As a former professional baseball pitcher who was just one step from the big leagues, Charles Scott at the age of 31 came to Dominican in 1995 as a business student looking for the tools to take him in a different direction.
His Dominican experience jump-started him toward a successful career as founder, owner and program director of Future Prospects Baseball. With three locations, Future Prospects Baseball offers comprehensive individualize training through a customized teaching approach designed to inspire athletes of all ages to elevate their potential on and off the field.
Charles spent one year in Human Resource and Management in Dominican’s Pathways program. He credits Dominican for inspiring him.
Dominican created me. They created the business of Charles Scott. They gave me the confidence to succeed in business and not just on an athletic field, more so than any other school in any length of time. It was an impactful moment. I was very proud of myself. Dominican gave me the courage to not fear much else.
Charles, who was a business major for three years at Arizona State University before being drafted by the Cleveland Indians in his junior year, suffered a rotator cuff injury that ended his pro baseball career. When he arrived at Dominican, Charles was at a crossroad in his life. Dominican made a difference.
I knew my baseball career was over and my future was capped and at that time I was trying to rediscover who and what I was going to be and I knew that it wasn’t going to be a million dollar baseball player. My time at Dominican was the busiest time of my life.
Not only did Charles take evening classes at Dominican, he played on the Penguins basketball team, worked 40 hours a week at a hardware store to support his wife and young son and pay the mortgage. He also was working his way through the fire academy in Santa Rosa.
Yet, despite the hectic pace, Charles applied himself, studying into the late hours in Alemany Library. He made the Dean’s List with a 4.0 GPA in his first semester and was named Dominican’s Scholar Athlete of the Year. He aspired to be better and his passion for baseball was still burning.
When I got that 4.0, it was game on, especially at Dominican with its strong academic history. It really empowered me, I knew I could take on the world at that point … I did not want to stop dreaming.
After Dominican, Charles began a nine-year career as a Major League Baseball scout. He worked with three organizations, won a World Series ring with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 and was offered a job to become scouting director with the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, Charles longed to be closer to home with his family.
That’s when Charles decided to start his own business – Future Prospects Baseball. It began with one client on a city park diamond, Dunphy Field, across the street from his house in Novato and, in 13 years, it has grown to three indoor facilities in Fresno, Petaluma and San Rafael, where he has more than 300 clients alone.
Then, last year Charles, in the midst of redesigning his company’s website, called his old college roommate/baseball teammate — longtime friend Barry Bonds — for a testimonial.
I told him what I was doing and that we were doing very well and he said, oh my God, that’s exactly what I want to do. We should do it together. He called his agent and called me back in 15 minutes and said I want to do this with you.
So much so that Bonds teamed with Charles’ July launch, an exclusive three-day Future Prospects Baseball Instructional Camp for kids ages 10-14. Bonds was a hands-on roving instructor and Charles was looking to expand on his own good fortune.
He has no fear.