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Our coaches bring positivity, patience and a wealth of knowledge and experience to each and every session. After working with our coaches, you can expect your child to walk away showing significant improvements in all physical aspects of the game.

Mark Pottie

Mark Pottie

Coach Mark Pottie is the Co-Founder, Coach and Director of Player Development of Vancouver Baseball Academy. He is also the Head Coach of the Junior North Shore Twins (16U). Before accepting the position of Head Coach in January 2020, he was their Hitting and Conditioning Coach for three years. During that time as their Hitting Coach, they won the BCPBL Provincial Championship two years in a row with an unprecedented season going 50-3. They also won the Can-Am Tournament, as well as the Art Wright Memorial Tournament in Seattle. Mark has also coached for Team Nova Scotia and Team BC in the 15U AAA Canadian Nationals.

Mark has been playing competitive baseball for over 35 years and has been a personal trainer for the past 20+ years. He has had the opportunity to work with both national level team athletes, as well as professional athletes. With his extensive knowledge in athletic training and bio-mechanics, along with his baseball experience, Mark brings a combination of skills that can help any baseball player reach the next level.

Baseball Credentials

  • Head Coach – The Junior North Shore Twins (Current)
  • Head Coach – The Bantam North Shore Twins (Fall Ball 2019)
  • Hitting and Conditioning Coach – The Junior North Shore Twins
  • Level II – Coaching Certificate
  • Dalhousie University Varsity Baseball Player
  • Assistant Coach for Team Nova Scotia – 15U AAA Canadian Nationals
  • Assistant Coach for Team BC – 15U AAA Canadian Nationals (2018 Bronze Medalist)

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Mike Vrlak

Mike is the Co-Founder of Vancouver Baseball Academy. He is a father of two boys. He has been their coach for all sports including and specifically baseball for the past 10 years in the Dunbar community. Mike has a passion for helping kids learn about and enjoy the fantastic game of baseball, as well as teaching them to be great teammates and the importance of sportsmanship. Both winning and losing builds character. It’s critical we give our kids the tools to deal with each of those scenarios.

Over the years, Mike has had the privilege to coach many kids and most, if not all, still refer to him as “Coach Mike”. It’s a testament of the relationship he builds with the kids he coaches and the unique experience he takes them through on and off the playing field.

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