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Meet our Instructors!

Kyle Swannack

 Born and raised in Washington State, Kyle has spent his entire life surrounded by baseball. Following high school, Kyle spent two years playing at Bellevue College (WA) and in 2011, went on to win the NWAC Championship and was named North Region MVP/1st Team All-American Pitcher. From there, he headed to Washington State University where he completed two years as a D1 Player. While at WSU, Kyle began his coaching career as a Graduate Assistant to the organization, and has since spent time as the pitching coach at Tacoma Community College and Central Washington University. Kyle has also spent 4 years coaching the Medicine Hat Mavericks and in that time, locked down two WMBL Championship Titles (2014, 2018) He is currently assisting with Notre Dame Baseball Academy and is the Head of McCoy Baseball Academy.

Dianna Jordison

Dianna grew up in Saskatchewan playing rep ball from 12-18 years old- winning several provincial championships with Unity Minor Softball. Following her time on Team Saskatchewan (hardball,) she went on to play for Team Canada Women's Baseball team in Toronto. She then moved on to play college softball for Montana (Div 1) where she achieved All-American, All-Conference and All-Regional Teams. After college, Dianna played for a Women's team in Calgary, competing in Canadian Westerns and National Championships. She has since retired playing from the game, however, loves the game and is passionate about coaching and teaching the sport. Dianna has coached several teams, including this years U19 Rep team in Medicine Hat.  

Talon Kunkel

Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Talon moved to Medicine Hat only 2 years ago. In high school, he was a multi sport athlete and became a member of Team Saskatchewan as a pitcher and first basemen. Right out of high school, Talon began Jr. College in Minnesota for two years before he transferred to a 4 year school in West Virginia. Following his time at West Virginia, he headed over to Kentucky to finish his college baseball career. Talon has also spent time playing for the Medicine Hat Mavericks, where he worked with Coach Swannack and completed 3 seasons as a pitcher. Talon is currently a Coach and Instructor with Emeralds Baseball.

Courtney Okrainec

Courtney Okrainec is from Medicine Hat, AB, where she grew up surrounded by sports.
She quickly grew her passion for Softball and developed basic fundamentals of the sport at Notre Dame Academy when she was 12. From there, she knew she wanted to play more competitively, especially as a pitcher. She played competitive ball in Medicine Hat until I was 17, and following high school, she was fortunate enough to get a scholarship to Williston State College in North Dakota.
During her 2 years at Williston, she gained exceptional skills which relayed to the player and coach she is today. She also spent her summers playing “A” ball in Calgary. She has won several MVP awards and has traveled across Canada to play in National Championships throughout her career. Since retiring as a player, Okrainec now dedicates her passion to coaching.

Jorden Rayner

 Jorden was born and raised in Medicine Hat, AB and graduated from Monsignor McCoy High School in 2015. Jorden played 4 years of American Legion Baseball for both the Medicine Hat K of C Knights and Medicine Hat Moose Monarchs as an Infielder and Starting Pitcher. Jorden won the Unsung Hero Award in both 2014 and 2015 with the Medicine Hat American Legion Program. Jorden now helps out as an Instructor at Notre Dame Baseball Academy, Coach and Instructor with both the K of C Knights and the Moose Monarchs, as well as a Coach and Instructor with Emeralds Baseball.

Britney Bolen

Britney started playing fastpitch at the age of 11 through Medicine Hat Minor Softball. She played on the Medicine Hat Thunder until she graduated high school, then accepted a scholarship to Williston State College to play softball. She played several positions, but back catching is what she loves. Following her time at Williston, Britney achieved her certificate in coaching community Softball and has coached in the high school league for several years. Fastpitch has played a huge part in Britney’s life and she is excited for the opportunity to teach young athletes the skills they need to be successful in sport! Britney is currently assisting with the Emeralds Softball Program alongside Dianna.

Madison Hope

South Dakota State University Alumni, Madison Hope, joins us with her incredible list of credentials. While attending SDSU, Madison was a D1 Pitcher, (2014-2018) where she holds the "Single Season Wins" Record and the "Career Saves" Record. She has also played for the All-Summit League First Team (2018) and the Summit League All-Tournament Team (2018.) Madison  also pitched for the Canadian Junior National Team (2015) and was a Silver Medalist on Team Manitoba at the Western Canada Summer Games in 2011. During her time on the Manitoba Ladies Super Softball League, she claimed the "Player of the Year" title in 2012, 2014 & 2015. She is also a 2012 & 2011 MVP Canadian Nationals Champion.

Tyson Zarowny 

Tyson joins us from Strathmore, AB. Having played center field since he was 13, Tyson brings his exceptional out fielding experience to Swanny’s. He has played competitive ball throughout high school, and spent his Grade 12 year playing for the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball in Vauxhall, AB. From there, he went on to play for Muscatine Community College in Iowa (2011-2012.) Following his time in Iowa, Tyson transferred to Lethbridge, AB- where he was a part of the Prairie Baseball Academy (PBA) from 2012-2015. Tyson has also spent time with the Lethbridge Bulls (WCBL,) playing for their 2013 team. Tyson began his coaching career with the Calgary Redbirds and the Strathmore Reds. He is currently assisting with Notre Dame Baseball Academy.