Instructors

The Instructors

The BallYard at Sport Central is proud to have a diverse group of Instructors at the facility, including those with our working partners from 5 Tool Baseball and The Dugout Club. The BallYard is always looking for more trainers, especially in Fastpitch, Cricket and Table Tennis! Please let us know via the email drop box if you or anyone you know want to become an instructor at The BallYard

Bio of the 5 Tool Instructors Available At The BallYard

Jack Thompson

Jack will be available for hitting, infielding and catching instruction. Some of Jack’s accolades:

Professional: Jack doubled as a player and Head Coach in both Australia and Europe from 2012-2014. In Adelaide, Australia, Jack was named the North Districts Reds Most Valuable Player for 2012 and 2013. In the summer of 2013, Jack was named the Zurich Barracudas’ Top Offensive Player for the Swiss National League A.

University: Northern State University in NCAA Division 2. Jack started 78 games at Shortstop for the Wolves from 2011-2012.

Western Major Baseball League: Jack played 3 seasons for the Swift Current Indians from 2010-2012, winning 1 championship in 2010. Jack finished in top 25 in Batting Average in 2011(.303) and 2012 (.319).

College: Douglas College. Jack started 75 games over 2 years for the Royals (2008 &2009), splitting time between Shortstop, Second base and Third base. Jack was an Assistant Coach for Douglas College in 2010.

 

Shawn Hetherington

Shawn is available for pitching instruction. Some of Shawn’s accolades:

Professional: Shawn played professionally for the Calgary Vipers of the North American League. Shawn has also played professionally in Australia and Europe. Shawn led both the South Australian Baseball League (2011) and the Swedish National League (2013) in strikeouts!

University: Shawn pitched 3 years at UBC (2009-2011) and is the all-time saves leader for the Thunderbirds.

Western Major Baseball League: Shawn pitched for the Medicine Hat Mavericks in the summer of 2010 compiling a 3-1 record with a 3.02 ERA.

 

Bios of TDC Instructors Available At The BallYard (Both Baseball and Fastpitch)

Michael Caleb – Hitting, Pitching, Fielding Instructor

Michael began his baseball career in 1994 in the Newton Canadian Baseball Association where he played until he joined the North Delta Blue Jays organization in the Premier Baseball League in 2005. He won two League Champions titles with the Blue Jays in ’05 and ‘06. Michael then played two years with the Douglas College Royals in the NWAACC where he was named to the North Conference All-Star Team both years (’08 and ‘09). He then played for the Campbellsville University Tigers in the NAIA Mid-South Conference where he played in two National Tournaments. During his summers, Michael played in the Western Major Baseball League for the Medicine Hat Mavericks.

Shortly after returning to the Lower Mainland, Michael began his coaching career returning to the North Delta Blue Jays where he took on the role of Assistant Coach. A year later, he moved into the Head Coach position in 2014. After that season, Michael got the opportunity to be a player/coach for the Hard Bulls baseball program in Hard, Austria. He helped take the Bulls to a BBL Championship title. In Fall of 2016, Michael resumed his role of Assistant Coach with the Blue Jays.

Since 2008, Michael has instructed at a variety of camps and private lessons and has worked with teams of all ages. Currently he can be seeing giving lessons at The BallYard on a regular basis which bodes well for the future of many young ballplayers!

Wayne Burdeny – Hitting, Catching, Fielding Instructor

Wayne was a catcher for Richmond Auto Body in 1976-77. From 1978-1979 he became the starting catcher at College of the Siskiyous in Weed California before moving on to Southern Oregon University in Ashland ‎, Oregon of the NAIA Evergreen Conference. Wayne graduated in the spring of 1983 with a BSC biology and PE secondary teaching diploma. Level 2 coaching certificate from Canadian baseball coaches organization. Wayne was also an Assistant coach with Delta Dodgers Juvenile baseball in 1984
1984 before moving no to coach minor baseball in Richmond in both house and rep levels from peewee to bantam. Wayne has been recently been  instrumental in providing the “JUST PLAY BALL” program to children in Richmond and looks forward to taking that forward in the future.

