May 31, 2010 | Dan Thompson | 203 views
Rick Johnston Joins The Terriers
The TERRIERS are extremely pleased to announce Rick Johnston as their new DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT and 17u MANAGER.
Rick brings a lifetime of baseball experience to the program and is considered one of Canada's foremost baseball minds.
He is a former Canadian National Team member both as a player and a coach. His experience in every aspect of the game will be a tremendous addition to the TERRIERS baseball program on and off the field.
As a player with Team Canada, Rick competed in several international tournaments including the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. With over 16 years of baseball instruction under his belt, he speaks regularly at baseball clinics across Canada and the United States. Rick is the founder and co-owner of The Baseball Zone.
Welcome aboard Rick!
Co-founder and Director of Baseball Operations at The Baseball Zone and co-owner of SST Mississauga
Inducted into the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2008
Played Internationally as a member of the Canadian National Team including the 1988 Seoul Olympics, 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games, 1985 and 1991 Intercontinental Cup
League award winner and record holding member of championship teams with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Inter-County Baseball League
Two Time Inter-County League MVP
Attended and excelled in baseball at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio and at the University of British Columbia as a member of the National Baseball Institute
All Region first team, 1985, Cuyahoga Community College
Manager, Team Canada Juniors, 1998
Hitting Coach, Team Canada Juniors, 1996, 1997, World Championships, 3rd place
Hitting Coach, Team Canada Seniors, 1995
Hitting Coach, 2001 Canada Summer Games, Silver Medal
Manager, Team Ontario, 2005 Canada Summer Games, Gold Medal
Named Canadian Coach of the Year, 2005
Coached and Managed the Croatian National Team, Karlovac Keltics, Croatia and Montpellier Barracudas, France
Managed Croatian National Team, 2007 Olympic Qualification Tournament, Barcelona, Spain
Has coached and played in 17 countries world wide
Started the University of Toronto baseball program 1996
Invited to Spring Training with the Toronto Blue Jays as a guest coach 1997
Served as a scout for the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Managed the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Inter-County League, 2001. Named Manager of the Year
Managed Brantford Red Sox of the Inter-County League 2003-2006. Named Manager of the Year, 2003 and 2004. Won League Championship 2006
VP and General Manager, Brantford Red Sox, 2007-current; 2008 & 2009 Inter-County Champions
Instructed for more than 19 years
Among the many pupils of his programs are one of only six Canadians ever drafted in the first round of the MLB draft, as well as over 200 other professionals, draftees and players on college scholarship
Rick is an OBA course clinician for Levels I, II & III and speaks regularly at clinics across Canada and the United States
Has spoke on 3 occasions at the Ontario Best Ever coaching clinic and twice at the British Columbia coaches clinic
Rick has also worked on motion pictures and television productions as a technical consultant, these include, "Angels in the Infield", "Fever Pitch", Men TV, Omni Television and City TV "Batter Up"