Stan Kowalski ~
Stan created the Charleston Baseball Academy over 20 years ago to give athletes the opportunity to learn the game of baseball at the highest level and showcase players talents to college coaches and professional scouts. A Lowcountry native, Stan was a two-sport athlete (basketball and baseball) at Hanahan High School. After high school, Stan continued his basketball and baseball career at Spartanburg Methodist College and then transferring to Charleston Southern University sticking with just baseball.
Stan enjoyed great success as a pitcher for the Buccaneers, leaving the school with the most pitching victories in season and in school history. After his playing days, Stan spent eight years as an assistant athletic director for operations at Charleston Southern, Atlanta Braves Associate Scout and President of Player Development for Benchmark Sports Advisors. He also began training pitchers of all levels and opened Charleston Baseball Academy in December of 2001. Some of Stan’s most recent prized pupils include Steven Jackson (Pittsburgh Pirates/New York Yankees), Matt Crim (The Citadel/Atlanta Braves), Chris McGuiness (The Citadel/Boston Red Sox/Texas Rangers/Pittsburgh Pirates), John Murrian (Winthrop University/Detroit Tigers), and Matt Vaughn (Clemson) to name just a few. Stan also is Director and Head Coach for the Carolina Prospects Baseball Organization.
John Murrian ~
John is a local and former standout at Stratford High School where he played alongside a talented group. Next, Murrian was a three-year starter for Winthrop (2007-2009) before being drafted after his junior year by the Tigers in the ninth round of the 2009 Major League Draft. He hit .321 for his college career and led the team in doubles in 2009 with 19. Defensively, he threw out 63 percent of attempted base stealers.
While with the Detroit organization, he began playing with Oneonta in the New York-Penn League and also played with Lakeland of the Florida State League, Erie in the Eastern League, and closed out his playing career with Toledo of the Triple A International League. Murrian was slated to be with the Big League Club before an injury turned him to the coaching and managing side for the Tigers. John is now the hitting coach for Detroit's Class A Minor League West Michigan Whitecaps.
John will be giving hitting and catching instruction while he is home during the off season.
James Reeves ~
James Reeves is another local player and former Ashley Ridge High School product. James's college career took him to The Citadel where his last season he finished with 115 strikeouts in 95 innings. Reeves ended up being a 10th round draft pick by the New York Yankees in the 2015 Major League Draft. James is currently with the Class AA Trenton Thunder and as pitched impressive enough to have several appearances in Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders and waiting for the call up to the Yankees Big League Club.
James will be giving pitching instruction while he is home during the off season.
Sean Leyland ~
Sean Leyland is CBA’s Youth Baseball Roving Instructor. Sean will be assisting our coaches, players and parents in the instruction of the overall game of baseball. Coach Leyland will be available for individual instruction, group work and assist at team practices as scheduled.
Sean has been involved in the game of baseball, playing or coaching his entire life. A native of Goose Creek, SC, Sean was a multi-sport athlete for the Goose Creek Gators. His love of baseball has kept him in the game and has been a head coach and assistant coach at many levels. Coach Leyland has most recently been an assistant at Stall High School, Woodland High School and Berkeley High School. He has been a valuable asset for us at CBA for years and will continue to instruct each player as if they were his own.
Sean will be available for individual hitting, fielding and catching lessons as well.