Rick Johnston

Co-Founder & Director of Baseball Operations

Phone: (905) 238-9663 Ext 5

Rick Johnston

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  • Co-founder and Director of Baseball Operations at The Baseball Zone and co-owner of SST Mississauga
  • Inducted into the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Played Internationally as a member of the Canadian National Team including the 1988 Seoul Olympics, 1987 and 1991 Pan American Games, 1985 and 1991 Intercontinental Cup
  • League award winner and record holding member of championship teams with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Inter-County Baseball League
  • Two Time Inter-County League MVP
  • Attended and excelled in baseball at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio and at the University of British Columbia as a member of the National Baseball Institute
  • All Region first team, 1985, Cuyahoga Community College
  • Manager, Team Canada Juniors, 1998
  • Hitting Coach, Team Canada Juniors, 1996, 1997, World Championships, 3rd place
  • Hitting Coach, Team Canada Seniors, 1995
  • Hitting Coach, 2001 Canada Summer Games, Silver Medal
  • Manager, Team Ontario, 2005 Canada Summer Games, Gold Medal
  • Named Canadian Coach of the Year, 2005
  • Coached and Managed the Croatian National Team, Karlovac Keltics, Croatia and Montpellier Barracudas, France
  • Managed Croatian National Team, 2007 Olympic Qualification Tournament, Barcelona, Spain
  • Has coached and played in 17 countries world wide
  • Started the University of Toronto baseball program 1996
  • Invited to Spring Training with the Toronto Blue Jays as a guest coach 1997
  • Served as a scout for the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays
  • Managed the Toronto Maple Leafs of the Inter-County League, 2001. Named Manager of the Year
  • Managed Brantford Red Sox of the Inter-County League 2003-2006. Named Manager of the Year, 2003 and 2004. Won League Championship 2006
  • VP and General Manager, Brantford Red Sox, 2007-current; 2008-2012 Inter-County Champions
  • Currently 17U Manager and Director of Player Development for Terriers Baseball
  • Instructed for more than 19 years
  • Among the many pupils of his programs are one of only six Canadians ever drafted in the first round of the MLB draft, as well as over 200 other professionals, draftees and players on college scholarship
  • Rick is an OBA course clinician for Levels I, II & III and speaks regularly at clinics across Canada and the United States
  • Has spoke on 3 occasions at the Ontario Best Ever coaching clinic and twice at the British Columbia coaches clinic
  • Rick has also worked on motion pictures and television productions as a technical consultant, these include, "Angels in the Infield", "Fever Pitch", Men TV, Omni Television and City TV "Batter Up"
  • Attended Elite Baseball Mentorship at Cressey Sports Performance 2015

The Baseball Zone Roster

Rick Johnston - Director of Baseball Operations & Head Coach
Steve Dunlop - Director of Business Operations

Full Time Staff:

Ryan Armstrong - Associate Head Coach & Head Pitching Coach
Kevin Hussey - Baseball Coach
Courtney Plewes - Sports Performance Coach

Part Time Staff:

Mike Bannon - Associate Baseball Coach
Mike Bryers - Sports Performance Coach
Karl Cunningham - Asst. Manager, Operations
Alex HawleyAssociate Baseball Coach
John Milton - Associate Baseball Coach
Wes O'Neill - Associate Baseball Coach & Sports Performance Coach


Jennifer Scorniaenchi - Mental Performance Consultant

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Skills Development:

  • Fall Clinics - Our off-season class schedule is back starting in mid-October. 4-, 5- & 9-week classes across the spectrum of development (ages 5-17).
  • Semi-Private Clinics - Like smaller groups? Try out one of these sessions that will have no more than 3 players in it (ages 9-17).
  • Future Stars High PerformanceOver 2 separate modules - Fall & Winter - players will receive 24 weeks of intensive baseball instruction from the country’s best teaching professionals (ages 9-12).
  • Extended Fall High Performance - 9 week program with 2 baseball sessions and 2 strength training sessions a week. This is how the big boys start their off-season (ages 12-17).
  • Private Lessons - The ultimate option in personalized development plans (all ages, young & "experienced").
  • Memberships - Individual and Family memberships to train on your own or with some friends. Day Passes available (all ages). See our Membership Schedule.

Performance Training:

  • Maximize your strength, power, and speed this off-season with SST's Baseball Academy, personalized for the serious athlete (ages 13+).
  • Speed, Power & Velocity Camp - Complement your growing baseball skills with this twice a week program (ages 13+)
  • Speed & Agility FAST memberships available from Sports Specific Training - Canada's # 1 Speed Training Pros (ages 7-12).


  • Find our Team Training Program information here with details on program options - instructional, rental & sports performance - and budgeting. We can even come to your diamond this summer.
  • Try a Free Team Demo Session with your team and see what The Baseball Zone is all about.

Sports Injury & Rehabilitation:

  • Got an injury, tweak or rehab question? Get some free advice from our Ask a Physio program.