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.
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.
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
Hunter played one year of baseball at Covenant College before an injury ended his career.
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
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 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.
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.
Bob has been coaching baseball for over 20 years with ages 5-18 years old. He has coached over 50 teams in Florida and North Carolina. His teams ranged from Tee-ball all the way up through final years of Showcase ball. Bob now works as a one-on-one coach with all ages. He coaches In-fielding, out-fielding, and hitting with all ages. Bob also coaches pitching (ages 12-13) and catching (ages 12-15). When coaching, Bob would focus on strength and drills with beginners for quick success. In lessons, Bob will include a 2-3 minute recap at the end to re-enforce what was accomplished/learned as well as give the parent/guardian updates as to how their child has been doing in practice and what they can take back and review on their own.
Greg is an All-ACC 2nd basemen and 4 year starter at the University of North Carolina. Specializing in middle infield play, he also spent time at shortstop, and went his entire freshman year without making an error in the field. “He is still one of the best defensive infielders I have ever coached.” –Mike Fox, UNC Head Coach. Growing up in Charlotte, he attended East Mecklenburg High School, where he played basketball and baseball. Greg is a multi-sport athlete with over 15 years of experience in coaching and instruction in various sports. Majoring in Exercise and Sports Science, with a minor in Coaching, Greg provides unique, specialized instruction based on the complexion of each player’s makeup, to address specific needs, strengths, and weaknesses for each individual. Whether you are a beginner just starting out, or an advanced player needing to fine-tune a part of your game, Greg is available for instruction in the following areas: hitting, fielding, base running/speed and agility, basketball, adult slow pitch softball. *Feel free to combine multiple components in a single lesson *Inquire about small group and team instruction