The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) International Programs Office is pleased to announce the 2008 Team Canada Mission Staff that will be heading to the Czech Republic to represent the CIS in the 4th World University Baseball Championship tournament.
Canada will be led by the University of British Columbia’s Head Coach Terry McKaig. McKaig will be assisted by his two UBC Assistant Coaches Cavanaugh Whitely and Shawn Corness. Also named to the Coaching Staff is Wilfrid Laurier University’s (OUA) Head Coach SCOTT BALLANTYNE
. Carleton University’s Manager of Athletics Marketing & Communications will round out the Mission Staff as the team’s Communications Manager.SCOTT BALLANTYNE
, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Head Coach, won WLU’s 2003 Bill Haggstrom Trophy and the 2002 Team Most Valuable Player
The Kincardine Ontario native is entering his ninth year with the Laurier Baseball program. After five years as a player and three years as an Assistant Coach, 2007 marked his first year as Head Coach of the program. A graduate of the School of Business and Economics in 2003, Scott was a driving force in helping the sport of baseball earn varsity status in 2001. As a player Scott was named team MVP following the 2002 season and was also the recipient of the Bill Haggerstom Award for the Male Contributing Most to Athletics following the 2003-2004 year. Scott was a player-coach with the 2006 OBA Senior ‘C’ Champion Listowel Legionaires and currently plays for the Milton Red Sox Sr. team. Scott was the chairman of an organizing committee that put together the Inaugural OUA Baseball All-Star Showcase in May 2007 as an event to showcase the tremendous talent that OUA Baseball has to offer. Scott is excited about the prospect of leading the Golden Hawks in 2007 and hopes that the veteran core of returning players will make the transition from Assistant Coach to Head Coach an easy one. Scott works as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP in Kitchener and lives in Waterloo with his fiancé, a Laurier graduate and Assistant Cheerleading coach, Amy Roefs
The Games are July 17 to July 27th, 2008, in three Czech Republic cities, Prague, Brno and Ostrava.
Canada will participate against seven other countries for the 4th Annual International University Baseball crown. Canada participated in the 2002 Games in Sicily, Italy finishing 9th and 2004 Games in Chinese Taipei, finished 10th. The CIS did not send a team to the 2006 games in Cuba.
The official 4th World University Baseball Championship web site can be found at: www.baseball.cz/wubc2008