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The Dawgs Baseball Academy offers an unprecedented staff of professional coaches with expertise in all aspects of the game. Further, these coaches enjoy facilities that are among the finest in all of North America in which to develop our youth players. Dawgs Academy Coaches have developed strong relationships with numerous US and Canadian university and college coaches which is a significant advantage in enabling Dawgs Academy graduates to obtain scholarship opportunities at all collegiate levels. Further, Managing Director of the Dawgs, John Ircandia, has been repeatedly recognized by Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun and the Canadian Baseball Network as among the Most Influential Individuals in Canadian Baseball, currently being ranked the highest representative of a Youth Academy at #20 overall out of the 101 people identified. In addition to the outstanding Dawgs Academy Coaching Staff listed below, Dawgs players have the opportunity to not only be mentored by players joining the highly successful Okotoks Dawgs Summer Collegiate Club, but also to work with the collegiate team’s Coaching Staff. In 2017, that staff includes Head Coach, Tyler Graham (San Francisco Giants), Infield Coach, Andy Peterson (Seattle Mariners), Pitching Coach, Jesse English (Washington Nationals), and Bench Coach David Robb (Mesa College, AZ). To speak directly with any of our coaches please feel free to contact the Dawgs Coaches Offices at 403-995-3241.
Meet the 2016-17 Dawgs Academy Coaching Staff:
Allen Cox- Academy Head Coach (Kentucky Wesleyan, KY)
A native of Oroville, California, now residing with his wife and family in Okotoks, Coach Cox played his collegiate
baseball at the University of Kentucky (Wes.). 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- Academy Associate Head Coach
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 brief stint in the Mexican AAA League 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 J Dawgs Academy over the past 4 years and was invited to serve as Pitching Coach to Canada’s Junior National Team in the fall of 2014.
Lou Pote- Pitching Coordinator (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, OH)
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.
Tyler Hollick- Dawgs 18U Red Head Coach/ OF Coordinator (San Francisco Giants organization)
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.
Josh MacInnis- Dawgs 13U Head Coach (St. Francis Xavier University, NS)
Coach MacInnis joined the Dawgs as Head Coach in the inaugural year of the Academy’s PeeWee program in 2014.
2017 will mark his 4th season as Head Coach of the 13U 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 11 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.
Bretton Gouthro- Dawgs 18U Red Assistant 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.
Aaron Ethier- Associate Catching Coordinator (Thompson Rivers University)
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 fourth 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
Scott Smith- Catching Coordinator, (Allan Hancock College, CA)
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- Seasonal Catching & Hitting 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- Seasonal Pitching & Conditioning Coach, (Milwaukee Brewers, NY 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.