Bill Barkley is a former college standout at Gardner Webb University and Lenoir Rhyne. Bill later played professionally in the Washington Senators organization in the 50's. Won 20 games as a pitcher for Lincolnton in 1952. In 1953 with the Charlotte Hornets Bill threw a perfect game in Augusta Georgia.
Since his pro ball career, Bill coached many youth teams including Hickory Sr Legion. He is now retired from a sucessful 37 year career with State Farm Insurance and remains active in the Kiwanis Club. He is also a long time member of First United Methodist Church in Hickory. In 2006 Bill was inducted into the Lincoln County Sports Hall of Fame. In 2010 Bill was also inducted into the Catawba County Sports Hall of Fame. Bill remains active with BBS as a mentor and advisor.
Jeff Barkley Sr
Jeff Barkley Sr is a former major league pitcher with the Cleveland Indians. He grew up in Hickory and attended Hickory High School where he was an All-Confrence player. Played for Hickory Post 48 from 1976-1978 where he played middle infield, center field, and pitched. Jeff attended the Citadel on a baseball scholarship making All-Southern Confrence in 1981 and 1982. He was drafted in the 13th round in the 1982 MLB draft by the Cleveland Indians and made it to the majors in 1984 and 1985. Jeff also played AAA for the Phillies, Rangers, and Padres.
Jeff was head baseball coach for United Faith Christian Academy in 2007. He was also pitching coach for South Mecklengburg High school in 2008 and 2009. In 2008-2009 he coached Pineville Post 337 Sr. Legion. In the summer of 2011 Jeff was the pitching coach for the SCBL champion Pineville Pioneers.
Jeff along with his brother Matt Barkley, are co-founders of the Barkley Baseball School since 1988.
Matt Barkley is a graduate of Hickory High School. Upon graduation from high school, Matt received a scholarship to play baseball at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. During his senior year at The Citadel, Matt had the privilege of being a player/assistant coach under the legendary baseball coach Chal Port.
After college, Matt became a middle school physical education teacher before beginning his career as a State Farm Insurance Agent.
Matt is in his 26th year as the director of Barkley Baseball School. He has worked with thousands of baseball and softball players ranging from 5 years of age to the college athlete. He has been a head baseball coach for 38 teams in area youth baseball leagues as well as an assistant coach for 9 baseball teams.
Matt’s greatest passion is to teach young players how to maximize their skills thru hard work, drills, practice and to include Christ in everything they do – especially baseball. He draws on his experiences as a high school athlete, a college athlete and as a parent. Matt, his wife Karen and their four boys attend First United Methodist Church in Hickory, NC where he teaches Sunday School.
Mike Mackie has been an instructor with BBS for 27 yrs. Mike teaches physical education at Northview Middle School. He also serves as the head football, head basketball, and head baseball coach as well as athletic director. He was the head JV baseball coach at Hickory High School for 5 yrs. Mike also served as an assistant coach for the Hickory Post 48 Legion B team for 2 yrs. Mike lives in Hickory with Dreama his wife of 26 yrs. They have 3 children in addition to their niece and 2 grandchildren.
Wes Barkley played his freshman year in High School at Quantico High School in Virginia where he earned all-conference honors. He played his Sophomore through Senior years at Hickory High School. He played summer baseball for Hickory Post 48 Legion. Wes earned an academic and athletic scholarship to play baseball at Gardner Webb University. He played in the Division II College World Series as a senior and that team still holds the school record for most wins in a season. Wes has also served as a head coach for American Legion baseball as well as an assistant coach for the St. Stephens JV team as well as various little leagues. Wes is married with three children and is an attorney in Hickory.
Issac Harrow has been an instructor at BBS for many years. He attended BBS camp when he was a kid and since then has piled up accolades and setting records in baseball as well as having the oppurtunity to play professionally. Below you will see his many accomplishments.
Career and Accomplishments
• Freshman Year- Varsity Offensive MVP (Fred T. Foard)
• All Conference 3 years at Hickory High(Sophomore-Senior)
• Junior Year- Team MVP (Avg .464, 5 HR)
• Senior Year- All-State, All-Region, Charlotte Observer All-Piedmont (Avg .407, 6HR, 28 RBI)
• Hickory Post 48 American Legion Baseball (5 Years)
• 2006 (After College Freshman Year) American Legion Area IV Player of the Year (Avg .455, 5 HR)
• Recruited for College baseball by Appalachian State, NC State, West Point, Western Carolina, Elon, Gardner-Webb and others.
