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Tyler Hollick, General Manager/ Outfield Coordinator (San Francisco Giants)

Tyler is graduate of the Dawgs Baseball Academy having joined at the age of 14. He went from the J Dawgs Academy to Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Arizona where he earned All-American and Junior College Player of the Year honors. Tyler returned from college to standout over 2 seasons with the Dawgs collegiate club where he was named WMBL Rookie of the Year and Most Outstanding Canadian Player. He was drafted off the collegiate team in 14th round of the MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants playing into is 4th season. He was named June Player of the Month for his affiliate team and was also selected to be a Minor League All-Star in 2013. He now has returned to the Dawgs full time to be the Outfield and Base Running Coordinator.

Allen Cox, Co-Head Coach/ Hitting Coordinator (Kentucky Wesleyan, KY)

A native of Oroville, California, now residing with his wife and family in Okotoks, Coach Cox played his collegiate baseball at Kentucky Wesleyan University. Allen brings over 20 years of coaching experience, the past 5 with the Dawgs Academy. Coach Cox has had several players drafted into professional baseball including including 6 players in the top 10 rounds (two 3rd round picks, two 5th round picks, and two 10th round picks). He has been a guest hitting coach at the Big League Experience as well as Head Coach of the Regina Red Sox of the WMBL. He served several seasons as Assistant Coach at his alma mater in Kentucky. Coach Cox is widely regarded as one of the best hitting coaches in the country and coached the J Dawgs Midget Black to the championship of the Arizona Fall Classic in Peoria, AZ. Coach Cox also coached the J Dawgs Academy Bantam Blacks to 2 consecutive Alberta Provincial Championship and a Silver medal at Canadian Nationals. He is a 2 time coach of Team Alberta at the Canada Cup.

Jeff Duda, Co-Head Coach/ Pitching Coordinator (Quebec City Capitales)

Coach Duda is a former member of Canada’s Junior National Team. He also played collegiately at Central Arizona College, Lewis-ClarkState College, perennial NAIA National Champions, and Campbellsville KY before joining the Dawgs summer collegiate club where he earned WMBL 1st Team All-Star over 3 championship seasons. He played 4 years of professional baseball including a stint in the Liga Mexico de Beisbol (LMB) with the Leones de Yucatan and most recently with the Quebec Capitales where he was “Pitcher of the Year”. Coach Duda has served as Pitching Coach to the Dawgs Academy since 2009 and was invited to serve as Pitching Coach to Canada’s Junior National Team in the fall of 2014.

Val Helldobler, Dawgs 18U Black Head Coach/ Infield Coordinator (Tiffin University)

Coach Helldobler enters his 5th season with the Dawgs organization after a five year playing career at Tiffin University in Ohio. Val was a three year all-league player, which included First-Team all GLIAC in 2012 along with a Mid-West Gold Glove in 2012. Coach Helldobler is the Dawgs Infield Coordinator. He served as Assistant Coach at Siena Heights University in Michigan, whose roster currently includes Dawgs Academy grads, Carson Vlad and Riley Guntrip and this fall will include Dawgs, Riley Overacker and Brendan Baker. Coach Helldobler spent 2 summers as Assistant Coach of the Okotoks Dawgs summer collegiate team and is now in his 4th year working directly with the Dawgs Youth Academy.

Lou Pote, 15U Black Head Coach/ Pitching Coach (Anaheim Angels)

Coach Pote joined the Dawgs Youth Academy in January 2015 after enjoying a career as a pitcher in the Major Leagues, including being part of a World Series Championship by the Anaheim Angels. A native of Chicago, IL, Coach Pote continued his professional career playing independent professional baseball through 2011. He capped off his career being named the Most Valuable Pitcher for the Edmonton Capitals in 2010 and 2011, returning to the city where he had pitched for the triple-A Edmonton Trappers in 1999-2000. After a playing career spanning twenty years, Lou retired and embarked on a full time career in coaching. He served as director of player development for the Fort McMurray Minor Baseball Association, baseball director at Playmaker U in Sherwood Park and as a coach on Team Alberta for the Canada Cup.

Bretton Gouthro- Dawgs 18U Red Head Coach, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator (University of Mount Olive, NC)

Coach Gouthro is a graduate of the Dawgs Baseball Academy, for which he played for 4 seasons. Upon graduating from the program, Bretton chose to begin his Collegiate career at the Praire Baseball Academy. In two years at PBA, Bretton was recognized as a two-time all conference player, still leads the program in all time hits, and won two championships. His success at PBA earned him an opportunity to play at NCAA DII powerhouse University of Mount Olive. During his three years at Mount Olive the team had an impressive record of 127-37, with 3 NCAA tournament appearances. Bretton was on the Conference Carolinas All-Academic team three times in a row while working towards his Exercise Science degree.

