Ken Shuey has a master’s degree in electrical engineering coupled with 47 years of practical experience in the design and development of electronic equipment. He holds 65 US patents on a variety of subjects related to his work experience with aircraft electrical systems, metering and communications. Ken is now retired but still does some consulting work related to intellectual property.
Ken grew up playing youth, high school and American Legion baseball in Missouri and then played four years of collegiate baseball at the University of Missouri at Rolla, joining the UMR team for the inaugural season that baseball was offered as a varsity sport. Ken had an invited tryout with the St. Louis Cardinals after his senior college season, but was told he did not throw hard enough to warrant follow. This information was instrumental in setting him on a journey to determine how velocity is improved.
Ken played a few years of post-collegiate baseball in the mid-Ohio area and also began his coaching career at 21 years of age in the Lima, Ohio area. His first team was a group of 15-year old Babe Ruth guys and it whetted his appetite for coaching the game.
For many years after moving from Ohio to North Carolina, Ken was the president of the North Wake County Baseball Association, a non-profit organization that provides baseball opportunities for players in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area. He is the co-founder of the Greater Raleigh Fall Baseball League (GRFBL) that began in the late 1980s. This fall program was recognized as one of the premier competitive fall baseball programs in the country. Over a span of 20+ years, the GRFBL ran competitive Triangle area leagues and hosted fall tournaments that attracted some of the top high school talent on the east coast. Players coming into the Triangle area included hundreds of future college players and such future major leaguers as Tony Graffanino, Mark Teixiera, Michael Barrett, Josh Hamilton, BJ Upton, Justin Upton, Gavin Floyd, Brian Schneider, Landon Powell, Tim Adleman and Ken’s son, Paul.
Ken has been providing throwing instruction for dedicated Raleigh area players for many years. It is the combined experience of working with Paul and with a variety of talented young players, coupled with a strong engineering background, that has allowed a refined set of powerful throwing techniques to be developed.