Baseball Topper 2
Coaching Profiles

John HaarIMG_8718
Head Coach

John Haar, Head Coach of the Sands Baseball Academy 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 career as a player included several years in the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants; he has also served as guest coach with the Toronto Blue Jays. As a coach and manager, John has led Canada’s national teams on numerous occasions.

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 Brown

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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Jack Thompson  

Assistant Coach

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

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, 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. Jack also played his summers 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 and began managing the BallYard at Sport Central.

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Dan Marshall- Assistant Coach

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Reed Lavallee – Assistant Coach

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