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BASEBALL PROGRAM SENIOR COACHES

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Alan Sutherland

VICE PRESIDENT

Alan Sutherland was elected one of two Vice President in July 2021.

 

Alan started with the Pirates in 1991 as a player and quickly started coaching. As a player he has represented the Pirates in all senior grades, Coached at almost all Senior and Junior levels, collecting many friendships and premierships along the way.  Off the field he has served the committee in various capacities for approximately 16 years. Alan was presented with the Jimmy Stewart Senior club person Award in 1996/97 and The Ken Bowe Life Membership Medal in 2016.

He has also served the Reservoir / North Coburg BBC as the President for the past 6 years and a player for the past 34 years. Most recently he was part of the EBC senior coaching group.

His Coaching CV includes Junior State teams, Summer Charter All-star teams, Winter representative and International touring teams.
His 3 sons have all been Pirates as Juniors with 1 of them also playing seniors. His daughter also plays but is yet to be a Pirate.

 

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T-Ball Program Club Coach 

Brian Sinfield

T-BALL PROGRAM CLUB COACH

Brian was re-elected the second of two Vice Presidents in July 2021.

 

Brian first became involved with baseball at the age of 12. He played and coached in State Winter Rep teams at Junior and Senior levels. Brian has been a Preston Pirates committee member for 13 years. During his time at Preston Brian has coached up and down the Junior ranks over that expanse of time.

Brian was Awarded Life Membership of the Club in 2020.


 

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Junior Program

Club Coach

Neil Southwell 

JUNIOR PROGRAM CLUB COACH

Neil was appointed Junior Club Coach in July 2021.

Neil is a baseball tragic. Not a day/ minute or second seemingly goes by without him thinking about

the game of baseball.

A passion that started back in 1990 when he was introduced to his beloved Toronto Blue Jays.

Neil started his baseball playing days in Brisbane in 2000 as an off-season sport to help keep him active whilst not playing State level Volleyball, having to cut the season short due to relocating South to Victoria. After retiring from Volleyball in 2006 he again turned to baseball as his chosen sport.

From there his passion for the game grew and ultimately culminated in his becoming a Coach when his son turned 6 in 2012. Since then, Neil has coached junior teams ranging from T-Ball to U16 at Doncaster Baseball Club and is currently knocking on the door of Vic State Coaching honours having already been a part of the Vic U16 White Coaching staff as a volunteer, and as Assistant Coach for the recent U16 Vic Showcase. He is a multiple winning Coach of the Winter Baseball Association’s Diamond Valley Representative squads and has also coached Summer Charter representative teams at State

and National level.

He has a thirst for learning as much as he can so he can pass this knowledge to the Juniors of Preston Baseball Club. He is energetic, enthusiastic and hopes to be a part of Preston’s growth for many a year to come.

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Senior

Womens Program

Club Coach

Sinead Byrne-Connell

SENIOR WOMENS PROGRAM CLUB COACH

 

Sinead was appointed Senior Womens Program Coach in October 2020

 

Sinead played junior combined baseball at Preston before moving to another Club to join a Senior Womens Program. Sinead returned to Preston in 2020 to establish the Womens Program at the Club.

Sinead was an Australian representative in 2016 at the Phoenix Cup hosted in Hong Kong as well as being  Junior and Senior Victorian State representative, winning a silver metal at nationals in 2015.

 

Sinead was warded the Chris Lane award at Watsonia Baseball Club. 

 

Sinead coached the Eastern Athletics at the first girls state championship. 2021 became the head softball coach at Ivanhoe Girls Grammar in charge of all teams from year 7 to year 12 as well as coaching all the A teams. Getting two teams to state. Ran a three week program at Rosanna golf links from year 4-6 gaining experience in coaching special needs and hearing impaired young individuals. 

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Senior

Mens Program

Club Coach

Martin Legge 

SENIOR MENS PROGRAM CLUB COACH

 

Martin was appointed Senior Mens Program Coach in October 2021. 

 

Martin started playing baseball as a junior at Westgarth Baseball club in 1966 where he played as a

pitcher ,shortstop and outfielder. In 1972 Martin transferred to Preston Baseball Club through Ken Bowe and played in the Division 1 Seniors until the late 1980’s.

 

Martin was a member of the 1983 Division 1 Preston Baseball Club premiership team and a member of the Victorian Claxton Shield team for two years.  

 

Martin has held various positions at Preston Baseball Club from under 18’s coach when he was 19,

junior co-ordinator and Vice President.

In 2010 Martin was named in Preston Baseball Club Team of the Century as an outfielder.

 

After a few years away from baseball, Martin was appointed as an assistant coach at Melbourne Baseball club under Mike Deeble. Later Martin was appointed as Head coach of Melbourne Baseball Club taking them to Division 1 from Division 2. After three years in that role Martin stepped away from

Melbourne to concentrate on Football coaching.

 

In 2018 Martin started assisting at Preston training and between 2018 and 2020 hr was an assist coach and 3rd base coach for the Preston 1st Senior Men’s Team.