Baseball Victoria is thrilled to announce the four Charter Head Coaches for the 2018/19 Charter programs.
Through collaboration and careful planning, BV and the Charters have worked together to successfully improve the Academy/All-Star program and continue to provide excellent opportunities for junior players. Tryouts will kick off in December and on-field training for the program will begin in February. The program will culminate in the State Championships.
The four head coaches for the Charter programs are:
Baycats - Kelli Zabalan
Twins - Scott Meager
Mariners - Marshall Skinner
Athletics - David Hargreaves
We are so excited to have these fantastic, talented leaders on board to support our bright and enthusiastic junior players on their baseball journey.
Coach Zablan has enjoyed a successful career that included a U.S. college team and a stint with the Seattle Mariners. In 2005, he headed to America to begin a four-year collegiate career at Southern Utah University, suiting up for the Thunderbirds NCAA Division 1 team. In 2010 he took on the role of Southern Utah’s assistant baseball coach, and he also played independent ball with the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. In 2011 he joined the Mariners organisation. He returned to the Rascals for 2012-2013, before making his way back to Victoria to take on a coaching role at Aces Academy. He played for the Melbourne Aces from 2015-2018 as well. Zablan was named pitching coach for the 2018 VIC Blue U16 State Team, and he was also a coach at the Baseball Australia MLB u15 Invitational. Having served as the Baycats’ Charter Coach for 2017-2018, he has what it takes to lead younger players in a winning direction while having a great time.