By Ted Beale
(WINDSOR, ON) – The St Clair College baseball and softball programs added some assistant coaches to the fold this offseason, in preparation for the upcoming fall varsity campaigns. The Saints men’s baseball team increased their staff with the addition of Rick Lindquist and Tom Beale. The Saints women’s softball team welcomed back Mark Ouellette and Marv Lumley.
Lindquist joins the baseball coaching staff after having served the last four years as head coach of the Tecumseh Thunder midget U18 program, where they were 2014 Ontario Championship Finalists. He is an NCCP Level II certified coach and has attained the Technical and Practical Levels of Level III.
Lindquist started his coaching career in 1988 as a staff member of the Windsor Chiefs, who won the Ontario and Canadian Championships. As a player, he won the Ontario and Canadian Championship another four times with the Windsor Chiefs in 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1989, earning wins on the mound in each of those playoff runs.
Beale joins the baseball program having spent the last 11 seasons as the head coach of St Thomas of Villanova’s Catholic Secondary School team. He has taught at Villanova for the past 15 years, during most of which he enjoyed a successful playing career for the Tecumseh Thunder Senior AAA Baseball team between 1998 and 2013.
As an outfielder for the Thunder, his teams were able to win Gold at the Ontario Championship in 2001 along with Silver Medals in 2006 and 2013, which resulted in a pair of appearances at the Canadian Championship Tournament.
Prior to that Beale earned a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor while competing as a Track and Field Athlete for four years, where his teams won three Ontario University Athletics Championships. Individually, Beale finished in 6th place in the 600m run at the 1998 Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships.
Beale later returned to the University of Windsor for his Bachelor of Education in 2002 so he could begin his teaching career.
Ouellette comes back to St Clair women’s softball program after coaching the squad for seven years from 2006 to 2013. He helped guide the team, as the 3rd base coach, to seven Provincial Medals, which included back to back OCAA Championships in 2008 and 2009.
He also won the Jack Costello Exceptional Service Award in 2013, which is presented annually to an individual for his/her outstanding dedication and commitment to the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
Over the past seven years, Ouellette has been coaching at the club level in the summer months with Saints head coach Doug Wiseman, and has enjoyed success at the intermediate women’s level. Those teams earned medals in each of the last six seasons including two provincial championships and a silver at nationals.
Lumley returns to the St Clair coaching fraternity, but this time with the women’s softball program. He spent a year as an assistant with the Saints men’s baseball team in 2010. As a player and coach he has enjoyed success with nine All-Ontario Championships to his credit to go with another seven Ontario Championship Silver Medals.
In 2008, Lumley helped the Stars to a Bronze Medal at the Canadian Championships, and in 2009 he was the manager of the Ontario Summer Games team which won a Gold Medal. In 2004, Lumley was inducted into his hometown Hall of Fame in Wallaceburg for his playing career accolades.
He is also currently a hitting instructor with the Windsor Selects Baseball organization.