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U14 Legionaires building strong coaching staff

Former pro baseball player and current coach Chris Begg speaks to a player on the field. (Photo supplied)

The coaching staff of the Oshawa U14 Legionaires is beginning to come together.

Chris Begg will serve as the pitching coach and specialist for the team.

Begg is former Pro for the Giants organization and also represented Canada as a Olympian. Begg has plenty of insight to offer after a minor pro career that saw him compile a 53-31 win-loss record and 3.53 earned-run average.

Signed as a free agent by the San Francisco organization two years after graduating from Niagara University, Begg never reached the Major Leagues, but played for Canada nine times, including at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic

Another more professional player, Stephen Wickens, will serve as the infield instructor.

Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 33rd round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University, Wickens was a two-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference selection and ranks in the top 5 in school history in eight different career statistics.

Strength and conditioning coach is former Toronto Blue Jays prospect Marcus Knecht. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at Oklahoma State University and Connors State College. Knecht has also competed for the Canadian national baseball team.

Sam Dempster, a long-time Baseball Oshawa coach and mentor and Scott Cawker, current Junior Legionaire coach will serve as hitting instructors.

Cawker guided Oshawa to the Ontario title this season and berth at the National championships. Both coaches are part of the Durham Lords program.

Jordan Prosper will lead the arm care and throwing program. He is currently the pitching coach with (15U) Legionaires.