Jason Holowaty brings an exceptional background in talent development to the position of Academy Director, having headed up Major League Baseball’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) player development programme for the past decade.
In this role, he oversaw the development of academies across Europe and Africa that have produced a number of highly talented players, including some who have broken into the Major Leagues. Jason’s contribution was recognised by the Confederation of European Baseball’s Xavier Mateu Award in 2017.
In Britain, Jason has sat on BaseballSoftballUK’s Development Strategy Committee and had a business development role with the organisation.
Jason graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island as a four-year letter-winner in baseball and was a 1995 Academic All-Ivy League selection. He has a Masters degree in education from Columbia University.
Jason played baseball professionally in Australia, France and Belgium and represented Great Britain in the 2009 Baseball World Cup. Prior to serving as an MLB Envoy Coach from 1998-2001, Jason coached at Trinity College in the United States. As an Envoy Coach, he ran the New Zealand Baseball Academy and also carried out extensive assignments in Great Britain and Germany.
Jason moved to London in 2002 and served as Director of Market Development for the EMEA area in MLB’s London office until 2016. In that role, he oversaw all player development initiatives in the region, including the European and African Elite Camps, Spring and Fall Tournaments, and an extensive network of 30 MLB-supported national Academies in 10 nations. During Jason’s time at MLB, over 100 European and African players were signed to MLB contracts (an increase of 300% over the previous period) and Academy systems produced the first home-grown Major Leaguers from Germany, Italy, Lithuania and South Africa.