Derek is the GM at The Yardhouse and has long standing ties to Kelowna and the Okanagan.
After playing the majority of his minor baseball in Vernon and Kelowna, Derek moved to Moose Jaw, SK in 2000 and was a member of the provincial champion Moose Jaw Cardinals 18U program where he was named the top hitter in the province. After a year at Prairie Baseball Academy in 2000-2001, Derek transferred to VIU for two years where he was a two time CCBC All-Star and two time VIU Defensive Player of the Year. He then earned an athletic scholarship to NJCAA DI Paris Junior College in Paris, TX in 2003 before returning to Canada.
After wrapping his playing career with the WCBL Moose Jaw Miller Express, he turned to coaching. Given his coaching start with Jim Lawson of the PBF Redbirds in 2008, Derek developed a passion for developing players with ambitions of playing college baseball.
Derek is in his third season with the Kelowna Sun Devils College Prep 18U program and currently serves as Central Okanagan Baseball's Technical Director.
Joel comes to us after a long collegiate career starting right here at Okanagan College in the CCBC. Starting in 2012, Joel played three seasons for Coach Geoff White before heading to NCAA DII New Mexico - Highlands in 2015.
His collegiate career wrapped up for NCAA DII Cal State Easy Bay in 2016 where he was named All-Conference Academic.
Locally, he played for the Kelowna Falcons in 2014 and 2015 and was the head coach of the Kelowna Sun Devils Bantam AAA program in 2020.
Joel is currently the pitching coach for the Sun Devils 18U College Prep program.