Jeff McKay

Jeff McKay

Founder

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 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 162 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 4 grandsons!

Josh Warner

Josh Warner

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 two sons 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

Caleb Virtue

Tournament Director

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 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 the summer of 2015, Caleb helped coach the summer team at his alma mater Union High School. In 2015, Caleb was named the Pitching Coach for Corban University.

Caleb married Jessica Bruggeman in 2016 and the couple currently resides in Salem, OR. The two enjoy hiking and watching the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners.

Annie Warner

Annie Warner

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 3 year old son Jameson. Josh and Annie love spending time together cheering on their favorite sports teams and taking Jameson on fun adventures.

Ethan Bragg

Ethan Bragg

Assistant Tournament Director/Coach

Ethan Bragg joined the Baseball Northwest staff in the summer of 2018. His main focus with Baseball Northwest is player registration. Ethan attended Jerome HS (ID) and went through Baseball Northwest as a player, including attending several PECs and the Northwest Championships. He then played for Chemeketa Community College from 2014-2016 before transferring to Corban University in the fall of 2016 to finish his career with the Warriors. He graduated with a BA in Business: Sports and Recreation Management and will pursue his Masters while coaching at Corban in the upcoming 2018-2019 season. Ethan currently resides in Salem, OR and enjoys hiking and watching the Kansas City Royals.

Jadon Meador

Jadon Meador

Media/Marketing Intern

Jadon Meador joined the Baseball Northwest staff in the summer of 2018 as a Media/Marketing Intern. He is a junior at Corban University studying Business Marketing & Sports and Recreation Management. He is a right-handed pitcher for the baseball team and will be starting his 3rd season in 2018-2019.

He hails from Ellensburg, WA where he attended Kittitas HS.  He now resides in the Salem area, going to school and serving a local church’s youth ministry. He enjoys traveling and being outdoors, whether it be fishing, hiking, camping, or hammocking.

Nate Pratt

Nate Pratt

Evaluator/Coach

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 coaches at the Northwest Championships.

Coach Pratt is in his tenth 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.

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 and daughter.

Justin Gabriel

Justin Gabriel

Evaluator/Coach

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.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell

Instructor/Coach

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 pitched at the College of Southern Idaho in 1988-89 and for the University of Oregon club team in 1991-92 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, currently Jack coaches with Premier Baseball Club – Vancouver, and trains at The Lumber Yard – Vancouver.

Jack lives in Camas, WA and has been married to his wife Nicole for 13 years. They have a 11 year old daughter Madilyn. Jack loves photography, fly fishing, golf, and traveling.