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Taylor comes to us from Oakville, Ontario, and attended University of West Alabama where he was 3rd all time in IP (275) games started (40) and strikeouts (175).  He spent one season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes.  Not only does he bring with him his experience as a collegiate player, he has also spent three years coaching at the college Division 2 level (University of West Alabam, Georgia Southwestern State University, University of Alabama in Huntsville).

FVBA is extremely fortunate to have Taylor part of our coaching team and his enthusiasm and excitement alone make him a valuable asset.  Taylor assists with our Yale academy, as well as working with group sessions at our Abbotsford Training Centre.  He is also one of the assistant coaches for the Senior FV Cardinals team.  His mission statement is to give the players he works with the opportunity to have the same positive experiences he had, which in turn develop them into great young men.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONTACT : bratton0913@gmail.com

Corey Eckstein

Corey has accomplished a lot in his young life.  He grew up in Abbotsford and attended post secondary school in Vernon, Texas.  He was the founder and operator of Yale Baseball Academy as well as Sandlot Baseball (now under Fraser Valley Baseball Academy) and has established himself as a coach, trainer, instructor, mentor and leader among youth baseball players in the Fraser Valley. 

His career resume includes:  Kansas City Royals Area Scout (2013-present), 2014 American League Championship ring, 2015 World Series ring, 18U Team Canada coach (2008-2013), Toronto Blue Jays Tournament 12 coach (2015-2018), University of the Fraser Valley assistant coach, Team BC Assistant Coach (2007, 2008, 2011, 2016), Abbotsford Cardinals (now Fraser Valley Cardinals) program coach since 2006, various championship appearances with Junior and Senior Cardinals teams (2008, 2009, 2012, 2016, 2017, 2018).

Corey is very passionate about the development of youth in his community and strives to be a positive role model for all his players.  Corey resides in Abbotsford, BC with his wife Kourtni, two boys (Kohen and Hudson) and baby girl (Parker).

 

 

 

 

CONTACT : ceckstein47@gmail.com

Jordan Lennerton

Jordan grew up in Langley and played with the Langley Blaze organization through high school.  After graduation he has the privilege of attending El Paso Community College and then Oregon State University where his team was 2007 College World Series champions.  He gained valuable experience in his collegiate career and ultimately played professionally for 10 years thereafter.

Jordan has so many career high lights including:  2004 Junior National team member, drafted 3 times (2004 Toronto, 2005 Milwaukee, 2008 Detroit), 2007 College World Series champion (Oregon State), 5 time organization all star with Detriot, AA MVP in 2012, MLB Futures game 2013, added to Detroit Tigers 40-man roster in 2014, Rawlings gold glove winner in 2013 and 2014, Gold medal at 2015 Pan Am games, CanAm league championship in 2017.

Jordan joined FVBA in 2017 and is one of the assistant coaches for our University of the Fraser Valley Cascades Baseball team, as well as providing private and group training sessions through Yale Baseball Academy and Abbotsford Training Centre.  He brings with him a level of professionalism, experience and close connection with our university players and we are pleased to provide such quality coaching in our FVBA programs.

CONTACT : jlenn12@hotmail.com

Taylor Bratton

Shawn Besse

Shawn Besse is an integral part of our Fraser Valley Baseball Academy not only as the head coach for the Junior Fraser Valley Cardinals, but also in the background as GM for all the Cardinals teams (since 2015).  He has a love for the sport and for young players playing baseball.  He has coached both baseball and hockey since 1999 and brings with him a wealth of experience and understanding of the sport, players and team strategy.

 

Shawn’s mission statement:

My mission is to teach the game of baseball and create an environment where young baseball players can work to achieve their dreams of playing college or professional baseball.  I that good things happen to those who work hard.  If each individual takes the responsibility upon himself to strive to be the best he can be in every aspect of the game, more can be accomplished as a team.  He wishes to support and inspire all student-athletes to perform at the highest academic and athletic standards while demanding good sportsmanship, ethical behavior, service and personal development.

CONTACT: swbesse@gmail.com

Derek Florko

Derek grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and currently resides in Langley, British Columbia.  Derek has been involved with baseball in Abbotsford for over the past 10 years. He has played a vital role in developing our player development programs and continues to push the boundaries by being an avid learner. 

Derek is a social media star with over 12,000 followers on Twitter ranging from major league baseball executives, college coaches, and current and former pro players who utilize his content. He has been an online hitting consultant for numerous minor league players over the past few years. 

