JASON COKER 
HEAD COACH

From Charlotte, North Carolina, Jason graduated from Charlotte Country Day School in 2007. During his high school years, he also played for the On Deck O’s out of On Deck Baseball Skill Development Academy (BSDA). He was awarded a baseball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A 4-year starter for North Carolina, Jason spent time at all four infield positions throughout his career. Jason graduated in 2011 with a conference championship and a Daktronics All-American accolade.

After university, Jason returned to On Deck BSDA as an instructor and coach before being offered the chance to play for the Ottawa Fat Cats of the Intercounty Baseball League in 2012. A successful season with Ottawa was followed by 2 more seasons in the IBL with the Barrie Baycats for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. During his time in Barrie, he was the head baseball instructor for Summer365, a multisport facility in the area. After winning the 2014 IBL Championship with Barrie, Jason left for Australia to play local club ball and coach for the Woden Rebels Baseball Club in Canberra, Australia.

In May 2015, Jason married his wife Tasha before returning back to the United States and eventually settling in Ottawa. A year removed from the game, Jason was able to find Dingerz Batting and Pitching Centre. Helping with a few hitting clinics, he felt the passion for playing again. After trying out and making the Ottawa Champions of the CanAm League, Jason was rewarded with another championship for the 2016 season with Ottawa. Jason spent the 2017 baseball season as Program Director and instructor at a local facility and as a Head Coach for the Ottawa Chiefs Major Bantam A team.

JONATHAN AL-AARAJ
ASSISTANT COACH

Johnny graduated from Ecole Secondaire Catholique Franco-Cite in 2017; he played Varsity throughout his High School career, and currently plays for Ottawa Gee Gees Baseball while studying Criminology at University of Ottawa.  During his youth he played for various clubs in the city of Ottawa, starting with South Ottawa Little League, Ottawa Royals, Chiefs and Knights.  In 2017, Johnny was part of the CABA Championship Knights team.

He's been an instructor for a few years with Ruthian and Capital City Baseball Academies, plus assisting with the Bytown Dodgers Association.

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ALEX GAGNÉ
PITCHING COACH

From Orleans, Ontario (Canada), Alex played for the Orleans Little League Red Sox. He went on to play for the Ottawa Knights before moving on to play for the Ottawa Nepean Canadians. Alex made Team Ontario in both the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 seasons. He was rewarded with a Silver and Gold medal in the Baseball Canada Cup Championships, respectively during his time with Team Ontario. During the 2010-2011 season, Alex represented Canada in the Sunbelt Classic, a top tournament for sophomore and junior high schoolers played in the United States.

All his hard work paid off as Alex attended the University of Maine on a baseball scholarship as a pitcher. He won a college summer league championship in 2013 with the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. Alex moved on to Cisco College in Texas before finishing his career at Tarleton State University. During his collegiate career, Alex was trained under, and studied the Driveline weighted ball program.

Alex has been involved with youth baseball in Ottawa as the Head Pitching Instructor at multiple baseball facilities as well as coaching youth teams within the city. He spent his 2017 as a coach for the Ottawa Chiefs Baseball Club and for the Capital City Reds U22 college summer team.

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