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John HaarIMG_8718
Head Coach

As the Head Coach of the Sands Baseball Academy, John brings with him three decades of high-level baseball experience. John was an all round athlete at the University of British Columbia, being named Varsity Athlete of the Year in 1968.

His professional playing career included several years in the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants organizations. He has served as guest coach with the Toronto Blue Jays and has led Canada’s national teams on numerous occasions as both Coach and Manager.

John has been inducted into the Canadian Baseball of Fame on two occasions: First in 1992, along with the entire 1991 team that he led to the first and only Canadian National Youth World Championship; then again in 2007, for his outstanding contributions to Canadian Baseball as manager, coach and long time contributor to the sport of baseball.

John’s tremendous wealth of knowledge and clear passion for the game are the foundation for the Delta School District’s successful Baseball Academy.

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Eric Brownfullsizeoutput_18c
Teacher Coordinator

Eric is the Teacher Coordinator and Pitching Coach for the Sands Baseball Academy.

Eric played his high school baseball with the Northwest Slam Baseball Club in Thunder Bay, Ontario. In 2006, he won a national championship as a member of Team Ontario at the Baseball Canada Cup.

Eric attended the University of British Columbia and was a four-year starter from 2008-2011. He helped the Thunderbirds win 3 regional championships during his time there and was named to the All Region Team in 2009 and 2011.

Eric represented Canada on two occasions, in 2009 at the World Baseball Challenge, and in 2010 at the World University Games in Tokyo, Japan.

Eric was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 50th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft. He played three seasons in the Blue Jays organization and won three Northwest League championships with the Vancouver Canadians. He was named a Northwest League All-Star in 2013.

Eric began coaching in 2010, while he was still attending UBC, and continued to stay involved with coaching following his playing career. In 2015, he was an assistant coach for the UBC Varsity Baseball Team and was a Lead Instructor for the Thunderbird Performance Institute Youth Academy from 2015 to 2016.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Bachelor of Education from UBC.

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Dan Marshallfullsizeoutput_18e
Assistant Coach

Dan attended St. Thomas Villanova High School in LaSalle Ontario, where he played ball in the Detroit Catholic League. He was named to the All Conference Team in 1999 and was named to the All Conference and All League Teams in 2000.

He received full baseball scholarships to Lake Michigan Junior College (NJCAA Div. I) and Bemidji State University (NCAA Div. II) where he graduated with a degree in Sports management.

Following his collegiate career, Dan signed professional contracts with the Edmonton Cracker Cats of the Northern League, and the Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League, before going overseas where he signed with PSV Eindhoven of the Dutch Major League. While in the Netherlands, Dan was also hired by Major League Baseball as a hitting and fielding instructor for the Bixie Baseball MLB Academy in Eindhoven.

Since returning home, Dan has been coaching and instructing with The Bullpen, the Sands Baseball Academy, and is the owner of Dan Marshall Professional Baseball Training & Development.

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Jack Thompson
Assistant Coach

Jack is the lead hitting and fielding instructor at 5 Tool High Performance Athletics. Jack attended Northern State University while on baseball scholarship, and played ball professionally overseas in Australia and Europe. 

Jack is a switch hitter who is known for his intelligence of the game.  Although he was predominantly a shortstop in university, Jack has excelled defensively around the entire field, including stints at catcher while playing overseas.

Jack is from Coquitlam, BC. He played his high school baseball for the Coquitlam Reds in 2006 and 2007. Following a league championship in 2007, Jack went to Douglas College before accepting a scholarship to Northern State University. During his university career, Jack played summer ball in the Western Major Baseball League (WMBL) for the Swift Current Indians where they won a league championship in 2010. After completing his degree, Jack headed to Australia for a season overseas as a player/manager. Following a good campaign, he signed onto a team in Europe. After another season in Australia, Jack returned home where he began managing the BallYard at Sport Central.