Everest Academy



The baseball program will allow students to participate in a rigorous academic program while training in a pro-style baseball development program. Students will be given the opportunity to enhance their baseball skills daily through skill development, practice, expert coaching and physical training.

Students in the baseball program will receive:

  • Daily practice and focus on individual development
  • Hitting, fielding and throwing coaching
  • Pitching mechanics and philosophy
  • Speed training and fitness program
  • College recruitment services

Meet some of our Baseball Student-Athletes and Graduates

Mini Chips

Adam Cipollone
(High School)



Nathan-Dallas Blackburn (Graduate)


University of Arkansas
at Pine Bluff
(NCAA Div. I)

Spencer McDonell (Athlete of the Week)



To instill in our students the necessary skills and positive attributes that will make them successful in baseball, in the classroom and later on in life.


  • Junior Varsity– Grades 6-8
  • Varsity– Grades 9-12
  • Prep Team – Full Year competitive baseball program
  • Pre-prep Team – Half Year baseball program


  • Prep Team – Full Year competitive baseball program
  • Pre-prep Team – Half Year baseball program


Richard Russell – Coach and Social Studies Teacher


Richard Russell brings 21 years of Baseball experience and over 9 years of coaching experience to Everest. He was a Catcher for Marshall University’s DI Baseball program where he was a co-captain for his junior and senior season.  Richard has been coached by and has worked with some of the best coaches in Canada and across the United States.

Richard holds a BA in History and Education.

Chris Begg – Coach and Business/Phy-Ed Teacher


Chris joined Everest Academy after a fulfilling career as a professional baseball player. Along with playing in the San Francisco Giants organization, Chris represented Canada in numerous international competitions including the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic, and the 2005 and 2009 World Cup, the latter seeing the team bring home a bronze medal. Chris continues to work with the Canadian national team and has been invited numerous times to provide coaching expertize to major events.

Chris demonstrates what athletics can teach about perseverance, dedication, and leadership. Chris is a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers serving in the classroom teaching business studies, phys-ed and other credit-earning subjects.

Click HERE for More on Coach Begg


Everest Academy is Canada’s leading K to 12 S.E.L.F.™ private school; dedicated to the holistic development of high-achieving students.
Everest is based in Thornhill, Ontario in the York region, part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Everest Academy is an alternative school founded by Farell Duclair, former CFL football player, on the idea that all students can achieve remarkable excellence as scholars, athletes, and people when given the opportunity and resources.