Cooper Steps Down from St. Clair College Varsity Baseball
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Windsor, ON – The St. Clair College Athletic Department is announcing that extremely successful Men’s Baseball Head Coach Dave Cooper has chosen to step down from his Saints varsity position.  Cooper will remain as Head Coach of the St. Clair Green Giants Summer Collegiate program and will also act in an advisory role with the Saints Varsity team coaching staff. 

Cooper has been at the helm for the last 9 years beginning in 2012 when St. Clair participated in the Canadian Inter-Collegiate Baseball Association and quickly asserted the Saints as the dominant program in the country winning that fall’s National Championship.  The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) formed a league that began the following fall season and Cooper wasted no time in controlling the loop winning the first five regular season pennants and provincial championships.  Capping that run was another National Collegiate Championship in 2017.  Between 2014 to 2016 Cooper also guided the Saints to a 41-game OCAA win streak across regular season and playoff action.  In 2013 and 2014 the OCAA challenged the OUA for a combined Championship tournament where St. Clair added two more titles to Cooper’s resume. 

Cooper’s storied 8-season baseball coaching career at St. Clair amassed a 124-22 regular season record (0.849 Winning %) to go with a 46-11 playoff record (0.801 Winning %).  Including exhibition play Cooper’s teams held a remarkable 213-49-1 overall record (0.810 Winning %).  Cooper was honoured with three OCAA Coach of the Year Awards (2014, 2015, 2019) in addition to three St. Clair College Inter-Collegiate Coach of the Year Awards (2013, 2016, 2018).  22 Saints were named OCAA League All-Stars during his time to go with three Batting Champions and five Pitcher of the Year recipients.  During championship play Cooper helped 33 St. Clair players to tournament recognition including five Most Valuable Player Awards.  Further player accolades during Cooper’s time include three OCAA Player of the Year Awards and a Rookie of the Year. 

St. Clair College Vice President Ron Seguin stated, “We cannot thank Dave enough for his 9 years of incredible success with the Saints.  He made it possible for the Saints to be regarded as Canada’s best collegiate baseball program.  Dave is an incredible baseball mind.  No one is better when it comes to game strategy and his work ethic is unmatched.”

“We are thrilled Dave will continue to be involved in the college’s baseball program and be a mentor to an impressive group of his alumni as they carry the St. Clair Baseball tradition forward,” finished Seguin. 

Effective immediately Assistant Coach Roberto Duncan has been elevated to assume the role of Head Coach and Manager of the Saints Baseball program.  Duncan was a free agent signing by the Boston Red Sox and spent three years (2010-12) playing in the Dominican Summer League and a season in the Panamanian Professional League (PROBEIS) before joining the Saints varsity roster in 2015.  He helped the Saints to a pair of OCAA Championships along with a National Silver Medal with a career batting average of 0.289 while playing primarily first base for St. Clair.  Duncan also played a season for the St. Clair Green Giants in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League in 2017 helping the squad to a North Division Championship. 

Duncan is a Panama City, Panama native who has served as the Saints varsity team Assistant Coach helping St. Clair to an OCAA Gold Medal and a National Championship in 2017.  He has also worked as an Assistant Coach with the St. Clair Green Giants Summer Collegiate team the last two years.  Duncan has 18 years of baseball experience both Nationally and Internationally across Canada, Panama, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Venezuela along with the USA and earned an MLB Advanced Certification for Coach Development in 2017.  Duncan graduated from St. Clair’s Sport and Recreation Management program. 

Tristan Bouchat has been an Assistant Coach for the past three seasons with the Saints and will be elevated to Associate Head Coach in addition to working with the outfielders.  Bouchat played three seasons for St. Clair helping the Saints to three OCAA Gold Medals and a National Silver Medal while holding a lifetime 0.307 batting average as primarily an outfielder.  The Windsor native and 2015 Saints Coaches Award recipient is also working with the Tecumseh Thunder Midget program as an Assistant Coach at the 16U level.  Bouchat graduated from St. Clair’s Sport and Recreation Management program as well as earning a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Davenport University (Grand Rapids, MI).

