Coaches

Chris Ward

Chris Ward

The clubs current Head Coach, Chris joined Guildford in 2011 having been an Assistant Coach with Bracknell since 2009. Chris shares his time coaching both adults and juniors at Guildford as well as assisting with the GB U12 programme. He holds BSUK certifications in coaching and has assisted at the BSUK Open Academy both locally and nationally. He is committed to helping players reach their full potential, and commits a lot of time working with players one on one, both at the field and via video sessions. On the field, Chris is a middle infielder, and has been know to chance his arm on the mound from time to time

Michael Burdett

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The clubs General Manager, as well as founder member of the club, with over 25 years experience of the game in this country up to BBF-AAA level. Qualified as a coach at BSUK Level 2, Safeguarding Children and a First Aider. Michael has been involved with all junior sections that the club has run in the past, and is now committed to providing opportunities for more children to play the game, in order to grow the club from within. As a result of this, the club has started to see the fruits of these labours as over the last couple of seasons, players have begun to graduate from the junior programme, into the adult programme and with the coaching they have recived, are proving to be more than just competant that this level.

David Jones “The Doc”

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Has been with the club for 10 years now, and is the current Child Protection Officer and administrator and enforcer of all junior related certifications for coaches. Originally from San Francisco, David is BSUK Level 1 certified, and also a credited First Aider and with Safeguarding Children certification. Has a passion for not only teaching children the game, but also making sure they play it the right way, and of course (being a qualified umpire) observe the rules!


Brian Kendal

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Another founder member of the club, BK, as he is known to all, is a BSUK Level 1 certified Assistant Coach, and brings over 30 years of British Baseball experience, with Gillingham, Wokingham and Guildford. The archetypical Designated Hitter, he is as passionate as anyone about the future of the game and the development of the club, and can’t spend enough time helping the children learn the game, and get as much fun out of playing it as has. He is also a Dodgers fan, but we don’t believe that is too much of a hindrance to his coaching!


Laura Bailes

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Started playing baseball again after a gap since her US college days, playing fastpitch softball. Laura brings both experience and enthusiasm to the club, in a mulitude of roles, and is an exceptional role model, for girls and women looking to get into the sport. On the field, she is another middle infielder and bring a left handed bat to the line up, that is very good at putting the ball in play. 

 

Ben Stobart

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Ben manages the AA Mavericks team currently, and frequently dons the “tools of ignorance”  behind the plate as one of the teams catchers. As they say, catchers usually make the best managers, and this is no exception in Ben’s case. Although his primary focus is on the adult team, Ben is often there to help develop the next generation of baseballers, as he recognised the benefits this brings the club in general, and of course the teams he managers. In his 9th season with the club, Ben is BSUK Level 2 certified Coach, with an enthusiasm for the club that knows no limits. Has been known to employ slave labour to build training mounds in the off season, but that is not the greatest of his sins, as he is an avid Chicago Cubs fans, and will be living off tales of their World Series win for years to come!

All our Youth Coaches who interact with the children are DBS certified and these records are maintained and kept up to date by the Child Protection and Safety Officer.

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