Scott Smith, 15U Red Head Coach (Allan Hancock College)

Coach Smith played his collegiate baseball at Allan Hancock College in the California Junior College League
where he was named to the 2nd All Conference team as a catcher. He also was a member of Team Alberta in the Canadian Summer Games in 1984. Scott has been a member of the coaching staff for Team Alberta and is
currently completing his 7th season in the Dawgs Baseball Academy. Coach Smith is considered one of the top
teaching coaches on the Dawgs staff.

Josh MacInnis, Dawgs 13U Head Coach (St. Francis Xavier University, NS)

Coach MacInnis joined the Dawgs in 2014 as Head Coach in the inaugural year of the Academy’s PeeWee program. In 2015 and 2017 Coach MacInnis along with Coach Ethier (2015) and Coach Taylor (2015, 2017) guided the PeeWee's to 2 Provincial Championships where they were the Alberta representative and competed at the Canadian National Championship. 2018 will mark his 5th season as Head Coach of the PeeWee Program. Josh is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and had been involved in coaching and developing top youth players over a span of 10 years in Nova Scotia prior to joining the Dawgs. He served on the Nova Scotia High Performance Committee responsible for implementing procedures, player tryout guidelines and program reviews for Nova Scotia provincial teams. Josh was also an Assistant Coach for Team Nova Scotia at the 2012 Canada Cup.

Aaron Ethier, Catching Coordinator (Thompson Rivers University, BC)

Coach Ethier is another JDawgs Academy graduate, where he played 4 years from 2009-2013. In that time he attended a Bantam and Midget National Tournament, finishing 5th and 2nd in the nation respectively. Aaron was also named Catcher of the Tournament during the Midget National Tournament en route to a Championship appearance. After leaving the Academy he went on to play college baseball at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, where he fought for another National Championship. Wanting to return and become a part of the Dawgs program again, Aaron began his coaching career in the summer of 2014. In his second season of being a coach he, along with Coach MacInnis, lead a PeeWee Dawgs team to Quebec where they had the chance to play for a National title. Now in his fifth year, Aaron is taking the reigns of Catching Coordinator along side Coach Smith and Coach Procyshen.

Joe Sergent, Pitching Coach (Florida Marlins Organization)

Coach Sergent was a left-handed pitcher born and raised in Manteca, California. After playing JC ball at San Joaquin Delta College, Joe was recruited by D1 Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. He was drafted in 1999 by the Florida Marlins and played five seasons for them, playing as high as AA. From ’04-’07 he pitched for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks of the Northern League (now American Association) posting a 21-5 regular season record before joining the Calgary Vipers in ’08. From ’08-’10 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 in the GBL. In his 12 year career, Joe boasted a regular season record of 64-33 with a 3.95 ERA in over 800 professional innings. Joe has coached in Calgary and in the WMBL, most recently for the Okotoks Dawgs.

Jordan Procyshen, Catching Coach (Los Angeles Dodgers Organization)

Jordan is a graduate of the Dawgs Baseball Academy having joined the Academy at age 14 and played with the Dawgs until earning a scholarship to Northeastern Junior College, CO. He was a 2 time All Star and was named the True Grit Player of the Year while playing with the Collegiate Dawgs. He was drafted off the Dawgs Collegiate roster in the 14th round by the Boston Red Sox and is currently enjoying success as a catcher in the Red Sox minor league organization. Jordan returns to the Dawgs Academy in his offseason to work with the Academy catchers and hitters.

Kurtis Taylor, 13U Pitching Coach (Skagit Valley Community College)

Kurtis began playing for the Dawgs in the Bantam Program, and was a graduate of the Dawgs Baseball Academy in 2012. As a player of the 2012 National Championship winning Dawgs Midget Black team, throwing a no hitter in the round robin. Coach Taylor attended Skagit Valley Community College in Washington prior to joining the Dawgs Coaching Staff. Kurtis joined the Dawgs Coaching Staff in 2015, and has been a big part of helping to develop a strong 13U program. In his three years as the 13U Pitching Coach, he has helped guide the team to 2 provincial titles. The Dawgs are looking forward to having Coach Taylor back for the 2018 season.

Brad MacInnis, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Coach MacInnis joined the Dawgs Academy in 2014 as full time, year round, Strength and Conditioning Coach. Brad is a Certified Personal Trainer and has been working as a strength and conditioning coach over the past several years. Coach MacInnis developed the complete Stength & Conditioning Program over the past off season for the Dawgs Academy with an emphasis not only on strength and power, but also on athleticism and injury prevention.

Amanda Regoto, Nutritionist (Trinity Western University, BC)

Amanda graduated from Trinity Westerm University with her Bachelor of Human Kinetics with specialization in Kinesiology. During her studies she worked as an athletic therapist for the women's CIS volleyball team and other teams in the community, including the U14 BC Girl's provincial team. She saw the need for a healthy lifestyle for the optimal athletic performance and pursued her education further at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition to receive her certification as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Amanda is passionate about holistic health, nutrition and fitness, and how these practices come together for overall nourishment and well-being.