Senior Director of Baseball Operations & Pitching Director
Chris Reitsma was the first Canadian baseball player to be drafted in the 1st round of the MLB draft. Reitsma played for the Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and the Seattle Mariners. Currently, he is the Pitching Coach for the Canadian Junior National Team and a Canadian Scout for the Kansas City Royals. He also pitched for Team Canada in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games.
Born in Surrey, B.C. Cole spent his collegiate career with the University of Kansas Jayhawks and Chipola College before being drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2003. He spent 10 years in the Minor Leagues with the Braves and Chicago White Sox working as high as AAA before transitioning into a hitting coach and manager in the White Sox Minor League system in 2014. In 2016 Cole was awarded the Charles Lubin Award by Chicago for displaying superior judgement, player communication, motivation, and teaching skills in the pursuit of excellence.
Director of Baseball Operations & Player Development
Jeff has 12 years of experience coaching high-performance youth baseball athletes in the City of Calgary. He grew up playing baseball in Calgary, and spent his collegiate career with the University of Calgary Dinos and the Edmonton Prospects of the WCBL. After a brief international stint, Jeff began to focus his efforts on coaching and building his athletic therapy practice. He specializes in shoulder and elbow rehabilitation for the general public and overhead athletes of all ages. Notably, Jeff has been featured for his work with CFL quarterbacks on throwing performance. Alongside his Certified Athletic Therapist designation, he is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and has been building programs for baseball athletes of all ages and training levels for the past 5 years. He is forward-thinking when it comes to the utilization of technology and new training methods, but still maintains some old-school values and strives to find a successful blend that will help athletes reach the next level of their playing careers.
Head of Analytics Integration & Pitching Coordinator
Nelson grew up playing baseball in the Calgary area for a number of teams, where he was fortunate to learn from and work with a number of high-level, professional players and coaches. He attended Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, where he pitched for three years for both the TRU Wolfpack and the Kamloops Sun Devils of the Pacific International League. He has since returned home to Calgary, where he finished his Kinesiology and Education degrees at the University of Calgary. He now teaches Junior High Physical Education and Health at Webber Academy. During his time at the University of Calgary, he shifted his focus towards coaching and became heavily involved with a number of different teams and programs, including coaching at the AAA level of Baseball Alberta for the last five years. He considers himself to be a student of the game, always striving to take in as much information as he can and finding ways he can implement it to help benefit his athletes.
Communications Director & Catching Coordinator
Born and raised in Calgary, Matthew has 15 years of baseball experience including four years of volunteer and high-level coaching. He originally attended Minot State University to pursue baseball but returned to Calgary after three semesters to continue his Communications degree. While at the University of Calgary, he had the opportunity to continue playing baseball for the Dinos and was awarded second team all-conference catcher in 2019. He also had the opportunity to play for the Yorkton Cardinals in the WCBL, where he was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team. He is currently finishing his Communications degree while coaching and managing an AA Baseball Alberta Travel Team. He values hard work, dedication and integrity above all and has dedicated himself to teaching youth baseball players the importance of these values.
HITTING ASSISTANT & COACH
Growing up in Red Deer, Mike played his minor baseball for the Red Deer Braves. He attended the University of Calgary, where he played 5 years, which included 2 seasons in the WCBL with the Edmonton Prospects and Melville Millionaires. After graduating, Mike then moved into a coaching position with U of C as their hitting coach, and Junior Varsity Head Coach. On top of coaching, Mike has also been an umpire for the past 12 years, and has been assigned to 2 Western Canadian Championships. During the day, Mike works as a data administrator with Webber Academy. Mike is always on the lookout for new training methods, technologies, and ideas to further the development of the athletes he works with.
15U HEAD COACH
15U HEAD COACH
WILDCATS BASEBALL MISSION STATEMENT
To provide as many opportunities as possible for youth in the City of Calgary and area to learn and grow in the game of baseball.