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Born and raised in southwest Louisiana, Ross has traveled the southern United States chasing his baseball career as both player and coach. After high school, Ross played four years of college baseball and finished his catching career at McNeese State University, in his hometown of Lake Charles La. Graduating from McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Performance, Ross entered the coaching profession at age 23. His first head coach job at St. Louis Catholic is where Ross proved his ability to lead. He took an inconsistent program from the ground level, and transformed them into an expected contender of the playoffs. Coach Blankenship finished his career at Saint Louis in fashion with a semi final appearance in 2010, followed by a state championship in 2011. That year, Coach Blankenship was named the 4A Coach of the Year, as well as the Southwest La. “Big Schools” Coach of the Year . The next season, Ross headed to North Louisiana where he led the “perennial powerhouse” – the West Monroe Rebels – to the state tournament. In 2012 he was selected to coach the Louisiana All Star team East. After two years of rebuilding the baseball program in West Monroe, Coach Blankenship forged his team a slot into the semi finals at the state tournament. In 2014, Ross accepted a position back home in Lake Charles La. to become the Head Coach of his Alma-Mata – Sam Houston High School. After a 2-year stint at Sam Houston High, Ross moved across the river to coach 1 season at Sulphur High School. In 2017, Ross resigned from coaching to take on a full time role with 2Dsports. Ross began hosting tournaments in 2008. What began as a single tournament in Lake Charles, has grown into the most dynamic baseball logistics company in the South. Ross is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at 2Dsports.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Brandon came to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2004 to join the LSU-Shreveport Pilots Baseball Program. After three years with the Pilots, highlighted by a Conference Championship — two Conference Tournament Championships — and three Regional Tournament appearances, Brandon graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in General Business Administration. In 2008, Brandon joined the Prairie Baseball Academy (Junior College) as an Assistant Coach before returning to the LSUS-Baseball Program in 2010 as the Graduate Assistant Coach. Magierowski’s coaching position with the Pilots, which was highlighted by two Conference Tournament Championship and a third place finish in the NAIA World Series, ended in 2011 after Brandon graduated with his Masters in Business Administration (MBA). Upon graduation in the Spring of 2013, Brandon took on a role with the Southern Baseball Association (SBA) focusing on developing a summer travel baseball program in Shreveport/Bossier City. After two seasons of coaching and organizing summer travel baseball teams, Brandon turned his attention to hosting tournaments in the Deep South Region to provide players a better opportunity for exposure to next level recruiters. In 2014, Brandon aided in the creation 2D Sports and is the acting COO.
A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jesse Cassard began his coaching career in 2002 at Barbe High School where he served as an Assistant Coach for 4 seasons which included a 5A State Championship. In 2006, Cassard took the Head Coaching position at Zachary High School where he lead the program to three (3) consecutive State Championships and was named LBCA Coach of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009 — along with being named the 2009 Region 6 National Coach of the Year (ABCA). In addition to his coach acclimates, Cassard served as the Athletic Director at Zachary High from 2014-2016. In 2016, Coach Cassard made the move to Sulphur, Louisana to serve as the Head Coach of the Sulphur Tors Baseball Program. Along with his exceptional coaching career, Jesse served as an Associate Scout for both the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers from 2010 to 2014. Jesse has overseen the eligibility of over 700 athletes, managed coaching staffs, facilities, and also assisted in the operations for the Team USA 18u Program. With his 15 years of Head Coaching and Managerial experience, Jesse was a major contributor in the launch of the 2D Sports Youth Tournament model in Spring 2017. He now serves as the Director of Youth Operations.
Chad has made an immediate impact in every area of coaching and life. Caillet is a Hahnville, LA native and played 4 years of collegiate baseball, starting at Copiah-Lincoln before finishing his career at Southern Miss. Chad broke into the coaching ranks right out of college where he notably served as head coach at Meridian Community College (MS) in 2005, assistant coach at Southeastern Louisiana University (2006-2007), and Southern Miss in 2007. Calliet spend 12 seasons on the Golden Eagles staff (2007-2019), where he was in charge of the offense – rewriting record books for the team – and recruiting coordinator. He was most notably recognized for his recruiting efforts. In November of 2016, D1baseball.com named him Conference USA’s top recruiting coordinator. He had 2 Top 25 recruiting classes in the nation and placed Southern Miss on the map as a baseball city.
