CBC ~ MLB & Professional Instructors:

Jeff Schaefer - Infielding, Hitting


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 - Pitching


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 sons Grady & Hayes. 

Ross Gload - Hitting, Infielding


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 his two children, Greyson and Belle.

Jack McDowell - Pitching, Hitting, Fielding


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 daughter Molly.

Dusty Wathan - Catching


Dusty played professionally for 14 years as a catcher, reaching the Major League in 2002 with the Kansas City Royals.  Dusty played parts of 8 seasons at the AAA level.  After retiring from playing with the Phillies following the 2007 season, Dusty went straight into coaching.  He was hired by the Phillies to manage in their minor league system in October of 2007 and he is still a coach.  Dusty won a championship in the South Atlantic League with the Lakewood Blueclaws in his 2nd year of managing.  In 2012-2016 he managed the AA level Reading Fightin Phils, he then moved up to lead the AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 2017, and is now in his first Major League coaching assignment - as the third base coach of the Phillies.  Dusty’s coaching resume also includes a championship in the Arizona Fall League and a catching instructor for the MLB Brazilian Elite Camp.  Dusty resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Heidi and their four children Elle, Huck, Maeve and Gus.

Alan Cockrell - Hitting


Alan was drafted by the San Francisco Giants as the ninth pick overall in the 1984 MLB draft. After time in the Giants, Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians organizations, he made his Major League debut with the Colorado Rockies in 1996. Alan’s coaching career got him back to the big leagues as the hitting coach for the Colorado Rockies and the Seattle Mariners, and he currently is the hitting coach for the New York Yankees. Alan is a part of CBC’s winter instructional program.

Joe Pavone - Catching and Hitting


Joe Pavone was born in Rochester, NY where he played high school ball at Greece Athena High School.  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.  Pavone 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.  Pavone earned honors including All Big East, Cape Cod All Star and All-Acadamic Team during his time at UCONN.
Pavone currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Rachel.

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