Chris Begg – Baseball Coach, Olympian, Phys Ed Teacher, Business Teacher (OCT Certified)
|Chris joined Everest Academy after a fulfilling career as a professional baseball player. He played in the San Francisco Giants organization from 2003-2008 and has served as the pitching coach for the Canadian junior national team. 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. Through a leadership and mentoring role, Chris helps students develop the same goals and passion that have helped him thrive.
Chris is an accredited member of the Ontario College of Teachers serving in the classroom teaching business studies, phys-ed and other credit-earning subjects.
Dec, 2015 – Chris invited to be part of coaching team for Canada’s junior national team. From May 18-28, 2016, the team will be traveling to the Dominican Republic to play affiliates from major league organizations. (More Details …)
Eric Owens – Baseball Coach
|Eric is a former professional baseball outfielder and coach. He played for five MLB teams from 1995 through 2003.
Owens made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1995, playing with them for three seasons before joining the Milwaukee Brewers (1998), San Diego Padres (1999–2000), Florida Marlins (2001–2002) and Anaheim Angels (2003).
Owens gained induction into the Ferrum College Alumni Sports Hall of Fame as part of its Induction Class of 2002. Roanoke Salem Baseball Hall of Fame January 2005, and Danville Register & Bee Hall of Fame December 2008.
Following his playing career, Owens was hired by the Angels as the hitting coach for their Single-A Midwest League affiliate Cedar Rapids Kernels in 2006. He returned to Cedar Rapids in 2007 and served in the same capacity with the Double-A Arkansas Travelers winning the Texas League championship in 2008. After that, he managed the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and later worked as a roving instructor in the Angels minor league system, outfield base running, and assistant hitting coordinator.
Eric became the Dodgers Hitting Coordinator from 2010 to 2014. On January 2, 2015, the Toronto Blue Jays announced that he would be their assistant hitting coach for the 2015/16 season.
Eric now coaches baseball locally, mentoring many young talented players, lives in Whitby and joins Everest as a daily Skills coach in our baseball program.