North Baseball Coaches
Varsity Head Coach
2019/20 marks the 14th year at McKinney North for Coach Jim Gatewood.
As head coach of the Bulldogs he has led the Bulldogs to four district championships and a trip to the State Quarter-Finals.
Coach Gatewood also coached the McKinney Marshalls, of the Texas Collegiate League, during the summer of 2008.
He led the team to the TCL Championship for only the second time in franchise history.
Since 1988 he has coached in over 1000 games. 619 as a college assistant and 530 as a head coach.
His teams have won 730 of those 1149 games.
At Alabama Coach Gatewood was the third base coach, but also coached the catchers and infielders.
He coached the 2002 Johnny Bench Award Winner, Jeremy Brown. In 2004, his infield finished third in school history with a .969 fielding percentage.
In 2014 SB Nation named Coach Gatewood as the top recruiter in Alabama history in its Alabama Baseball All-Time Team.
Before his success at Alabama, Coach Gatewood was the Assistant Coach at Malvern High School in Arkansas. He helped lead the 1988 team to the State Semifinals for the first time in school history.
He then became an Assistant Coach at Northwestern State University in Louisiana from 1988 to 1990. The 1990 team set a then school record with 38 wins and his infield lead the country in defense that year with a .980 fielding percentage.
He left NSU to become the Head Coach at Richardson High School from 1990 to 1998.
Henderson State University
Coach Gatewood was a catcher at Henderson State University in Arkansas from 1983-1987, where he was named the NAIA All District 17 team in 1986.
Coach Gatewood and his wife Lee have been married for 28 years and have two daughters, Rachel and Grace.
- 2007 DISTRICT CHAMPS
- 2008 DISTRICT CHAMPS
- 2009 STATE QUARTER-FINALIST
- 2010 DISTRICT RUNNER UP
- 2013 DISTRICT CHAMPS
- 2014 AREA FINALIST
- 2015 AREA FINALIST
- 2016 AREA FINALIST
- 2017 DISTRICT RUNNER-UP
- 2019 DISTRICT CHAMPS / REGIONAL QUARTER FINALIST
Prior to coming to McKinney North he was an assistant at the University of Alabama for eight years. During his time at Alabama the team accomplished the following:
- Four- 40+ win seasons
- Five NCAA Regional Appearances
- Two NCAA Regional Championships (1999 & 2006)
- Three SEC Tournament Championships
- One SEC Regular Season Championship (2006)
- 1999 College World Series (Third Place)
To his credits, he is proud to have coached the following Major League Players:
- Alex Avila---Arizona Diamondbacks (All Star)
- Matt Downs---Houston Astros
- Tommy Hunter---Philadelphia Phillies
- Wade LeBlanc---Seattle Mariners
- David Robertson---Philadelphia Phillies (All Star)
- Jimmy Nelson—Milwaukee Brewers
- Mike Bolsinger—Toronto Blue Jays
Assistant Varsity Coach
Michael Cowart is in his 12th year of coaching and first year at McKinney North. Before coming to North he coached at Anna, Lake Dallas, and Frisco High School. His favorite coaching memory is from Lake Dallas where he and the team finished in the State Semifinals in football and Regional Finals in baseball in 2015. He graduated from Austin College with a Bachelor’s in History and Master’s in Teaching. He was a two sport athlete in football and baseball and a member of the 2007 SCAC Conference Championship team as a pitcher. He spends his time off the field with his wife Blaine and son Canon and enjoys fishing and kayaking. He is excited to join the winning tradition that is McKinney North Baseball.
Assistant Varsity Coach
Kraig Johnson has been coaching baseball for 15 years. This season is his eighth season at McKinney North. He comes to North after a 5 year stint as the head coach at Anna High School. He started his college career at Grayson County College and graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in Math Education. He enjoys his time off the field spending time with his wife Heather. He also enjoys golf and Texas Ranger Baseball. Coach Johnson is excited to be able to be a part of the baseball tradition here at North and he looks forward to seeing what these young men are able to accomplish through their hard work and dedication to the program.
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Coach Ed McMillan rejoined the McKinney North High School Coaching Staff in 2012. McMillan has vast coaching experience. He coached previously at the McKinney North High School in 2008. Prior to that, Ed coached at El Paso Community College from 2001 to 2004. There, he was the 1st Base Coach and also coached the outfield. While at EPCC, the coaching staff led the Tejanos to the NJACC World Series semi-finals.
Prior to entering his coaching and teaching career, Ed served our country in the United States Air Force as an F-16 Crew Chief. He has a degree in History from the University Of Texas at El Paso as well as a Master’s Degree in School Administration from Texas A&M, Commerce. Ed currently teaches at Johnson Middle school.
He is married to his lovely wife Kassie and has two sons Mitchell and Jack.When asked,
Ed's favorite quote is "I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs, but by how high he bounces after he hits the bottom." General George S. Patton