Coaches

Kim Cousar

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 Kim Cousar and wife Sharon reside in Indian Trail, NC. They have a son, daughter, and 3 grandchildren.

Kim played at Gardner-Webb University, and graduated with a B.S. degree

Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Anson Sr. High – 13 years, Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Butler High School – 14 Years,Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Charlotte Latin School – 8 years

Associate Scout – Cincinnati Reds, 10 years,Varsity assistant football coach – 35 years. He also coached over 80 players who have gone on to play collegiately and/or professionally.

9 conference championships

21 state playoff appearances

Conference Coach of Year 7 times

American Legion State Champions, Hamlet Post 49 (1987)

NCBCA Region 6 Coach of Year 3 times

Head Coach – Region 6 State Games (Silver Medal) – 1997

Head Coach – State Games West Region Seniors (Gold Medal) - 1998

Charlotte Observer Coach of Year 2 times

North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame

George Whitfield Baseball Clinic Hall of Fame

Community Involvement:

Team Church, Baseball For Life – advisory board, Baseball For Life – camps and clinics, North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association Board of Directors, Coaches Timeout

Chad Tracy

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Chad is a North Carolina native who attended West Mecklenburg High School before he compiled a .339 batting average during his career at East Carolina University. He was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks  in the seventh round of the 2001 Major League Baseball draft.    In four minor league seasons, Tracy hit .335 with 24 home runs, 85 doubles, and 206 RBIs in 337 games. Tracy made his major league debut with Arizona in 2004. He finished his rookie season with a .285 average, eight home runs, 53 RBIs, and a .343 on-base percentage in 143 games.    In 2005, Tracy had a breakout season, as he batted .308 (7th-best in the league) with 27 home runs and 72 RBIs. He also had a slugging percentage of .533, 10th-best in the NL. In 2010 Tracy played with the Cubs, Yankees, and Marlins. He then played ball in Hiroshima, Japan before returning to play with the Washington Nationals in the spring of 2012.  Tracy ended his career as a player with the Los Angeles Angels in 2014.    Chad, his wife Katie, and their four daughters are happy to call Charlotte home. 

Hunter Grey

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4 year starter at Covenant Day

Career batting average of .560 

Holds Covenant Day records for career batting average, doubles, walks, hit by pitches and highest fielding percentage 

2009 and 2010 All-Conference 

2007 and 2009 South East Super Team for the National Christian School Athletic Association 

Charlotte Observer Freshman of the Year 2007

Matthews-Mint Hill Play of the Year for 2009 and 2010

College

Hunter played one year of baseball at Covenant College before an injury ended his career.

Coaching 

4 years of middle school coaching experience at Carmel Christian School where his team had a record of 46-6 with 4 conference championships 

2 years of junior varsity coaching experience at Carmel Christian School where his team went 16-6 

West Covington

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West is from Lakeland, TN and attended St Benedict at Auburndale High School. He was a career .368 hitter with 5 hrs, 26 2B, and sported a 2.82 ERA on the mound. West was a 3 time all metro selection and rated 248th nationally for the 2013 high school class by Perfect Game. 

He attended Gulf Coast State College is freshman and sophomore season throwing 137 innings with a 3.14 ERA. West was a 1st team all conference selection is freshman year, 3rd team all American, and 1st team region all academic team his freshman and sophomore season. He was National Player of the week throwing two CGs with a 0.00 ERA, 14Ks, and a 2-0 record in 2015.

West transferred to East Carolina University after his sophomore season and redshirted due to injury. West’s redshirt junior season he led the team in ERA with a 3.14 over 28 IP and had a 2-1 record. His senior year West had a 3.27 ERA appearing in 17 games. With the Pirates, West was part of the 2016 Charlottesville Regional Championship, and participated in the Lubbock Super Regional. In 2018 he was a member of the AAC Championship Team and hosted a Regional in Greenville, NC.

He graduated from East Carolina with his Bachelors Degree in Finance and is in graduate school to get his Masters in Business Administration. West enjoys coaching baseball and developing players to reach their highest potential mentally and physically. He is available for pitching lessons, as well as hitting and infield instruction.

Patrick Messinger

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Patrick grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and attended Mount Pisgah Christian School where he was a 2-sport varsity athlete. He was selected All-Region as a Pitcher and Shortstop. He was also an All-Region Defensive Back for the Patriots Varsity Football Team. 

Patrick continued his career for 4 years as a student-athlete at Maryville College (TN). Patrick was a captain of the Scots baseball team his Junior and Senior seasons. He helped lead Maryville to over 100 wins in his 4 years. Patrick was a wide-ranging Shortstop for the Scots and during his senior season, he batted .304 with 7 2B, 18 R, and 20 RBI. During his time at Maryville, Patrick majored in Finance and Economics. He graduated with honors, Cum Laude, was a Bonner Scholar, and served as the President of the Maryville College Athletes for Change Committee. 

