Coaching Spotlight: Jason Rubinstein

by Jason Booth

It's no secret the past 12+ months have been difficult on baseball players across the country and that's why Team Ontario has put such an emphasis on individual development and building strong relationships between our players and instructors.
With the lack of outdoor games that have taken place, being able to develop and help our players grow at The Dugout has been vital.

Jason Rubinstein has been a huge part of our development team this winter working with our 17U pitchers alongside Myles Swartz and Kyle McKay. Rubinstein has fit in perfectly with the program and specifically Swartz and McKay as the trio have impressive resumes at the college level. 

Rubinstein spent two seasons at Niagara County Community College, one of New York's most established junior college programs before transferring to Canisius College to finish up his final two collegiate seasons.

Rubinstein knows what it's like to go through the grind of a junior college season and also knows what it takes for a pitcher to step on the mound at the Division I level and that experience gives him a unique angle when working with all our pitching staff.

"I know what it means to be a Division I player. It takes more than talent and I am hoping to instill those qualities in our players to help them achieve their goals as a baseball player and as a person," says Coach Rubinstein.

The former Canisius right-handed pitcher graduated in 2013 with All-Academic Honours in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and also claimed a MAAC Championship during his time with the program which led to an NCAA Tournament appearance for the Golden Griffins.

Rubinstein also spent one summer season with the Medicine Hat Mavericks of the WMBL while in college and spent two seasons with the Burlington Bulls of the IBL upon graduation. His experience at multiple levels have allowed him to see what it takes to pitch and compete, especially physically and mentally.

"I am looking forward to working with each player, especially as a person.  Developing as young men and finding their motivations to drive their future growth as a player and that internal "on" switch to become better players," explains Rubinstein.

Team Ontario is pleased to have added Rubinstein this offseason and we believe he will make major contributions to the development of our pitchers going forward.