Charlie grew up right here on Chicago’s north side and played ball at Welles Park. From the age of 10, Charlie was a catcher. There were other positions he would learn to play, but he loved being behind the plate.
He played his high school baseball at Northside College Prep, where he also was a standout in soccer. At 16, Charlie started working part-time at BASH where he was able to drastically improve his skills as a catcher and a hitter. He became a baseball “gym rat”, hanging around the facility during his free-time to catch off-season bullpens for minor league pitchers, extract as much knowledge as he could from the facility’s nationally-recognized instructors and worked hard to become a better ballplayer.
It all paid off when in 2008, Charlie successfully walked on to the Fighting Leathernecks Varsity baseball squad at Western Illinois University (NCAA Division 1 – Summit League). What Charlie lacked in size for a D1 catcher, he made up for in skill, quickness and baseball IQ. Unfortunately, shoulder injuries limited his collegiate career.
After college, Charlie came back to BASH as an instructor, working with young catchers during camps and clinics. In addition, he was an assistant coach at his old high school, Northside College Prep.
In 2014, Charlie moved to the Seattle area where he was the Head Catching Instructor at the Samammish Baseball Academy, also teaching hitting and pitching. He also worked with several travel teams, including the 16U Washington State Champion North Seattle Raineers.
Since returning to Chicago, Charlie has served as a travel baseball coach for nationally recognized Elite Baseball Training, and has taught hundreds of students at BASH in classes and private lessons. Charlie is currently BASH’s Head Instructor and is instrumental in shaping the BASH instructional program.
In recent years, he’s worked with several MLB, MiLB and independent league baseball players as a hitting consultant, while also spending time working abroad. Charlie has coached in Europe on three separate occasions since 2016, developing relationships with Germany’s Marl SlyDogs and the British Baseball Federation.