17U Manager & Infield/Outfield/Hitting Instructor
With 10 years of professional experience under his belt at a variety of levels and in number of leagues, to go with years of coaching and five appearances with Team Canada’s senior national team – including two gold medals – Brock Kjeldgaard brings an immense amount of knowledge and experience to the fold as the 17U manager in the Great Lake Canadians program.
Growing up, the London native played local baseball with Oakridge, and then the London Badgers organization, making two appearances on the Ontario Youth Team before heading to Indian Hills Community College, where he was an academic all-American, and reappeared with Team Ontario at the Canada Games, winning gold with fellow GLC staffer Brad McElroy.
A 34th-round pick of the Milwaukee Brewers in 2005, Kjeldgaard got his start in professional baseball the following summer in the Pioneer League with the Helena Brewers. In 2008, he was named a Pioneer League all-star, and after playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League in 2012, in 2013, he was named an all-star in the Double-A Southern League.
Kjeldgaard’s first stint with Team Canada was in 2011, when he travelled with the squad to Panama and Mexico, winning a bronze medal at the World Cup, and then Canada’s first-ever gold at the senior level at the Pan Am Games. The following year, he and the national team travelled to Regensburg, Germany, where they won the the World Baseball Classic qualifier. In 2015, he rejoined the team for Premier 12, and the Pan Am Games on home soil in Toronto, where they won a second gold medal for the program.
The former outfielder feels fortunate to have eased into the coaching side of the game while he was playing, spending his off-seasons at Centrefield Sports and gaining an understanding that coaching was something he wanted to pursue further when his playing days came to an end. Though he would have loved to play forever, he believes coaching is the next closest thing, and he very much enjoys competing.
With Great Lake, he loves the eagerness of the players, how they want to get better, and their realization that they have an opportunity with the organization and that they get utilize that to the fullest. He enjoys helping them on their way to doing that, guiding them through the process and helping them get better at certain aspects of the game to aid them in pursuing higher opportunities at college and hopefully into professional baseball. He hopes to see the program’s first major league player someday soon.