Serj Sangara – Mental Preparation 

While Serj enjoys the in game Instruction the most – having done so for anywhere from T-Ball in Richmond Baseball to being the GM/Asst Coach at Douglas College – his greatest pleasure comes from introducing new participants to the game…. And introducing new avenues to the participants. While he’s currently working at providing new opportunities in Richmond, he relishes the opportunity to share with anyone just how “the game should be played”….Both on and off the field!!… Just ask hm!! Serj’s background can be found in his Serj’s Baseball Bio

 

Bios of FASTPITCH Instructors Available At The BallYard

Carlyn Shimizu – Hitting Instructor

Carlyn played softball at the University of British Columbia (2010-14). She still currently sits near the top of multiple UBC all-time batting categories including 1st in runs scored and 2nd in total hits. Carlyn was named to the NAIA A.I.I. Conference First Team (2013), NAIA A.I.I. Conference Second Team (2014), NAIA Softball Scholar Athlete (2013) and Academic All-Canadian (2014). Carlyn played minor ball for the Richmond Islanders and Surrey Storm associations where she won many provincial and tournament medals including a National Championship in 2008. Carlyn graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology in 2014.

Hayley Bettles – Pitching Instructor

Hayley played collegiate softball at Long Island University where she obtained numerous pitcher of the week and conference awards. Hayley helped lead LIU to 4 consecutive East Coast Conference Titles, 4 Consecutive NCAA regional appearances, and in 2011 they went on to win the NCAA regionals and move on to the 2011 NCAA College World Series.
Hayley played minor ball with Surrey Storm 1990, where she won 2 national titles to go along with 2 silver and one bronze. She also picked up Top Pitcher in Canada award at the Canadian National Championship. She has won 8 provincial gold medals in her minor ball career. Currently Hayley is coaching with Surrey Storm 2001A team. Where she has helped build their resume so far to 3 provincial gold medals, a gold medal at the Canadian Open 2016, and back to back National Championships (2015 U14A & 2016 U16A). This has resulted in 2015 Coaches of the year award and 2016 Team of Year award for Softball BC.

Jennifer McKeller – Hitting, Fielding Instructor

Jennifer McKellar played her minor softball for the Surrey Storm Association and was a member of Surrey Storm 91A from squirt through midget. Upon graduating from high school Jenn went to Aiken Technical College, a D1 junior college in South Carolina. In her sophomore season, Jenn was named as the female student athlete of the year and received the college’s highest academic honor: the Buck Grant award! In that season, Jenn also received first team honors for outfield in the conference and was named an NJCAA academic all-American. Also in the 2011/2012 season, Jenn’s team won their conference and competed in the NJCAA DI World Series in Saint George, Utah, where they finished top 16 in the nation.

Jenn played and now coaches as the student assistant with the Douglas College Royals softball team (2013 – present). When she competed in her last season, Jenn earned a hitting award at the NWAC Championship banquet. In her 3 seasons with the Royals program, they have worth the North Region twice and mostly recently brought home the silver medal from the 2016 NWAC Championship in Oregon.

When Jenn isn’t coaching at the college she is coaching the U14A Coquitlam Classics as their head coach. She has been giving private and team lessons for over 5 years and hopes to pursue a coaching career long term.

Jenna Holm – Catching Instructor

Jenna played softball at Douglas College from 2013-2015, being part of the back to back NWAC North Conference titles. She played her minor ball in Burnaby and played travel ball in 2013 with Ridge Meadows. She currently coaches the Coquitlam Classics 2004A team, and is an instructor for CMSA’s catching clinics. Jenna graduated with her Diploma in Sport Science from Douglas College in 2016, and is currently studying Kinesiology at the University of British Columbia, expected to graduate in 2018.

 

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