After graduation, Patrick spent one season coaching for Team Rawlings SE out of Alpharetta, Georgia. He then moved Charlotte to start his career as a Mortgage Banker with Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group. Patrick began coaching with Ultimate Performance because of his love for the game of baseball and his desire to give back to younger players that strive to reach the next level. 

John Spencer

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John is a Charlotte native and played locally at Independence High School (98) and Wingate University (03). In 2003, John was named a Division II All American at Wingate and inducted in to the Wingate Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. He signed an independent professional contract in 2004 with the Kenosha Mammoths of Kenosha, WI and played the 2005 season in Springfield, MO for the Springfield/Ozark Ducks. After retiring from baseball, John was the Head Coach at Myers Park HS from 2008-2011. In 2010 he was named Mecklenburg County Coach of the Year. In his 3 year tenure at MPHS, he sent several players to play in college and had a handful drafted. From 2011-2014, John managed, owned and operated the Ballantyne Smokies winning the SCBL Championship in 2012. John currently works in the medical sales field and coaches football, baseball and wrestling in his spare time. He resides in Indian Land, SC with this wife Jamie and son Jett. His daughter is currently a junior at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort acquiring a nursing degree.

Glenn Mangum

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A former Independence Patriot himself from 1992-1994 where he played all 3 years on varsity as the starting center fielder. Has been coaching baseball for 20 years from youth all the way to the high school level. He is in his second stent with Independence High School first time was for two years in 1996 and 1997 under the leadership of Mark Mennitt(now at Marvin Ridge High School). He rejoined the patriots in the year 2013 as the JV head coach and Varsity Assistant  coach where he has lead JV to a 44-21 record.

Heath Brown

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Another proud Charlotte native, Heath graduated from Providence High School in 1994.  Coach Brown was All State in 1993 and 1994 as a High School First Basemen and Outfielder.  Once graduating High School he attended Brevard Junior College 1994-1996. As a freshmen their team traveled to Grand Junction Colorado where they played in the Jr. College World Series.


In 1996-1998 Coach Brown went to Pfeiffer University.  He was a 2 time All American.  He received his degree in Sports Management in 1996 and began coaching as a grad assistant.


In 1998 he traveled to Amsterdam to play in Europe.


Along with being our 16U coach at Ultimate Performance, Heath is the assistant Baseball Coach at Providence High School since 2004.  


He has over 20 years of Coaching Experience.

Chad Griffin

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Chad Griffin is a native Charlottean, he was drafted from Garinger High School in 1993 by the Oakland A's. While in High School, Chad led the Southeastern conference in hitting for 3 years. He was selected for Player of the Year and All State teams. Chad continued his baseball career playing middle infield for the A’s organization then went to the Seattle Mariners before leaving professional baseball and returning home. Chad owned and operated Extra Innings Baseball Academy where he instructed players from age 6 to professionals. He has 20 plus years experience coaching, instructing, individual lessons, camps and clinics. He continues to stay connected to the game he loves by coaching youth baseball and doing individual lessons.

Thomas Reeder

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Thomas is a native of Matthews.  He was team captain on both the basketball and baseball teams at Sun Valley High School where he was part of three conference championship teams and was first team All-conference in baseball in 1997.  At Montreat College, Thomas was a first team AAC All-conference performer in 2001 and 2002.  As a junior in 2001, Thomas was first team All-Region XII and earned NAIA Honorable Mention All-America honors the same year.  As a senior in 2002, Thomas was third in the country with 75 RBI’s tallied in 59 games played and upon graduating held several school records including RBI’s, slugging percentage and fielding percentage.  As a junior and senior he hit 24 home runs, 28 doubles and had 125 hits to go along with a .352 batting average and a .541 on base percentage.  Thomas also slugged over .600 and had a .988 fielding percentage.

Thomas has coached all ages of amateur baseball for over 12 years, from kids all the way up through middle school and into high school baseball.  Coach has also taken several showcase teams to compete in front of scouts all throughout the southeast.  He has been in the game for over 30 years now and has coached his Mustangs group for the last 4 years.

Thomas is a home builder and his family lives in Matthews.  He and his wife Bonnie have five children.  Three boys and two girls Reynolds and Emmalyn, whom are both adopted.

Tony Womack

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Best known for his heroics in the 2001 World Series, Tony Womack spent 13 seasons in Major League Baseball, terrorizing base paths along the way. Six years after he was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 7th round of the 1991 first year player draft, Womack burst onto the major league scene as a rookie in 1997. As the Pirates leadoff hitter he had 178 hits, including 26 doubles and led all National Leaguers with 60 stolen bases en route to earning an All-Star selection.

After another successful campaign in Pittsburgh in 1998, Womack was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks prior to the 1999 season. He wound up leading the NL in stolen bases for a third consecutive year that season, swiping 72 bags.