Caillet (pronounced ki-YAY) then joined Texas A&M staff in the COVID-shortened 2020 season and helped recruit Texas A&M’s 2021 class, which was ranked #11 in the country. After a brief stint in College Station, Caillet joined the South Carolina staff as assistant coach & recruiting coordinator in 2022 where he saw instant success. Caillet helped the Gamecock offense turn into a firepower in the SEC and helped the defense to a .974 fielding percentage.
Now at 2D Sports, Chad will oversee all aspects associated with the High School Baseball division at 2D Sports. He will be responsible for overseeing some of the most highly respected tournaments in the Southeast, growing the 2D brand to new areas, and maintaining strong relationships with organizations, colleges, and scouts.
A native of Jennings Louisiana, Michael Trahan was a four sport letter winner in high school and led his Bulldog football team to the AAA State Championship in 1992. After excelling on the baseball diamond in Junior College and on the Division I level, he managed to play in excess of four seasons on the professional level. Following his professional career, Mike began a Division I coaching career that spanned over a decade and three of Louisiana’s proudest baseball communities. Once he cut his college baseball teeth in the second assistant position, he commanded the recruiting coordinator post at McNeese State for two years, University of Louisiana Monroe for two, and finally at Louisiana Lafayette for three plus seasons. Having many nationally recognized recruits, several All-Americans, and one Team USA participant are just of few of the highlights of his coaching career….not to mention conference championships and regional appearances at all of his coaching stops. As a standout player, then coach/ recruiter, Mike has seen his share of high school, American legion, and showcase baseball. He has played, coached, or scouted in roughly two-thirds of the 50 states and it’s fair to say that he knows what it takes to put together and manage a top quality event. He will bring his knowledge of recruiting, his extensive collegiate contact network, and event direction in terms of what college coaches really want to see, what they expect to see, and what keeps them returning to events year after year.
A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Kym finished his High School career at one of Canada’s top High School programs, Vauxhall Academy. This led to Kym coming to Shreveport, Louisiana in 2010 to join the LSU-Shreveport Pilots Baseball Program. After five years with the Pilots, highlighted by 3 Conference Championships, two Conference Tournament Championships, four Regional Tournament appearances, and a 3rd place finish in the NAIA World Series. Kym graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Financial Analysis. Upon graduation In 2015, Kym took a role at Under the Lights Sports & Entertainment (UTLSE) and in 2016 become the Director of Operations focusing on the operations of the Lethbridge Bulls (WCBL), Little League Alberta, and Prairie Baseball Academy. While in Canada Kym coached the 13u Jr. Academy Dawgs travel team. After two years, Kym returned to Shreveport in 2017 and soon took on several small roles with 2Dsports. Now serving the role of Director of Marketing and Social Media.
A West Monroe native & 2019 graduate at West Monroe HS, Reece played collegiate football at Southeastern Louisiana. Reece has returned back home where he graduated with a Finance degree and currently completing his MBA at Louisiana Tech. Reece joined 2D Sports in 2020 where he has since overseen all marketing efforts on social media and advertising. Reece has also spear-headed efforts to launch 2D Volleyball. As a referee at the high school, club, and collegiate level, Reece brings experience from the club world to give teams a new tournament experience and players the social media exposure as seen on the baseball & softball side.
Pat Hall has been with 2D Youth Baseball since the beginning. Pat was the first youth tournament director hired by 2D and instrumental in the growth of the youth division. Pat played college baseball at Louisiana Tech and graduated with a B.S. in Education and a minor in English, then later earned a Master’s in Administration & Supervision. Pat has 25 years of coaching experience, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, and is presently an Assistant Principal. Currently, with 2D, Pat directs tournaments in Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.
A native of Lake Charles, Stephanie has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, managing federal grants and facilitating both training and compliance. She has spent her whole life around sports, including most recently both baseball and soccer. She brings to the table both team management and compliance assurance for the teams that participate in 2Dsports events.
