After ten long years, spring time baseball is finally returning to Lakehead University.
As a new member of the Thunder Bay community I couldn’t be more thrilled to see baseball on campus. Led by former Chicago Cubs farmhand Jason Hart, the school and student body are indeed in for a wild ride.
Hart really is the best man suited to lead this team to a championship.
Five-years of professional experience with the Chicago Cubs, and one with Thunder Bay as a member of the Whiskey Jacks, Hart appeared in 236 games, converting 77 saves, and putting together a 17-21 record with a 3.19 ERA in over 300 innings. The inaugural Thunderwolves players should count their lucky stars when it comes to the coaching and the experience Hart will bring to them.
With his playing days now behind him, Hart has played a big role in the cultivation of much of the talent that has come out of Thunder Bay over the course of the last 13 years. Big on development, he has spent over a decade with the Northwest Slam Baseball Club. He created this as a way for local talent to showcase their skills, giving them the opportunity to play collegiate baseball in the U.S. or in Canada. During that time four of Hart’s players have been drafted by MLB teams, while 27 have gone on to pursue their dream to play beyond high school.
Along side Hart in this journey is assistant coach Kevin and David McCallum.
McCallum’s college playing days took him across the border to Montgomery College. During the summer McCallum played in the summer collegiate league where he was teammates with current New York Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira. McCallum has been assisting Hart with the Northwest Slam Baseball Club since 2010.
Many thanks go out to these dedicated individuals. Without there hardwork and commitment, none of this would be possible.
The Thunderwolves are a member of the NCBA (National Club Baseball Association). With that comes a 30 game spring schedule against the likes of NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA competition.
Talk about easing into to the grind!
There is obviously a lot of work to do when it comes to building a winner, but inexperience will not hold back Hart’s crew.
Taking the field for the first time in the fall of 2011, Hart and his team put together a 4-2 record in conference play and 8-4 in non-conference play, defeating the likes of NCBA conference rivals; University of Minnesota and Winona State University. With the 2012 spring program set to begin March 24 in Madison WI, you better believe Hart will have his team ready.
"With an exciting style of baseball our young team hopes to make an immediate impression in the District V West conference and secure a spot in the District Tournament".
For those looking for more information on Lakehead University or the Thunderwolves baseball program, please visit their site here and here.
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