Jeff grew up in Patchogue, NY. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he was a First Team All ACC 2nd Baseman and Honorable Mention All-American. Jeff signed with the Baltimore Orioles in 1981 which was the beginning of a 14-year professional career. He is the only player in Charlotte baseball history to win championships with the Charlotte O's and the Charlotte Knights. He made his debut in the Major Leagues as a member of the Chicago White Sox in 1989. Jeff spent a total of five years in the majors spending the 1990-92 seasons with the Seattle Mariners and 1994 season as a part of the Oakland A's.
John Ennis resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Anna and sons Grady & Hayes. For 13 seasons John pitched professionally reaching the Major Leagues 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 area.
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 Leagues. 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 father to Greyson and Belle.
Mississippi - State Sectional Coordinator
President/Founder of Bigger Than Ball Foundation
President/Founder of Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase
Tupelo Christian Prep Head Baseball 2010 - Present
2016 Class 1A State Champions
Southeast USA 13U Head Coach
2016 AEBC Champions
Delta State University Baseball 1995-1998
DSU Baseball Leading Hitter 1997
1997 & 1998 All-Gulf South Conference
McDowell attended Notre Dame High School[in Sherman Oaks, California. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 20th round of the 1984 MLB Draft but did not sign.
He chose to attend Stanford University, where 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 the Cardinal to the 1987 College World Series championship.
Chicago White Sox
McDowell was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (fifth pick) of the 1987 amateur draft. After only six games in the minor leagues, he made his Major League debut on September 15, 1987. He pitched seven shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins that day to pick up the win. In four starts, he was 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
By the early 1990s, he had established himself as one of the most dependable pitchers in the game, pitching effectively and recording over 250 innings each season from 1991 to 1993, he was selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game each of those years. He won 20 games in 1992 and 22 in 1993, when he won the American League Cy Young Award and led the White Sox to the postseason (they lost in the 1993 American League Championship Series to the Toronto Blue Jays). From 1988 until 1995, his season ERA was consistently between 3.00 and 4.00, well below the league average. In 1993, he set a modern (post-1950) record by recording a decision in each of his first 27 starts.
New York Yankees
After the 1994 season McDowell was traded to the New York Yankees for minor league pitcher Keith Heberling and outfielder Lyle Mouton.
McDowell spent 1996-1997 with Cleveland Indians.
He signed as a free agent with the Anaheim Angels in 1998 but was hampered with injuries during his time with the team. He was 5-7 with a 5.68 ERA in 18 starts over two seasons with Anaheim.
In 2014 managed the Los Angeles Dodgers Rookie League affiliate, the Ogden Raptors, in the Pioneer Baseball League. In 2015, he was named manager of the Arizona League Dodgers.
Currently, Jack resides in Charlotte, NC where he is on staff & coaches at Carolinas Baseball Center.