Former MLB Players - Coaching Staff:

Jeff Schaefer - 2020 and 13U

 

Jeff founded Carolinas Baseball Center (Charlotte, NC) in 2007 and since then his focus has been on developing and creating opportunity for high school players with the desire to play at the next level. 

For 14 years Jeff played professional baseball, including six years in the Major League with the White Sox, Mariners, and A's.  Through opportunities and exposure created by Jeff, over 200 players have moved on to play at the collegiate and professional levels and the number continues to grow. His reputation today is as an authority on travel/showcase baseball and a national leading source for player evaluation and promotion.

John Ennis - 2018 

 

For 13 seasons John pitched professionally, reaching the Major League with the Braves, Tigers, and Phillies. Now that John has moved on from playing professionally his focus has turned to development. Currently John is involved in coaching teams, individual lessons, and team evaluation and consultation in the Charlotte, NC area and beyond.

John resides in Charlotte with his wife, Anna, and their sons Grady and Hayes. 

Ross Gload - 2019

 

Ross Gload originally hails from Long Island, NY where he is the owner of several county home runs records, as well as the recipient of the “Carl Yastrzemski Award”, which is awarded to the most outstanding high school player in Suffolk County.

Following high school, Ross attended the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, and in 1997 was drafted by the Florida Marlins.  Ross played 15 seasons of professional baseball, which includes parts of 10 different seasons in the Major League.  Ross’ Major League stops included the Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Mets.  Ross earned a World Series ring with the White Sox in 2005.

Ross has made his home in Charlotte since originally playing here with the Knights in 2003.  He is married to his wife, Betsy, and is father to their two children, Greyson and Belle.

Jack McDowell 

 

Jack is a native of Southern California. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 20th round of the 1984 MLB draft but did not sign, choosing to attend Stanford University instead. At Stanford he was the co-Freshman of the Year in 1985, a 2nd team All-American in 1986 and a 3rd team All-American in 1987. He led Stanford to the 1987 College World Series championship.

 

Jack was drafted again, this time in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 1987 MLB draft by the Chicago White Sox.  After just 6 games in the Minor Leagues, Jack made his Major League debut. He played for 12 years in the Major League, with the White SoxNew York YankeesCleveland Indians and Anaheim Angels. "Black Jack", as he is nicknamed, was a three time All-Star and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1993.  During his MLB career Jack compiled a 127-87 win-loss record with a 3.85 ERA.

 

In 2014, Jack was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers to manage in their minor league system for their Ogden Raptors (Rookie League), and then in 2015 he was named manager of the Arizona League Dodgers.  Prior to this, for 7 years he coached high school baseball at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, CA.

 

Off the field, Jack has also been a professional musician, with the rock bands V.I.E.W. and stickfigure.  

 

Jack is married to his wife, Kerrie, and is father to his three sons Lucas, Rhett and Rory. and to his daughter Molly.

Professional - CBC Coaching Staff:

Jason Driver - 15U 

 

Jason originally hails from Sykesville, MD.  While playing baseball for Century HS he earned All-MVAL honors his junior and seniors years, and was named to the All-County team his senior year.  APotomac State College for two years, Jason earned All-Region team selection.  He then transferred and was a pitcher/shortstop at Winthrop University.  Upon graduating as a Finance major from WU, Jason began coaching in 2014 and has enjoyed doing so ever since.

 

Off the field, Jason resides in Rock Hill, SC and he works in the investment/wealth management business for Family Trust FCU.

Evan Helms - 2020

 

Evan was born and raised in Charlotte, NC and played baseball for East Mecklenburg HS as a first baseman, third baseman and pitcher. He was recruited and played for Winthrop University under scholarship as a pitcher.  

 

Evan served as a coach in the Tega Cay Recreation Program in 2005-2010 (baseball, football and basketball). In 2012, Evan became assistant baseball coach for Gold Hill Middle School, and since 2015 he has been the head coach.  Evan joined CBC's coaching staff in 2015, primarily working with middle school and high school age players.

 

Evan and his wife, Lisa, reside in Fort Mill, SC with their two sons, Hunter and Dylan.

 
 

Vinnie Izzo- 15U

 

Vinnie was raised in Brooklyn, NY and played as a shortstop and thirdbaseman for his high school.  He continued to play recreationally for many years.  

 

Since 2005, Vinnie went on to coaching and he has been doing so in the Charlotte/Fort Mill area.  He started at the tee ball level and has worked with every level player up to and including High School/Showcase.  Vinnie's teams are consistantly successful because he invests in each player individually so that they are prepared  to contribute to the collective effort of the TEAM's success in all aspects of the game.

 
 

Tim Kirk - 2018

 

Tim grew up in Salisbury, NC and played baseball there at North Piedmont HS. During his junior and senior high school years Tim was named Conference Player of the Year, Rowan County Player of the Year, and to the All-State team. Following high schoool, Tim attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC).  As a left-handed pitcher at UNC, Tim set the career record for relief appearances and for games pitched, and in the 1986 MLB draft he picked by the Pittsburg Pirates.

