Steve Johnston coaches senior baseball with the Glebe Giants. He played a variety of different sports growing up such as, hockey, basketball and volleyball. He also played basketball at St. Lawrence College.
Johnston got into coaching because he worked for pro sports franchises and saw how much fun those coaches were having. He also had two children who were very interested in competitive sports and he wanted to be more involved in their lives.
Johnston said that his favourite thing about coaching is “being part of a team of people that are all striving to achieve a common goal. It is exciting to learn, grow and succeed together.”
Here is a photo of the 2016 Jr. division Ottawa city champs:
He says his most rewarding moment as a coach was working with his 2001 birth-year baseball team, “over the course of 6 years, taking them from the worst team to being champions.”
Johnston says that the most challenging part being a coach is “Having to cut certain players that I have known for a number of years, it never gets easy. I get over this when the boys see the results of our years of work, they also recognize that we are all part of a bigger effort.”
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