Owners Max McDowell and Tommy Quealy both graduated Norwin High School in 2012. They played varsity baseball under head coach Mike Liebdzinski. Max and Tommy started playing travel baseball when they were 10 years old. They attended Cooperstown with the very first Norwin team to achieve this honor.
Max went on to play Division1 baseball at UConn and saw 3 years as the starting catcher as well as receiving many accolades during his tenure. See: UConn McDowell
Max was drafted in the 2015 MLB Draft,13th round by the Milwaukee Brewers. He just finished his 2nd full season of minor league ball while playing High A for the the Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon, N.C. His first full season, Max played in the Midwest League for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Appleton. In 2016 he had the team leading batting average as well as mid season All Star honors.
See minor league stats here: MILB Stats
Max works with all age groups at the Academy and especially enjoys his time with the catchers.
He will report back to MLB Spring Training in Phoenix mid February.
In high school Tommy was a 3 year starter on the varsity team. He was named First Team All Section in 2010. Tommy played D1 baseball for Mount St. Mary’s on an athletic scholarship. He was a 4 year starter for the Mounts and a 2 year captain. He graduated college in 2016 and is also pursuing a career in the insurance industry. The Quealy family was part of the original founders of the Norwin facility. Tommy has been an integral part of the coaching team at the Academy since 2010. Tommy enjoys teaching youth baseball fundamentals and assisting older players with the advanced skills needed to excel at the next level. See Tommy’s bio here: College Bio Quealy
The Norwin baseball program has a very successful winning history and many WPIAL section championships as well as a recent overall title in 2016. Many players from Norwin have gone on to have successful college careers with athletic and academic scholarships. Several players have been drafted and are currently playing in the farm systems within the MLB.