by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

“I have always had a love for coaching baseball and teaching young minds. I feel this allows me to deliver the necessary tools to young baseball players and make them better at their craft,” revealed Kyle Owsley, whose most recent coaching venture is the creation of the San Diego Deacons Baseball Club.

The San Diego Deacons is a standalone youth baseball program that Kyle, along with his best friend, Keith Johnson, have created in the Rancho Penasquitos community. According to Kyle, they are excited to try running an organization completely on their own and are thankful for their prior coaching opportunities. “In June 2009, Keith and I took an idea for a travel baseball team to Black Mountain Sports (BMS), a well known youth sports organization within the community. We spent three awesome years with the Black Mountain Ballers, and we learned a lot under the tutelage of BMS. We are thankful for the help BMS provided us over the years,” explained Kyle.

For Kyle, coaching baseball in Rancho Penasquitos is doubly rewarding. He has lived in the community since he was ten-years-old and is a graduate of Mount Carmel High School. “Rancho Penasquitos provides a great sense of community. Not a weekend goes by without seeing our youth out on a football, soccer or baseball field enjoying their sport, along with their moms, dads, brothers and sisters who are providing encouragement. PQ has done a fine job of building itself into a family-first community,” said Kyle, who loves spending time with his long-time girlfriend, Erin, and their son, Brayden.

During his senior year at Mount Carmel, Kyle pitched on the varsity baseball team and was named 1st Team All CIF and Avocado League Pitcher of the Year. He played college-level baseball at San Diego Mesa College and Cal State Los Angeles. After college, Kyle decided to move away from playing and began coaching. In addition to coaching with the Black Mountain Ballers and now the San Diego Deacons, he has coached at San Diego Mesa College and Mount Carmel. When asked to give advice to young athletes, Kyle stated that it is important to give your best effort – both on and off the field. “Strive to be a solid athlete, a good son/daughter, a great student and a fine citizen,” declared Kyle.