There will be a familiar face in the dugout when the Kelowna Falcons take the field next spring, local native and former pitcher Geoff White has been named as the ninth head coach in franchise history.
“It’s great, I’m definitely excited about the opportunity of being back with the Falcons,” says White.
“We’re looking forward to a challenging year and having some success.”
Over the past five seasons White has been the head coach at Okanagan College, leading them to back-to-back Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC) West Division titles in 2009-10.
As a pitcher at Jamestown College in North Dakota, White set numerous records and was a five-time All Conference selection, an All Region Selection (NAIA-III), and an All American (NAIA) in 2005. He was a member of the most successful graduating class in Jamestown College history posting a record of 115-41.
During the summers, White has also been a part of Baseball B.C. over a number of years. He coached the U21 Team B.C. to Silver at the 2009 Canadian National Championships; he has also been involved with the U17 Selects program, Pacific Northwest Championships and is currently an evaluator and facilitator for NCCP/Baseball BC Coaching certification program.
“I think it’s a nice fit,” says Falcons General Manager Mark Nonis.
“Geoff certainly has the credentials with what he has done with the OC program. Not too often does a baseball mind like Geoff’s come out of Kelowna and we are lucky to have him in our own backyard.”
White’s current assistant coach at Okanagan College, Lyall Foran, will be joining White with the Falcons.
The new coaching staff will make their debut on the road in Victoria against the newly formed Harbourcats on June 5.