Chuckers welcome Hetherington and Thompson to the coaching staff
Posted August 14, 2016
The team is happy to announce Shawn Hetherington and Jack Thompson have joined the Bantam AAA coaching staff...
Both Shawn and Jack bring a wealth of experience and technical expertise to the club. As owners/operators of 5 Tool Baseball they are familiar to many RCBA players who train at the Ballyard at Sport Central.
Shawn, who has an extensive history in the sport of baseball, elite physical training, and education, will assume head coach responsibilties.
After completing his college career at UBC where he holds multiple records including most saves in one season and most all-time saves, he signed with the Calgary Vipers of the North American League. He played two seasons in Australia and one in Europe. During the off season Shawn worked in the fitness industry training at Innovative Fitness in Vancouver with clients ranging from those rehabbing injuries to actual Olympic athletes.
Most recently Shawn has completed his Masters of Kinesiology at UBC where the focus of study and research is both coaching and skill acquisition. During the summer of this program Shawn coached the Collegiate Burnaby Bulldogs to the U21 National Championships.
Jack is the lead hitting and fielding instructor at 5 Tool High Performance Athletics and will assume those same duties with the Bantam AAA Chuckers. He played ball professionally overseas in Australia and Europe and attended an NCAA school (Northern State University) while on baseball scholarship.
Jack is a switch hitter who is known for his intelligence of the game. Although he was predominantly a shortstop in university, Jack has excelled defensively around the entire field, including stints at catcher while playing overseas.
Jack is from Coquitlam, BC, where he played his high school baseball for the PBL Coquitlam Reds in 2006 and 2007. Following a league championship in 2007, Jack went to Douglas College before accepting a scholarship to Northern State University. Jack also played summer ball in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) for the Swift Current Indians where they won a league championship in 2010. After completing his degree, Jack headed to Australia for a season as a player/manager. Following a good campaign, he signed onto a team in Europe. After another season in Australia, Jack returned home and began managing the BallYard at Sport Central.
We are very happy to have these quality baseball people on board and look forward to what they can bring to our program.