Andrew Karkoulas

Owner/Baseball Instructor

Andrew Karkoulas was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario.  Andrew worked his way up through the Guelph Minor Baseball Association until he received a full baseball scholarship to the New York Institute of Technology, an NCAA Division 1 school at Long Island, New York.  At NYIT, Andrew was a four year starter and a three year captain of the team.  Andrew was a two way player who doubled as both a starting pitcher and outfielder.  Throughout his collegiate career, he received many awards including, Team MVP, Gold Glove award and Senior Athlete of the Year.  As well, Andrew also played two summers in NCAA sanctioned summer leagues.  He was a member of the Lima Locos where he pitched and played first base and was named a league all star.  The following summer, Andrew played in the Northwoods league for the Thunder Bay Border Cats. He was awarded with the silver glove for one of the leagues most outstanding fielders.  

Cortney Karkoulas

Director of Business Development

Cortney Karkoulas was born and raised in Guelph, ON.  She was a member of the Guelph Gator organizations as well as in the Brampton Blazer Program. While playing in such programs, she has won 2 Eastern Canadian championships, multiple provincial titles all before capturing a National title. Along the path to her captaining her team’s success, she has also won many individual accolades including; Most Valuable Player of Ontario, golden glove awards and multiple game MVP honors at National showing events. She was then selected from hundreds to be a part of the Junior National Canadian team Program which helped aid in her development for collegiate success. She received a full softball scholarship to Division 1 Ball State University located in Muncie, Indiana.  While a Cardinal, she was a four-year starting lead-off hitter playing second base, where she competed religiously against nationally ranked collegiate programs. She studied and graduated with a Sports Administration degree as well as obtaining a business marketing minor.  

Pat Coughlin

Athletic Trainer/Baseball Instructor

Patrick Coughlin was born and raised in Cambridge Ontario, where he played baseball his entire life, graduating from Cambridge Minor Baseball to Ontario Terriers where he played 4 years as a Catcher and 3rd baseman while also representing Ontario in several prestigious tournaments in the United States. After high school he earned a baseball scholarship to the University of Maine, a NCAA Division 1 program, where he played for 3 years. Patrick was also the Starting Catcher for the IBL Guelph Royals during his summers home between collegiate semesters.

Patrick was the official Student Intern Strength Coach for the University of Maine, where he worked with NCAA Division 1 Strength Coaches and Athletes, including Baseball, Softball, Football, Basketball and Soccer. He was proficient in improving athletes strength and technique as well as dedicated to improving overall team performance on the playing field.

Matt Stocco

Baseball Instructor

Matt has played at almost every level of professional baseball.  He has enjoyed more than 10 years playing both collegiately and professionally as a catcher for the San Diego Padres.  He has also embarked in over 8 years of instructing and coaching after playing.

Baseball is a passion that is more important then himself.  He finds it incredibly important to pass and share all knowledge that he was fortunate to obtain.  

Brandon Washkevich

 Baseball Instructor

Brandon grew up playing competitive baseball in the Guelph area prior to being recruited by Wilfrid Laurier University to play for the Men’s Varsity Baseball team. Brandon played for five years at Laurier, where he was the starting second baseman and also played third base and outfield. Throughout his university baseball career, in recognition of superior work ethic, leadership, fundamental skills, sportsmanship and team spirit, Brandon was honoured with awards such as, Most Improved Player, Overall Coaches Player Choice Award, the Ontario University Athletics Academic Achievement Award twice, and helped the team win their first OUA Championship in program history. He was described by his head coach as one of the hardest working players that the program has ever had, a great teammate and someone that the players looked up to and respected. Brandon played baseball throughout the summer for the Brantford Braves of the Junior Intercounty Baseball league where he was honoured with Rookie of the Year, Brantford Red Sox and Hamilton Cardinals of the Intercounty Baseball League and  the Milton Red Sox of the COBA Major AAA Baseball League. Brandon currently serves as the Associate Coach for the University of Guelph Men’s Varsity baseball team.

