Danny Pralgo - President / Director of Instruction & Coaching
After graduating from Lassiter High School in 1988, Pralgo earned a four year baseball scholarship to Columbus State University, where he was a four year starter and appeared in the NCAA Division II College World Series. Pralgo graduated from Columbus State with a Bachelors degree in Recreational Management. Following his college graduation, Pralgo coached at North Florida Junior College for a season. In 1993, Pralgo returned to the Mariietta area where he worked in various positions- handling National Account Sales, Operations, and Customer Service- for a national air feight company. Then Pralgo took a Sales position with the Westbury Carpet One family, a wonderful company that he has been with since 2001, and is currently the CEO of Westbury Carpet One.
For over 15 years, Pralgo has been coaching and training student athletes in the greatest game in the world, baseball. For twelve years, Pralgo coached the East Cobb Astros (14U). Pralgo’s coaching abilities, and those of his coaching staff, were recognized in 2000 and 2004 when he was awarded Coach of the Year honors at East Cobb Baseball. One of Pralgo’s many coaching highlights came during the 2004 season. The 2004 East Cobb Astros (14U) team provided a dream season in which they won the 2004 PONY League World Series in Washington, Pennsylvania, and were named the #1 team (14U) in the country by USA Sports Rankings. In PONY League World Series history, this achievement was the first time since 1985 that a South Zone team had won the World Series title. Pralgo credits the dedication of his assistant coaches-David Carr, Terry Bellah, and Sean Ruth- as a primary factor in the Astros 2004 success. The coaching staff trained all 15 players to be interchangeable in many positions and therefore created a healthy system of competition, staples of Pralgo’s coaching philosophy. The talented 2004 team pushed one another to improve, was pushed by the coaching staff to strive for excellence and had a fun time doing so.
The 6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy started by Pralgo in 2007 was the percursor to 6-4-3 DP Athletics. Through the on-going development of 6-4-3 DP Athletics, Pralgo continues to work with young athletes on the fundamental skill and team aspects of the game of baseball, and, more importantly, the game of life. In addition to being the President, Pralgo serves as the Director of Instruction and Coaching for 6-4-3 DP Athletics.
David Carr - Chief Operating Officer / Marketing, Sponsorship & Operations Administrator
After graduating from Walton High School in 1994, Carr attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. As a college catcher, Carr was a four-year letterman, three-year starter, and two-year Team Captain for the Rhodes Baseball team. Carr was also awarded All Conference Honorable Mention honors his junior season, pre-season All Conference before his senior year, All-Conference honors his senior season, and Academic All Conference honorsin multiple seasons while playing for the NCAA Division III Rhodes Lynx. After graduating Rhodes College with a degree in Psychology, Carr entered graduate school at the University of Georgia, Athens. At UGA, Carr received his Masters degree in Sports Management. As a sports business professional, Carr has held positions with Coca-Cola, Fox SportsNet South, and Turner Broadcasting.
Carr began coaching with East Side Baseball serving as head coach of both recreational and travel programs in the14U age group for three seasons. In 2002, Carr served as the head coach of the East Cobb Knights (14U), the 2002 runner-up finisher in the Georgia AAU State Tournament and IBC World Series. From 2003 to 2005, Carr joined forces with Danny Pralgo as an assistant coach with the 14U East Cobb Astros. The 2004 season was a special one as the talented Astros team won the PONY League World Series title and claimed a season ending #1 in the national ranking by USA Sports Rankings. After a year hiatus, Carr teamed up again with Pralgo in 2007 to coach the successful East Cobb Cougars 15U). With the creation of the 6-4-3 DP Baseball Academy in 2007, Carr continued on with Pralgo as an instructor and assistant coach. Since the academy’s inception, Carr has worked with a variety of teams with athletes ranging from 9 to 18 years of age. With the evolution and development of 6-4-3 DP Athletics, Carr now serves 6-4-3 as the head of operations.
Jay Andrews - Chief Financial Officer / Office, Human Resources & Events Administrator
After graduating from Tucker High School as a three sport athlete- baseball, wrestling and football, Jay Andrews went on to continue his wrestling career for two years at Georgia State University. He received his BBA in Management / Finance from Georgia State University. Andrews, his wife, Barbara, and sons, Josh and Tyler, have resided in East Cobb and the Pope district for 25 years. Andrews has been very active at Pope High School having served as President of the Baseball Booster Club, the Wrestling Booster Club, and the School Council.
