What a remarkable year it has been for the Major Rookie AAA Peterborough Tigers. After claiming the Peterborough Baseball Association’s first AAA All Ontario Championship since 1994, head coach Adam Crowley has been named 2018 Baseball Ontario Junior Coach of the Year as voted on by a panel selected by Baseball Ontario. Adam was presented the award at a ceremony at the Brookstreet Hotel in Ottawa.
Crowley led the Major Rookie AAA Tigers team to a second straight undefeated season in the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association before making an incredible run at the Provincial Championships held Labour Day Weekend in North Toronto. The season looked to be on the wrong path as the team lost the Eastern Ontario Baseball Association league final to the Pickering Red Sox a mere two weekends before the Provincial Tournament.
“Adam has taught these boys to believe in themselves and each other. This team is the true definition of never giving up,” said Andrea Hatton, a mother on the team who helped in putting the nomination forward. Under Crowley’s leadership over the past two seasons the team has four tournament titles, an Eastern Ontario Baseball Association Championship, and now the AAA Ontario Championship to go along with multiple skills competition wins.
A graduate of the Peterborough Baseball Association, Adam worked to grow the game of baseball in the city he grew up in. Through hard work and endless commitment, Crowley has helped grow the entire Peterborough Baseball Association to a well-rounded program including introducing Minor and Major Rookie rep teams as well as a Minor Rookie Development team to give children a more in-depth experience at younger ages. As a teenager Adam was named to Team Ontario baseball four years running and has brought that knowledge forward to assist the players he has come in contact with.
“What Adam has given to this Association is amazing. His dedication to not only his team, but to each team that falls under our umbrella is spectacular,” said Peterborough Baseball Association President Shawn Micks. “To see a coach of Adam’s caliber and dedication level be recognized is great for our city and our Association.”
Adam is a demanding coach who instills qualities of competitiveness, determination, and sportsmanship. He has taught the boys how to be gracious both in victory and defeat, something he considers to be very important attributes in any athlete.
“A huge thank you goes out to Adam on behalf of all of the players, coaches, and parents for all his dedication, hard work, and commitment to the team,” said Craig Stanley, Assistant Coach of the team for the past two seasons.