Following two years as a member on Team Canada, Shawn was offered a full scholarship to attend Seminole State College (Oklahoma), one of the top baseball programs in the U.S., where he led the Trojans pitching staff with a remarkable 11-1 record. The Trojans finished the season 76-5 overall, which led to an appearance at the World Series where Shawn had the opportunity to play in front of more than 20,000 fans, an experience that Shawn describes as one his greatest baseball moments.
In 1998 Shawn was drafted by the MLB Toronto Blue Jays, and following a successful minor league camp, he was offered a minor league contract with the team. He was also drafted in 1999 by the San Diego Padres, however after a career-ending arm injury, Shawn elected to return to the Toronto area and commence his career as a coach of elite-level baseball.
Beginning as a pitching/assistant coach for the PBLO Toronto Ravens and then the Welland Renegades (also of the PBLO at the time), Shawn quickly made his way up to a head coach position. Shawn then moved on to help create a new 18U elite baseball team, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Famers playing out of the Canadian Hall of Fame field in St. Mary’s Ontario, and remained head coach for two consecutive years.Prior to joining the Royals in 2011, Shawn also held head coaching positions with the Canadian Thunderbirds organization.
Throughout his career, Shawn has had the opportunity of coaching some of Ontario’s premier players as well as working with top coaches across the Province. Shawn has also assisted with several Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau camps, as well tryouts for the Baseball Ontario youth team.
As the Royals College Placement Director, Shawn plays a critical role in assessing the best fit college opportunity for our Royals players as they progress towards high school graduation. Shawn continually expands his relationships with U.S. and Canadian college and university coaches, and makes that all-important coach-to-coach call as each player identifies potential opportunities to pursue his academic and baseball aspirations.