OTTAWA (Jan.17.2017) –
The Carleton University Ravens Baseball team is pleased to announce the addition of former University of Ottawa head coach Matti Emery to their staff. Emery joins the Ravens with an abundance of baseball experience at the collegiate level including a three-year term as Canadian Collegiate Baseball Association President.
“This is a steal for our program” remarked Ravens baseball President Prof. George Rigakos “he has a wealth of baseball knowledge at both the university, professional and international level. This is a significant step in the right direction for us.”
Emery will take on the role of Assistant Coach and Director of Player Development for the club which will include direct support of head coach Andre Robidoux as well as working with the Ravens’ youth skills development camps.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with youth and player development” noted Emery. “Watching a young player progress and achieve their goals is very rewarding.”
Emery has coached Summer Collegiate Baseball with the Capital City Reds, the Estonian National Baseball team and has himself played professional baseball in Europe. He is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport (NCAA Div 2) baseball program where he attended on Athletic/Academic scholarship.
The move comes after Emery left the Gee Gees last season. On the transition to the Ravens Emery says “I am excited to be on board. I know them well as cross-town rivals and have witnessed first-hand how they have developed their program into a premier Canadian collegiate baseball program.”
Head coach Andre Robidoux says the feeling is mutual. “We are lucky to have him, really, and I’m very happy to be working with Matti instead of competing against him.”
For his part, Emery says he is “looking forward to contributing to the environment [Robidoux and the current coaching staff] have created and helping progress the organization.” He adds “I have always admired their players’ enthusiasm and commitment to winning.”
In fact, Emery has already started contributing to the program as he leads the Ravens Winter Skills camp on Tuesday nights.