OTTAWA () –
As our Carleton baseball coaches and players gear up for the start of the Jr. Ravens winter clinics beginning this Saturday January 12th, the start of 2019 is as good a time as any to reflect on just how involved our players and coaches have been in the Ottawa baseball community.
Indeed, the number of Ravens, current and former, coaching and volunteering in key positions throughout the city is impressive.
“I’m really proud of this level of community engagement” boasts club President George Rigakos. “We all know that our student athletes are getting a great baseball experience but character development is a big part of life. We do everything we can to encourage it but, in the end, we have to acknowledge their simple love of the game.”
It is no overstatement to say that the level of involvement of Ravens has been truly significant for youth baseball in the city.
Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of our Carleton University baseball players, past and present, who continue to play a crucial role in local youth baseball in the nation’s capital.
Ryan Burnside (1B and P) Jr. Ravens Mosquito team head coach, 2017 and 2018 Summer camp coordinator.
Troy Clarke (1B, P) Assisted with coaching the Canterbury High School team in 2018. Coached at Dingerz and ran a Summer camp for the Capital City Reds in 2018. Also assisted with South Ottawa Little League player evaluations.
John Dale (Alumnus SS) Head coach of the Ottawa Nepean Canadians 18U
Daylon Courchene (DH) Current head coach of the Ottawa Knights 17U
Matti Emery (Assistant Coach) Ran hitting and fielding camps for the Jr. Ravens program in both 2018 and will be at it again in 2019. He is also associate coach for the local collegiate team Capital City Reds.
Tess Forman (P): Member of the organizing committee for the U21 Canadian Women’s National Championship in 2019.
Tye Greschuk (Alumnus OF) Big contributor to the 2017 Jr. Ravens Winter camps.
Evan Hammond (Alumnus C) Volunteers with the Ottawa Knights including assisting with the Fall catcher 2018 clinic.
Jordan Harcourt (Alumnus OF) Assistant coach of the Ottawa Knights 17U
Derek Harkin (P) Ran our Jr. Ravens pitching clinics in 2018. Before that he also did youth clinics at SUNY – Canton.
John Kalivas (OF) Coached in the Brockville Little League
Curtis Lacelle (P) Significant contributions to the 2017 and 2018 Jr. Ravens Winter camps.
Alex Lajeunesse (P): Assistant coach for the Ottawa Knights 17U team and regular contributor to the Jr. Ravens program.
Eugenios Matos (Alumnus SS) Did player development at East Nepean Little League.
Drew McCormick (Alumnus 1B) Winter training instruction with the Ottawa Nepean Canadians.
Peter L’Oiseau (Alumnus P) Key contributor and regular at the 2017 and 2018 Jr. Ravens Winter Prep camps.
Ben Millinkovich (Alumnus CF ) Works at Canadian University World Series sponsor SamBat and coached with the Ottawa Nepean Canadians U16.
Ethan Nodwell (Alumnus 1B): Was head coach of the Ottawa Knights 17U team in 2018.
Ryan Norris (Pitching Coach): helped train Jr. Ravens players last Summer as well as coordinating South Ottawa Little League’s Sr. TeeBall program. In 2019 he will be running our pitching clinics at the Fieldhouse every Saturday.
Jonah Poirier (2B) Coached in the Cornwall Little League including clinics for player development.
Steve Renaud (Alumnus C): Assistant coach of the Ottawa Knights 17U. Also ran catcher clinics last Fall.
Manny Restrepo (SS): Jr. Ravens Summer camp coordinator 2017.
Andre Robidoux (Head coach): volunteered with South Ottawa Little League’s player sort outs, has taught players in the Ottawa City Baseball Association and will be working with St. Anthony Baseball Academy. He has spent many hours coaching youth baseball for the Ottawa Knights and the Jr. Ravens clinics.
Brendan Saville (Alumnus P) Ran camps alongside Tanner Watson baseball and also assisted with the Ottawa Nepean Canadians. Pitching coach for the Ravens for two years.
Cam Shaw (Alumnus CF) Coached in the Winchester Little League.
Jake Surret (INF): Volunteered with East Nepean Little League tryouts and camps. Assisted with John McCrae High School tryouts and practices and volunteered with ONC Winter camps and practices.
Brady Turner (P): Key contributor and regular at the 2017 and 2018 Jr. Ravens Winter Prep camps.
This list does not include those many Ravens who have volunteered at Carleton camps and clinics like the Winter prep clinic set to start this weekend. If all of these Ravens were also included the list would be even longer. Thanks Ravens! You’re great ambassadors for the university and the team.