey Bono and coach Kyle Bono on the men’s baseball league team, the Orlando Indians. He along with Mickey helped the Indians win the 2013 spring season championship.