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7 Texas Magic Teams Form AF Houston

By Tim Soefje, 08/31/15, 11:15AM CDT


The American Freedom proudly announces it is moving into the Houston market with the addition with the addition of seven former Texas Magic teams, ranging from 18u to 12u.

The American Freedom (Houston) will be headed by long-time Texas Magic head coach Johnny Lara.

Coach Lara, 42, has coached for more than 10 years and is widely respected and active at all levels of softball in the Sugar Land and Houston area.

Coach Lara will head up seven AF (Houston) teams, including 12u (3), 14u (1), 16u (2) and 18u (1). 

Coach Lara's 16u Texas Magic (Lara) has established themselves among the top Houston-area 16u squads. They have won the Texas ASA 16u "A" state title four years in a row. They have regularly qualified for ASA, PGF and Triple Crown Nationals.

The team competes at the 16u Independence Day Boulder Tournament (IDT) and other major national showcase events thoughout the year.

This last 2015 season, the 16u Texas Magic (Lara) finished 11th at Triple Crown/US National Championships and the 16u Texas Magic (Tovar) finished 17th overall, winning the Gold Bracket.

Coach Lara has been married for 13 years. His wife is a nurse at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston. He has two daughters who play softball, including a 2017 and 2019.

For more information about the American Freedom and the American Freedom (Houston), please visit the website. Information about individual teams and upcoming tryouts in the Houston area will be posted soon.

Johnny Lara
Program Director/Head Coach
American Freedom (Houston)
(281) 707-2490 (cell)