Andrews has coached baseball for over 14 years. His first five years were spent coaching recreational and all-star ball at East Side Baseball. Andrews then spent nine years at East Cobb Baseball where his teams have won multiple national, state, and local titles. Among the many coaching highlights, three teams specifically are to note: East Cobb Bulldogs, East Cobb Stallions, East Cobb Yankees. In 2001, Andrews coached the the East Cobb Bulldogs which was the first 8U team at East Cobb Baseball. The Bulldogs were the USSSA and AAU State Champions, as well as the Dizzy Dean World Series Champions and Runner Up at the AAU Nationals. In 2005, Andrews was a coach for the East Cobb Stallions (12U). This team was the USSSA State Champion, the NABF National Champion, and reached the Elite 8 at Cooperstown, losing a close quarter final game to the eventual champion from the state of Washington. Finally, in 2007, Andrews was the head coach of the East Cobb Yankees (14U). The Yankees went on to be the USSSA State Champions, NABF State Champions and the AAU State Runner Up. The team also won the USYBA World Series.
In addition to being a coach, Andrews has served in other sports operations roles. Andrews was a commissioner at East Cobb Baseball for seven years and a North Georgia Director of USSSA Baseball for eight years. Andrews has hosted and managed numerous local, state, and world series tournament events over the last 16 years for Triple Crown, Perfect Game, USSSA, CABA, PONY, and Nations Baseball. Furthermore, Andrews previously coached recreational and travel softball, as well as served on the board at Sandy Plains Softball. Finally, Andrews coached wrestling and served as President and a board member for six years with Pope Junior Wrestling.
Andrews joined 6-4-3 DP Athletics in 2009. Prior to joining 6-4-3 DP Athletics, Andrews was the Managing Partner of JAKL Development, LLC, a real estate development and residential construction company. Prior to co-founding JAKL Development in 2004, Andrews spent 24 years working in senior executive level positions within the consulting, outsourcing, legal, and banking industries. For 6-4-3 DP Athletics, Andrews handles all financial matters and serves as the primary contact for the office, human resources, and events administration.
Ryan Sterling - Senior Instructor & Coach / Baseball Operations Manager
After completing high school, Sterling attended Georgia State University in Atlanta. At Georgia State, Sterling was a four year starter and the only freshman to crack the starting lineup in 2003. In 2004, the middle infielder collected Second Team All Conference honors. In the 2005 and 2006 seasons, Sterling was named team captain and helped lead the Panthers to the conference tournament in consecutive years. In Sterling’s four years at Georgia State, he finished in the top ten of many offensive and defensive categories. Sterling finished as the school leader in sacrifice hits in a single season and in a career. In addition to these honors, Sterling lead his team in defensive assists in a single season. Also noteworthy was Sterling’s designation in 2006 as #6 in a national list of toughest Division I hitters to strike out.
During the summers of his collegiate career, Sterling spent most of his time either playing in the local Stan Musial League or as an assistant coach with Jim Sterling, his father and manager of the 15U-18U East Cobb Panthers. After his college playing career ended, Sterling decided to continue with the Georgia State baseball program as a student-coach. While coaching at Georgia State, Ryan was in charge infield preparation as well as team bunting.
Sterling has also served as the head coach of the Saarlouis Hornets of the German Bundesliga, which is the German 1st League, and assistant coach for the German National Baseball Team. While working with the German National Team, Sterling coached in the European Championships in Barcelona where his team finished tied for second place behind only the Netherlands. With the German National Team, Sterling also coached in two tournaments held in Taiwan: the World Championships in Taipei City and the Final Olympic Qualifier in Taichung. Upon returning to the Atlanta area, Sterling reunited with Danny Pralgo and accepted a position with 6-4-3 DP Athletics. For 6-4-3, Sterling serves as both a senior instructor and an operations manager.
Matt Liedberg – Instructional Services Manager / Instructor
Matt Liedberg was a 2009 graduate of Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia. Liedberg played four years of baseball for the Greyhounds and helped lead them to a 2009 AAAAA State Championship. After high school graduation, Liedberg continued his baseball career at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. He primarily served as a relief pitcher for the Runnin’ Bulldogs for the 2010-2012 seasons. He also made the Big South Conference Honor Roll all three years he played on the team. During the summer of 2012, Liedberg served as a student assistant for 6-4-3 DP Athletics. Liedberg graduated in December of 2012 from Gardner-Webb with a degree in Sports Management. Liedberg now serves 6-4-3 as the manager of all instructional services - private lessons, camps, and clinics.
