CBF Staff

President and 14U Head Coach

John Carter

John Carter has been involved in youth baseball coaching and instructions for the past 23 years.  John’s baseball experience comes from playing throughout his childhood and also his 8 years in professional baseball; playing with the Mets, the Pirates and the Cleveland Indians.

Carter, 48, has had the opportunity to instruct several Major League players, such as Steve Karsay, Brian Anderson, Ryan Feierabend, Brandon Hynick and Ryan Dennick .  His successes in coaching have led to over 45 of his players being recruited to play college baseball.    

After playing professional baseball, John moved to the front office of the Cleveland Indians, serving as Manager of Community Relations for seven years.   As Manager of Community Relations, John dealt closely with not only the Cleveland community, but also with the players themselves.  John has played a key role in youth baseball in Cleveland, organizing the Hardball Classic, which is held at Progressive Field, the MLB  Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) East Regional tournament and played a key role in the 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game pregame introductions representing MasterCard starting lineups held in Cleveland, Ohio.  

John currently serves as President of Cleveland Baseball Federation.  He joined them in October of 2007.  Cleveland Baseball Federation is one of the oldest baseball organizations in Cleveland.  Their mission is to keep children off the streets and in the parks.  John’s vision, along with CBF is to make them the premier provider of youth baseball/softball in the Cleveland area and set the standard for all other Major League Baseball cities.

Along with John’s responsibilities at Cleveland Baseball Federation, he also served as Director of Athletics for Fairview Park City Schools and Oberlin City Schools the past 11 years. As an education based athletic leader, he is an active member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), Executive Board Member of the Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NEOIAAA) and President of Lorain County Athletic Administrators Association (LCAAA). 

John resides in North Ridgeville with his wife Amy and their children, Mary Grace (Matt), Jake and Ellie.

15U Head Coach

Ryan McSweeney is a 2012 graduate of Trinity High School where he was a three-sport athlete playing baseball, football and basketball. Being named a captain in all three sports and earning a combined nine varsity letters. McSweeney went on to pitch at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.
During his time at Walsh, McSweeney was the teams 2015 & 2017 ERA /Strike Out Leader as the team’s closer. In 2017 he finished the season with a 4-1 record, 0.91 ERA, striking out 31 batters while only walking six and notching nine saves. That season McSweeney was named a DII NCAA All-American. Other collegiate accolades he earned include First Team All-GLIAC, CCA First Team All-Region, Rawlings ABCA First Team All-Region.
After his time at Walsh he signed a free agent contract with the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League after going undrafted in the 2017 MLB draft.
Since his professional baseball career has ended McSweeney was hired as an assistant varsity baseball and football coach at Trinity High School for the last three seasons.

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