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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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Bob BurkmarIMG_8707
Assistant Coach

Bob has worked tirelessly for over 30 years as a coach, manager and executive member of the North Delta Baseball Association. For many years he has also been the coach of the Blue Jays in the Premier Baseball League. Bob is certified to Level III in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP). He has assisted in the development of many outstanding baseball players including Jeff Francis of the Colorado Rockies and Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins. Bob was recently inducted into the Delta Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to North Delta Baseball.

Bob assists John on field and is a significant influence in the organization and growth of the academy.

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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!

Jack spent the last year coaching the Richmond Bantam AAA Chuckers. The Chuckers placed 2nd in BC Baseball Provincials this year.

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Kevin DalgettyIMG_8705
Teacher Coordinator

Kevin was an avid baseball player  growing up throughout his high school years. He played his youth baseball in North Delta and played Junior Ball with the Delta Dodgers and while playing for this team was awarded the Rookie of the Year and Unsung Hero awards in 1999 and the Provincial Tournament MVP in 2001. Kevin currently coaches his own children with WRSSBA and has completed the new National Coaching Certification Program (Initiation) Kevin holds a Bachelor of Education from UBC and a Masters in Educational Leadership and Administration, He also  has a Technology Teacher Education Diploma from BCIT. He is currently a Technology Education teacher, Athletic Director at Sands Secondary and is the Teacher Coordinator for the Baseball Academy

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Dan Marshall- Assistant Coach

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Reed Lavallee – Assistant Coach