John Silva

Founder and CEO/Mentor

John has been connected to the private and public school world since the late 1970's. After a successful college football coaching career, John made the decision to raise a family and immerse himself in academia.

For 26 years John and his wife resided in Concord, New Hampshire. Most of those years were spent on the grounds of St. Paul’s School, where they raised two children, while John taught Science, History and Humanities. Teaching Humanities proved to be a life changing experience, professionally.

During his tenure at SPS, John coached football, basketball and baseball. John also served in a number of administrative roles in various departments: Admissions, Athletics, Residential Life, Head of the Faculty Leadership Council, and Student Affairs. He provided expertise on a regional level as President of the Independent School League and President of New England Preparatory Schools Athletic Council. John has also served as the Head of School at The Burlington Day School and Charlotte Secondary School  in North Carolina.

John graduated from Springfield College and went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Arts and Liberal Studies from Dartmouth College. His entrepreneurial daughter graduated from St. Paul’s School. His son graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and now works for ABC as a photojournalist, while also running his own production company.

Terry Buxton

Program Developer/Mentor

Terry Buxton lives in Greensboro, NC, the home of the Pirates’ Single-A affiliate Greensboro Grasshoppers. A lifelong educator and coach, over the past 40 years he has taught English, coordinated curricula, advised college-bound students and served as head of three separate high schools. In his capacity as a BAATS program developer and mentor, Terry is in a unique position to connect with and help aspiring professional athletes strengthen their potential for future success in every area of their lives....

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Brett Silva

Director of Communications

Brett is a graduate of Elon University, where he majored in Broadcast Communications.  During his collegiate career he was fortunate to gain employment with: the Greensboro Grasshoppers, a Florida Marlins minor league ball club; he also secured an internship with the Atlantic Coast Conference.  A noteworthy aspect of this assignment was when he recorded with great sensitivity the recovery of the Virginia Tech Community during a week of reflection and tributes that culminated with the first on campus football game following the tragic loss of life on that ACC campus, now demoralized as The Virginia Tech Shooting.  Upon graduation Brett immediately went to work for the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, North Carolina, and then quickly received a call from CBS to report to a larger market in Greensboro.  After a couple of years in his adoptive state of North Carolina, ABC news came calling with an offer of employment located in Phoenix, Arizona, one of the top twelve markets in the country. There he was promoted to Sports Producer and produced weekly sports shows for millions.


Over the last eight years Brett has established contacts with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Arizona Cardinals, the Arizona Coyotes and the Phoenix Suns.  During this time Brett has founded his own independent studio under the name of Desert Peek Productions.


Brett’s personal career highlight was when he was asked by ABC to “shoot” his hometown New England Patriots, from the field, in Super Bowl XLIX, where he captured footage, particularly of the dramatic ending in his own unique style. (Click here). He has professionally interviewed many of the top athletes in professional and collegiate sports.


Brett now joins BAATS to guide our organization through his unique skills of communications, videography and journalism.

Effie Katsoudas

Executive Office Administrator

Effie Katsoudas lives in Whitsett, North Carolina which is in between homes to the Greensboro Grasshoppers and the Durham Bulls, or as she likes to call it “the heart of baseball country” with the Elon University Phoenix, the UNC Tar Heels and the NC State Wolfpack also a short ride away. 
As Executive Office Administrator at B.A.A.T.S., she researches colleges and universities to find the proper degree program for each ball player. Her excellent communication, interpersonal and follow through skills will be the driving force for Effie as she is committed to supporting not only the ball players but each of our college affiliates. She creatively designs and manages player’s work schedules for the most effective and efficient base-path to success. Because Effie believes that education is important to leading a good life and that baseball is part of a good life, she knows the mission at B.A.A.T.S. is vital for all....

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Ginger Graves

Chief Financial Officer

“Peanuts!! Peanuts!! She counts the Peanuts!!”
Ginger Graves lives in Graham, NC in Alamance County.  Despite living all across North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast, she has moved to Alamance County three times, so that is where she calls home.  Alamance County is also home to the minor-league team, Burlington Royals. Ginger and her family have a lot of team pride for the Royals and attend games when they can.  BAATS is a natural progression in Ginger’s beliefs in sports and educatio...

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