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Baseball Victoria Pennant Committee

Kerry Gasner (Chairperson)

  • Waverley Baseball Club - junior player (1988-1993), senior player (1991-2015), junior/senior assistant coach (2006-2015), board member (2012, 2017-2020), president (2020-present)
  • Baseball Victoria - state head coach u16/u18/u23 (2009-2017), Melbourne Aces Academy Coach (2012-2017)
  • MLB Australian Academy Program Field Coach (2013-2015)
  • Oakland Athletics Coaching Intern - Instructional Ball (2015)
  • Houston Astros Scout - Australian Eastern Seaboard (2013-2017)
  • Club Presidents & Secretaries Chair - BV Board appointed position (2019-20)

Urs Howard

  • Played and coached senior women's and played senior men's baseball in Victoria at a variety of levels over the last 20 years
  • Represented Victoria as a senior player/coach at the Australian Women's Championships and as a coach at the Australian Youth Women's Championships
  • Travelled as part of the Emeralds contingent to the 2018 World Cup in Florida and assisted with the Victorian-based players preparation in the leadup to the event
  • Member of the organising committee for the Melbourne Women's Baseball Tournament - an event which brings together both nationals standard competitors and developing players into one event, currently unique to the women's baseball space

Mark Gooding

  • 1968 - started playing juniors with Bonbeach, continued playing for next two decades and eventually took on coaching, managing the Knox C Grade team to a grand final in 1988
  • 1997 - offered the ABL-sponsored opportunity to attend the Harry Wendelstedt School for Professional Umpires in Florida, USA
  • 1998-2011 BUAV Committee
  • 25 years of umpiring experience (highest level IBAF ICC, Taichung) - includes Director of Umpiring, Victoria and national umpire panels
  • Served on Pennant Committee from 2006-2016, Tribunal from 2017-2019

Jon Kennedy

  • Current member of Team Australia (senior men's national team), represented at the 2017 and 2023 World Baseball Classic and 2019 Premier 12 tournament
  • Represented Australia at a junior national level in both the 2012 U19 AAA World Baseball Championship in Seoul, South Korea and the U23 World Baseball Championship in Taichung, Taiwan
  • Played professionally in the Atlanta Braves Baseball Organisation in USA reaching AAA from 2016-2019, Melbourne Aces (2012 - present)
  • Involved in a variety of coaching clinics at local clubs and schools, including BV School Holiday Camps
  • 2019-present: Malvern senior club pitching coach, junior club coach, and U8 t-ball program director

Micheal Nakamura

  • Talented, retired professional baseball player with proven expertise in baseball rules, regulations and competitive strategies
  • Second Victorian to play in the MLB, making his pitching debut on 7 April 2003 with Minnesota Twins
  • Played in Japanese Professional Leagues from 2005 to 2012
  • Australian Baseball Hall of Fame member and two-time Olympian
  • College education at the University of South Alabama in business administration and management, extensive knowledge of the college pathway and current market where players seek college opportunities
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