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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.

Tyler Hollick, General Manager, Associate Head Coach/ 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.

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.

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.

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.

Bretton Gouthro- Dawgs 18U Red Head Coach, Strength/Conditioning Coach (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.

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.

Aaron Ethier, 15U Red Head Coach/ Catching Coach (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.

Brad MacInnis, Strength/Conditioning Coordinator

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.

Scott Smith, Catching 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.

Jordan Procyshen, Catching Coach (Boston Red Sox 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.

Jim Henderson, Pitching Coach (Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets)

Jim Henderson is a graduate of the Dawgs Academy Program from which he earned a scholarship to Midland College, Texas and the University of Tennessee (Wes). He was drafted off the Dawgs summer collegiate club by the Montreal Expos in the 2003 Major League Draft. He has played professionally with the Expos, Nationals and Cubs before joining the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2009, Jim was named Canadian Professional Pitcher of the Year. He was a member of Canada’s Gold medal team at the 2011 Pan Am Games. Jim enjoyed an outstanding 2013 season as closer for the Milwaukee Brewers. In his off-season Jim has returned to the Dawgs Academy as pitching and strength coach.

Tyler Burdett, Pitching Coach (Dixie State University)

Coach Burdett joined the Dawgs Academy Coaching Staff after an outstanding playing career with the summer collegiate Dawgs. Tyler joined the Dawgs from Dixie State University in Utah where he was the premier relief pitcher with the Trailblazers pitching to a 1.89 ERA in 2016 and leading the team in saves in 2017. He was virtually un-hittable with the Dawgs in 2017 sporting a 0.75 ERA with a league leading 14 saves. He was named college Dawgs “Pitcher of the Year for 2017”. Coach Burdett joins an incredible Academy Pitching Staff that includes Jeff Duda (LC State, Quebec Capitales), Lou Pote (Anaheim Angels) and Joe Sergent (Florida Marlins organization)

James Stewart, Outfield Coach (University of British Columbia)

Coach Stewart is a graduate of the Dawgs Academy Program and was part of a Dawgs 18U Team that captured a Canadian Midget National Championship. After graduating from high school, he was awarded a scholarship to the University of British Columbia where he joined the perennially NAIA ranked Thunderbirds. An excellent outfielder and base runner throughout his playing career, Coach Stewart provides focused instruction on the fundamentals of outfield play and base running for Dawgs Academy players. Dawgs are proud to add that James graduated with a degree in engineering from UBC.

Kurtis Taylor, Pitching Coach (Skagit Valley Community College)

Coach Taylor is another graduate of the Dawgs Academy Program having played 3 years in the Academy. He was an outstanding Left Handed Pitcher during his years with the Academy and earned a scholarship and pitched collegiately at Skagit Valley Community College in Washington State. After his college playing career, he returned and joined the Dawgs Academy Coaching Staff in 2016. He has worked primarily with Coach Josh MacInnes and the perennially top ranked Dawgs PeeWee Team. As Pitching Coach of the PeeWee Dawgs, Coach Taylor has been part of 3 Alberta Championships.