Our coaches at Absolute Baseball Academy are top notch. Here are the coaches who are helping to craft Calgary's finest up-and-coming baseball talent:
Joe is a left handed pitcher born and raised in Manteca, California. After playing high school baseball at East Union High School and San Joaquin Delta College, Joe was recruited from numerous Division I Universities before deciding on Division I Lamar University in Beaumont, TX.
After 1 season there, he was drafted in 1999 by the Florida Marlins in the 21st round and played 5 seasons for them playing as high as AA. In 2004, he joined the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the Northern League and dominated there for 3 years posting a 21-5 regular season record before joining the Calgary Vipers in 2008.
From 2008-2010, the GBL All-Star was the ace of the staff that won the 2009 GBL title and was 6-0 in playoffs during his time here. In late 2010, Joe joined up in playing for Victoria to finish his 11th season on the mound. After retiring following the 2010 season to full-time coach, he was asked by Jose Canseco and the Yuma Scorpians to come out of retirement and pitch again one last time in 2011.
In his 12 year career, Joe has a regular season record of 64-33 with a 3.95 ERA in over 800 professional innings. Joe is the Head Technical Director for the ABA Performance Programs.
Colin is a Calgary native that played his first two professional seasons for the Calgary Vipers, winning the GBL Rookie of the Year in 2008. Colin was an All-Star in 2009 for the team that won the Golden Baseball League title that year hitting over .370 which was good for second highest standings in all of Independent League hitters.
Colin is currently Head Coach of the University of Calgary Dino's Baseball Program.
Jordy is an experienced pitching coach and player. He spent one year at Olympic College in Washington and has over 14 years of Professional Baseball experience including 2 years with the Calgary Vipers.
Jordy was signed by the Kansas City Royals in 1996 and is also a five time Canadian National Senior Team member playing in 3 World Cups and 2 World Cup Qualifiers in 5 different countries.
Jordy has also had the opportunity to play two seasons in the Columbian Winter League and one season in the Mexican AAA Baseball League.
Drew finished his tenth professional season and seventh with the Snakes in 2011. In 2009 Drew was named a GBL All-Star and led Calgary to their first ever professional baseball championship with a .355 batting average. In 2007 Miller was a Northern League All-Star and in 2006 he was named the Vipers' Most Outstanding Player. From 2002 to 2004 Miller played for the Richmond Roosters in Indiana. Helping them to repeat as league champs on 2002. He was also named to the All-Star team in 2004. Miller attended Eastern Oklahoma State Junior college for 2 years before transferring to Oklahoma Baptist University where he was named All-Conference, All-Region and Honourable mention All-American in both years playing there.
A former pro from Calgary who played 6 years growing up with Baseball Calgary, playing Bantam and Midget. Geoff was a member of the Canadian Junior National Team in 1999 and Team Canada at the 2011 World Baseball Challenge. Geoff also represented Great Britain several times in the European Championships, including losing the Gold medal game to go to 2008 Olympics vs Holland.
Played 3 seasons for the Calgary Vipers and has played baseball on all 6 continents: North America- all over, South America- Colombia, Europe- all over, Africa- Canary Islands, Asia- Hong Kong and Australia. Geoff went to school at North Idaho College, Northern Kentucky University and University of Calgary.
He was a pitching coach for the University of Calgary in 2005-2006, and currently helps out when he can with various baseball teams/programs in Calgary.
Geoff is now a competitive Long Drive golfer and qualified in 2012 for the Remax World Long Drive Championships in Nevada and has a personal best drive of 473 yards.
Franco was born in Toronto, Ontario and spent most of his youth playing in the Port Hope District Minor Baseball Association where he won an Ontario Championship. He began his high school career playing with the Eastern Ontario All-Stars and travelled to showcases in the United States playing in front of college and professional scouts. In his senior year of high school he moved to British Columbia and was fortunate enough to represent Team B.C. in the 18U ‘Big League’ National Championship.
While in B.C. he helped out with Coquitlam Little League as an instructor for youth camps and coaching the Junior All Star team.
