Staff Bios

CEO: John Owens

John Owens college baseball career began as a Pitcher for Palm Beach before he transferred to take the mound for University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  In 2002 Owens started the Charlotte Hurricanes Baseball Organization with the dream of exposing a select group of players to the best competition in the nation while teaching an advanced level of play.  This dream has evolved to 15 teams in the organization competing nationally in every age group.  In 2010, Owens decided to take his vision to another level by opening “Showcase Baseball Academy” where athletes can develop their skills and learn to showcase their talents to best serve their TEAM.

He is President and CEO of Ameritrust; where he started in 1995.  Owens has been awarded the Charlotte Chamber Entrepreneur of the Year award, Charlotte business Journal 40 under 40, Inc Magazines, INC 500 for 2 consecutive years, and Carolina Parent top 40 for 3 consecutive years.  In 2009 and 2010 he has been awarded Top Entrepreneur by Charlotte Business Leader Magazine.

Owens serves as a member of the Charlotte Chamber’s Board of Advisers and as a board member of the UNC Charlotte Athletic Foundation.

He earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North at Carolina at Charlotte.

PRESIDENT: Jake Robbins

Jake Robbins is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who ended his career in the Chicago White Sox organization.

He appeared in major league games in 2004 for the Cleveland Indians at the age of 28. The only run he gave up was a solo home run by Jacque Jones on September 24 of that year. His earned run average was 5.40. In 2007, he pitched for the White Sox Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Robbins was 0-0 in 20 games, with an ERA of 5.11 and 14 strikeouts in 24⅔ innings.

Hitting School Director: Jeff Shore

Jeff Shore was a two sport standout athlete at R J Reynolds High School. He was awarded several scholarships in both football and baseball. He was offered a contract to play baseball for the L A Dodgers but chose to play at UNC Charlotte where he was a four year starter. He was the only player in 49er baseball history to play every position. Jeff’s senior year he led the team in hits, batting average, RBI’s and homeruns and was voted UNC Charlotte baseball’s Most Valuable Player. He was drafted in 1987 by the Pittsburgh Pirates and in 1988 by the Texas Rangers. He played in the Rangers organization from 1988 to 1990. Jeff played with players who later became MLB All-Star selections such as Ivan (Pudge) Rodriquez, Sammy Sosa, Juan Gonzales, Roger Pavlik, Wilson Alvarez, and Rob Nen.  Jeff’s professional career was cut short due to an accident where he lost his vision in his right eye.

Jeff then went back to school to complete his education and volunteered as an assistant baseball coach at UNC Charlotte.  In 1991 he received a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Criminal Justice.  He then began a 12 year career in the Banking and Finance industry while working a few baseball camps in his spare time. In 2004 Jeff decided to get back into baseball full-time and began coaching showcase teams and conducting individual and group baseball lessons.  Jeff joined the Hurricanes in 2007. He currently is the hitting and catching instructor for the Hurricanes organization and is the coach of the 2015 Canes.  Jeff is regarded as one of the best hitting and catching instructors in the southeast. Jeff lives in Charlotte with his wife Robin and his daughter Ashlyn.