Florko has worked at our Abbotsford Training Centre (formerly Sandlot), Yale Baseball Academy and with the Fraser Valley Cardinals (formerly Abbotsford Cardinals) since 2009.  During that time, he also served as an assistant coach with the Prairie Baseball Academy and also served as the Lethbridge Bulls hitting coach of the WMBL Summer Collegiate League.

Derek took a sports science degree at Douglas College and also writes for Baseball Prospectus as a minor league scout. He is the program developer for Axe bat and is also a Atlis graduate and TPI certified

 

CONTACT : florko.derek@gmail.com

Kyle Lotzkar

Kyle grew up in Langley and played for the Blaze organization.  He was a first round pick in the MLB and was selected by the Cincinnati Reds, 56th overall in the draft.  He has played in the minor league system for over 10 years and is entering into his 4th season as one of the assistant coaches for the University of the Fraser Valley Cascades baseball organization.

 

Kyle has experienced great success in his young life and is a great example to our UFV Cascade players of what hard work and dedication can accomplish, both on the field and in the classroom.  Kyle has been with the Senior Team Canada and won 2 gold medals while playing the best players in the country.

 

Kyle has a great knowledge of the game and continues to explore the cutting edge of pitching.

CONTACT : klotzkar@gmail.com

Wes Darvill

Wes grew up playing for the Langley Blaze organization and played for the Canadian Junior National team from 2008 to 2009.  He was drafted in the 5th round of the MLB draft in 2009 by the Chicago Cubs.  In 2013 Wes was minor league organizational All Star for the Chicago Cubs and Florida state league champion as a member of the Daytona Cubs. He won back-to-back American Association championships in 2016 and 2017 as a member of the Winnipeg Goldeyes.

 

Most recently, in 2018 he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers and was Texas league champion as a member of the Tulsa Drillers.  Academically, Wes has attended University of the Fraser Valley and University of Phoenix.  He currently is one of the assistant coaches for UFV Cascades Baseball. 

 

His mission statement:  have fun, pursue your dreams, work hard, embrace challenges and be persistent.

CONTACT : wes_darvill@hotmail.com

Jay Pankratz

Jay is one of our assistant coaches on the Fraser Valley Junior Cardinals team.  He has coached 18 years in baseball from T-ball to high school.  He is an educator and has been a teacher for 9 years and school administrator for 15 years.  Jay attended Fresno Pacific after high school where he played 4 years of college basketball and attended Simon Fraser University for his MEd. 

 

Coach Jay lives in Abbotsford with his wife and children and his personal mission statement is:  dream big, have fun, get stuff done!

Coleton Besse

Coleton Besse grew up in Abbotsford and attended Yale Secondary School.  His also played for the FV Cardinals (formerly Abbotsford Cardinals) and moved on to play at a collegiate level at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kansas.  He has given back to his baseball community by assistant coaching for the Junior Cardinals for the last three years and has discovered a love of coaching.

 

Coleton’s mission is to create relationships of trust among the players and anyone with whom he may cross paths.  He has such fond memories of his time on the field with the Cardinals organization that his hope is to create those positive memories for those around him.

CONTACT : cjbesse13@gmail.com

Bryan Arthur

Bryan grew up in Abbotsford and works as one of the assistant coaches for the Fraser Valley Cardinals senior team.  He was drafted in 2010 by the New York Yankees.  In his freshman season he played and attended Vernon College in Vernon, Texas, his sophomore year he attended Douglas College (2012) and his Junior and Senior years he attended and played for UBC where they were conference champions both years.  He played 4 seasons in Western Major Baseball League for Medicine Hat Mavericks.  In 2012 he was Canadian Player of the Year, 1st Team All Star. 

 

Bryan is entering his 4th season as assistant coach and he studied philosophy and economics at University of British Columbia. 

CONTACT : bryan_arthur@hotmail.com

Adam Revel

Adam Revel is one of our home-grown coaches/instructors.  Adam grew up in Abbotsford and attended Yale Base Academy through highschool.  He also played for the then Abbotsford Cardinals for 3 years and ultimately pursued his dream of playing baseball at South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, Arizona,  Ultimately, he continued his collegiate career at Prairie Baseball Academy in Lethbridge, Alberta, winning two CCBC championships in 2014 and 2015.

He is currently attending University of Fraser Valley completing his Bachelor of Arts degree and is on his third year of assistant coaching with the Junior FV Cardinals team, as well as providing instruction at our Abbotsford Training Centre (formerly Sandlot Baseball).  Adam provides a great example of our youth coaches who has succeeded through hard work and training within our organization and is thrilled to give back to this community.

CONTACT : a_revel_8@hotmail.com

Kara Coleman

Dan Dick

Todd Boulanger

Phil Hemphill

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