As the Okanagan College Coyotes head into its fourth season in the Canadian Colleges Baseball Conference (CCBC), they will do it with what the team is calling its most talented and largest roster ever.
And the team has also added an experienced coach to its staff in former collegiate player and PBL coach Lyall Foran.
A Delta native, Foran has been coaching the Medicine Hat Monarchs of the Alberta-Montana American Legion League for the past three seasons and also has coaching experience in American university as well as in the BCPBL.
A catcher during his playing days Foran joins head coach Geoff White and assistant Jared Johnson as Coyotes’ coaches.
“I’m excited to have Lyall join our coaching staff,” said White. “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. We are looking forward to him working specifically with the hitters and catchers. I am confident he will do a tremendous job in advancing the development of our athletes.”
Foran brings an impressive resume to the Coyotes.
As a player he was drafted by the Atlanta Braves and hit .370 at NCAA Div. I school Norfolk State. An injury to his throwing arm eventually led him into coaching and landed him in Kelowna.
The Coyotes are heading into its fall program which will consist of a series of exhibition games including a home and home with Vancouver Island University and a four game home series with Spokane Falls Community College and Wenatchee Valley College.
Now with three years in the CCBC, manager Bill Bayne says the team is becoming well established.
“Our program is getting well known across Canada and is attracting quality players and students not only from B.C. but from several other provinces,” said Bayne. “We’re even getting inquiries from the U.S.”
Once the fall exhibition season is over around the end of October, the Coyotes will begin indoor training including strength and agility at Global Fitness and batting at the indoor cages at Elks.
The spring schedule exhibition games start in late February and the league schedule starts the last week in march with the Championship Tournament in mid-May.