Franco is currently going into his fourth year at the University of Calgary where he assumes a utility role, mainly infield and catcher, for the Dinos baseball team that placed second in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) in 2013. 2014 will mark his fourth year in the CCBC as he has spent time with the Dinos and the Prairie Baseball Academy Dawgs.
He was recently offered a contract with the Yorkton Cardinals of the Western Major Baseball League. His specialties are hitting, catching and infielding.
Andrew grew up playing baseball in Calgary, AB with the Babe Ruth Program (2000-2003). Andrew was a member of the 2001 Calgary Reds Babe Ruth World Series team and member of the 2002/2003 Calgary Blues team.
Andrew played 1 year of College Basketball for St.Mary's University in 2003-2004 and went on the next year to play baseball for the U of C Dinos in 2004-2005 where he earned a spot in the starting pitching rotation. From there he moved on to the Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, AB where he played from 2005 until 2007, winning a Canadian College Baseball Conference Championship in 2005-2006.
Andrew also played in the Western Major Baseball League from 2005-2007 with the Lethbridge Bulls.
Andrew finished his baseball career by playing 1 year in Canberra, Australia.
Jeff was born in Campbell River, B.C. but grew up playing baseball in Calgary with the Bow Ridge and Babe Ruth Baseball Organizations as a pitcher, middle infielder, and center fielder. After high school he attended the University of Calgary where he played for 4 years in the Canadian College Baseball Conference and volunteered with Absolute Baseball Youth Camps as a member of the Dinos. He spent his first two years as a starter in the middle infield. In his third year he transitioned over to pitching and found success, managing a 2-0 record and 3.21 ERA over 20 innings as a closer with the Dinos during the spring season and Edmonton Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League during the summer. In his final year with the Dinos Jeff posted a 2.91 ERA over 40.2 innings of work as a starter before returning to the Edmonton Prospects, where his season was cut short due to a forearm muscle tear.
Jeff graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Therapy and became a fully Certified Athletic Therapist in August of 2014 following his graduation. Jeff did his clinic practicum work in the U of C Athletic Therapy Clinic where he received the Med West Athletic Therapy Clinic Excellence Scholarship. He has experience as an athletic therapist with U of C Volleyball, U of C Track and Field, and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League.
Matt started playing baseball as a child in his hometown with Baseball Alberta's St. Albert Cardinals. A two time Canadian Nationals Catcher of the Tournament, Matt continued his baseball career at the University of Lethbridge playing with the Prairie Baseball Academy in 2004 and 2005. Through the summers of 2005-2007 Matt played for the Edmonton Big River Prospects of the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL).
Following the completion of his Computer Science degree, Matt returned to Edmonton to apply his knowledge to the business world, but baseball has a way of keeping people close to the game. He coached at Baseball Alberta Winter camps and assisted with catching instruction for numerous baseball teams in the Edmonton area before being recruited as a coach and player for the Austrian Baseball League's Dornbirn Indians in 2012. Matt spent two seasons in Europe as a coach/player for the BSC Dornbirn Indians and was an Assistant Coach with the U15 Austrian National team.
Matt now resides in Calgary and his diverse experience with baseball players of all ages and skill levels makes him a valuable addition to the coaching staff. He looks forward to helping players master not only the physical aspects of baseball, but the mental side of thinking through the game.
Tyler was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. It was there where he began to pursue his interest in baseball. Beginning in Little League, Tyler became accustomed to 2nd base. Known for his defensive contributions, he made several All-Star teams during his Little League career and was even privileged enough to represent Canada at the World Series in 2006.
Tyler graduated into the Premier Baseball League of Ontario, as well as played for a number of travel teams to showcase his talent around North America. He was also a member of his high school baseball team which appeared in the OFSAA tournament 3 years in a row. He later assisted in coaching his high school team upon graduation.
His love for the game brought him to Absolute Baseball Academy in 2010 where he has been helping manage the facility, as well as continue to coach and instruct.