Nelson Pedraza - Facility and Grounds Manager / Instructor & Coach
Nelson Pedraza’s baseball experience is deep, as is his operational experience. Raised in Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish, Pedraza played in the Cleveland Indians Organization from 1982-1986. He advanced to all levels in the Indians farm system – A, AA, and AAA. Since 2008, Pedraza has served as an instructor and coach with 6-4-3. In addition to being a coach with 6-4-3, Pedraza served as a community coach with Kell High School from 2008 – 2013. Pedraza also served as a coach within the Sandy Plains Baseball Association during his son’s, Adam, development. Off the diamond, Pedraza holds a long, 26-year career in operations with American Airlines including roles in San Juan, P.R., Miami, FL, and Atlanta, GA. In addition, Pedraza now serves as the full time facility and grounds manager for 6-4-3 DP Athletics. Lucky for 6-4-3, Pedraza also continues to coach and teach the game of baseball as a key member of the 6-4-3 DP Baseball academy family.
Ric Bishop -
Baseball Operations & Administrative Coordinator / Instructor & Coach
Ric Bishop is a 2004 graduate of Columbus High School in Columbus, Georgia. Bishop was a highly successful and highly decorated prep baseball player. After high school graduation, Bishop attended Andrew College and later Kennesaw State University as a student-athlete. At KSU, Bishop was an offensive standout on the Owls baseball team and was named team captain his senior year.
Bishop graduated in 2009 from KSU with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise, Sports, and Health Science. After college graduation, Bishop continued his passion for teaching the game baseball and coaching youth teams. After successful, coaching roles with Oregon Park, East Cobb Baseball, Woodstock High School and other organizations, Bishop began coaching and providing private instruction as a valued member of 6-4-3 DP Baseball in 2013. Bishop’s success as a coach continued with 6-4-3 which earned him Coach of the Year honors in 2015 while serving as head coach of the 12U Cougars and 15U Tigers. In addition to increased coaching and instruction roles, Bishop now serves the 6-4-3 organization as a coordinator of baseball operations and administration.
Taylor Hightower -
Baseball Operations & Administrative Coordinator / Instructor & Coach
Taylor Hightower is a 2008 graduate of Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia. Hightower played summer ball for Danny Pralgo as a 14 year old in 2004 and developed into a highly successful, highly decorated, and highly scouted prep baseball player. After high school graduation and being drafted by the Colorado Rockies, Hightower continued his baseball career as a catcher at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi. In 2010, Hightower and the entire Ole Miss baseball team successfully advanced and competed in the NCAA Regional (Charlottesville, VA). In 2009, Hightower and the entire Ole Miss baseball team were SEC Regular Season Champions, advanced to (and won) their NCAA Regional (Oxford, MS), and competed in the NCAA Super Regional (Oxford, MS).
Hightower graduated in 2012 from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. During his time at the University of Mississippi, Hightower was a three time SEC Academic Honor Roll award recipient. After graduation, Hightower relocated to Marietta, Georgia, where he began working with 6-4-3 DP Athletics as both an instructor and coach. Hightower quickly emerged as a talented coach and earned Coach of the Year honors in 2013 while serving as head coach of the 14U Jaguars. In addition to increased coaching and instructor roles, Hightower now serves in the 6-4-3 organization as a coordinator of baseball operations and administration.
Jamaal Hawkins -
Instructional Services Coordinator / Instructor & Coach
Jamaal Hawkins graduated (Class of 2007) from Sprayberry High School in Marietta, Georgia. Hawkins earned first team All-State baseball honors as a high school senior. During his final year at Sprayberry, Hawkins hit safely in 25 out of 26 regular season games.
After high school, Hawkins attended Jacksonville University in Florida where he earned a baseball scholarship. Hawkins was a three-year, starting shortstop at Jacksonville University. As a junior, he earned team MVP honors and All-Atlantic Sun Conference honors after hitting .330 avg. with 9 HR and 50 RBI.
In 2010, Hawkins was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 28th round of the MLB Draft. After playing professionally for two seasons, Hawkins returned home to Cobb County and finished his finance degree at Kennesaw State University (KSU). While finishing his undergraduate studies at KSU, Hawkins began to assist older age group teams within 6-4-3. In 2013, Hawkins began serving as a coach and instructor for 6-4-3. While he continues to serve as a valuable coach and skilled instructor, Hawkins now serves the 6-4-3 organization as coordinator of instructional services.