Mike Power #11 / 1992-1998
Mike Power was the first Head Coach at Harrison High School from 1992-98. Nobody was more committed or has done more to establish Hoya Baseball than Mike Power. His players have been successful on the baseball field and in life after they have played their last baseball game. This is due in large part to the life lessons Coach Power stressed to his players and the habits he cultivated such as respect for the game, responsibility, commitment, work ethic, and most importantly to never quit. The high expectations that were placed on Hoya Baseball players established by Coach Power continues to have a lasting effect today.
In his six varsity seasons as Head Coach, his teams flourished. Those six teams had a combined record of 138-59 with the last five teams accumulating at least 20 wins each year. In addition, 24 Hoya players got the opportunity to play college baseball. Three players signed and played professional baseball. Power's teams won Region Championships in 1996, 1997, and 1998. The Hoyas won two Georgia Dugout Tournament Championships. Hoya teams made and competed in four State Playoffs and in 1998, Coach Power’s final season at Harrison, the Hoyas won the AAAA State Championship. The Hoyas finished that season ranked 25th in the country by USA Today. It was the first time any of Harrison’s programs finished the year nationally recognized. In addition, the AAAA Championship was the first Team State Championship in the history of Harrison School.
Adam Everett #1 / Class of 1995
Adam played shortstop at Harrison during the 1994 and 95 seasons. He was a very productive player for us offensively, batting .423 and .425 respectively and was flawless defensively. Adam was named to the All County Team and played on the Georgia Dugout Club All Star Team in 1995. During his two seasons, Adam worked very hard to be the very best he could be, but also worked hard at making his team the best it could be. He led our team by example but was also willing to say what needed to be said to his teammates if they weren’t giving their best effort. He represented himself and our baseball program in a positive way on and off the field.
In the 1995 baseball draft, Adam was a 4th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs. He was the first Hoya to be selected in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Adam had previously signed a scholarship at North Carolina State with Coach Ray Tanner. He chose not to sign with the Cubs and went to NC State for his freshman season where he was named to the Mizuno Freshman All-American Team. After his Freshman season, Adam decided to transfer to the University of South Carolina. In the Southeastern Conference, Adam flourished. He was named All SEC twice and played for two summers with Team USA’s Collegiate National Team in 1996 and 1997. His last year at South Carolina, his junior season, was his best. He was named First Team All SEC and was honored as the nation’s best shortstop being named First Team All American. During that same season, Adam also was named to the academic All-American team.
1n 1998, Adam was selected in the First Round, and 12th pick overall by the Boston Red Sox. He signed, and started his professional career. Adam’s professional career has been equally impressive. He has played ten seasons of Major League baseball with the Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins, and Detroit Tigers. His career has been full of Highlights. During the 2000 season, Adam was named to represent our country in the Sydney Olympics as a member of the baseball team. His team was able to defeat Cuba and win the Gold Medal for the first time in many years. As a member of the Houston Astros in 2005, Adam got the opportunity to play in the World Series against the Chicago White Sox. It is also widely accepted in Major League Baseball Circles that Adam is considered to be one of the most outstanding Defensive shortstops in the game. Adam continues to play Major League Baseball today, playing for the Cleveland Indians.
Corey Patterson #4 / Class of 1998
Corey’s high school career was tremendous. Not only was he a standout as a baseball player, he was an all county football player in 1995, 96, and 97. He was an all-county player in baseball for 4 years and was named county player of the year in 1996 and 1998. Locally, he was named high school player of the year by the Marietta Daily Journal, The Atlanta Braves 400 Club, The Atlanta Journal, and The Georgia Dugout Club. He was also named male athlete of the year by the Marietta Daily Journal in 1998. In 1997 he was the only junior named to Baseball America’s All-American Team. During that same year, Corey represented the United States in International competition, playing for the 18U National Team.
In 1998, Corey was included on several All-American teams. Louisville Slugger, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, and USA Today all named Corey 1st team All-American. Corey was named high school player of the year by Gatorade, Rawlings, and the American Baseball Coaches Association. After being recruited nationwide, Corey signed a scholarship with Georgia Tech. While receiving lots of media attention locally and nationally during his senior season, Corey remained a team player and his primary focus was to help his team win the state championship. The Hoyas were able to do that in 1998. A career .458 hitter in high school, Corey was able to produce runs with power and speed. As a junior, Corey stole a single season school record / 47 bases and hit 22 Home Runs his senior year, also a school record. Corey holds school records in 16-20 offensive categories. Many of his records will never be broken.
Corey was the first Hoya to break into the Major Leagues. Since he was drafted in 1998 by the Chicago Cubs in the 1st Round (he was the 3rd overall pick), Corey quickly moved up in the Cubs organization where he had been named their organizations top prospect. He was twice named to the future’s all start team which showcases the top minor league prospects in professional baseball. He made his major league debut with the Cubs in 2000. After breaking in with the Cubs, Corey has been part of the Baltimore Orioles and Cincinnati Reds orgainizations. He currently is playing with the Toronto Blue Jays.
To this day, Corey has continued to provide an excellent example of the right way to go about the business of preparing and playing the game of baseball. The standard he has set continues to influence our baseball program in a positive way today.
Eric Patterson #6 / Class of 2001
Eric played baseball at Harrison from 1998 to 2001. Eric was a four year letterman in Baseball and as a Freshman, Eric was a member of the 1998 State Championship Team and went on to lead Hoya teams to two other state playoff appearances. During those four years, Eric was an extremely productive player. His success was due in large part to the talent he was born with combined with an outstanding work ethic. Combining these two qualities allowed Eric to lead Hoya teams in a positive way. Eric currently is among career leaders in Runs Scored, Triples, Home Runs, Walks, and Stolen Bases. He also was twice selected as an all county player and was named to the Atlanta Braves 400 Club All Star Team.
His talent and productivity were enough for the Colorado Rockies to select Eric in the 23rd round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. Eric chose not to sign and attend Georgia Tech on a Baseball Scholarship, where he continued to flourish. As a Freshman, Eric as a Second Baseman was named All-ACC and was named to the Mizuno Freshman All American Team. He went on to be named to the 1st Team All-ACC team two more times and during the Spring of 2004, his Junior Season, Eric was named an All American by Baseball America. Eric finished his career at Georgia Tech with a .316 batting average and accumulated 124 Stolen Bases, second all time in Georgia Tech Baseball history.
Eric has also represented our country in international baseball. Eric played for the collegiate national team during the summers of 2002 and 2003, helping lead our country’s team to two silver medals.
Eric was drafted again in 2004, this time in the 8th Round by the Chicago Cubs. He signed later that summer and began his professional career. Eric moved up through the organization rapidly being named the Cubs 6th best prospect in 2006, the same year he played in the Futures All Star Game in Pittsburg.
In 2007, three years after getting drafted, Eric made his major league debut with the Cubs. Currently, Eric is a member of the San Diego Padres after spending time with and getting valuable experience in the Major leagues with the Cubs, the Oakland A’s, and the Boston Red Sox.