Baseball Northwest is Jeff McKay’s brain-child. As a Major League Baseball Scout, Jeff saw the lack of showcase opportunities for high school players in the Northwest. He strongly desired to bring all the best athletes together to compete against each other in front of college coaches and professional scouts. From that desire, Baseball Northwest and the Northwest Championships were born.
Jeff was the sole owner and Director of Operations of Baseball Northwest from its creation in 1995 until 2014. At that time, he passed the torch and many of the daily responsibilities on to his son-in-law Josh Warner. Jeff still remains on staff at Baseball Northwest as an evaluator and mentor.
Jeff was a professional scout for more than 25 years beginning in 1982 within the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, before concluding in 2008 as a scout for the Chicago White Sox. He spent most of his professional scouting career with the Kansas City Royals (1990-2006) as a Northwest Area Scout, West Coast Crosschecker, or National Crosschecker.
Before scouting, Jeff coached at both the professional and collegiate level in the Northwest League, as the pitching coach for the Boise Bucks, the pitching coach for the Salem Angels, and a hitting coach for the Eugene Emeralds. Jeff also served as an assistant coach to Mel Krause at the University of Oregon in 1979 and 1980.
As a player, Jeff played one year at Treasure Valley Community College before signing with the San Francisco Giants. From 1972-75, he played for five different teams within the San Francisco Giants organization.
Jeff McKay became the head coach of the Corban University baseball team in 2010. During his time at the helm of the Warriors, he has guided Corban to back-to-back 29-plus win seasons and in 2014, the team finished tied for third in the conference standings, ultimately taking third in the conference tournament – the highest finish in program history. Jeff is currently the most winningest coach in Corban’s baseball history with 123 wins.
Jeff graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education. He and his wife, Jodi, have two children – Annie Warner, of Aumsville, OR and Torie Grubb, of Conrad, MT – and 2 grandsons!
Director of Operations
Josh Warner worked for Baseball Northwest under his father-in-law Jeff McKay, beginning in the summer of 2010 after graduating from Corban University with a degree in Business Management and Accounting. Josh quickly learned the ropes and took over as Director of Operations in 2014. Josh has a strong passion to help young men find the right fit for playing baseball past high school and this passion comes out as he directs Baseball Northwest.
While working for Baseball Northwest, Josh also coached for Corban University from 2010-2015. He was a hitting instructor and the primary outfield coach for the Warriors, coaching for the team for which he started in the outfield from 2007-2010.
Warner now serves as the Associate Scout for the Kansas City Royals and helps facilitate the Royal’s Area Code events.
Warner married Annie McKay in 2011 and the couple currently resides in Salem. They are avid sports fans and love to spend time together with their 3 year old son cheering on the Kansas City Royals, the Seattle Mariners, and the Seattle Seahawks. They also enjoy traveling to the Seattle area and Montana to see family.
Caleb Virtue serves as Baseball Northwest’s Tournament Director, with his primary focus on helping players get involved in our tournament and showcase opportunities. Caleb joined our staff as Josh’s right-hand man in 2014.
Caleb Virtue also played at Corban University from 2009-2013. He graduated in 2013 with a degree in Secondary Education and served as a graduate assistant for the Corban baseball team during the 2014 and 2015 season while he earned a Masters in Education. In 2015, Caleb was named the Pitching Coach for Corban University. In the summer of 2015, Caleb helped coach the summer team at his alma mater Union High School.
Caleb resides in Salem, OR and loves watching the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners.
Assistant Tournament Director
Annie Warner (formerly McKay) grew up attending Baseball Northwest tryout camps with her dad Jeff, not knowing one day she would marry one of those baseball players and help him run the business! Annie serves as Assistant Tournament Director aiding primarily in the event-planning aspects of the business. She also serves as Baseball Northwest’s accountant.
Annie graduated from Corban University in 2011 with a degree in Business Management and Accounting. She earned her CPA license in 2013 while working in public accounting. Now, she spends most of her time chasing after their 20 month old son Jameson. Josh and Annie love spending time together cheering on their favorite sports teams and taking Jameson on fun adventures.
Ryan Gipson joined the Baseball Northwest staff in 2007 helping Jeff run the Prospect Evaluation Camps and coaching at the Northwest Championships. That is still his primary role today as a player evaluator and coach. He has been a reliable member of our team throughout pivotal years at Baseball Northwest.
