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STAFF

Ed Warren - Owner / Coach:  As the founder and owner of the Line
Drive Academy, Ed has spent many hours on the baseball field working to
grow the organization  based on our core principals that player development,
character and value are key above all else.

Ed had the great experience of being a player on teams led by NCAA Hall of
Fame Coach Jack Leggett while at Western Carolina University.  Coach Leggett
instilled in him what it takes to be a champion, and succeed on and off the field.
(Under Coach Leggett, the Catamount Baseball Program dominated the Southern Conference
winning 5 consecutive titles and making 5 consecutive NCAA Regional Appearances.

It was being a part of this winning tradition that gave clarity to Ed on how to do things the
right way.

Windell Robertson - Head of Instruction / Coach: 

Coach Grayson Butler - Coach Butler spent some time playing in our
organization as a high school athlete.  After graduating from William A. Hough High School,
Grayson enrolled at Anderson University where he was a member of the Trojans
Baseball Team.

After completing his college playing days, Grayson returned home
to begin his coaching career.  He has spent time on the coaching staff at Hough 
High School and today works as the JV Coach and Varsity Pitching Coach at 
Mallard Creek High School.
Coach James Creel, Jr. - Coach creel completed his collegiate playing
days in 2017 as a part of the Wake Tech Eagles.  James has extensive playing
experience in the very competitive NJCAA Region 10 conference.  His coaching
 background includes working on the staff with the Lake Norman Charter middle
school program and he has just finished his third season with the Line Drive
Academy as an instructor for catchers and now head coach.
Coach Alex Hill - Joined the Line Drive Academy staff in 2016.  During his
high school days, Alex led ALL NC high school hitters with a .667 batting average
 in his senior season.  He holds the NC Career Batting Average record at .561
and was a four-time selection to the MECA 6 All Conference Team.

Alex was a four year starter for the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, where he played
in over 165 games at the NCAA Division I level.  Most recently spent the
spring/summer of 2018 playing professionally in Europe for the Louvain-la-Neuve
Phoenix. 
Coach Markus Duckworth Playing his high school baseball at South Point High
School in Belmont, N.C., Markus was named a two time First-Team Big South All-Conference player,
as well as a two time All-Gazette

First Team selection.  Following High School, Markus went on to

earn a scholarship to play baseball at North Greenville University. He started in the outfield three
years for the Crusaders, and finished the 2010 season setting University records with a .410 batting
average, and 39 stolen bases, both of which still stand today.
Coach Duckworth also owns the North

Greenville career stolen base record. His awards and recognitions while being at North Greenville
include being named a 2010 NCAA DII All-American, an NCBWA All-South Region Team Selection,
and a 2012 NCBWA Pre-season All-American.
In addition, he was a First Team All Conference

Carolinas selection, a 2012 All Conference Carolinas All Tournament selection, and was twice named
to the Tino Martinez watch list, the award given to the best NCAA Division II player in the country. 

Coach Duckworth is currently the Head Baseball Coach at Huntersville's Christ the King High School. 
As the new Head Coach for our American Legion Baseball team for Post 321 we believe Coach
Duckworth will bring leadership and excitement to the program



Coach Justin Sherman - Head Coach, Huntersville American Legion
Post 321: Coach Sherman joined Line Drive Academy as the new head coach
of the Post 321 Legion Program.  Coach Sherman is the Varsity Head Coach
at Hopewell High School.

Coach Sherman played his college baseball at the University of Nevada,
Reno of NCAA Division I Western Athletic Conference.  After college, Justin
played professional baseball from 2003-2005 in the Kansas City Royals
organization.  Coach Sherman brings a great deal of experience and
excitement to our American Legion program.

Coach Edward Warren - Pitching Coach / Team Assistant Coach for
Line Drive  Academy.  Two successful seasons as the closer for the Guilford Tech
pitching staff.  Closer forthe Summer Collegiate Mooresville Spinners, where he
was named to the Carolina Virginia Collegiate League ALL-Star team.  Helped
lead the Spinners to the 2018 Southern Collegiate League Championship. 
Holds team record for career and single season saves.   

Played in the Australian Capitol Territory League where he led
all pitchers in starts, innings pitched and strikeouts.  Pitched for
the Santa Fe Fuego, Independent Minor League Professional Team in 2019.  
Currently signed as a free agent for the Expos of the Lique De Baseball De Majour
in Quebec, where he will pitch during the 2020 season.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK PITCHING LESSONS

Coach Corey Sikes - Assistant Coach / Pitching Instructor with Line
Drive Academy.  Coach Sikes is a 2018 graduate of Western Carolina University
where he spent four years as a part of the Catamount pitching staff appearing
 in 75 games on the mound.  He also spent time playing in the Southern
Collegiate League and the Coastal Plains League.

Coach Sikes is from Monroe NC where he played his high school baseball
at Piedmont High School.  Before graduating high school and leaving for WCU,
he played his showcase baseball with the South Charlotte Panthers.  Coach
Sikes will be working as an instructor for all of our players during practices
this summer and will work as an assistant coach during games.
 
Coach Kaitlyn Boone - Head Softball Coach and Instructor.  Coach Boone played her high 
school softball at North Gaston High School where she was a member of the varsity 
team for all 4 years.  Nominated All-Conference 3rd Base.  Recent member of the W.C. Friday
Middle School coaching staff and North Gaston High School staff.  An outstanding 
showcase player in her own right earning defensive MVP recognition in prominent 
Showcase events.



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