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Thursday September 08, 2016
Photo courtesy of Amada Fewer.
OKOTOKS, AB... Managing Director, John Ircandia, of the Okotoks Dawgs has announced that the club will welcome back its 2016 Coaching Staff for another season of Dawgs Baseball. The staff will again be lead by Tyler Graham (Head Coach) along with David Robb (Bench Coach), Andy Peterson (Assistant & Infield Coach) and Jesse English (Pitching Coach).
In Graham’s first year at the helm of the Dawgs, he guided the team to a 33-14 regular season record; winning the 2016 Presidents Cup for best record in the WMBL, before a disappointing first round exit in the playoffs. The Dawgs produced 5 WMBL first-team All Stars and one second-team All Star as well as 2 selections in the MLB Draft and 2 subsequent signees to Minor League contracts. In reflecting on the past season Ircandia stated:
“I was very pleased with quality of coaching staff. What college player would not want to play for coaches with their outstanding baseball credentials. All of them have either played or coached at the professional or top collegiate levels. The 2016 season was a bit of a learning year for the staff but I am confident that they are now well equipped to recruit the quality of players we need to take a run at another WMBL Championship.”
Coach Graham is a native of Great Falls, Montana and is currently on the coaching staff at Oregon State University, where he lettered from 2003-2006. Graham helped the Beavers to a National Championship during his senior year and was also a key member of an OSU team that won back-to-back Pac 10 titles in 2005 and 2006. Graham was drafted by the San Francisco Giants and enjoyed a nine-year professional career making his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012. Graham finished his professional career with 267 stolen bases and a .272 average with 22 home runs and 218 runs batted in.
Infield & Assistant Coach Andy Peterson, is a native of Anaheim, California and is another alumni of Pac 12 powerhouse Oregon State, where he is currently on the coaching staff. 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. 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.
Pitching Coach Jesse English hails from Oceanside, California and was drafted as a left handed pitcher out of high school in the 6th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. English, was a teammate of Coach Graham in the Giants organization and played 6 years of professional baseball. He made his Major League debut on April 5, 2010 with the Washington Nationals.
Rounding out the 2016 collegiate staff, as Bench Coach is longtime Dawgs mentor, David Robb. Coach Robb played at San Mateo 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 served as head coach of 3 Dawgs summer collegiate clubs that went on to win WMBL Championships.
Stay tuned to the Dawgs website for player signings, roster updates as well as updates of events that will be taking place at the Seaman Stadium Complex over the fall and winter months. Reminder to current season ticket holders, they have until November 1st to renew their current seats before they are released to the public. Non season ticket holders can purchase tickets not currently on hold. Call the Dawgs Ticket Office at 403.262.3294 or 403.995.3241 or check out the Dawgs website at www.dawgsbaseball.ca for further details.
About Okotoks Dawgs Baseball: The Dawgs are a nonprofit organization that began in 1995 as an elite youth development program based in Calgary, AB. The Dawgs currently operate 6 high performance youth teams from ages 13 to 18 that have won multiple provincial, national and Perfect Game Championships; and a highly successful summer collegiate club that has won 4 WMBL Championships, and is currently ranked 1st in Canada and 4th in North America in attendance, averaging over 3300 fans per game. The Dawgs home is the Seaman Stadium Complex, a $22M, state of the art facility featuring 2 stadiums, 4 diamonds, outdoor and indoor training centers. Several Dawgs players have played for Team Canada, NCAA and NAIA universities and colleges, and been drafted by and signed professional baseball contracts with Major League Baseball organizations.