Ryan Gipson played and graduated from Oregon State University and was a member of their 2006 National Championship team. He also helped as an undergraduate assistant at OSU under Marty Lees and Pat Casey for 2 years.
After collegiate baseball, Gipson played professionally in two independent leagues, the Frontier League in 2007 and Golden Baseball League in 2008. He also went on to play in Perth, Australia during the 2009-10 season where he led the league in hitting. While in Perth he was a player/coach and in charge of every level of baseball within the club.
He served as an assistant coach at Dixie State University in 2012-2014. Ryan was then named the head coach of Linn Benton Community College in 2014.
He and his wife Ali and their 2 year old son Parker reside in Corvallis. Ryan enjoys golfing, camping, and fishing.
Kurt Lupinski joined the Baseball Northwest family in 2008 and was a pillar to our team during the 2015 summer as he facilitated Prospect Evaluation Camps every week. His primarily role in Baseball Northwest is to serve as a player evaluator. He also helps coach at the Northwest Championships and various tournaments throughout the year. Kurt has a tremendous passion for the game of baseball and teaching it to others, as well as a passion for player development and evaluation. He loves helping players realize their dreams as collegiate athletes.
Kurt Lupinski graduated from Oregon State University in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Sciences. He was fortunate to get his start in collegiate baseball as an undergraduate student at Oregon State University helping out the Beaver Baseball program and its outstanding coaches. Coach Lupinski credits much of his growth in the baseball world and his growth of knowledge of the game to the OSU coaches. Kurt went on to be the graduate assistant baseball coach at Chapman University in Orange, CA from 2012-2013. He also served as the Assistant Baseball Coach at Oregon Tech for the 2013-2014 season. He currently is the Recruiting Coordinator and an assistant coach at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, OR.
Justin Gabriel started coaching for Baseball Northwest in 2012. He travels with many of our teams to Arizona, Florida, and Georgia each year, as well as helps with our Prospect Evaluation Camps and Northwest Championships.
Justin played 2 seasons at Lassen Community College (CA) as well as 2 seasons at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. While at ULL, he made 2 starts at the College World Series in 2000 where Ragin Cajuns finished 2nd on their side of the bracket and was ranked as high as 3rd on the final rankings. Justin was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 30th round of 2002 draft, before being released in 2004. Post professional play, Justin assisted at Olympic College, Shoreline Community College, and Pierce College. Justin was on staff at University of Washington from 2011-2014.
Justin is currently the pitching coach at University of Puget Sound.
Nate helped Jeff McKay and Baseball Northwest run camps and fall baseball leagues beginning in 2002, but took on a more substantial role in 2015 as an evaluator for Baseball Northwest. He helped facilitate many of the Prospect Evaluation Camps around the Northwest and coached at the Northwest Championships.
Coach Pratt is in his eighth year as head coach for Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon, where he also teaches in the Health and Human Performance Department.
He previously spent three years as the assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator at Western Oregon University. During his tenure at WOU the Wolves won three consecutive league titles and placed third in the West Regional Tournament in 2006. Prior to his stint at WOU, Coach Pratt spent three years as the associate head coach at Lane Community College. During his years there, Lane won two conference titles and won the NWAACC championship in 2004. Pratt has also coached the Bend Elks of the WCCBL and the Bi-Mart Challengers of Eugene. Coach Pratt is also currently on the Cambodian Baseball Federation board of directors.
Pratt spent his college years at Lane CC then St. Martin’s University. Pratt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social studies in 2002 and his master’s degree in health education from WOU. Pratt is married and has a young son.
Jack Russell has been around Baseball Northwest since the beginning, helping Jeff coach at the very first Northwest Championships in 1998. Today, he still coaches at the Northwest Championships while also helping at our Prospect Evaluation Camps each summer.
Jack played for the University of Oregon club team in 1992-93 and graduated in 1994 with a degree in Recreational Management, Tourism and Design.
Jack has coached at various high schools in Oregon for over 14 years including Sheldon H.S., Roosevelt H.S., and Jesuit H.S. He has also coached various American Legion teams including the Eugene Challengers, St. John’s, East Portland, and NW Star Academy
He has been a private baseball trainer in the Vancouver area since 2006, starting his own indoor training facility in 2011, the Columbia Baseball and Softball Academy.
Jack lives in Camas, WA and has been married to his wife Nicole for 11 years. They have a 9 year old daughter Madilyn. Jack loves photography, fly fishing, golf, and traveling.