Jack McDowell brings more than a decade of coaching experience at multiple levels to the Burlington Sock Puppets. Most recently, McDowell served as the first-ever head coach at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., from 2018-19. After coaching his first season at the club level in 2018, McDowell kicked off the program’s introduction to NCAA Division II in 2019 by knocking off two nationally-ranked opponents in No. 23 University of Mount Olive and No. 14 Catawba College. From 2000-09 he coached youth baseball and led San Dieguito Academy from 2006-2013, reaching 27 wins in 2013 and capping off the season as California Interscholastic Federation runners-up. Since then, he has managed the Ogden Raptors Advanced Rookie Team in Los Angeles and the Dodgers AZL Rookie Team, both of which finished as second-half champions under McDowell’s guidance. In addition to his coaching experience, McDowell also brings a wealth of playing experience to the Sock Puppets. At Stanford University, he was named co-Freshman of the Year in 1985 and led the Cardinal to the College World Series Championship in 1987. After being drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the fifth overall pick in the 1987 amateur draft, McDowell played only six games in the minor leagues before making his Major League debut on Sept. 15, 1987. He pitched seven shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins in his debut to earn the win and finished the season with a 3-0 record and a 1.93 ERA in four starts. Throughout his 12-year big league career, McDowell made 277 appearances and started 275 games on the mound, compiling a 127-87 record, and totaling 1,311 strikeouts for four different clubs. McDowell’s success translated into being a three-time All-Star (1991-1993) and winning the American League Cy Young Award in 1993.
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