GeoffWhite-HeadCoach-Coyotes2013-webGeoff White- Head Coach

Coach White’s enters his 15th year at the helm of the Coyotes program.  He was instrumental in bringing and building a college baseball program to Okanagan College and Kelowna.    September 2008 saw the program begin with its first season.  He has led them to two CCBC West Division titles (2009,2010).  In 2018 and the teams 10th anniversary the Coyotes captured their first CCBC National Championship, in 2022 the Coyotes claimed their second National title at the Canadian College World Series.  50+ Coyote players have been named to the CCBC All Conference team, and two players has signed a professional contract with the Tampa Bay Rays, in Trevor Brigden, 17th round-2019, and Mike Monster NDFA with LA Angels.  The program has continued to grow under White’s leadership.  The team makes an annual trip to Las Vegas and Phoenix to play top College programs, the addition of the Netex Center for Hitting, which is two side by side batting cages that are 70’X 12′ X 18′, and many other parts of the program have continued to develop over the years.

White holds a degree in Education from Jamestown College (2005).  As a player he had tremendous success that saw him set numerous college season and career records.  He was a five time All Conference selection, an All Region Selection (NAIA-III), and an All American (NAIA) in 2005.  He was a member of the most successful graduating class in Jamestown College history posting a record of 115-41.  2006 saw him sign a professional contract in the Northern League.  He went on to lead the Edmonton club in innings pitched in 2006, and in 2007 sign an extension.

During the summers, Coach White has also been a part of Team BC over a number of years. He has coached three times at Bluejays T12 at the Rogers Centre, U21 Team BC to Silver at the 2009 Canadian National Championships, he is also been involved with the U17 Selects program, Pacific Northwest Championships, Head Coach of the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League twice.  Coach White also is an evaluator and facilitator for NCCP/Baseball BC/ Baseball Canada Coaching certification program.  He currently is a scout for the San Diego Padres.

JaredJohnson-AssistantCoach-Coytoes2013-webJared Johnson- Pitching Coach

Coach Johnson started his coaching career immediately after completing his college career. He would make the switch from player to pitching coach for the Kelowna Falcons of the West Coast League in 2007. He has been a part of the OC program since its inception and continues to develop the pitching staff to new levels every year.

As a Player, Coach Johnson was drafted twice. First in 2003 by the Florida Marlins (42nd Round) while playing for the Langley Blaze of the PBL. He would then head to College signing a full ride scholarship with Top Ranked Central Arizona Community College (NJCAA). After his freshman year, Coach Johnson would again be drafted by the Florida Marlins (46th Round) but would continue his college career. After his second year in CAC, he would transfer to top 25 ranked Benedictine College in Kansas to finish his college career.

After College, Coach Johnson continued to play baseball with the Kelowna Jays Senior Baseball Team, while also beginning his coaching career as an assistant for the team. He would make the transfer from pitcher to infielder and become the starting Short Stop for the Jays. In 2011, Coach Johnson had his best year with the Jays, receiving All-Pacific International League Team Considerations, as well as being selected to go to the Senior Men’s National Championship with the Burnaby Bulldogs. He would hang up the cleats in 2015 and put all his time into his coaching career.

In 2014, Coach Johnson took over head coaching duties of the Kelowna Jays and would lead the team for 3 years. The team would then take a name change in 2017 to the Okanagan Collegiate Summer Athletics, and Coach Johnson would be named head coach.

Coach Johnson also spends his time with the Local Baseball Academies, and helps coach with the Jr. Coyotes program.

Brent Swanson- Assistant Coach

Brent joins the Coyotes after having played in the San Francisco Giants system making his way to AAA.  The Richmond, BC native was a standout catcher at Treasure Valley College in Ontario Oregon before joining the Giants.  Coach Swanson will be working with primarily the catchers and hitters.

Jeremy Buckley- Head JV Coach/ Assistant Coach

Coach Buckley enters his third year as an assistant coach after transitioning from being a Coyotes player.  A member of the first 2018 National Championship team, Coach Buckley leads the outfielders and is the Head Coach Junior Variety program.  The local minor baseball product has been a big part of the development of the Coyotes outfielders, hitters and baserunners.

Austin Brown-  Graduate Assistant- Game Day Operations

Coach Brown will move from player to coach in 2022-2023.  A standout player that saw him selected to the Canadian Junior National Team while also a member of the Okanagan Athletics BCPBL U18 program.  Coach Brown will be working in a variety of capacities from on the field, game day operations, and social media.

Gavin Barret- Graduate Assistant

Coach Barret will make the transition from player to coach.  A vital member of the Coyotes pitching staff for the duration of his education, Coach Barret will be working alongside Coach Johnson with the OC pitching staff.

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