Owen grew up playing baseball in the Manly-Warringah area with a family name synonymous with baseball on the Northern Beaches.
Owen is a Level 3 accredited coach and has coached at Forest for a number of years, as well as being appointed as the Manly Little League All-Stars coach for the last two years. Owen also plays for Forest senior teams in both summer and winter competitions and has served as Vice-President (Summer League) on the Manly-Warringah Minor League committee.
When he is not at the baseball grounds, Owen also…actually, no he’s always at baseball.
Mike has been involved with the Forest club for a number of years as both a senior player and a coach.
Mike’s role as registrar is focused on junior recruitment and team formation.
In addition to his junior registrar role, Mike is responsible for senior registrations, and together with Forest’s designated senior coordinators is tasked with creating a seamless integration for the club’s juniors into senior baseball.
When he isn’t ‘Registraring’ for the club, Mike likes to put together COVID safety policies and risk assessments. He does not however volunteer to be designated driver at committee meetings.
John has been involved with the Forest club since 1985. That makes him…very old.
John’s role involves looking after club policy and administration and he acts as a delegated authority as Forest’s representative to the Manly-Warringah Junior Baseball League.
John lives to take minutes and document actions. He is ruthless in his enforcement of action items and prefers Arial font for all documents. He loves the colour green.
Jen was appointed club Treasurer in early 2018 and is responsible for all financial matters for Forest Baseball.
Jen has been involved with the club for a number of years and has a black belt in financial ninja. A lady of very few words, she gets the job done, no mess, no fuss. Sometimes, you don’t even know she’s there. It’s a little scary.
Jen also has a huge input into our Forest Futures program, ensuring our youngest and newest members are looked after.
Dave KruhakSponsorship Manager
Dave is a senior player and manager with the club and ‘probably’ the best junior assistant coach in baseball. When not playing and coaching, Dave is out looking for sponsors to help grow the club and fund facility and equipment upgrades for our players.
Unlimited enthusiasm, outstanding playing ability, superb coach and immaculately groomed – this guy may just be the perfect human specimen. Best not to stand next to him in photos.
Andrew LogueSenior Coordinator
Andrew has been involved at Forest for many years, both as a junior player, a senior player and as a junior coach.
In 2021/22 Andrew took up the role of Senior Coordinator, working with Joe Weller on the goal of ensuring our junior players transition seamlessly across to seniors (either State League or Minor League).
Andrew operates under the radar, quietly getting the job done and ensuring those around him are having fun playing baseball. He is an unspoken hero of our club. If you could bottle his blood, you would. It would be green.
Shane CharmanGear and Uniform Manager
Shane is relatively new to the Forest Baseball Club as both a senior player and a junior coach but has in-depth experience administering other sports that shall remain nameless.
As uniform and gear manager Shane is responsible for getting our players on the field, looking like ballers and playing with the best equipment available. He is known to liaise with outgoing gear and uniform manager Luke Burlet regularly in order to decipher terms and acronyms Luke put in our policies and procedures that laypeople do not understand.
Shane is a good bloke. We should all try to be more like Shane.
Deny RhatiganGear and Uniform Assistant
Deny is always the first to put his hand up to help. Apart from his committee role, Deny has been instrumental in getting new adult players to the club to try baseball for the first time.
Deny is from Oldham in the UK, a place with a football club with the same logo as our major sponsor (an owl). It was his destiny to join Forest. There are whispers that he may have represented England in some form of martial art, but no-one is game to ask him about it.
Joe WellerMWML (senior baseball) liaison
Joe has been actively involved with Forest Baseball Club for a number of years, both as a junior coach and a senior player and manager. His baseball knowledge is invaluable to the club, evidenced by him being recognised by his former club (Ryde Hawks) as their first ever inductee into their Baseball Hall of Fame.
Joe is the Vice President of MMWL, the governing committee for senior non-representative baseball in Manly (park baseball). He spends an inordinate amount of time working on the baseball fields and is quite possibly the most valuable member of the entire MWDBA*.
Joe’s the sort of guy every club wishes they had. However he is not good at climbing ladders.
* The views expressed in this blurb are the opinion of the author.
Renee PheganMedia Manager
Renee (or Mrs P) has been involved with Forest Baseball for a number of years with three boys playing at the club.
Renee is in charge of Forest’s social media management, including round by round draw updates, game day pics, promotions and just generally keeping our members informed of what is going on.
Renee lives and dies by the number of likes and followers Forest Baseball has on Facebook and Instagram. She also uses Tik-Tok…whatever that is…kids these days. Do your bit and ‘Like and Subscribe’ this summer!