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StAFF

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Dustin Harrington

Owner of Heat, VP of Operations 5 Star Carolina,

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Owner of the Heat Baseball program. Started baseball career at Alexander Central High School, while playing with Heat Baseball. Earned me a scholarship to play at East Carolina University. Drafted out of East Carolina by the Chicago Cubs and played minor league baseball for three years before deciding to retire.  After retiring, Harrington was blessed with the opportunity to take over the Heat Baseball program. Heat Baseball is centered around helping kids improve their skills, so they can reach the next level while aiming to help make them better people and teach them the word of God. Dustin currently gives hitting and fielding lessons at the Heat Facility.

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Patrick Johnson

Owner of Heat, 5 Star Carolina Pitching Rover

Baseball has and always will be his passion. He wants to pass along all the knowledge, he has acquired throughout my career while helping young players reach their full potential.

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Ian Petty 

Director of Operations 

Attended Saint Stephens High School, played for Dustin's showcase team for 3 years. Attended CVCC to receive his 2 year transfer degree Associates in Science. Transferred to Appalachian State University to continue his education and receive his Bachelors in Marketing.

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Jon Gray

coach

A graduate of South Caldwell High School in Hudson, North Carolina. Throughout his four years as a Spartan he was a two-time all-conference selection and received county player of the year in 2010. Jon continued his education and baseball career at Pfeiffer University as a utility. At Pfeiffer, Gray was a two time all conference selection, a one time all region selection, and is the career doubles leader at PU. Jon currently gives hitting and catching lessons at The Heat Facility.

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Ty Triplett

coach

A former Draughn High School standout, accumulated 820 strikeouts in 559.2 innings with a 1.42 ERA as a wildcat. After originally signing and attending UNC Wilmington, Ty chose to transfer to Lenoir-Rhyne University. She compiled a career record of 17-2 in her time at LRU and her 89.5 winning percentage ranks in the top ten of all time by a LR pitcher during their career. Ty currently gives pitching lessons at the Heat Facility and is an assistant coach at Catawba Valley Community College.

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Anna Hughey

coach

Started softball career at Jimmy C. Draughn High School where she was a three time All-Conference selection, as well as an All-District selection during her junior year. Anna went on to play second base at Western Carolina University.

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Mike Gardiner

coach

A switch hitter and right handed pitcher born out of Sarnia, Canada. Gardiner played at the collegiate level for Indiana State College where he led his team to the College World Series. He currently holds the career win record (30) for ISC. He also is ranked number two in ISC baseball history for strikeouts (296) and is ranked number five in complete games (16). Gardiner was also a member of the Canadian Olympic Team for the 1984 olympics and the 1985 Intercontenitial Cup. Originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 18th round of the 1987 ameatur draft. Gardiner went on to play for the Boston Red Sox, Montreal Expos, and the Detroit Tigers. He was promoted to the majors in 1990. In 1990 he was the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year. Throughout his sixe year major league career, Gardiner accumulated 17 wins and 27 losses and held a career ERA of 5.21 in 136 career games. Mike used to own a travel baseball organization, The Charlotte Stealth, and currently coaches a Five Star heat team and gives pitching lessons at The Heat facility.

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