Posted on: June 4, 2018
The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack baseball team has its first recruit for the 2018-19 Canadian Collegiate Baseball Conference season.
Head coach Ray Chadwick and the ‘Pack are pleased to announce that 5’8” infielder Josh Wright of Riverside Secondary in Port Coquitlam, BC has committed to the program effective September 1st.
Wright plays second and third base along with shortstop and currently plays for the Tri-City Thunder of the BC Midget “AAA” College prep circuit. He played the previous two seasons with the Coquitlam Redlegs of the BCJPBL under Jason Rich.
“TRU is a very nice school that fits all my needs,” says Wright who will be taking courses aimed at earning a Bachelor of Computing Science. “Great Coach (Chadwick) and players on the baseball team. When I met Coach Chadwick, I really liked him and the idea of the baseball ‘family’. When I met the guys on the team, they seemed like a good group. They welcomed me and were very positive when I interacted with them. I’m looking forward to knowing them better.”
Wright had offers from three schools in the U.S.: Doane University (Crete, NE), Grove City College (Grove City, PA) and Houghton College (Houghton, NY) but decided to stay in Canada and come to Thompson Rivers.
His coach this season is J.J Hyde. “ I had recruited Josh the last two years and am happy to have him this year. He is an excellent utility infielder and a very good contact hitter out of the #2 spot in the order.”
Hyde adds, “He is a student of the game and a competitor. Josh loves to be at the ballpark for games or practices and works at his skills on a daily basis. He is an excellent teammate who is extremely coachable and wants to get better all the time.”
Wright says his strengths as a ball player are his work ethics, being a good teammate with some good defensive skills and offensively a team oriented player.
He shines on the field, in the classroom, on the hockey rink (he played 11 years for the Port Coquitlam Pirates) and in the community. He has earned no less than five scholarships and bursaries including the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association scholarship awarded in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and community service and the TRU leadership Entrance Scholarship which recognizes leadership and academic excellence.
Wright is looking forward to getting involved in the many community projects that WolfPack athletes are a part of. “I’ve done a considerable amount of volunteer work for Coquitlam Little League and will be happy to continue giving back to the Kamloops community.”
Says Coach Chadwick about his first recruit, “Josh can play multiple infield positions which is always an added bonus. He is a contact hitter who we will look to add a little speed to the top of our lineup. He is a student of the game that we look forward to having join our baseball family.”
EXTRA INNINGS: Wright has played at Norbrock Stadium many times before in the “Best of the West” tournaments that are held every spring on McArthur Island. He played minor baseball with future WolfPack teammates Zac Comeault and Joe Sinischalchi.
Wright’s favourite major league team is the New York Yankees with Derek Jeter being his all-time favourite player.