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:
Colin is a Calgary native that played his first two professional seasons for the Calgary Vipers of the Golden Baseball League, winning Rookie of the Year in 2008. Colin was also an All-Star in 2009 for the team that won the GBL title that year hitting over .370, which was the second highest batting average for all of Independent League hitters. After his playing career ended, Colin coached two season with the <span 1.6em;"="">PBF Red Birds, along with helping run many baseball camps at the Absolute Baseball Academy. He is currently in his 4th season as Head Coach of the University of Calgary Dino's Baseball Program, and his 3rd season with the ABA Program. Colin primarily works with the outfielders and leads the hitting side of the program as well.
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 just completed his stellar collegiate career at the University of Calgary where he assumes a utility role, mainly infield and catcher, for the Dino’s baseball team that placed second in the Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) in 2013 and 4th place finishes in both 2014 and 2015. Franco will be roving around when not in his Master’s Program at the University of Calgary working with all groups when he is available.
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 U of C where he played for 4 years in the Canadian College Baseball Conference and volunteered with many ABA Youth Camps. 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. 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. Along with coaching the Pee Wee team this year, he will also be taking on the lead role in the strength & conditioning portion of the program.
Matt started playing baseball as a child in his home town 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 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. Matt was the 13u Head Coach last year in Phoenix and primarily works with all the Catchers in the entire ABA Program.
Kelsi grew up playing softball in Victoria, BC where she competed from the age of 5 up until her first year of Junior ‘A’ softball – here she had the privilege to compete in the BC Summer Games and participate in numerous provincial, western and national tournaments.
In 2006 Kelsi made the move to Calgary to pursue an academic career while studying at SAIT polytechnic. Kelsi won her first Western Canadian Championship with her new Calgary team in 2007 where she received the Top batter award for the tournament. Kelsi played middle infield with the SAIT Trojans for 4 years where she was named to the Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association (now the Western Collegiate Softball Association) All-star team in 2011, and received the SAIT Trojan of the Year award alongside a nomination for Athlete of the year for the 2012 season - the very first softball player ever considered for the award.
Kelsi now plays with the Calgary Red Sox, the current Provincial and Western Canadian Champions, out of the Calgary Women’s Fastball Association.
Kelsi is currently available for instruction.
Caitlin has been playing softball for the past 22 years, starting out in T-ball at 4 years old and is currently a member of the Provincial and Western Canadian Softball Champions, the Calgary Red Sox playing in the Calgary Women’s Fastball Association.
Caitlin has been a pitcher for her entire softball career, also playing some first base and right field.
Caitlin won the Hayley Wickenheiser award for Most Valuable Player in 2006 with the Calgary Storm.
Caitlin played for Mount Royal University in the Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association (now known as the Western Collegiate Softball Association) throughout her education at Mount Royal, and was picked up as an underage player to play for SAIT in her last year of high school. With numerous gold medals from tournaments, provincials and now a Western Canadian gold medal, Caitlin credits her successes to the hard work and commitment of the entire team, from winter practices in the gym, all the way to the end of the last inning of the year in August.
Teaching numerous pitching and catching clinics, as well as coaching a U16 team, Caitlin believes that developing the proper technique and mechanics are imperative for young pitchers and will directly contribute to their success as a pitcher in the future.
Caitlyn is currently available for instruction.
Phil is in his second year with the ABA program and brings with him a great deal of both playing and coaching experience. He was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta and grew up playing baseball in Sherwood Park. He started his collegiate career at VIBI where he was a standout pitcher for the Mariners, in the CCBC. After two seasons there he transferred to the University of Jamestown where he was a starting pitcher for three seasons, helping the Jimmies reach the NAIA College World Series in 2008. In his summers Phil played 8 seasons in the WMBL with Edmonton, St. Albert, Sherwood Park & Weyburn. He started his coaching career as the pitching coach for the Sherwood Park Midget AAA team in 2009. He then went on to be the pitching coach for the Weyburn Beavers of the WMBL in 2012, and was named the head coach of the Beavers the following season. In his first two seasons as head coach the team has set franchise records in wins, and earned a berth in the 2014 playoffs. 2015 was his third year as head coach of the Weyburn Beavers in the WMBL and continued to set records for the franchise, coaching wise. Phil will be working primarily as the Midget Head Coach as well as roving with both the Bantam and Pee Wee Program.
An infielder that grew up in Nanaimo, BC, Cam went to Junior College in Laredo Texas from ’03-’05, where he was named 1st team All-Conference both years and 2nd team All-American his second year. He then finished his playing career at Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota from ’07-’09 where his team reached the NAIA world series in ’08. Cam was also named All-Conference both years at Jamestown. Since graduating he has lived in Jamestown where he has coached youth hockey, was an assistant baseball coach for the high school team in 2011, and then an assistant coach with Jamestown College in 2012. Currently he is the infield/assistant coach on the University of Calgary Men’s Baseball Team and Head Coach of the Bantam Division of the Absolute Baseball Academy Performance Program. In 2014, he was the infield coach for the U of C Jr Dinos Program that posted a 49-15 regular season record. This past summer he was the head coach of the Jr Dinos Team who plays in Baseball Alberta’s Norwest League.
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. Currently, Andrew is the pitching coach along with Joe at the University of Calgary men’s baseball team and was the ABA Performance Program’s Pee Wee Coach for Fall/Winter 2013-2014 and Co-Head Bantam Coach for 2014-2015. This fall Andrew will be running the Pee Wee Program and will be the Head Coach for the University of Calgary Dinos Jr Team in 2016 after serving as the Co-Head Coach of the team during the 2015 season.