 

Tim went on to play professionally for 4 years, in the Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves organizations, topping out in AA of the MiLB.

 

Since 2011, Tim has been coaching high school and showcase baseball - for First Assembly Christian School (Concord), and the Carolina Royals.

 

Tim and his wife, Kim, reside in Kannapolis, NC with their two sons, Ryan (a player at Campbell University) and Davis.

 
 

Cory Smetak - 13U

 

Cory has coached young athletes since 2003.  Through his tutelag and  dedication to hard work, Cory has had more than 20 players who have gone on to play in college or who have commitments to play at the collegiate level.

 

As a player, while at Duquesne University (Atlantic 10, Division I), Cory started as a Freshman. 

 

After earning a Marketing degree from DU, Cory became co-owner of Queen City Lawn and Landscapes (1999), which now has branches in Fort Mill,SC and Huntersville, NC.  

 

Cory and his wife Angela reside in Union County, NC with their 3 children, Cameron (a Pitcher at Wingate University), Lani, and Cooper.

Alex Tomasovich 14U

 

Alex, a CBC organization alumnus and stand-out infielder for Fort Mill High School, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 20th round of the 2014 MLB draft.  He played in the Cubs' MiLB organization throughout the 2014 and 2015 seasons. 

 

Prior to being drafted, Alex played at Charleston Southern University, where he earned a spot as shortstop on the Big South's All-Conference First Team in 2014 and was runner up in Big South Freshman of the Year voting (2011).  Alex finished his college career as CSU's leader in doubles (53) and base hits (253), and by having started in the final 151 games of his time there. 

 

Now that Alex has moved on from his professional playing days, he has joined CBC as a coach and instructor.  He coaches Youth through High School/Showcase level players, and provides group and private individual instruction lessons at CBC on hitting and fielding.

Ray Torres -11U

 

Ray played in the Caribbean League (Puerto Rico) for two years in 2001-03.  Prior to that, he was a 2-time All-America NAI pitcher and center fielder at Lindsey Wilson College. He won over 50 games during his college pitching career, and in 2000 he was 2nd in hitting nationally - with a .502 batting average.  In 2005, Ray was inducted into the Lindsey Wilson College Hall of Fame

 

Prior to joining CBC as a coach, Ray was owner of High Heat Kings - a top Northeast youth travel baseball organization (2008-2012).

 

Ray and his wife, Gloria, reside in the Charlotte area with their two children, Ray and Emma.

 

 

Andrew Zike - 11U

 

Andrew is a coach that has been working with USA Baseball NTIS since 2012 and was one of the first to play for CBC.  He attended Olympic High School where he was a 3-year varsity team starter and earned All-Conference 2 years in a row.  

 

Andrew is an alumnus of Western Carolina University where he recevied a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management along with a Minor in Marketing. Andrew is the Marketing Communications Director of four NTIS regions (North Atlantic, New England, Capital and Southeast), and works with the BIC Showcases organization and is Secretary of the U Deserve A Chance Foundation.

 

Currently, Andrew has started up his own Video Production company which specializes in Recruiting Videos.  www.athletesinmotionvp.com

 
 

Mel Zitter - 14U

 

Mel has been involved in baseball for more than 40 years.  During this time, he has run a premier youth program in New York, coached teams from 10-20 years old, coached High School, been a major league scout for 9 years, and taught all facets of baseball at multiple indoor facilities.  Mel is an excellent communicator, loves working with youngsters of all ages, and considers himself to be a baseball “lifer”.

 

While running and coaching at Youth Service League in New York, Mel was responsible for sending hundreds of graduates to Colleges nationwide, has coached more than 70 drafted players, and 29 major leaguers, including Adam Ottavino, Dellin Betances, Pedro Beato, and James Jones, plus past big leaguers including Shawon Dunston, Alex Arias, Manny Ramirez, Julio Lugo, & Nelson Figueroa. 

 

Mel scouted for nine years, with the Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays.  In addition, he worked at several indoor facilities in New York, New Jersey, and now at CBC.  Mel also has coached on a High School level, having worked at Xaverian HS in New York for 10 years, and at Mt. Pleasant HS in NC since 2014.

 

Mel does not consider himself anywhere near ready for the rocking chair.  He loves coaching & instructing, and feels he still has much knowledge to give. 

 

Mel and his wife, Rocelle, have two children, Mechelle and Mikey.

Tyler Byrnes 10U
 
Tyler was one of the first players to come through the CBC organization. Before attending Belmont Abbey College as a scholarship athlete, Tyler was a 4-year varsity starter and a 2-time All-Conference selection at Olympic HS in Charlotte, NC.
 
At Belmont Abbey College, Tyler worked his way up to being the Friday night starter for the Crusaders his senior year. During his college career, Tyler pitched a total of 183.2 innings resulting in a 13-8 career record in 26 starts - 37 career appearances. During his standout senior year, Tyler threw a total of 97.1 innings with a record of 7-4 on his way to earning All-Conference and All-Region awards.
 
 
Now that Tyler has graduated, he is back with the CBC organization where it all started as a Pitching Instructor and Coach. 
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