Shaun Valeriote

 Baseball Instructor

Shaun grew up playing competitive baseball in Guelph.  Shaun worked his way up through the GMBA system until he played collegiately at Brock University.  While at Brock, Shaun helped the Badgers capture the 2010 OUA Championship and the National Silver Medal. After his days at Brock, Shaun signed to play professional baseball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.  In 2013 he was a member of the Vancouver Canadians who won the Northwest League Championship.

Shaun is motivated by giving back to youth baseball.  In addition to being an instructor at the Hithouse, he is also an instructor with the Toronto Blue Jays baseball Academy.  Every Summer he heads out along greats like Roberto Alomar, George Bell, Jessie Barfield, Lloyd Mosby and Duane Ward to teach and give back to young players across Canada.

Tori Patteson

 Softball Instructor

Tori Patteson grew up playing second base for the Guelph Gator Organization.  While playing for the Gators, she won multiple provincial titles, National runner ups and competed in the North Carolina and Virginia Softball World Series. Her and her team made appearances in several showcase tournaments in the United States throughout her career where she continued to excel.

After highschool, Tori earned a softball scholarship to NCAA D2 Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia.  At Alderson Broaddus, Tori was the leadoff hitter and starting second baseman for four years. While playing for the Battlers, she received multiple all conference awards. Tori graduated with a degree in business administration with a minor in accounting.

Nathan Forer

 Baseball Instructor


Heather Ryder

Softball Instructor

Heather, a Stratford native, grew up playing softball in the Guelph Gators organization. She attended several Nationals and Provincials throughout her time playing in Ontario.

Heather continued her playing career at NJCAA Division 1 Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. In 2012 Heather and the Grizzlies were Jayhawk Conference champions with a 40-15 record and attended the NJCAA World Series. After junior college, she continued on to NCAA D1 University at Buffalo where she graduated with a degree in Anthropology. Heather was a starting first baseman and shared time on the pitchers mound. In 2014 the Bulls were MAC East Champions. After her NCAA career, Heather continued on to play 1 season of Semi-Professional softball in The Netherlands for the Hoofddorp Pioneers.

Although she is now “retired”, she still enjoys playing competitive Women’s Super Series slo-pitch during the summers. Heather works as a Paramedic and enjoys coaching pitching, hitting and fielding lessons in her spare time.

Chris Iltshishin

 Baseball Instructor

Chris Iltshishin grew up in Waterloo, Ontario playing for the Waterloo Tigers and Kitchener Panthers programs. He earned a scholarship to NJCAA D1 Frontier College where he started both years and was named captain his second year.

Following his time at FCC, he transferred to NCAA D2 Tusculum University where he played for one year. Chris currently plays for the University of Waterloo Warriors where he was named an Allstar in his first season of play and for the IBL Brantford Red Sox. Chris was fortunate enough to benefit from some great advice and coaching along the way from older players who helped in multiple areas of the game and he is eager to give back to the game in the same way.

Chris is currently a coach for the Ontario Nationals 18U program.

Elliott Curtis

 Baseball Instructor

Elliott Curtis grew up playing baseball within the Waterloo Minor Baseball Association until making the switch over to playing for the Ontario Terriers (2012-2016).  After earning a scholarship to Middle Tennessee State University, he transferred to Columbia State Community College where he was selected as All Conference Second Baseman.  From there, he would go on to play at The University of Kentucky for 1 full season as well as the Covid-shortened season.  Elliott graduated from UK with a degree in Psychology and now coaches the Ontario Terriers 15U team as well as the University of Waterloo Men’s baseball team.  Elliott has also recently signed his first professional baseball contract with the Ottawa Titans of the Frontier League and will play his first season this summer.

Michael Clouthier

 Baseball Instructor

Michael grew up playing youth baseball in Guelph before he made the transition to the Ontario Terriers as a pitcher.  During this time, he was selected for the Canadian Junior National Baseball Team, where he pitched 3 years against top competition from countries across the world including the Dominican Republic, Cuba, USA, Italy and USA.  After his high school tenure, Michael earned a baseball scholarship NCAA D1 Boston College Eagles.  However he was sidelined due to an injury in his first year that forced him to move back home.  Michael enrolled at the University of Waterloo, where he became a four-time OUA first team all-star as a third baseman, and voted the team MVP all four of his years as well.  Mike was also a member of the Guelph Silvercreeks and IBL Guelph Royals. 

