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Jeff Schaefer

 

Regional Director

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

 

Coach

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.

Kelly Paris

 

Coach

Kelly Paris had a 13 year professional career. A 2nd round school draft pick whose MLB time was spent with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Orioles, and the Chicago White Sox. Kelly remained in the game as a HS coach with Thousand Oaks HS and as an independent baseball instructor. Kelly now resides in Charlotte, NC - Father to son - Jordan and granddaughter to - Ava.

Ross Gload

 

Coach

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.

Mel Wearing

 

Coach

Coach Wearing comes from a background in baseball spanning over 15 years professionally as a player and coach. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1988 and 1989 he went on to play 6 years within the O's farm system ending his stint with the Rochester Redwings of the International League. In 1998 coach Wearing was hired by the Bridgeport Bluefish in the 1998 inaugural Atlantic League season. He later went on to become the teams designated Hitting Instructor under the tutelage of Manager Willie Upshaw. Some of best managers coach Wearing has played under include Willie Upshaw, Duffy Dwyer, Chico Lind, Wally Moon, Mike Young, Don Buford, Jerry Narron, Bobby Tolland and Houston Jimenez to name a few

Jeff McNeely

 

Coach

Jeff McNeely is a North Carolina, Monroe High School graduate and a 3+ All conference, All county player. Jeff attended Spartanburg Methodist College and became a JUCO All American, All Region X, All Conference Player. He also was the Stolen Base Record Leader. After college, Jeff was a Boston Red Sox 2nd round pick. He became a Carolina League Batting Champion, Carolina League All-star, International League All Star AAA, Minor League Stolen Base Leader Triple AAA. After going "To the Show" for the Boston Red Sox, he achieved a .296 Major League Batting Average before retiring due to shoulder injuries. Jeff also serve as an Associate Scout for the LA Dodgers under Lon Joyce (Regional Scout) for NC/SC/GA/VA.

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