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.
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.
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.
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.
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.