Todd Hubka is heading into his 23rd year with the Prairie Baseball Academy. 2019 will be Todd’s 9th as head coach of the Varsity program. After taking over in 2011, Coach Hubka went a perfect 7 for 7, capturing seven consecutive CCBC Championships. Unfortunately that streak was broken in 2018, and PBA will be looking to win back the CCBC title in 2019. Hubka has compiled a record of The 7th championship was a thrilling extra innings win over Thompson Rivers University last May. During his time as head coach, Hubka has compiled a record of 245-152 good for a .617 winning percentage.
Coach Hubka played his youth ball in Claresholm before moving on to the Fort Macleod Royals American Legion team (83-89). After playing his youth ball in Southern Alberta, Todd 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 23 years. Todd takes pride in the direction of the Prairie Baseball Academy and is excited by the youth movement at PBA in 2019. The team is younger and more athletic than it has been in a few years, and the Varsity team is looking to win back the Championship that they missed out on in 2018.
Ryan MacDonald is in his 10th year coaching with the Prairie Baseball Academy. Ryan was born and raised in Kennetcook, Nova Scotia. Ryan played for Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Cup in 2002 and 2003, as well as representing Team Nova Scotia at the the 2005 Canada Games in Regina, SK. Ryan came to PBA in 2004 where he played for three years before moving on to the University of Texas-Brownsville. 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 and his wife Kristy live in Lethbridge where they are raising their daughter Blakely who turned turned one in January 2018.
Head Coach Todd Hubka feels Ryan’s commitment to the game of baseball and coaching has helped the Prairie Baseball Academy achieve what they have over the last seven seasons. Ryan was also the head coach of the Lethbridge Bulls from 2014-2016. Coach MacDonald led the Bulls to two consecutive seasons with the best record in the WMBL, and in 2015 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 6th year coaching with the Prairie Baseball Academy. Coach Sawyer grew up in Calgary, AB and was lucky enough to play in the Little League World Series in 2001 representing Team Canada. Sawyer attended the Prairie Baseball Academy from 2006-2008 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 Head 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 run record with 19, and career home run record with 50. Coach Sawyer received his education degree from SDSU in 2011 before returning to Lethbridge to start his coaching career. Coach Sawyer is going into his 6th season with the PBA Junior Varsity program, and his 3rd season as the head coach of the Lethbridge Bulls in 2019. Sawyer played for the Bulls for four years 2008-2012, and was named the MVP of the WMBL in 2011. Sawyer is also the Little League Canada National Coach, delivering coaching clinics across Canada to hundreds of youth coaches in the spring.
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach
Chance Wheatley is in his 2nd year coaching with the program. He comes to us from Bawlf, Alberta. Chance played his youth baseball with the Spruce Grove White Sox. In 2011, he represented Team Alberta at the Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick. Chance played his high school baseball with ST. FX Baseball Academy before coming to the Prairie Baseball Academy in 2013. Coach Wheatley was an infielder on the 2015 & 2016 CCBC Championship teams and was named 2nd Team All-Conference in 2016. He spent his summers in 2016 & 2017 playing in the WMBL for the Yorkton Cardinals. Chance graduated from Lethbridge College with a Business Administration Diploma. In the summer of 2018 Chance was the head coach of the Lethbridge's first ever bantam team, mentoring some of the top 14-15 year old players in Southern Alberta. Chance is eager to learn, and his advanced baseball IQ is a tremendous asset when coaching our younger Academy players.
Varsity Pitching Coach
Justin Logan is in his first season with the Prairie Baseball Academy. Justin is originally from Oyen, AB and attended the Badlands Baseball Academy in high school. Logan moved on to PBA in the fall of 2014, and pitched for three seasons, one on junior varsity, and the other two with the varsity program. J-Lo, as everyone calls Justin, is finishing up his degree in Management at the University of Lethbridge and has already received mutliple job offers before graduation. Coach J-Lo brings a level-headed approach to pitching, and will surely be an asset this spring when the varsity team attempts to win back the CCBC Championship in May.