Originally from Spruce Grove, AB, Cam Houston played collegiately at Garden City CC (NJCAA DI) and Fort Hays State University (NCAA DII). The highlight of his college career would have to be his junior year in 2003 for Fort Hays where he earned NCAA DII All-American Honours by hitting .412 with 11 homeruns and led the nation with 79 RBI. That season he was also named to the Second-Team All-Canada.
He started his coaching career as the hitting coach for Malaspina College on Vancouver Island before heading home and guiding the Spruce Grove White Sox and St. Albert Cardinals to multiple National and Western Championship appearances between 2006 and 2008. He was the head coach for the inaugural Prospects Academy team in2009-2010. He is currently in his fifth year with the Prospects Academy. Two of his former players are playing professionally, and five have appeared on Baseball Canada’s Junior National Team, with countless others moving on to play at the collegiate level. Cam also returned to coach the St. Albert Cardinals in 2013 and guided them to a Western Canadian Championship, and in 2014 a Provincial Championship and a second place finish at the National Championships in 2014.
Mike enjoyed a 17 year professional baseball career that began with being drafted out of Sherwood Park by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. He made his Major League debut in 1997, and played parts of five years in the MLB with the Baltimore Orioles and Montreal Expos. He was also part of the Texas Rangers, LA Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants from 2001-2003.
Mike’s career also involved a substantial amount of time over in Asia, playing in professional leagues in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. 2003 was the first time he played with the Canadian Sr. National Team. He has played in many World Qualifiers and Championships. He was also part of both Sr. National Teams that competed in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in Athens and Beijing. He also pitched for Canada in the World Baseball Classic in Toronto. In 2012, Mike was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame with his teammates, as they won the 2011 Pan American Games Gold Medal in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Since his playing days have ended, Mike has stayed involved in the game by coaching at many various levels. Those levels include Bantam AAA, Midget AAA and numerous national events including Canada Cup and Canada Summer Games. He has been involved with the Junior National Team since 2011, and is currently the pitching coach. Mike is looking to bring a positive attitude, and a knowledge base that will impact the Prospects Academy players, and aide them in their personal and athletic goals.
Jordan joins the Prospects Academy after 11 years as President and General Manager of the Vancouver Island Baseball Institute and 11 years as the Head Coach of The Vancouver Island University Baseball
Program. During his time at VIU, Coach Blundell had 2 players drafted to MLB and over 60 players receive scholarship offers to attend American Institutions.
Jordan’s coaching career includes a CCBC championship in 2010 and a British Columbia 18U provincial championship in 2016, representing BC at the Baseball Canada Midget Nationals in 2016. Jordan was named WMBL coach of the year in 2008.
Jordan’s playing career includes a stint with the Schaumburg Flyers of the Northern Professional Baseball League in 2006. Jordan was named the British Columbia Senior Men’s MVP in 2010.
Jordan attended the University of Jamestown, winning 2 Conference Championships, a Regional Championship and appeared in the 2004 NAIA World Series. Jordan was an NAIA All-American with the Jimmies in 2003 hitting .412 and scoring 62 runs. Jordan currently holds the school record for walks in a season(‘03)with 39 and appears in multiple categories on the career and single season record list for the Jimmies. Jordan received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2004 Majoring in International Business and Minoring in French Language Arts.
Jordan is from Edmonton, Alberta, graduating from Harry Ainlay High School in 1998. Jordan played his youth baseball with Confederation Park Minor Baseball and Spruce Grove Minor Baseball.
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Taylor Burns is the Owner and Director of Athletic Development at Absolute Human Performance. Taylor, a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, has worked with athletes at all levels – from youth sports to the professional ranks. A former college pitcher, Taylor’s shoulder injury led him into the field of strength and conditioning and while he has a wide knowledge base he specializes in program design, maximum strength and power development, corrective exercise and injury prevention, and athletic performance.
Taylor spent four years as the Co-Head Coach and Director of Strength and Conditioning of the Prospects Baseball Academy. During this time he also was the Fitness Center Director at Bellerose Composite High School where his role had him doing everything from working with high level athletes to introducing beginners to exercise. Taylor has also spent the past three years as the Midget AAA Head Coach of the Edmonton Cardinals, who he guided to a 2016 Provincial Championship.
Sean Erikson is entering his seventh year with the Prospects Academy, and in 2016 he will be the head coach of the Black Midget Prospects Team. Sean, a native of Sicamous, B.C., spent time coaching the Grand Praire Midget AA team before coming to the Edmonton area and had stints as an assistant coach with the Spruce Grove White Sox, and as the head coach with the St.Albert Cardinals. He has coached in St. Albert for the past few years but in 2016, he took over as the Head Coach for the Bantam AAA Roster in St. Albert where he lead the team to the Provincial title.
Sean brings an unbridled enthusiasm and passion for the game that players really respond well to. He has a great knowledge base of many aspects of the game and the ability to help players improve at multiple positions.
Kevin is from Edmonton, Alberta and played for the Prospectsd Academy in its inaugural season of 2010, and also again in 2011. He went to play at Garden City Community College of the KJCCC. After 2 years at Garden, Kevin transferred to Fort Hays State University (NCAA DII). In his senior season he hit .415 with 12 homeruns and was named as an All-American, as well as the All Canadian Team 2 by the Canadian Baseball Network. Kevin and Coach Cam Houston hold the same career batting average at Fort Hays which stands at .389.
In 2015, Kevin graduated from Fort Hays in the field of Exercise Science, and served as an intern with the Fort Hays Strength and Conditioning staff. In 2016, he worked with the Normal Cornbelters of the Frontier League of Independent Professional Baseball. In the fall of 2016, Kevin joined the Prospects Staff on the field as a coach, working with infielders and hitters.
Kevin will be taking over the Head Strength and Conditioning role at the Prospects Acedmy in 2016. He is energetic and highly motivated to see that the athletes of the Prospects make the necessary gains in their off-season and in-season Strength and Conditioning Programs; by developing individual workout plans which cater to each of their atheltic needs.
A native of Fredericton, New Brunswick, Corey was a part of the 2010-2011 Prospects Academy. Corey moved on from the Academy to Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) where he won back to back conference championships while earning first-team all conference awards in both his freshman and sophomore seasons. Corey continued his college career at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (NCAA DII) where he had a career stat line of .347 average, 35 homeruns and 138 RBI’s in three seasons. Highlighted in his time at UAM was a record breaking senior season, where he broke records in single season homeruns (26), RBI’s (90), runs scored (67), total bases (183) and slugging percentage (.847). Wood earned first-team All-American, Great American Conference Player of the Year and won the D2 Josh Willingham Most Valuable Player for the 2016 season.
Bellerose Composite High School
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