Staff

Dustin Harrington

Taylorsville, NC

MY NAME IS DUSTIN HARRINGTON AND I AM THE OWNER OF THE HEAT BASEBALL PROGRAM.  I STARTED MY BASEBALL CAREER AT ALEXANDER CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, AND WHILE PLAYING WITH HEAT BASEBALL.  THIS CREATED MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR ME AND EARNED ME A SCHOLARSHIP TO PLAY AT EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY.  I WOULD GO ON TO GET DRAFTED OUT OF EAST CAROLINA BY THE CHICAGO CUBS AND I PLAYED MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FOR THREE YEARS BEFORE DECIDING TO RETIRE.  AFTER I RETIRED, I WAS BLESSED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE OVER THE HEAT BASEBALL PROGRAM.  MY MAIN FOCUS FOR THIS PROGRAM IS THE KIDS AND HELPING THEM IMPROVE THEIR SKILLS, SO THEY CAN REACH THE NEXT LEVEL. I ALSO AIM TO HELP MAKE THEM BETTER PEOPLE AND TEACH THEM THE WORD OF GOD.  I PUT MY HEART AND SOUL INtO THIS ENTIRE PROGRAM, AND I MAKE EVERY PLAYER MY PRIORITY. 

 

Chelsea Wilkinson

Taylorsville, NC

I went to Alexander Central High School and then continued my softball career at the University of Georgia. While at Georgia, I learned what it takes to play at the top level, including the Womens College World Series. I was drafted 14th overall in the National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Pennsylvania Rebellion. Although I am a new instructor, I have had the opportunity to be around the Heat program through my brother playing travel ball. I have a strong desire to teach girls what it takes to be successful on the field, as well as off the field. My hopes are not only to increase their knowledge about softball, but to also bring them closer to Jesus Christ.

Brian Lackey

Taylorsville, NC

My name is Brian Lackey. I have been part of this great Heat organization for seven years.

I played baseball, basketball, and soccer at Alexander Central High School and graduated in 2005. After ACHS, I went on to play two years at Wilkes Community College. From there I transferred to Appalachian State where I began my coaching career with the legendary Pete Hardee at Watauga High School. I have coached high school baseball for seven years at Watauga and Alexander Central. I also coached one year at Wilkes Community College with Andy Fox, who is a former Heat Coach, and is now the Head Coach at Saint Andrews University.

During my eight years of coaching I have been able to build relationships with coaches at every collegiate level. I have had the honor and privilege to assist many of my players in continuing on to play at the collegiate level, and some to the professional level.

Baseball is my passion and coaching this great game has given me an opportunity to help mold these young men into better student-athletes and better individuals. The relationships that I've been able to make with my players have been a blessing and it is exciting for me to be able to see them succeed. That's the reason I do this. Baseball has given me so much so I want try and give back what it's taught me to guys who share the same dreams as I had growing up!

Jon Gray

Granite Falls, NC

My name is Jon Gray, a 4-year starter and graduate of Pfeiffer University.  I have had the blessing of working with Heat Baseball for almost a year now and have loved every minute of it. I enjoy what I can bring to the table, day in and day out for these kids trying to excel in baseball. Our overall goal here at Heat Baseball is to get kids to strive and achieve to play baseball at the next level.  Although our goal is field based, it is also our job to be positive role models and to lead these kids down the right path not only in their baseball careers, but also in their life.  I am looking forward to the many boys that are going to come through our organization and our hopes are they leave as young men. 

Brian Litwin

Hickory, NC

I went to St. Stephen's High School where I was drafted in the 24th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. I decided to continue my education and baseball career at Duke University. Now I am the strength and conditioning instructor at the Heat facility. Through these strength and conditioning sessions I enjoy seeing each kid grow physically and mentally while seeing it translate to the field.

Tyler Barnette

Hickory, NC

  I am currently giving pitching lessons here at the Heat facility in the off season. I am currently playing professional baseball for the San Diego Padres, working on my dream to play Major League Baseball. I give pitching lessons to give back to the kids because they also have a dream to play Major League Baseball. I really enjoy giving lessons and watching the kids improve as they learn how to pitch. Not only giving lessons helps the player, it helps me as well. I learn from the kids just as much as they learn from me. It has been the smartest decision giving lessons and working with the Heat. I not only teach them how to pitch but I teach them how to be a better person off the field. I have been more than honored to work for the Heat and I am looking forward to the future with the Heat as well. 

Mason Stikeleather

Taylorsville, NC

MY NAME IS MASON STIKELEATHER AND I STARTED MY BASEBALL CAREER AT ALEXANDER CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL AND I AM CURRENTLY PLAYING COLLEGIATE BALL FOR MONTREAT CAVALIERS.  I'M COACHING THIS SUMMER FOR THE HEAT SHOWCASE TO HELP THESE BOYS PERFORM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL POSSIBLE.  MY GOAL IS TO GET THESE BOYS READY TO BE THE BEST IN HIGH SCHOOL BALL, BUT TO ALSO TO PREPARE THEM FOR COLLEGE COACHES.  THESE MEN ARE OLD ENOUGH TO BE CONTACTED BY COLLEGES AND I'M READY TO GET THEM TO WHERE THEY FIT IN THE BEST!  I'M EXCITED TO BE COACHING THIS SUMMER AND READY TO SEE WHERE THE SUMMER WILL TAKE US! 

-Mason Stikeleather

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