Episcopal’s Baseball Program consists of two Middle School teams, a Junior Varsity team, and a Varsity team. The program practices and competes on Ray Downing Knight Field. The teams also have access to locker rooms, batting cages, and extra pitchers’ mounds at the facility. While the Baseball Program has a long history of fielding competitive teams at Episcopal, its greatest period of success has been in the last twelve years. During that time, the program has won six District Championships, advanced to the Regional playoffs ten times and won the 2006 State Championship.
Mike Jones, Program Director and Head Coach for the Varsity and JV teams, is the longest tenured coach in the program’s history. Coach Jones and his coaching staff pride themselves on teaching fundamentals, a strong work ethic, and a commitment to doing things right. It is no coincidence that approximately thirty of his players have gone on to compete at the collegiate level, with several going on to be drafted and play professionally. Matt Flakus is the Head Coach for Middle School Baseball.
About the Coach
Mike Jones has been coaching baseball for 19 years, and for 16 of those years as the head varsity baseball coach at ESJ. In 2006, Coach Jones won the state championship with the Eagles and the district championship four consecutive years (2011-2014). He won the John Ryan Award for coaching excellence in 2007. As a player Mike 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. Coach Jones is involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in his spare time.