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.
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. John is CBC's Director of Baseball and he is involved in coaching teams, individual lessons, teams 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 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 (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 10 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 Charlotte his home since originally playing here with the Knights in 2003, residing here with his wife, Betsy, and their children, Greyson and Belle.
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 Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland 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, he coached high school baseball at San Dieguito Academy in Encinitas, CA for 7 years. 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 sons Lucas, Rhett and Rory, and daughter Molly.
Evan Helms - Coach
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 - Instructor & Coach
Vinnie was raised in Brooklyn, NY and played as a shortstop and third baseman 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 consistently 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 - Instructor & Coach
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.
Joe Pavone - Instructor & Coach
Joe was born in Rochester, NY where he played high school ball at Greece Athena HS. He received a scholarship to play baseball for the University of Connecticut where he played for 5 years (Red-shirted) as a catcher for the Huskies. During his time at UCONN the Huskies reached 2 Big East Championship games, 2 Regionals and 1 Super Regional, and he earned honors including All Big East, Cape Cod All Star and All-Acadamic Team. Joe played summer ball in multiple locations including the New York Collegiate Baseball League, The New England Collegiate Baseball League and The Cape Cod League for the Chatham Anglers. Joe resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Rachel.
Ray Torres - Instructor & Coach
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 - Coach
Andrew is a coach that has been working with USA Baseball NTIS since 2012 and was one of the first team members to play for CBC. He attended Olympic High School where he was a 3-year varsity team starter and earned All-Conference honors 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. Additionally, Andrew runs his own Video Production company which specializes in Recruiting Videos (www.athletesinmotionvp.com).
Mel Zitter - Coach
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 teams (Xaverian HS in New York for 10 years, and Mt. Pleasant HS in North Carolina), been a Major League scout for 9 years, and taught all facets of baseball at multiple academies. 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 League players - 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 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.