The Atlanta Flames Fastpitch Softball Organization
David Axelson – President
As a collegiate football player, David certainly never envisioned spending huge amounts of time as a fastpitch softball coach. Fate and the birth of four daughters proved otherwise! For the last 8 years, David has been actively involved in coaching both Rec and All-Stars at Murphey Candler Park at the 8U, 10U, 12U and 14U age groups. He has also served in many capacities on the Board of Directors for Murphey Candler Girls Softball Association, including President of the Association.
David’s four daughters all play softball at the recreational, travel and high school levels. He somehow manages to stay married and gainfully employed as an institutional investment consultant for Mercer.
Scott Farrow – Past President
Scott began coaching baseball in 1999 and soon caught the coaching bug. He moved to softball in 2005, coaching a recreation team for one year and Flames teams for the next eight years, both as a head coach and an assistant. Scott is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and is certified as a two-star coach through its Coaches College, having completed five of its three-day courses.
He is one of the founders of Atlanta Flames Fastpitch, Inc. and has served as its president since its inception. He is a partner at Troutman Sanders LLP, a law firm in Atlanta.
Mike Puckett – Treasurer
Mike, a lifelong Dunwoody resident, is entering his 9th year with the Atlanta Flames (five years as head coach). He played four years of baseball at Peachtree before heading to UGA. He started coaching baseball at NYO in 1989. In 2004, he began coaching softball at Murphey Candler and coached the 2007 8U Select Team. In 2008, he became the Head Coach for the Atlanta Flames 12U team. He has been a Board Member at Murphey Candler Girls Softball since 2008.
Mike has a daughter on the 2004 Atlanta Flames. It’s hard to imagine a life outside of softball, but he also works in the residential construction business.
Mark Light/Property Manager
Mark was the Varsity Head Coach at North Springs Charter High School for six seasons ending in 2011. He formed and coached Atlanta Flames teams from 10U through 18U Gold competing at ASA Nationals and served as head coach for the JCC Maccabi Games.
Off the field, Mark is a long-time commercial retail broker experienced in leasing, operations and property management. He is the proud father of Lauren and Megan, an Emory University graduate and softball standout.
Kimberly Hiler/Communications and Facility Reservation Management
Kimberly Hiler is originally from New Hampshire and settled in Atlanta in 1998. She is new to the Flames organization, but not to the sport of softball. After playing softball for several years, she picked up a tennis racket and that became her sport of choice. Her daughter started at Murphey Candler Softball in 6U and then spent about 3 years on the Murphey Candler Little League side of the park before returning to softball in 10U. Kim served on the Women’s Auxiliary as Vice President on the Murphey Candler Little League Board. After three years at Murphey Candler Softball and then the Seventh Inning Royals, we joined the Flames organization in 2018.
Kim graduated from Penn State University and serves a Chief People & Culture Officer for World 50. She also has a son who plays lacrosse. Kim lives in Dunwoody with her two kids and two beloved Golden Retrievers.
Sonja Greeley/Facility Reservation Management
Sonja Greeley is an Atlanta native. She is new to the Flames organization, but not to the sport of softball. When Sonja was a little girl she played softball, but eventually traded her softball cleats for dancing shoes in high school. Despite prematurely ending her own softball career, Sonja encouraged her daughter to pick up softball at 8 years old. The intention was to play softball as an interim sport while her daughter took a break from recreation league soccer. However, her daughter fell in love with the game and the dugout camaraderie; and now weekends are spent packing orange slices, keeping the scorebook, and singing softball cheers.
Sonja graduated from the University of Georgia and enjoyed a successful career in the insurance industry working for a Warren Buffett subsidiary. In more recent times, if she is not volunteering for PTA or the Flames, she will likely be daydreaming of, or planning for, the family’s next surf vacation to Costa Rica.
Peter Kottke is the father of 5 children, including one baseball player and three softball players. He has been a recreational softball coach and a Select All Star softball team coach at Murphey Candler, where he is also a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee. More recently he has been an assistant coach for the St Pius X Middle School team, and the head coach of the 2008 Atlanta Flames team.