Director of Player Development & 18U Manager
The owner of Centrefield Sports, and a big piece of the Great Lake Canadians since its inception, Adam Stern brings a number of career highlights, accolades, and a breadth of experience to the program as its Director of Player Development and manager of the 18U team.
Getting his start in organized baseball when he was 11 years old in Lambeth, Ontario, Stern was originally drafted in the 22nd round out of high school by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1998. Opting to head to the University of Nebraska, and named a Cape Cod League all-star with the Harwich Mariners in 2000, he and his Huskers teammates had collegiate careers highlighted by a trip to the College World Series in 2001.
That same year, Stern was selected in the third round of the draft by the Atlanta Braves, and began his professional career. He set the single-season stolen bases record with their Class-A affiliate, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, in his first full season in 2002. He was named a Double-A all-star in the Southern League in both 2004 and 2009, and was the Braves Double-A Player of the Year in 2004, a season in which he also played in the prestigious, prospect-laden Arizona Fall League, winning the circuit’s championship with the Mesa Solar Sox.
The outfielder’s career was then shifted when he was selected by the Boston Red Sox organization in the Rule 5 draft in 2005. Stern went on to play parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Milwaukee Brewers, before retiring after a 10-year professional playing career in 2010.
Stern represented his home and native land for eight years with the Senior National Team, participating in two Olympic Games, in Athens and Beijing, two World Baseball Classic tournaments, as well as being named the World Cup MVP in 2010.
Among the many highlights he has experienced, Stern’s major league debut with the Red Sox in 2005 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and representing Canada at the Olympics, as well as the 2006 WBC win over Team USA, top the list of special moments.
As he leaned toward retiring from playing the game, coaching was something that had lingered on Stern’s mind. While he was playing, he would coach local kids throughout the off-seasons, and he really enjoyed helping Canadian kids achieve their baseball goals. While he was growing up in the area, there were few local professional and college players around to help out, so it seemed like a natural fit for Stern when he moved back home, filling a void. He has always been very passionate about baseball in Canada, and wanted to do what he could to help promote Canadian players and their development.
The thing that Stern enjoys most about being a part of the GLC program is the ability to have a great group of coaches involved to help develop local baseball players. He understands that every coach has a different perspective and path they took before landing where they are, making it a unique process for helping players. He strongly believes that what the GLC program has to offer makes it one of the best programs in North America. While he was growing up, there wasn’t a program around like Great Lake, and to have the facility that the program works out of, and the coaches and experience the program has, baseball is no longer taking a back seat to other sports.
Outside of the facility and the Canadians program, Stern is also a guest coach often for the Canadian Junior National Team, the Red Sox Canadian scout, covering amateur players across the country, a father to three awesome children, and a husband to Jenna.