Womack would cement his Diamondbacks legacy in the 2001 postseason. With Arizona trailing the New York Yankees 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning in game seven of the World Series, Womack smacked a double off closer Mariano Rivera to tie the game. Two batters later, teammate Luis Gonzales singled in the wining run and the Diamondbacks won the Fall Classic in dramatic fashion. Womack would spend two more seasons in Arizona before being moved to the Colorado Rockies, eventually retiring in 2006. He finished his career with 1,353 hits and 363 stolen bases. 

Bucky Greeley

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From Wilkes-Barre, PA, Bucky had a successful 3-sport prep career at James M.

Coughlin High School. As a senior, Bucky was named All-State and All-Northeast in

football and finished 5 th in the state as a wrestler. In baseball, Bucky hit .579 and did

not allow a stolen base as the catcher, which earned him a 2 nd consecutive All-

Conference team selection. Bucky accepted a scholarship to play football at Penn

State University, where he was a four-year letter winner and a captain for the

undefeated 1994 Big Ten Championship team voted the #2 team in the nation.

Bucky played 3 years in the NFL, mostly for the Carolina Panthers. In 2005 he was

inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.

Prior to joining UP, Bucky was a league commissioner and coach for a Charlotte-area

recreational league. As the Challenge/All-Star head coach for the league, Bucky led

teams to four consecutive Dixie Youth Baseball district finals - winning two. His

teams qualified for two state tournaments where they finished as the state runner-

up in 2017, earning them a spot in the 2017 Dixie Youth Baseball World Series.

Bucky is a district business manager for a global pharmaceutical company and lives

in Charlotte with his wife, daughter and son.

Brandon Hall

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Hall’s baseball roots and experiences run deep throughout North Carolina. Raised in Raleigh, Hall coached 14 years at UNC Charlotte, including seven years as associate head coach and 11 seasons as the recruiting coordinator. Prior to joining the coaching staff at Charlotte, Hall spent four seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, UNC Wilmington, where he also worked with the pitchers. In all, Hall has spent the 18 years coaching at the Division 1 level in North Carolina. In his 18 seasons as an assistant at the two schools, Hall's teams have won eight regular-season championships and seven of his pitching staffs have been ranked nationally in ERA, including the top spot in the nation in 2007 (at 2.64). The 2011 squad finished 10th in the country with a 2.81 ERA, while allowing the sixth-fewest hits per nine innings (7.43) in the nation. Additionally, in 2015 and 2016, Hall was named to the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars coaching staff in which he assisted the USA Baseball 18U National Team in selecting the participants for the National Team Trials.  In 2016, Hall took over as Director of Scouting for Prep Baseball Report, North Carolina.  

Ashton Whitaker

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We are happy to have Ashton as our Softball Coordinator at Ultimate Performance. She will be working with our athletes, giving lessons, and a familiar face at our Facility. Below is her resume. UP family please help us in welcoming Ashton!

Ashton Whitaker is from McLeansville, North Carolina, where she attended Eastern Guilford High School. As a four year starter on varsity Ashton earned All-Conference and All-Area Team honors, aswell as holding offensive records at Eastern. Ashton continued her softball career at Queens University of Charlotte, where she specialized offensively and on the corners of the infield. Ashton lead her team offensively throughout her career, where she earned All-Conference honors her junior and senior season. After graduating from Queens University with a degree in exercise and sport science, Ashton continued her softball career as the Graduate Assistant Coach at Queens University. As the Graduate Assistant coach she helped lead the team to a record breaking season; programs first season being nationally ranked, broke the programs record for wins, and programs first at-large bid for NCAA Regionals. Her love for coaching continued when she entered the travel softball coaching world in 2017 where she instructed and lead elite teams such as Caroline Elite and Lady Blues. Ashton continues her softball career giving lessons where she teaches all areas of the game, focusing on enhancing girls physical and mental game.

Jessica Bowen

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Jessica Bowen has been in the world of softball and baseball for over 20 years.  As a standout for Butler High School, Jessica helped lead the Bulldogs to three consecutive NC 4A  state championships, earning all conference, all state, and still holds many titles.   Jessica continued her career at Wingate University where she started all 4 years and graduated with her Bachelors degree in science and minored in business.  

That wasn't enough for Jessica - she continued her career as both a hitting and pitching instructor for softball and baseball in Charlotte where she's mentored young men and women who have gone on to play college ball at many D1 & D2 institutions.  She's also coached for nationally ranked and recognized teams like Lady Lightening and Carolina Elite - playing against and beating the best in the nation. 

Jessica is a fundamentals instructor that focuses on building the right mechanics in addition to developing the players feel and game intelligence making them into multi-dimensional, competitive, and confident players.  She teaches all positions and her workouts aren't easy, but being the best isn't about what's easy, it's about taking it "one day at a time" and becoming the best player you can be. 

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