Episcopal’s baseball program consists of a Middle School team, a Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team. The program practices and competes on Ray Downing Knight Field and in the John Donahoo Training Facility, which includes covered batting cages and extra pitchers’ mounds. While the baseball program has a long history of fielding competitive teams at Episcopal, its greatest period of success has been in the last 15 years. During that time, the program has won six district championships, advanced to the regional playoffs ten times, and won the 2006 state championship.
The baseball coaching staff pride themselves on teaching fundamentals, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to doing things right. It is no coincidence that approximately 30 players have gone on to compete at the collegiate level, with several going on to play professionally.
About the Coach
Coach Jones is the longest tenured coach in the program’s history. He has been coaching baseball for 19 years, 18 of those years as the Head Coach at ESJ. In 2006, Coach Jones and the Eagles won the state championship. The team also won the district championship four consecutive years (2011-2014). Most recently, Coach Jones and the baseball team advanced to the regional championship game in 2019. Coach Jones is a recipient of the John Ryan Award Excellence in Coaching award and is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in his spare time. As a player, Coach Jones was selected in the first round to the Kansas City Royals. He went on to play four seasons in the MLB and played for a World Series champion team.