Andrew Karkoulas was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. Andrew worked his way up through the Guelph Minor Baseball Association until he received a full baseball scholarship to the New York Institute of Technology, an NCAA Division 1 school at Long Island, New York. At NYIT, Andrew was a four year starter and a three year captain of the team. Andrew was a two way player who doubled as both a starting pitcher and outfielder. Throughout his collegiate career, he received many awards including, Team MVP, Gold Glove award and Senior Athlete of the Year. As well, Andrew also played two summers in NCAA sanctioned summer leagues. He was a member of the Lima Locos where he pitched and played first base and was named a league all star. The following summer, Andrew played in the Northwoods league for the Thunder Bay Border Cats. He was awarded with the silver glove for one of the leagues most outstanding fielders. Andrew currently plays for the Guelph Royals where he is the teams starting third baseman and closing pitcher.
Cortney Karkoulas was born and raised in Guelph, ON. She was a member of the Guelph Gator organizations as well as in the Brampton Blazer Program. While playing in such programs, she has won 2 Eastern Canadian championships, multiple provincial titles all before capturing a National title. Along the path to her captaining her team’s success, she has also won many individual accolades including; Most Valuable Player of Ontario, golden glove awards and multiple game MVP honors at National showing events. She was then selected from hundreds to be a part of the Junior National Canadian team Program which helped aid in her development for collegiate success. She received a full softball scholarship to Division 1 Ball State University located in Muncie, Indiana. While a Cardinal, she was a four-year starting lead-off hitter playing second base, where she competed religiously against nationally ranked collegiate programs. She studied and graduated with a Sports Administration degree as well as obtaining a business marketing minor. She is now a coach in the Guelph Gator Organization.
Patrick Coughlin was born and raised in Cambridge Ontario, where he played baseball his entire life, graduating from Cambridge Minor Baseball to Ontario Terriers where he played 4 years as a Catcher and 3rd baseman while also representing Ontario in several prestigious tournaments in the United States. After high school he earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Maine, a NCAA Division 1 program, where he played for 3 years. Patrick was also the Starting Catcher for the IBL Guelph Royals during his summers home between collegiate semesters.
Patrick was the official Student Intern Strength Coach for the University of Maine, where he worked with NCAA Division 1 Strength Coaches and Athletes, including Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball and Soccer. He was proficient in improving athletes strength and technique as well as dedicated to improving overall team performance on the playing field.
Matt has played at almost every level of professional baseball. He has enjoyed more than 10 years playing both collegiately and professionally as a catcher for the San Diego Padres. He has also embarked in over 8 years of instructing and coaching after playing.
Baseball is a passion that is more important then himself. He finds it incredibly important to pass and share all knowledge that he was fortunate to obtain.
Chris is a former varsity basketball player finishing his playing eligibility at the University of Guelph. He then went on to play in the CNBL for the London Orion Basketball Club of his hometown.
Since 2002 Chris has been a certified personal trainer, the first nine years of his training career in club, as both a head trainer and fitness manager. The last five working independently with Peak Performance. Over the past 14 years constant professional development and a relentless desire to improve himself and help his clients achieve their personal fitness/performance goals have given him the opportunity to work with many different people. Ranging from weight loss and general fitness to very specific athletic goals.
Moving forward Chris intends to create an excellent athletic development program by bringing in likeminded enthusiastic trainers that in conjunction with our excellent coaching and facility will help create strong, fit, and balanced athletes. And of course training is always available for people who just want to improve general fitness!
Brandon grew up playing competitive baseball in the Guelph area prior to being recruited by Wilfrid Laurier University to play for the Men’s Varsity Baseball team. Brandon played for five years at Laurier, where he was the starting second baseman and also played third base and outfield. Throughout his university baseball career, in recognition of superior work ethic, leadership, fundamental skills, sportsmanship and team spirit, Brandon was honoured with awards such as, Most Improved Player, Overall Coaches Player Choice Award, the Ontario University Athletics Academic Achievement Award twice, and helped the team win their first OUA Championship in program history. He was described by his head coach as one of the hardest working players that the program has ever had, a great teammate and someone that the players looked up to and respected. Brandon played baseball throughout the summer for the Brantford Braves of the Junior Intercounty Baseball league where he was honoured with Rookie of the Year, Brantford Red Sox and Hamilton Cardinals of the Intercounty Baseball League and the Milton Red Sox of the COBA Major AAA Baseball League. Brandon currently serves as the Associate Coach for the University of Guelph Men’s Varsity baseball team.