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 Sergent 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 has spent the 2011-2013 seasons as the head coach of the Calgary PBF Redbirds AA and AAA teams and complied a total record of 114-97 (.540 win pct.) and 5 Tournament Championships. During the first two years of ABA, he has managed the Midget team to a 30-21 (.588 win pct.) record and 1 Tournament Championship. In summer 2014, Joe managed the U of C Jr Dinos Midget Performance Team to a 58-17 (.773 win pct.) overall record and a bronze medal in the AAA Provincials as well as 2 more Tournament Championships. 2015 marked his first year in the WMBL, serving as an assistant coach of the Weyburn Beavers, who is managed by fellow ABA Instructor Phil Curtis. Currently, Joe is the Head Technical Director of the ABA Performance Program as well as pitching coach for the University of Calgary Men’s Baseball Team.
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 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.
Riley is currently in his second year with the ABA Performance Program. He is a left-handed pitcher who was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and later moved to Airdrie, Alberta where he played hockey and baseball growing up. He played baseball with Airdrie Little League and Babe Ruth Calgary. After this he went on to play four seasons with the U of C Dinos Baseball team. He started the spring of his third season as the team’s closer before successfully transferring to a prominent starter. He spent his fourth season as the team’s number one starter. Riley also played two summers with the Weyburn Beavers in the Western Major Baseball League. His first season he filled numerous roles, but was primarily the team’s closer. His second season he was one of the team’s top starters on a talented staff and was awarded the WMBL Pitcher of the Week for the week of July 25-30, 2014. At the end of the summer he went to St. John’s, Newfoundland as a member of Team Saskatchewan at the 2014 Baseball Canada Senior Men National Championship. His interest in performance training has led him to his current practicum with the Edge School for Athletes. Riley is working with high performance athletes from grades 5–12 in a variety of sports as a High Performance Athletics Assistant. Because of this he has valuable experience as a strength and conditioning specialist working with teams on improving mobility, speed, and strength. Riley works mainly with the Midget Program and developed the entire weight-lifting program for the ABA Performance Program for the past two years.
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 is a left handed pitcher who grew up in Southern California where he attended Riverside Poly High School and was selected J.V. Pitcher of the Year in 2001 and Varsity Pitcher of the Year in 2004. He was also drafted in the 48th round by the Philadelphia Phillies that same year. After high school he pitched at UCLA where he won Pitcher of the Year in 2008 and graduated with a degree in History in 2009. During his time at UCLA he had 94 appearances putting him 4th in school history. That same year he was drafted in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals where he spent most of his career pitching in AA. He also was selected to represent the Royals in the Arizona Fall League in 2011. In 2012, Brendan was AAA Rule 5 selected by the Philadelphia Phillies where he attend ended spring training. Following his release, Brendan has played the last 3 seasons for the Winnipeg Goldeyes where he has pitched 166 times putting him 2nd in league history already. He has set the Goldeyes single season appearance record all three years that he has pitched there with 53, 55, and 58 appearances a season. The mark of 58 appearances also gave him the league single season record. Brendan has played with and against a lot of the best young players in the game and brings a wealth of not only the mechanical but the mental attributes that allows players to complete at the highest level.
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