Bob Miller, head coach of the Victoria HarbourCats, has added a well-known local player and a coach he’s very familiar with as he completes his staff for the 2014 West Coast Baseball League season.
Miller, who was co-head coach in 2013 with Dennis Rogers, had two positions to fill after Rogers stepped aside in March due to personal reasons. Miller moved quickly to ask Chris Lindmark and Charlie Strandlund to join himself and pitching coach Ben Jackson (University of Kentucky).
Lindmark played two seasons for Miller’s program at Cuesta College, and transferred to Grand Canyon University where he played in the NCAA Division-2 World Series.
An infielder and a native of San Diego, Lindmark played summer collegiate ball for the Medicine Hat Mavericks of the Western Major Baseball League, and was twice named to the All-Western States Conference second team.
“There are players you just know are destined to continue their careers as coaches, and Chris is one of those,” said Miller.
“He was a player you could trust, he was like having another coach on the field when he was at Cuesta. I’m excited to add Chris to the staff. Charlie will bring an excellent set of skills to our staff, as an ex-pro player who had an outstanding college career as well. He is a lead coaching instructor for Baseball B.C. programs and will help us plan the youth program. We’re lucky to have him available to us.”
Strandlund, 30, comes from a well-known local baseball family, and has represented Canada on multiple occasions, including the World Baseball Challenge. He played independent professional baseball for the Victoria Seals, and aside from his work with the HarbourCats players, Strandlund will be a key part of the HarbourCats’ skills camps.
Strandlund has served as president of the Mavericks league, has taught clinics throughout Victoria, and was part of the 2008 national champions, playing a key role. He once played all nine innings in a Golden League game. He will work home games for the HarbourCats.