15U Red Coach & Roving Pitching Instructor
Joining the Great Lake Canadians during the 2017 off-season months, Ottawa native Brendan Saville brings experience from playing and coaching baseball at local, regional and collegiate levels over the past decade to the fold.
Saville got his start in competitive baseball playing for the Ottawa Nepean Canadians for four years. Those years were intrinsic to his development as a pitcher, building his stamina and command on the mound. From there, he was picked up by Niagara County Community College, where he played for two years. With the Thunderwolves, Saville made back-to-back National Junior College Athletic Association World Series appearances. In 2012, as the tournament’s national runner-up, the former hurler was awarded first team all-conference honours.
In addition to playing for the junior college, Saville was enrolled in the school’s pre-medical program, designated the student representative for the school’s Board of Trustees, and graduated on the Dean’s Honour List. While he had his eyes set on continuing his collegiate career in the United States, an injury ultimately brought him back to Canada.
Not knowing whether he wanted to spend any more time around the game, Saville’s passion for baseball returned as he began to coach. Finishing his undergraduate degree at Carleton University, he played for the school’s baseball club for two seasons before becoming the team’s pitching coach for another three years. He also returned to the Ottawa Nepean Canadians as a pitching coach for two years, where he helped train a number of young pitchers who went on to play at the collegiate level. More recently, Saville coached for two years with Watson Elite Baseball Academy, developing young players in the greater Ottawa area.
Coaching in Ottawa gave Saville the opportunity to stay around the game that he loves while passing on his growing expertise to up-and-coming Canadian players, something he now strives to do with the Great Lake Canadians.
Saville joined the GLC staff in late 2017, shortly after moving to London. He is currently a graduate student in physiotherapy at Western University focusing on orthopaedics and sports rehabilitation. Saville is excited to be a part of the Great Lake Canadians organization, and recognizes the program as one of the best in Canada. He looks forward to expanding his own knowledge of the game by spending time with and learning from the organization’s highly-talented coaching staff.
While his passion has evolved from playing to coaching, Saville relishes the opportunity to spread knowledge about the game and watch players develop as they move through their own careers.