OTTAWA- Baseball Canada is pleased to announce that Aaron Myette (New Westminster, BC) has been named Manager of the Women’s National Team program taking over from André Lachance who stepped down from the post after leading Canada to a bronze medal at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup in August.
“We’re thrilled to have Aaron move into the Managers role after being a member of our coaching staff since 2016,” said Lachance who will oversee the program in an off-field capacity. “Aaron became an integral part of our coaching staff three years ago and has played a major role in our team’s success.”
Myette, 41, was a first round draft choice of the Chicago White Sox in 1997 and spent parts of six seasons pitching for them along with the Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds. In 2004, he represented Canada at the Summer Olympics in Athens and again in 2006 at the inaugural World Baseball Classic . Myette, who currently works with elite-level athletes as a personal trainer at Game Ready Fitness in Surrey, BC, joined the Women’s National Team program as Pitching Coach in 2016 and has helped Canada capture silver (2016) and bronze (2018) medals at the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Cup.
“It’s an honour to be named manager of this program and I’m really looking forward to building on the success that we’ve achieved thus far,” said Myette. “Being involved with the program for the past three years has provided me with some of the most enjoyable and rewarding baseball moments of my career so I can’t wait to get started working with our athletes and coaches.”
With a youthful core of athletes supported by a solid veteran presence of players, Myette says the Women’s National Team program has the potential to remain competitive at future international competition.
“We have an incredible nucleus of girls involved moving forward to continue the progress our program,” he said. “The up-and-coming talent in our country is second to none so the future (of the program) looks extremely bright."
Myette will be able to lean on Lachance for support and he navigates his new role along with Sheen Bromley (Edmonton, AB) who will return to the staff as an assistant coach, a role that he has held since 2015.
“I’ve enjoyed working with André and Sheen since I’ve been here so to have them both still involved is nothing but an asset for this program,” added Myette. “Sheen is a tremendous coach who works hard at his craft and always makes sure that our athletes are well prepared before they take the field. We’re lucky to have him and I’m looking forward to working alongside him once again.
After capturing a bronze medal at the women’s baseball world cup in August, the Women’s National Team program will focus its efforts on a world cup qualification tournament in 2019. Future prospects for the squad will head to Cuba in February for a development camp while national championship tournaments next summer will also provide for talent identification.
Additional coaching staff announcements will be made in the New Year.