April 28th, 2016
Baseball Canada announces 2016 Women’s National Team Coaching Staff
By Adam Morissette
OTTAWA - Baseball Canada has selected the coaching staff that will lead the Women’s National Team during the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in Gijang City, Korea from September 3–11, 2016.
The staff is led by manager André Lachance, the only manager the Women’s National Team program has known, while Sheen Bromley returns to staff after helping coach Canada to a silver medal at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto.
After a one year hiatus, Patricia Landry, who coached with the program from 2011-2014 will be back to her familiar role with the team. Two newcomers will be making their debuts with the Women’s National Team including Scott Mackenzie and former big-leaguer Aaron Myette who will act as the squad’s pitching coach.
“I’m very pleased with the composition of the coaching staff this year,” said Manager André Lachance. “We’ve got a nice blend of coaches who have been with the program before and two newcomers who have a lot of experience in Scott and Aaron.
The support staff includes longtime Business Manager Penny Fitzsimmons, Athletic Therapist Raymonde Fortin and Equipment Manager Vincent Turpin.
The coaching staff has their work cutout for them as player evaluations and roster selection will take place at the Senior Women Invitational in Red Deer, Alberta from August 25-29 where 20 athletes will be selected to represent Canada in Gijang City.
Coaching Staff bios:
André Lachance - The only Field Manager the Women’s National Team has ever known, Lachance has managed the Canadian entry in all six IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cups earning four medals (1 silver, 3 bronze). The Québec City, Québec native is full-time staff member with Baseball Canada as well as a part-time professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa and was honored in 2008 with a Professor of the Year Award.
Sheen Bromley – Bromley returns to the WNT coaching staff after having served as third base coach in 2015 when Canada won silver at the Pan Am games in Toronto. The Edmonton, Alberta native guided the Alberta Senior Women’s Team to their first-ever gold medal at the Baseball Canada Senior Women Invitational in 2014, a program he previously worked with in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Bromley is currently Technical and Development Coordinator with Baseball Alberta.
Patricia Landry – Landry played with the Women’s National Team for five seasons (2005-2010) and appeared in two World Cups (2006,2010). She moved over to coaching following the 2010 season and has been involved with the Women’s National Team program ever since including World Cup in 2012 and 2014 and as an off-field coach at the 2015 Pan Am Games. Her off-field interests include Sports Psychology.
Scott Mackenzie – Mackenzie will be making his debut on the Women’s National Team coaching staff at the 2016 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup. He served as a guest coach with the WNT Training Camp in 2014 and has coached at the Girls Baseball Development Camp in Cuba on three occasions. Scott is currently employed by Baseball BC as Director Programming, LTAD & Member Services, and Manager of Operations, Female Baseball.
Aaron Myette – Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the first round (43rd overall) in 1997, Myette made his MLB debut in September 1999 and went on to pitch for Texas, Cleveland and Cincinnati over parts of six seasons. Myette also represented Canada at the 1995 World Junior Baseball Championships, the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He was a guest coach at the Women’s National Team Training Camp in 2014 and will be a member of the Women’s National Team coaching staff for the first time at the 2016 WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup. Myette was 6-12 with a 8.16 ERA in 47 games making 30 starts. He walked 106 and struck out 134 in 154 1/3 innings.