Bryan is a native BC player that played baseball in the British Columbia Premier Baseball League (PBL) before going to Jamestown College in North Dakota to play for well-known coach Tom Hagar for 4 years. After a stellar career as an infielder, Bryan was an assistant coach on the staff that saw the Jamestown Jimmies make the NAIA World Series in 2008. Afterwards, Bryan moved back up to Calgary to coach the PBF Redbirds for 5 years before moving onto the University of Calgary Dinos Men’s and Junior baseball team in 2013. Bryan, a school teacher, has spent the last two years in China teaching English to private school kids there. He will primarily be working with the Bantams this fall/winter.
Cory grew up in Sherwood Park playing for the Athletics, played 5 years of college baseball for Vancouver Island Baseball Institute (VIBI). Was a pitcher for VIBI. Won the CCBC National Championship in 2010 spring season, and finished second on three other occasions during my tenure at VIBI. After done playing for VIBI, I started coaching with VIBI for one year with the college team as a bench coach and bullpen coach. During the 2015 summer season I was the assistant coached for the Weyburn Beavers in the WMBL.
Brendan Hendriks played little league baseball in Cochrane before joining the Vauxhall Baseball Academy. As a corner infielder and outfielder in Vauxhall, Brendan was selected for team Canada 18U and was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies. He turned down the offer to play professional baseball to attend the NCAA division 1 University of San Francisco in the West Coast Conference. Brendan was a stand out player with San Francisco and eventually became the captain of the team. Through out his college career Brendan played in numerous summer leagues where he excelled. He was awarded all-star honors in the Cal Ripken league where he hit .400 and the New England league where he hit .342. Brendan then moved onto the Cape Cod League, which is considered the premier competition of college baseball. Afterwards Brendan played locally where he was awarded a WMBL all-star with the Okotoks Dawgs. Brendan has a wealth of knowledge through his playing career and has helped coach kids around North America through camps and clinics.
Aaron is a Red Deer native that played his early career with the Red Deer Braves before playing on the Baseball Calgary Cubs Midget AAA team that went to the Midget AAA National Championships in 2005. After high school, Aaron went to Junior College at Colby Community College in Kansas and was a 2-time First-Team All-Conference Selection. He then went to the University of Dayton, in Ohio (NCAA Division 1) where he started every game in Right Field as the Clean-up hitter. Aaron won a Northwoods League Championship in 2009 with the Rochester Honkers in Minnesota on the number 2 ranked summer college team by Baseball America. He then won a WMBL championship with Swift Current in 2010, and was a First-Team All-WMBL selection in 2010 and 2012 as well as winning the MVP in 2012 hitting .403 with 9 HR and 48 RBI. Aaron played with Team Canada at the World University Games in Tokyo in 2010 against some of the best talent in the world which included some current major leaguers, and with Team Canada against in 2013 at the World Baseball Challenge hitting 3rd and leading the team with a .370 tournament average. In 2011, Aaron played professionally with the Calgary Vipers, hitting .308 and helped lead his Australian team to a championship in 2013, and triple crowned the league. Played in Sweden in 2014 in the 20th ranked team in Europe and led the league in most offensive categories. Currently Aaron is playing and won the 2015 batting title for the Heidenheim Heidekopfe in the German Professional League that plays until the end of August. Aaron will be primarily working with the Outfielders and Hitting in the program.
The Langley, BC native played his youth baseball for the Langley Blaze Organization in Langley, BC. Brendan, an infielder, went through the same system as Brett Lawrie, Tyler O’Neill, and various other MLB and Minor League Players. Brendan has also been the Calgary Cubs Bantam AAA Head Coach the last 3 years. Brendan will be working primarily with the Midget teams this fall/winter.
Ken graduated with a master’s of physiotherapy from the University of Western Ontario. He is a lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast and considers physiotherapy a perfect fit for his lifestyle. Ken played Division I college baseball in the U.S. and was subsequently drafted by the Seattle Mariners. After a 4 year minor league career, Ken finished his degree in Exercise Science and worked as a fitness professional. Now, as a physiotherapist, he enjoys the challenge of finding the right treatment for his patients. He particularly enjoys the creative aspects to functional training and rehabilitation. He is also certified to provide acupuncture, IMS dry needling treatment and Graston Technique. These techniques are a tremendous adjunct to physiotherapy and are useful for muscle and soft tissue release. These days Ken continues to play baseball in the summer as well as golf, volleyball, skiing and snowboarding and toying with different workout programs.
Ken Falconer BSc ExSc, MSc PT, CAFCI, IMS, Graston
Jordy Alexander is a left handed pitcher who grew up in Burnaby BC. Played college ball at Olympic College in Bremerton WA. After one year at Olympic College he was drafted in 1996 by the KC Royals. Played for the Spokane Indians and Lansing Lugnuts. After the KC Royals he ended up playing 9 years of Independant ball including the Winnipeg Goldeyes, Quebec Capitals and Calgary Vipers in the last years of his career. In between those years he also played in the Mexican summer league in Cancun and two winter ball stints in Cartagena Colombia. Jordy is also a 5 time member of Team Canada senior national team playing in 3 world cups in Taiwan, Cuba and Holland. In total he has played in 10 different countries and has a wealth of knowledge in the game.
Jacob is from Calgary, AB and is a Kinesiology student at the University of Calgary. He has been playing baseball since the age of 12, playing for the North West Little League (NWLL), Babe Ruth Calgary and the Calgary Jr. Dinos as both a right handed pitcher and a third baseman. In addition, Jacob is an Absolute Baseball Academy (ABA) alumnus, taking part in the program for two years and playing for its Midget AAA team. Jacob is now exclusively a pitcher and will be going into his sophomore year with the University of Calgary Dinos Baseball Club this upcoming September