Lachance to step down following Women’s Baseball World Cup

 André Lachance, the only manager the Canadian National Women's team has ever had, will step down following the Women's Baseball World Cup in August. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

André Lachance, the only manager the Canadian National Women's team has ever had, will step down following the Women's Baseball World Cup in August. Photo Credit: Baseball Canada

July 17, 2018

By Adam Morissette

Baseball Canada

OTTAWA- The only manager that the Women’s National Team program has ever known will vacate the role following the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup next month in Viera, Fla.

André Lachance, who’s managed the squad since it was formed in 2004, will transition to an advisory role with the Women’s National Team program and work to grow the program off the baseball field.

“This is a decision that I’ve been thinking about for quite some time,” said Lachance. “It certainly is a difficult choice to make but I feel that the time is right for a change and I’m looking forward to contributing to the program in other ways.”

Lachance’s tenure with the program began in 2004 when a national team was assembled to compete in the first-ever Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton. Canada came away with a bronze medal at that event and has since added two more bronze (2006, 2012) and two silver (2008, 2016) medals for a total of five in seven all-time Women’s Baseball World Cup events.

He was also at the helm of Team Canada in 2015 when women’s baseball was part of the Pan Am Games sport program for the first time ever, and led the red and white to a silver medal.

“Competing in the Pan Am Games, on home soil (in Toronto), and seeing women’s baseball in a major multi-sport games was really special to be a part of,” added Lachance. “It’s amazing to see where our sport has grown since the first world cup and I look forward to playing a role in the growth and development of women’s baseball going forward.”

Apart from success on the international stage, including a current high of No. 2 on the WBSC Women’s Baseball world rankings, Lachance has insulated the program from a development perspective by creating a path to the national team. Athletes can first taste international baseball through an annual trip to Cuba that provides a top-notch baseball experience and an equally impressive cultural experience to go with it. Competitive players throughout the country now have three different Baseball Canada National Championship tournaments to strive for including a 16U event that will see all ten provinces competing for the first time ever in August.

“The growth and interest level in the game is night and day from when Baseball Canada started a national program in 2004,” explained Lachance. “We’re fortunate to have some quality people in the country that have helped foster this growth which has benefitted female baseball at the community, provincial and ultimately national level.”

In addition to his fulltime duties at the Baseball Canada head office in Ottawa as Business and Sport Development Director, Lachance will be moving into what he terms a management/advisory role with the Women’s National Team program – a role he is looking forward to.

“I will still have a major role with the Women’s National Team program and will be there to support the new manager and their staff,” said Lachance. “It is the on field component that I’m stepping away from and I’m excited at the prospect at someone new taking over and putting their stamp on the program. 

“I feel very fortunate to have been manager for all these years and I can’t wait to the World Cup in August. I cherish my time with the Women’s National Team program and all of the people associated with it. It has been and always will be a huge part of my life.”

Adam Morissette

Adam Morissette was born and raised in Ottawa, Ont. where sports were always a big part of his life whether it be baseball, hockey or football, including playing two seasons as centre for coach Pat Sheahan with the Queen's University Golden Gaels in Kingston -- Canada's first capital. Morissette has always have been passionate about baseball and has fond memories of attending Montreal Expos games with his father, Mike, and listening to his recollection of watching baseball in Montreal at Jarry Park and stories about Gary Carter, Rusty Staub and Steve Rodgers. Morissette could often be found in a near empty Lynx Stadium watching Joe Siddall, Bert Heffernan, Curtis Pride and Jamie Carroll soaking in a beautiful summer night at the ballpark. He was a member of the provincial championship Orleans Red Sox Little League teams also played with the Ottawa White Sox for the late Lyle Anderson and Todd Burke in OBA Midget and American Legion play and the Capital City Crushers (NCBL), primarily as a catcher. Has also spent time coaching Little League in Orleans and South Ottawa. He wanted to turn his passion into a career and enrolled in Sport Business Management at Algonquin College in Ottawa in 2007. After working for the Ottawa 67's OHL team as the Ticket Coordinator, Morissette jumped at the opportunity to become the Media and Public Relations Coordinator with Baseball Canada in 2010. He loves watching and reading about pro, college or amateur baseball and is a long-time subscriber to Baseball America. Morissette is thrilled about the idea of writing about baseball and is interested in covering any story that his car -- and time -- will allow him to cover.