• Signed with Appalachian State University
• Injured Freshman Year
• Sophomore (Avg .342, 7HR, 22 2b, 56 RBI)
• Junior (Avg .327, 7HR, 18 2b, 60 RBI)
• Senior- 3rd Team All-American, 1st Team All-Region, 1st Team All-State, 2nd Team All-Conference 3rd baseman, Team MVP, Team Captain
(Avg .422, 12 HR, 23 2b, 6 3b, 75 RBI)
• Finished Senior Year Regular Season Top 20 in Nation in 8 offensive categories;
o Avg. (6th), Doubles (Tie 6th), Triples (Tie 5th), RBIs (Tie 7th), Total Bases (Tie 10th),
Hits (19th), Slugging Percentage (17th), On Base Percentage (16th)
• Set 10 School Records Senior Year; 7 Career, 3 Single Season
Career Records- Hits (260), Doubles (65), RBIs (201), Total Bases (421), Runs Scored (165), Games Played (199), At Bats (750)
Single Season Records- RBIs (75), Triples (6), Total Bases (163)
• Contacted by 15 MLB teams
• Received calls from New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Florida Marlins, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
• 24th Round Pick in 2009 MLB Draft by New York Yankees as a 2nd baseman
• 2009- Played for Gulf Coast Yankees of the Gulf Coast League in Tampa, Fl.
• Hit a game-winning 2-run HR in first professional game with the Yankees
• Committed 3 errors the whole season at 2nd base
• 2010- New York Yankees Spring Training
Todd Teague is a Hickory native and a 1989 graduate of Hickory High School. He
received a scholarship to Concord University in Athens, WV as a catcher. After a
career ending injury Todd served as a student assistant coach for his senior
year. Todd teaches Health and Physical Education at Grandview Middle School in
Hickory were he serves as head baseball coach as well as head football coach and
athletic director. He served as the head coach for the Hickory Post 48 Junior
Legion team for three seasons. Todd lives in the Bethlehem community with his
wife Christie, daughter Katelyn, and son Jacob.
Jeff Barkley Jr
Jeff Barkley Jr is a former professional baseball player with the St Louis Cardinals organazation and a former college pitcher for Pfeiffer University. He has been an instructor at BBS for 16 years now. Below is a career record and list of accomplishments.
Carrer and Accomplishments
Freshman Year: -Varsity 1st team All-Confrence
-Pitched a no-hitter
Sophmore Year: - Varsity 1st team All-Confrence
Senior Year: -Jack sink Tournement MVP (1-0 as pitcher, .467 Batting average with 1 HR)
-Played American Legion baseball all 4 years
Pfeiffer University Pitcher
-Pineville Pioneers (SCBL) 2011 Champions
Batting Average .312
Pitching Record 1-1
Pfeiffer University Pitcher
-Starter his junior year and closer his senior year
-Senior year: 2.05 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 30.2 innings of work and was ranked 2nd in the conference with 6 saves on the season. 2nd in conference in appearences as well.
-Signed with the St Louis Cardianls in January 2014 as a free agent.
-2014 Appalachian league champions
Nate Barkley has been an instructor at BBS for 8 years now. He currently is a sophmore at Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory NC. He is a former catcher and outfielder. Nate has also played with Pineville Post 337 Junior Legion team. Nate is a Eagle scout for troup 256 in Charlotte NC.
Daniel Barkley started training at the age of 12 to be a baseball instructor with his dad, Matt Barkley. He has been a camp instructor now for 7 years. Daniel attended St. Stephens High School in Hickory, NC. Daniel pitched, catched and played infield. He is an excellent student and enjoys teaching young players how to play baseball. Daniel now attends Gardner Webb University as a freshman.
Gabe Barkley started training at the age of 12 to be a baseball instructor with his Dad. He has been an instructor now for over 5 years. Gabe uses what he learns to help himself with his own endeavors as a sophmore at Alexander Central High School. Gabe catches and plays infield. He is an excellent student and enjoys teaching young players how to play baseball.
Adam is a 2003 graduate of Fred T. Foard High School where he played Varsity Baseball for 3 years and earned all conference his senior year. Adam also played for Hickory Post 48 for 4 years and was a part of the 2002 team that finished 4th in the state. Adam currently serves as the head Varsity Baseball coach of St. Stephens High School, a position he has held since 2014. Other coaching experience includes Maiden Middle School, Fred T. Foard, and Northview Middle School. Adam lives in Hickory with his wife Caroline and dog Huck.