The Victoria HarbourCats have extended the contract of head coach Todd Haney for five years through the 2026 West Coast League baseball season.
Haney, who took over as head coach in the 2019 season, led the team to the third-best all-time regular season record of 39-15, and to within a game of the WCL playoff title. He was an assistant coach in Victoria for the 2018 season. The 2020 and 2021 HarbourCats seasons were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although the 10 U.S. teams in the WCL are playing this season.
Haney, a former pro infielder, played five seasons in MLB with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs and New York Mets. He spends off-seasons at his home in Waco, Texas.
“We really miss Victoria, with what’s gone on with the pandemic and losing two seasons,” said Haney.
Haney will look to retain the coaching staff that was planned for the 2021 season, including Mark Petkovsek, Greg Swindell, Curtis Pelletier and Troy Birtwistle. Pitching coach Petkovsek played nine years in the major leagues while bench coach Swindell played 17 seasons in MLB, giving the HarbourCats a staff with a combined 31 years of MLB playing experience.
Haney, Petkovsek and Swindell were college teammates in the NCAA with the Texas Longhorns.
Hitting and catching coach Pelletier and first base coach Birtwistle are Island products.