Charlie grew up on Chicago’s north side and played his early years at Welles Park.
He played his high school baseball at Northside College Prep, where he was a seven letter athlete. At 16, Charlie started working part-time at BASH Sports Academy where he was able to drastically improve his skills as a catcher and a hitter. He became a baseball “gym rat”, hanging around the facility during his free-time to catch off-season bullpens for minor league pitchers, extract as much knowledge as he could from the facility’s nationally-recognized instructors and worked hard to become a better ballplayer.
It all paid off when in 2008, Charlie successfully walked on to the Fighting Leathernecks Varsity baseball squad at Western Illinois University (NCAA Division 1 – Summit League). What Charlie lacked in size for a D1 catcher, he made up for in skill, quickness and baseball IQ. Unfortunately, shoulder injuries limited his collegiate career.
After college, Charlie went back to BASH as an instructor, working with young catchers during camps and clinics. In addition, he became a coach for the Northside College Preparatory High School Junior Varsity and Varsity baseball programs.