VICTORIA, B.C. – With less than two months until the 2017 Baseball Canada Men’s National Championship, the host Victoria team has finalized its coaching staff.
Head Coach: Dave Diachuk
Assistant Coach: Troy Birtwistle
Assistant Coach: Scott Thompson
Dave Diachuk is a veteran senior baseball manager who has earned a total of two Nationals gold medals and one silver, captured as head coach of the Langley Blaze (2014, in St. John’s, NFLD) and Prince George Axemen (2012, in Prince George). The native of Vancouver, BC, enjoyed a successful collegiate playing career with the National Baseball Institute and Concordia College (NAIA) in Oregon. Diachuk was also a member of Canada’s National Junior Team and Canada’s National Team.
Troy Birtwistle is a member of the 2017 Victoria HarbourCats coaching staff and a long-time Mavericks League player with extensive experience at Nationals. Birtwistle, a Shawnigan, Lake, BC native, also played for the National Baseball Institute.
Scott Thompson is a veteran senior baseball coach and player who will bring tremendous experience. Thompson, a native of Campbell River, BC, was the head coach of the Victoria Mavericks in 2008, guiding the team to a gold medal at Nationals in Brandon, MB.