Todd Hubka - Varsity Head Coach
Todd Hubka has been with the Prairie Baseball Academy for 24 years, 2020 will be his 10th season as head coach of the PBA Varsity program. After taking over in 2011, Coach Hubka led PBA on a streak of seven consecutive CCBC Championships, since renamed the Canadian College World Series. During his tenure as head coach, Hubka has compiled a record of 258-179, good for a .590 winning percentage. Hubka has also moved on over 150 players to four year schools as an assistant and head coach with the program.
Coach Hubka played his youth baseball in Claresholm before moving up to the Fort Macleod Royals American Legion Team from 1983-89. Following high school Hubka played college ball at North Idaho College where he was named to the All-Conference team. Todd jumped straight into coaching following his playing days and started with PBA in the fall of 1996 and has been with the program ever since. Coach Hubka brings a great knowledge to all aspects of the game and is constantly learning and evolving his approach to the game. After an up and down 2019 season Coach Hubka's Varsity team will look to rebound with the CCWS at home in May. Coach Hubka lives with his girlfriend Marcie, and golden retriever Manny. Todd is the proud father of three children and two grandchildren: Kelsey 27, Treyd 22, Ty 17. Bennett 4, and Kade 6 months.
Ryan MacDonald - Varsity Assistant Coach
Ryan MacDonald is in his 11th year coaching with the Prairie Baseball Academy. Ryan was born and raised in Kennetcook, Nova Scotia. MacDonald played for Team Nova Scotia at the Canada Cup in 2002 and 2003, as well as representing Team Nova Scotia at the 2005 Canada Games in Regina, SK. Ryan came to PBA in 2004 and played for three years before moving on to the University of Texas-Brownsville. Ryan played two years at UTB 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 has two beautiful daughters, Blakely 3 and Makenna 6 months.
Head Coach Todd Hubka feels Ryan’s commitment to the game of baseball and coaching has helped the Prairie Baseball Academy achieve the amazing results they have during his decade with the program. Ryan was the head coach of the Lethbridge Bulls from 2014-2016 and 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.
Chance Wheatley - Junior Varsity Head Coach
Chance Wheatley is in his 3rd year with the Prairie Baseball Academy and 2020 will be his first as head coach of the junior varsity program. Chance is originally from Bawlf, Alberta and played his youth baseball with the Spruce Grove White Sox. In 2011, he represented Team Alberta at the Canada Cup in Moncton, New Brunswick. Wheatley played his high school baseball with the ST. FX Baseball Academy before coming to the Prairie Baseball Academy in the fall of 2013. Coach Wheatley was an infielder, primarily a second baseman. He was on the 2015 & 2016 CCBC Championship teams and was named to the CCBC All Conference Team in 2016. Wheatley played with the Yorkton Cardinals in the WCBL in 2016 and 2017.
Chance graduated from Lethbridge College in 2016 with a Business Administration Diploma. Chance is eager to learn, and his advanced baseball IQ is a tremendous asset when coaching our younger Academy players. Chance joined the Lethbridge Bulls coaching staff for the summer of 2019 and will return as an assistant coach in 2020.
Rhett Feser - Junior Varsity Pitching Coach
Rhett grew up and played minor sports in Unity, Saskatchewan. He played for Prairie Baseball Academy in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years, winning a championship both years. He took home CCBC Pitcher of the Year in 2017. From there, he took his career professionally, signing to go play in the Dutch Major League in Utrecht, Netherlands. In 2019, he signed to go play in Adelaide, Australia for a season. Rhett has coached in three different countries so far, and done Strength and Conditioning for many different athletes across several sports including college basketball players, CIS football players, and major junior hockey prospects. Baseball has taken him around the world as a player and he is excited to share his knowledge and love of the game of baseball with PBA players as well as the youth baseball community in Lethbridge and surrounding area.
Dustin Molleken - Pitching Coach
Dustin played for PBA in 2003, before being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates that same year. After being drafted, he spent 7 years with the Pirates organization, followed by 2 years with the Colorado Rockies. He then went overseas and spent a year with the NPB of Japan with the Nippon Ham Fighters before making a return to American baseball in 2013 with the Milwaukee Brewers followed by the Cleveland Indians from 2014-2015. In July of 2016, Dustin made his MLB debut with the Detroit Tigers posting two strikeouts in two innings of work. He has also celebrated success at the International level, being a member of Team Canada since 2011. He was set to play in 2020, before the events were cancelled. In 2011, he won a bronze medal at the Pan-Am Games where he posted a 1.93 ERA in four appearances with one win and one save. We are so excited to bring Dustin's passion for the game, as well as his expertise and skillset to PBA this year!