Meagan Baird

• Facility Manager
• Head Coach of Whitby Eagles Minor Squirt team
• 2 Years with Team Canada Womens Softball
• Full Athletic Scholarship to Tiffin University in Ohio
• 1 Year Alternate for Team Canada Womens Baseball
• 1 Year Team Ontario for Womens Softball

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2006  Top Shortstop in Canada at Canadian Nationals
2008  2nd Place at Canadian Nationals with Mississauga North
2008  2013 Tiffin University Full Softball Scholarship
2008  Team Ontario.  2nd Place at Canadian Summer Games
2010  Provincial National Champions with Whitby Eagles
2010  Tiffin Regular Season Champs and Conference Champs, Hit 3 Home Runs 7 RBI’S in the Semi Final Game of Conference Championship
2011  Sr. Women’s National Team  (Team Canada) Hit 1st Home Run in International Play against Team Japan at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma
2011  Provincial National Champions with Whitby Eagles
2011  Silver Medal at Canadian Nationals with Whitby Eagles
2012   Canadian National Champions with Whitby Eagles
2013   Pan American Qualifiers, Puerto Rico, 2nd Place (Team Canada)
2014   Provincial National Champions with Whitby Eagles
2014   Canadian National Champions with Whitby Eagles
2015   Alternate Player for Team Canada Women’s Baseball Pan Am Games
2015   Canadian National All Star Short Stop Award
2015   Canadian National Champions with Whitby Eagles

EXPERIENCE

I began playing Softball at the age of 12, where I played one year of house league. I then started playing rep softball for the Ajax Raiders Association which was coached by Pat Roach, Mike Pesch and Hubie Basilio. From a young age I was fortunate enough to have a coaching staff with prior playing and coaching experience. I was a catcher/infielder for the Raiders for a number of years where every other year I played with an age group ahead. I then began to play for the Whitby Eagles Association. During Midget I was coached by Burt Harris, Jim Otter and Holly Harris and played primarily shortstop and 3rd base. Burt and Jim had years of experience coaching along with a line of talented successful players who played for them, Holly Harris being one. Many of their players went to Colleges and University in the United States, so they knew what it took to get a player ready for this level of competition. I also worked with Rich and Rob Butler at Home Run Baseball Academy for hitting through High school and University. I attended college at Tiffin University for 4.5 years on a full athletic scholarship as the starting shortstop. Tiffin is a very competitive Division 2 program in Ohio that competes in the GLIAC conference. Again I had a strong coaching staff, head coach Jeff Nickerson had years of head coach experience, assistant coaches attended D1 schools and also played professional ball in the United States, Jessica Sallinger and DeDe Justice. I was selected to play for Team Ontario as a shortstop which competed in the Canada Summer Games in 2008. In the summer of 2011 and 2013, I played for Team Canada playing shortstop and 1st base.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

With my softball experiences I have played for a number of coaches with very different coaching styles. I have learned that all players learn differently so my coaching style varies depending on the player. I focus on fundamentals and believe in hard work. With each individual having their own style, getting an understanding of where the player is at skill-wise and developing a plan on how to improve each player is where I start. Having experienced the highest level of competition for this sport, I have acquired the knowledge and skill to help advance players to get to where they need and or want to be. I specialize in teaching any position in the infield (except pitching), outfield and hitting.

PHOTOS

Ontario’s Premier Baseball and Softball Training Facility. Located in South Ajax open to the general public