- Height: 5′-8″
- Position: 3B – R/R
- Hometown: Canyon Country, CA
- School: Palm Beach CC
- Birthday: September 8, 1977
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I first met Crystl on Thanksgiving week at a week-long softball/baseball camp, Griffey International, founded and run by former Cincinnati Reds player Ken Griffey Sr. One of the softball instructors was Crystl Bustos who had just received her first Gold Medal for the 2000 Olympics.
Crystl spent all week with the players helping with skills, talking to the girls about the game, how to succeed in both school and life and spent every lunch break eating lunch on a blanket in the parking lot. Not something you would expect from a player with a Gold Medal but for Crystl, it just seemed natural. From those lunches my husband Gary asked Crystl why she did not sponsor a travel organization. She said simply “because no one has ever asked me to do that before”. As he always said after twenty years in the army, if you don’t ask you won’t ever know if someone will do something. So he asked. Crystl accepted. That year the Queen City Ultimates became the Bustos Ultimates.
Fall of 2004 after receiving her second Gold Medal Crystl graciously offered to do a fundraising clinic for our daughters travel team. Though in the past clinics in the area were not always successful we decided to host a clinic. After being turned down by more schools and organizations than I can remember, including Madison Local Schools, the school where our daughter attended and who would have received a portion of the funds raised to help purchase equipment for the school softball team, I was introduced to Mary Ellen Bonner who is the coach for Kings High School softball program.
Mary Ellen is to organizing a clinic what Crystl is to hitting a softball! To say the clinic was a success is an understatement! From that clinic we all decided we should make them a yearly event. Those clinics grew into private and group lessons in the Cincinnati area. From that came Got Bustos? Sports Training LLC and a line of Got Bustos? Gear, weekly clinics and a full schedule of lessons and team workouts.
Who would ever think that a Two Time Olympic Gold Medal and One Time Silver Medalist from Canyon Country California and a family from Cincinnati Ohio would meet in Orlando Florida and become friends! And from that not only was I lucky enough to make a great friend but find a job that I can honestly say I love doing each and every day!
Mary Ellen Bonner
Mary Ellen joined the Got Bustos family in January of 2011 after working at Verizon Wireless for 10 years as an Administrative Assistant. In addition to working at Verizon, she helped coordinate Crystl Bustos camps andclinics with the first one in the Cincinnati area in 2005. Both of these experiences will help her as she takes on the role of Clinic Coordinator. She will be responsible for coordinating Crystl Bustos clinics, camps and assessments. At the same time, she will also assist at these events promoting Got Bustos? as well as helping run stations at clinics.
Bonner’s softball experience covers 17 years overall. She has coached various levels of athletes as well as given private hitting lessons. She spent 8 years coaching in the Cincinnati Elite organization. She coached for 3 years as a head coach , and an assistant for 5. She also was the assistant coach for the 10U Lady Lasers. Mary Ellen started up the Kings JH softball program in 2002. She then moved up the high school and became the Varsity Head Coach at Kings HS. She has been in that position since 2003. As a high school coach, her teams have won their FAVC Conference four times, they have come in 2nd two times, won Sectionals three times, won Districts one time.
Mary Ellen considers herself blessed to be married to her husband Kurt for 27 years. They share the love of softball together and when he is not working at GE, or golfing you will find him helping her out with her teams. They have two children; Bryan 24 and Melissa 21. Both children share in the love of the game also, as they both have played ball beyond high school. Bryan played college baseball for Georgetown College in Kentucky as a four year starter, he then went on to play baseball in the Independent League for the Midwest Sliders and Oakland Cruisers. He retired in 2010. After being a varsity starter for four years at Kings High School, Melissa went on the play college ball at Ohio University, where she is one of the starting pitchers, outfielders and power hitters.
This is a great opportunity for Mary Ellen as she combines two of her three “loves” which is Softball and Administrative work together. Her third love of course is her family.
Title: Web Designer
I’m a freelance web designer in Centerville, Ohio. I first met Crystl through Marcia and Gary at a local Starbucks. Crystl started telling me about her recent trip across country in a truck that broke down in the middle of nowhere. She was grinning the whole time as if to say, “Things happen in life, and getting upset about them doesn’t make anything better.” The big picture is what matters to Crystl, and I’m convinced that’s what helped her become so successful.