Also retained as part of the coaching staff is Pitching Coach Kyle Breitner who has been with the team for the past two seasons.  Breitner had a 5-year pitching career (2013-17) for the Saints compiling an astounding 37-3 record on the mound with a sparkling 1.52 ERA in over 280 innings pitched.  Breitner recorded 300 career strikeouts to go with a playoff record of 8-1.  Individual OCAA honours for Breitner include four All-Star team selections, three Pitcher of the Year Awards as well as a Player of the Year Award.  The Mississauga native was selected to the OCAA Championship All-Star team in 2016 and named to the National Championship All-Star team as the Top Right-Handed Pitcher twice.  Breitner was also named the OUA/OCAA Championship Top Pitcher in 2013.  St. Clair has honoured him four times as the Saints Top Pitcher to go with a pair of MVP Awards along with the 2017-18 Mason MacDonald Athlete of the Year Award. 

Breitner helped the Saints baseball program win almost every major championship set in front of them over his five seasons with the only blemish being a runner up finish at National Championship in 2016.  Since the inception of the OCAA Baseball league in 2013 St. Clair has been its only Champion in both the regular season as well as the playoffs amassing a remarkable 97-10 overall record.  This includes a perfect 15-0 record in the OCAA Provincial Conference Championship tournament.  In addition, St. Clair won two consecutive OUA/OCAA Championships in 2013 and 2014 besting the finest the Ontario Universities offered.

Breitner also played at Western Texas College (Snyder, TX) in 2011 and Southeastern Iowa Community College (West Burlington, IA) in 2012 before joining St. Clair.  Breitner graduated from St. Clair’s Sport and Recreation Management program.

Tecumseh native Casey Boutette has been with the Saints coaching staff for the past three seasons and remains on as an Assistant.  Boutette is another St. Clair Alumni with three OCAA Gold Medals (2014-2016) to his credit and a National Silver Medal as an infielder for the Saints.  He has spent time coaching with the Tecumseh Rangers Midget program in addition to his St. Clair involvement.  Boutette graduated from St. Clair’s Sport and Recreation Management program. 

New to the assistant coach staff is another St. Clair Alumni in Eric Cunningham who also won three OCAA Gold Medals and a National Silver from 2014-2016 playing primarily as a catcher while batting a lifetime 0.371 for the Saints.  Cunningham was named the OCAA Player of the Year in 2014 and earned a batting title in 2015.  The 2-time OCAA League All-Star went to Notre Dame College (South Euclid, OH) in 2011 and then went on to Wayne State (Detroit, MI) for three seasons (2012-2014) finishing as a team captain as well as an All-Midwest Region all-star selection.  Cunningham is a LaSalle native and graduated from St. Clair’s Respiratory Therapy program. 

Another addition to the coaching staff will be St. Clair Alumni and Varsity team stalwart Kevin Dion who had an outstanding 4-year career for the Saints from 2015-18.  The speedy infielder/outfielder Newmarket, ON native hit a lifetime 0.378 for St. Clair while finishing his diploma in Advertising and Marketing Communications.  He won 3 OCAA Gold Medals and a Silver Medal in addition to a National title (2017) along with a pair of Silver Medals at the Canadian Championships.  Dion is the OCAA career hits record with 90 over his four seasons and was honoured with the Provincial Player of the Year Award (2018), was a 2-time League All-Star as well as two Championship All-Star team commendations.  St. Clair has given him three team awards including Rookie of the Year (2015), MVP (2017) and Coaches Award (2018) not to mention the Mason MacDonald Athlete of the Year Award in 2019. 

The last addition to the coaching staff is Mitchell Prsa who played for the Saints the last three seasons (2017-19) and hails from Tecumseh, ON.  Prsa contributed a 3.00 earned run average out of the bullpen for the Saints pitching staff that helped St. Clair to Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the provincial level as well as a National Championship in 2017 to go with a runner-up finish in 2018.  He is a graduate of the Plumbing Techniques and Electrical Techniques programs at St. Clair. 

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