Michael completed his Bachelor of Education at the University of Western and has recently been hired as a teacher with the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.  He has a strong passion for the game and believes firmly in sharing his knowledge as a baseball coach and instructor to help all players grow and reach their potential in baseball. 

Sonia Petrosoniak

Softball Instructor

Sonia Petrosoniak was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. She played PWSA softball from Mite to Senior, playing for a few organizations including Mississauga North, Chinguacousy Cougars, Cambridge Coyotes, and Guelph Gators. She attended 10 Canadian National Championships, medalling in 6 of them.

Sonia received a scholarship to NCAA D2 California University of Pennsylvania. While there, Sonia was a pitcher, and two-time Academic All American, recording a career ERA of 1.64. In her senior year, the Vulcans ranked 14th overall and finished the season as NCAA Division II Super Regional finalists.

She graduated with a BA in International Studies and a Masters of Arts in Teaching. Sonia has taken NCCP coaching courses, and is now a teacher with the Peel District School Board.

Kaitlyn McBride

Softball Instructor

Kaitlyn was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario and recently moved to Guelph.  Kaitlyn grew up playing in the Brampton Blazer organization.  As a member of the Blazers she won numerous provincial titles, an Eastern Canadian Championship, as well as two Canadian National Championships. 

After high school, Kaitlyn earned a scholarship to NCAA D2 Saginaw Valley University in Michigan.  While in University, she started as a second basemen and was the leadoff hitter.  Kaitlyn was a small ball perfectionist, where she slapped or bunted her way to first base.  She switched to the left side at the age of 14 where she diligently practiced to master the skills of bunting and slapping. 

Over her 23-year career she has acquired great game knowledge and developed a deeper understanding of the mechanical aspect of softball.  Presently, she coaches a Bantam team for the Guelph Gators.

Chris Kopichanski

Personal Trainer

Chris is a former varsity basketball player finishing his playing eligibility at the University of Guelph. He then went on to play in the CNBL for the London Orion Basketball Club of his hometown.

Since 2002 Chris has been a certified personal trainer, the first nine years of his training career in club, as both a head trainer and fitness manager.  Since 2011 he has worked independently with Peak Performance.  Every year Chris is constantly looking to improve his professional development and has a relentless desire to improve himself and help his clients achieve their personal fitness/performance goals. Ranging from weight loss and general fitness to very specific athletic goals.

Moving forward Chris intends to create an excellent athletic development program by bringing in likeminded enthusiastic trainers that in conjunction with our excellent coaching and facility will help create strong, fit, and balanced athletes. And of course training is always available for people who just want to improve general fitness!

Dr. Marcus Gatto

Doctor of Chiropractic

From an early age, Dr. Gatto has always been involved in the local sporting scene in his hometown of Guelph, ON. From hockey, to basketball, to baseball, and every sport in between, exercise and performance has always been an important part of his life. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology degree with Honours Distinction at the University of Western Ontario (UWO)  while playing on the Western Mustangs Varsity Baseball Team. Immediately following his graduation from the program at Western, Dr.Gatto began his four-year Doctor of Chiropractic program at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in Toronto. In June 2019, Dr. Gatto graduated from the highly competitive program at CMCC with Cum Laude Honours and began his practice in Guelph.

In addition to his degrees from UWO and CMCC, Dr. Gatto places importance on continuing his education and finding different avenues of growth for the betterment of his patients. Dr. Gatto understands maintaining a spot on the leading edge of sport performance and therapy requires many different tools. As a result, Dr. Gatto continues to seek out courses, seminars, mentors, and opportunities to help him maintain a leading edge approach.

While in practice, Dr. Gatto maintains community involvement as well as fulfilling other interests in a variety of ways. He has recently been named Team Doctor for the Guelph Gryphons AAA Midget hockey team and continues to engage in sport related research surrounding adolescent performance and development. Dr. Gatto is concurrently a Strength and Conditioning coach where he has helped develop and train athletes including professional National Hockey League (NHL) players, amateur athletes, as well as general population clients.