Stan Kowalski ~
Stan created the Charleston Baseball Academy over 22 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.
Jacob McClure ~
Jacob will be one of CBA’s Youth Baseball Roving Instructors. Jacob will be assisting our coaches, players and parents in the instruction of the overall game of baseball.
Jacob has loved the game of baseball from a very young age. He played in high school at Chapel Hill High School in Douglasville, Georgia. He was a utility player and also pitched in his four years. Jacob was a part of the 2013 elite eight team and was a Senior on the 2014 sweet sixteen team where he was the recipient of the Panther Award. He went on to play College baseball at Covenant College under coach Doug Simons located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. After his junior year Jacob played in Sweden along with coaching the youth team there. After college Jacob was an assistant coach at Howard High School in Chattanooga, Tennessee for 2 seasons. He now resides in Summerville, South Carolina with his wife Anastasia.
Jacob will be available for individual hitting and infielding instruction along with overseeing our camps and clinics
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.
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.
JM Kelly ~
"Kelly joins the CBA staff while coaching on the Charleston Southern staff as a volunteer assistant. He will oversee the development of catchers, assist with pitchers and hitters, and coach first base for CSU. Coach Kelly will be giving hitting and catching instruction at CBA.
Kelly brings collegiate coaching experience from Northern Oklahoma College and Carl Albert State College, while also coaching in both the Expedition Collegiate League and the Sunflower Collegiate League. He also served as an associate scout for the Houston Astros.
Prior to his time at NOC, Kelly spent his first season at the collegiate level as the Recruiting Coordinator at Carl Albert State College. The Vikings finished in the top-25 in four offensive categories, including batting average (9th), slugging (10th), on-base percentage (21st), and home runs (22nd). CASC boasted two Gold Glove honoress and an All-Conference performer over his lone season.
While serving as the field manager in 2020 for the Hastings Sodbusters in the Expedition Collegiate League, Kelly helped lead the team to a 28-23 record – their first season in program history with a winning record. He also guided the El Dorado Broncos in the Sunflower Collegiate League to a 22-14 record during the 2019 summer season.
Prior to CASC, he spent a year-and-a-half at Tomball High School, a 6A program in the state of Texas with a rich tradition of baseball success.
Kelly lined up on the Lamar University baseball team from 2015-17 where he played corner infield and caught. He graduated from Lamar in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in general studies and is currently on track to finish his master's degree in Sports Administration from East Central University in 2021."
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 was with the Class AA Trenton Thunder and 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. He was recently traded to the San Diego Padres where he will start the 2021 season in AAA.
James will be giving pitching instruction while he is home during the off season.