The Ontario Blue Jays are very excited to welcome Greg Byron (second from right) back to the OBJ Coaching Staff.
Greg played for the Ontario Blue Jays from 2001 to 2004. He was an integral part of the 2001 OBJ 16U team coached by Ross Dunsmore that was the first Canadian team to qualify for the Mickey Mantle World Series in McKinney, TX
After graduating OBJ Greg attended Cerro Coso Community College (California) and Kansas Wesleyan University (Kansas)before graduating from Bethany College (Kansas). In his Senior Year at Bethany College, Greg was named a 1st Team All-American. He led the NAIA in ERA at 1.30 while finishing with an 11-1 record.
Following his outstanding college career, Greg pitched professionally for the Lake Erie Crushers and Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League as well as Quebec City Capitals in the Can-Am League. Bryon’s playing career ended in 2011 at the World Baseball Challenge playing for Team Canada in British Columbia
Greg’s incredible passion for the game of baseball made transitioning from player to coach an obvious next step. In 2007, he joined the OBJ as a pitching coach to give back to the next generation of OBJ players. In his time coaching with OBJ (2007-2011) Greg played a major role in developing many players including current professional pitchers Jordan Romano, Evan Grills and Jordan Balazovic. In 2010, as the 18U intermHead Coach, Greg lead the team back to the Connie Mack World Series for the first time since 2001.
Greg moved onto the collegiate coaching ranks after the 2011 season, joining University of Central Arkansas (NCAA Div 1) as their Pitching Coach. There Byron mentored the Bears pitching staff and helped lead the team to their first Top 25 National Ranking and the finals of the Starkville Regional. In addition to the team success, three of Greg’s pitchers signed professionally.
After his great first year with the Bears, Byron accepted a job at the University of Iowa (NCAA Div 1) as their Assistant Pitching Coach and Catching Coach. Prior to the beginning of the NCAA Season, he was hired by the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned to the Memphis Redbirds (AAA affiliate) as an Assistant Coach. In 2015 the Minnesota Twins hired Byron as an Assistant Coach and Video Coordinator with the Rochester RedWings (AAA affiliate).
After the 2015 season, Greg was headed back to NCAA Division 1 baseball, this time with the Austin Peay State University. Byron spent four seasons leading the Governors pitching staff finishing his stint with a total of 6 All-Conference Pitchers, 2 Ohio Valley Conference Pitcher of the Years, and 3 selected in the MLB Draft.
Greg brings a wealth of knowledge both on the mound and behind the plate. His numerous contacts as well as relationships from his time in both collegiate and professional baseball are something of great value and something the Ontario Blue Jays will continue to utilize. Welcome back to the OBJ Family Greg!