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In early 2008, Coach Ross Blankenship wanted to change the way baseball tournaments were ran. Every tournament he and his team attended was partially planned and poorly executed. There always seemed to be something that was overlooked. The most common mistake was scheduling. There were times when teams were scheduled to play two separate games at the same time, or play the same team every game, and the most common headache was having games scheduled across town, with no consideration of transit time between games. Scheduling wasn’t the only problem. If there was inclement weather, there was no back up plan. Safety was another concern. In Louisiana, during the middle of the summer, the humidity is high and the temperature is even higher. Ross noticed that most baseball tournaments were hosted on fields that had little coverage from the sun. Players had minimal access to water, spectators were left sitting on aluminum bleachers in the blistering heat, and the facilities were absolutely filthy. These were the things that needed to change, and Ross made it his mission to do so.
That year, Ross organized his first tournament; he focused heavily on 3 things – Preparation, Logistics, and Safety. Ross sent invites to the top teams in the area. At the time, the only thing he wanted was for his team to play against the competition they deserved, on a well-maintained field, and free of scheduling errors. The feedback was phenomenal. Coaches appreciated the ease of a well thought out agenda, players loved playing in a college stadium, and the fans felt comfort knowing that the athletes had water jugs on the bench, covered dugouts, and access to clean restrooms.
The following season, Coach Blankenship received emails from dozens of teams requesting information regarding his baseball tournament. He hosted one baseball tournament every season for the next three years and focused on improving the tournament logistics and creating excitement amongst the players, coaches, and fans. In 2012 the tournament known as the Southwest Shootout (Louisiana) grew from a single baseball tournament to two tournaments due to the large amount of teams requesting to play.
By the end of the 2013 season, Ross gathered a following of coaches and players too large to facilitate alone and had turned away more teams than were allowed to play in his tournaments series. At the time, he was limited to two baseball tournaments a season. With the goal of hosting five tournaments in 2014, Ross joined forces with brother Ramsey Blankenship, and Brandon Magierowski. That year the Ammo Bats Tournament Series facilitated games at McNeese State University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Southeastern University, LSU-Shreveport, and Louisiana Tech.
Ramsey has 9 years of military experience in the United States Navy Special operations. Logistics and safety come second nature to him as he currently instructs classes of 30+ Navy recruits through US Navy Dive School in the Florida heat. Highly trained in heat stress prevention, Ramsey ensures that procedures are taken to keep player, umpire, and spectator heat stress symptoms to a minimum. Next on Ramsey’s list is customer satisfaction. He understands that parents of athletes are dedicated to supporting their favorite ballplayer by participating in every tournament. Concessions, entertainment, and tournament information are taken care of by Ramsey. He is committed to making sure that the fan experience is comfortable, entertaining, and hassle-free.
Brandon took over the logistics and scheduling portion of the tournament series. Utilizing his background in business administration, Brandon built a platform for coaches and fans to be able to access tournament information and updates from any mobile device. With the goal of simplicity, Brandon utilizes modern technology to ensure quick and effective communication regarding scores, ratings, as well as scheduling and venue changes. Brandon is also in charge of contingencies with scheduling; he knows that there needs to be a back up plan for the back up plan. Weather is the one thing that we have no control of, but quick shifts in scheduling and venues, clear and concise communications, and umpires on standby is the quickest way to get the games back on track.
The 2014 tournament series was such a success that the triad of professionals decided to make it a business. They had proven the ability to host multiple tournaments, at different locations, without overlooking the mistakes that commonly occur. In order to expand tournaments across the southern portion of the United States, former coach Mike Trahan joined the team. Trahan has played, coached, and scouted in roughly 2/3rds of the fifty states and knows what it takes to host a quality event that provides exposure for the athletes. Mike brings an extensive knowledge of recruiting, a strong collegiate network, and an undeniable passion for the game of baseball.
The most recent addition to the 2Dsports team is Baton Rouge native, Jesse Cassard. With his 15 years of head coaching and managerial experience, at both the High School level and National Level (with Team USA), Jesse has great vision for the future of 2Dsports events at both the high school and youth level. Cassard has lead the charge in the development of a youth baseball model that improve tournament offerings for the young players in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
The combination of five professionals, and their attention to the detail, drew such a following that the tournament series had formed a Dynasty of coaches and athletes around the diamond, and so formed – Diamond Dynasty (2D) Sports.
2D Sports organizes and hosts amateur sports tournaments at premier facilities across the Southeast