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 2018 Dawgs Coaching Staff

Allen Cox - Academy Program Head Coach

A native of Oroville, California, now residing with his wife and family in Okotoks, Coach Cox played his collegiate baseball as a middle infielder at the University of Kentucky (Wesleyan). Allen has been a guest hitting coach at the Big League Experience Baseball Camps as well as head coach of the Regina Red Sox of the Western Major Baseball League. He also served as assistant coach at his alma mater in Kentucky. Coach Cox is widely regarded as one of the best hitting coaches in the country. As a coach in the Academy, he has captured the Arizona Fall Classic in Peoria, Arizona, coached the Dawgs Academy Bantam Blacks to two consecutive Alberta Provincial Championships and a silver medal at Canadian Nationals. In 2013, Coach Cox served as the Head Coach for Team Alberta U16's at the Prospect Series hosted in Okotoks, Alberta.


Mitch Schmidt - Collegiate Head Coach

Making his Dawgs debut will be coach Schmidt, who is heading into his 12th season with the Bellevue Bruins - a NAIA national champion organization. The Billings, Mont. product began his full-time coaching career in 1995 with Montana State University-Billings and Minot State University. Throughout Schmidt’s 22 years behind the bench, he has coached 87 players who have signed professional contracts - 51 of them being former Bruins. Numerous individual Athletic and Academic awards from the National and Conference levels have been awarded to players he has coached, including (15) NAIA All-American Awards, (3) NAIA National Gold Glove Awards, (17) Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Awards, (128) All-Conference Awards, (31) Conference Gold Glove Awards, (57) Conference Scholar Athlete Awards and (3) Conference Baseball Scholar-Athletes of the Year Awards. Since joining Bellevue in 2005, the Bruins have made four NAIA World Series appearances -- most recently in 2016 -- 10 MCAC Tournament appearances and have earned two NSAA regular season championships -- 2017 was also a banner season for the Dawgs’ new head coach.

Andy Peterson - Collegiate Pitching Coach

Infield & Assistant Coach Andy Peterson, is a native or Anaheim, California and is another alumni of Pac 12 powerhouse Oregon State. Peterson was a middle infielder on a Beavers team that earned a trip to Omaha in 2013 for the NCAA, Division 1, College World Series. He enjoyed a highlight game going 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored in leading OSU to an 11-4 win over Louisville. Following his college career, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the MLB Draft and played 2 seasons in the Mariners minor league system.


Joe Sergent - Collegiate Pitching Coach

Longtime collegiate and Academy pitching coach, Joe Sergent, will be wearing the red and white once again in 2018. Sergent was drafted in 1999 by the Florida Marlins in the 21st round and played five years in the organization. In his professional career, the lefty has a regular season record of 64-33 with a 3.87 ERA. He has contributed to the development of Dawgs players from the grassroots to collegiate level for the last two years.

David Robb - Collegiate Bench Coach

Rounding out the 2018 collegiate staff as Bench Coach is longtime Dawgs mentor, David Robb. Coach Robb played at San Matteo JC and Cal-State Fullerton. He later coached in the Oakland A's organization. In addition, he played and coached professionally in Italy and has worked with both the Italian and Canadian national teams. He has served as head coach of the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League and as head coach of 3 Dawgs summer collegiate clubs that went on to win WMBL Championships.

Jeff Duda - Academy Pitching Coach

Coach Duda is a former member of Canada’s Junior National Team. He also played collegiately at Lewis-Clark State 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 championships seasons. He played 3 years of professional baseball, most recently with the Quebec Capitals where he was “Pitcher of the Year”. Coach Duda has served as Pitching Coach to the J Dawgs Academy over the past 4 years has been invited to serve as Pitching Coach to Canada’s Junior National Team in the fall of 2014 and in 2015.

Lou Pote - Academy Pitching Coach

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 - Academy Infield Coordinator

Coach Helldobler enters his third 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 3rd year working directly with the Dawgs Youth Academy.

Josh MacInnis - Academy Pee Wee Coordinator

Coach MacInnis, a native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, joined the Dawgs in 2014 for the inaugural season of the Academy's Pee Wee program. As a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Coach MacInnis has been involved in coaching and developing players for the past ten years in Nova Scotia at the Pee Wee to Junior level. In 2013, he was also responsible for the development and education of coaches in Nova Scotia. Coach MacInnis served on the Nova Scotia High Performance Committee responsible for implementing procedures, tryout guidelines and program reviews for the Nova Scotia provincial teams.

Tyler Hollick - Academy Outfield & Hitting Coach

Tyler Hollick joined the J Dawgs at age 13 and played through High School. He earned a scholarship from the J Dawgs to Chandler Gilbert Junior College in Chandler, Arizona. He enjoyed two outstanding seasons at Chandler Gilbert ending his college career by being named Arizona Junior College Player of the Year. Tyler returned to play with the College Dawgs being 1st Team All Star and Canadian Player of the Year in 2011. He turned down a full scholarship from Ohio State University to sign a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants after being chosen in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB draft. Following a season in rookie ball, Tyler was identified as the 20th Top Prospect in the Giants farm system. During his offseason from professional baseball, Tyler returns to the coach and mentor the new generation of J Dawgs with an emphasis on hitting, outfield play and base running.

Bretton Gouthro - Academy Outfield & Strength/Conditioning Coach

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.

Brad MacInnis - Academy 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 - Academy Catching Coordinator

Coach Smith played for Team Alberta in the Canadian Summer Games in 1984 before playing collegiately at Allan Hancock College in California. While with Hancoc,k he was a 2nd Team All-Conference. Coach Smith has coached with Team Alberta and is in his sixth season with the Dawgs Academy. Currently, Coach Smith is a teacher at Foothills Composite High School where he is a physical education teacher. He also assists in mentoring Dawgs Academy players that attend FCHS.

Jim Henderson - Seasonal Pitching Coach

Jim Henderson is a relief pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers. The first Dawgs' alum to play in the Major Leagues, Coach Henderson played youth baseball from age 11 with the Dawgs earning a scholarship to Midland College, TX then to the University of Tennessee (Wes). He was drafted as a RHP by the Montreal Expos in 2003. He played in the Expos', Nationals' and Cubs' systems before reaching the Majors with the Brewers. Jim has played for Canada's Junior National Team, Team Canada at the 2011 World Championships and most recently was a part of the 2013 Canadian World Baseball Classic team. He serves as a pitching and strength coach with the Dawgs during the off-season before returning to spring training.

  Jordan Procyshen - Seasonal Catching Coach

Jordan Procyshen was a 14th round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2014, and currently plays in the Red Sox organization. He was a standout catcher in the Dawgs Academy for four years, from 2007-11, and was a member of Canada's Junior National Team in 2009 while with the Dawgs. Upon graduating from the Academy in 2011, Procyshen was among Canada's top young catching prospects. He played collegiately at Northeastern Junior College, where he led the nation in homeruns as a sophomore, and then was named a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award for the top NCAA Div. 1 catcher as a junior at Northern Kentucky University. He will work with Dawgs Academy catcher throughout his offseason.





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