6649 Richmond Grove Road Jackson MS 39213
15 Commercial Warehouse Dr Hattiesburg MS 39402
1345 Flowood Drive Flowood MS 39232
Chris Snopek and Avery Johnson purchased P360 Performance Sports and Sox Baseball on April 1, 2017. Ravenwood Financial Services Corp, a Private Equity Group, became an equity partner as part of the transaction.
Originally from Cynthiana, Kentucky, Chris came to Mississippi to play baseball for the Ole Miss Rebels. Playing Shortstop and 3rd Base, he earned SEC All-Conference and All-American Honors before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 6th round of the 1992 draft. He played alongside Michael Jordan in the Minor Leagues before getting the call to the big leagues in 1995, playing 4 seasons in MLB before retiring in 1999. Upon retirement, he made his home in Madison and opened a small baseball academy in Flowood. He started Sox Baseball in 2009, and the continued growth of the academy resulted in combining business with Mississippi Crossfit in Ridgeland in 2011. In 2015 the academy moved to its current location, which is within a large sports complex development, and in 2017 teamed with Avery Johnson to purchase the academy and the Sox program. He serves as a director in the East Coast Sox organization Chris is married with 4 children and resides in Madison, MS.
From Brandon, Avery was a pitcher and 2nd baseman for an elite Major team at the age of 12, the Madison-Ridgeland Royals. He considers his coach from that team, Gerard Gibert, one of the most influential people in learning the game. He began training with Chris Snopek at that time in Flowood, and trained with him for most of his playing career. In high school, he was coached by Neill Bartling, who continued to influence his approach to the game, resulting in a scholarship to play baseball at Belhaven University for legendary Hall of Fame coach Hill Denson. After Belhaven, he joined Chris Snopek as an instructor and coach at P360. In April 2017 he teamed with Chris to purchase the baseball academy and the Sox baseball program.
The SOX logo is called the Batterman, and was used by the Chicago White Sox in 1976, and with subtle variations remained on their uniforms until the 1990 season. The 1991 season saw the Batterman retired in favor of the current scripted logo, but is still worn by White Sox players during batting practice before games. The SOX baseball program uses the logo with permission from the Chicago White Sox and Major League Baseball.
P360 Performance Sports
P360 is a baseball training academy that provides a wide range of services for players of all ages. Providing hitting instruction in batting cages, pitching instruction in a pitching tunnel or fielding instruction on our 10,000 square foot artificial turf infield, instructors have all played at a high level in college or professionally. Group instruction is also provided that is a unique, fast paced session where batters are put through 4 phases of instruction in a group setting.
P360 began an acquisition and consolidation strategy in late 2019 to grow it's training programs and expand the Sox Baseball Program. The company closed its first acquisition in November 2019 with the acquisition of 59 Baseball and its facility in Hattiesburg. In December, the company closed on MS Elite Baseball and its facility also in Hattiesburg - then merged the two together into one large facility. Matt Miller, founder of 59 Baseball, and Drew Mattison, founder of MS Elite both remain as partners. In January 2020 the company closed on a transaction with Mississippi Baseball Institute, acquiring its teams and facility in Flowood. Chris Albright remains with the company as part of the transaction.
Sox baseball began in 1999, with 3 teams that each enjoyed a level of success. The program grew over the years to as many as 20 teams from the ages of 7-14, and fluctuates annually as players move on to the next level. Each team is coached by a former college or professional player, with all teams wearing identical uniforms throughout the tournament season. Sox is a development program that provides hands on practice and opportunities to constantly train in classes that are held 4 days a week as part of their membership, with access to professional instruction at discount rates. The Sox program has won numerous championships since its inception, including back-to-back Perfect Game National Championships and the Grand Slam World Series. Over 200 former players and members have moved on to play at the college or professional level, with over 800 players that have trained or participated in P360 and Sox Programs moving to the next level.
In the Fall 2019 SBG Sox created - a High School Baseball Showcase Program that focuses on players within the state of Mississippi, playing in events that do not the intense expense of other programs while delivering a showcase ball experience with the top universities.