Todd Hubka is going into his 20th year with the program, with this being his 6th as head coach. Since taking over in 2011, Coach Hubka has went a perfect 5 for 5, capturing five consecutive CCBC Championships spanning 2011 through 2015, while compiling a coaching record of 157-90.
Coach Hubka played his youth ball in Claresholm before moving on to the Fort Macleod Royals American Legion team (83-89). He moved on and played college ball for the North Idaho Cardinals where he was 2nd team All-Conference. Todd brings knowledge to all aspects of the game and is constantly learning and refining his approach to the game. The program has hit over .300 consistently over the past 18 years. Todd takes pride in the direction of the Prairie Baseball Academy and is excited by the talents and work ethic of the 2015 Academy teams. His goal for the team is to win a 6th consecutive CCBC Championship.
Ryan MacDonald is currently in his 7th year of coaching with the Prairie Baseball Academy. He resides in Lethbridge, but was originally born and raised in Kennetcook, Nova Scotia. Ryan played for Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Cup in 2002 and 2003. He also played for Team Nova Scotia at the the 2005 Canada Games in Regina, SK. Throughout his playing career in Nova Scotia, Ryan played in three National Championships, finishing 2nd in 2005 at the Saskatoon Junior Nationals. Ryan came to PBA in 2004 where he played for three years before moving on to the University of Texas-Brownsville (UTB). He played at UTB for two years and was named to the 2008 All-Conference Team. Ryan graduated in 2012 with his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge. Ryan is also a personal trainer at the YMCA in Lethbridge. Ryan is very excited about the prospects of the 2015 varsity team, with many players returning to the lineup and an exciting group of newcomers. Head Coach Todd Hubka feels Ryan’s commitment to the game and the Dawgs program are of great benefit to the team.
Ryan has also been the head coach of the Lethbridge Bulls the last two season. Coach MacDonald has led the Bulls to two consecutive seasons with the best record in the WMBL, and this past season the Bulls captured their first ever WMBL Championship going a perfect 9-0 in the playoffs.
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Jesse Sawyer is in his 3rd year of coaching with the program. Coach Sawyer grew up in Calgary and had the opportunity to play in the Little League World Series in 2001 representing Team Canada. Sawyer spent four years in the Calgary Babe Ruth program and was apart of three teams that went to Babe Ruth World Series. Jesse attended the Prairie Baseball Academy and was a member of the 2008 CCBC Championship team. He moved on to play NCAA Division I baseball at South Dakota State University where he played three seasons for Coach Ritchie Price. At SDSU, Coach Sawyer was a 2x 1st Team All-Summit League and 1x 2nd Team All-Summit League player. He set the single season home runs record with 19 and career home run records with 50. He coached one season at Bishop O'Gorman High school and they won 2012 South Dakota High School State Championship. Coach Sawyer was a part of the Lethbridge American Legion program for two years (2013-14), winning the 2013 Montana 'A' District Tournament. He finished his education degree in South Dakota in 2011 and now teaches in Lethbridge. Sawyer was also Coach MacDonalds assistant during the 2015 Bulls season where they won the WMBL Championship for the first time.
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach
Shayne MacInnis comes to us from Cole Harbor, Nova Scotia, entering his 4th season of coaching with the program. Coach MacInnis was an infielder on the 2012 & 2013 CCBC Championship teams at the PBA. He graduated from Lethbridge College with a Business Diploma and recently became a certified personal trainer. In 2015 MacInnis was selected to be the head coach of the Lethbridge Giants 14u team that participated in the 2015 Little League Canadian Championships hosted in Lethbridge Alberta. Coach Hubka feels Shayne's work ethic and attitude from his playing days has been carried over into his coaching mentality and this has helped him continue to be an integral part in the development and success of the junior varsity team.
Varsity Pitching Coach
Clark Grisbrook is in his second season with the Prairie Baseball Academy as a coach. Grisbrook spent two seasons on the PBA pitching staff. In the 2015 season, Grisbrook was 6-0 with a 3.48 ERA in CCBC Conference play. Grisbrook also pitched a complete game in the semi-finals of the 2015 CCBC Championship to setup a 5th straight championship for the Dawgs. Grisbrook will bring a wealth of knowledge and excitement to a young PBA pitching staff in 2017.