What we do
The North is a baseball program that brings student-athletes from across North America together for a baseball and cultural opportunity of a lifetime. Each baseball journey unique, the team will explore what Europe has to offer while competing against some of Europe's top baseball talent. Our team is run by coaches who have played and coached in more than 10 European countries and our travel program is headed by members of our staff that have combined for decades of group travel and tourism experience.
We love baseball and are passionate about seeing and exploring the world. Our staff has found a unique way to combine the two – by pursuing our love of the sport and experiencing it across the globe. We aim to share that experience with others by introducing and exposing them to the baseball opportunities that exist outside of North America.
We seek motivated ball players who share our adventurous side, who are ready to explore the cultural opportunities thrown their way. Travelling together as a team, we embrace our role as Canada’s Premiere Travel Baseball program.
WHO WE ARE
Casey Auerbach was named Head Coach of the McGill University baseball program in 2018. Prior to that he served as the teams Associate Head Coach & Recruiting Coordinator for five years. A 4-time Canadian National championship winning coach, he started playing and coaching abroad in 2011. An All-Canadian and National Champion as a player at McGill, Casey suited up for the Swiss NLA’s Embrach Mustangs in 2011 and 2012.
Greg Hroch has been leading student trips for 25 years. He has led 18 tours through 20 different countries. Greg speaks fluent Spanish and serviceable Portuguese. He can also order Gelato in Italy and France as good as any native speaker. Greg currently runs the 5-Star Students company as a motivational / inspirational speaker and serves as the programs director. Greg's has two sons, Rocky and Chance both collegiate pitchers. Rocky is a Senior & 5-time National Champion at McGill University in Montreal and Chance, is a Junior at NCAA Division 1 New Mexico State University.
Pitching Coach - D3 Cages
Tim is the current pitching coach at D3 Cages in Houston, Texas. Tim played his collegiate baseball at Texas A&M Kingsville and went on to play abroad for the Embrach Mustangs in 2012 and 2013 and the Vienna Metrostars in 2014 and 2015. Tim also took his talents down under, playing two seasons of winter ball with the South Perth Cubs and MacAthur Orioles in Australia.
Originally from Mississauga, Ontario, Troy played his college ball at the University of Maine (NCAA Division 1). He was a freshman All-American and played 4 years before signing a professional contract with the Baltimore Orioles. He is also a freelance photographer, with experience shooting sporting events, landscapes, and concerts. Troy is currently the infield & hitting coach at Humber College. In his first season on the staff, the Hawks won the 2018 OCAA and National Championship.
infield coach &
Baltimore Orioles (MLB)
Maine Black Bears (NCAA D1)
A native of Sunnyvale, California, Rob played college baseball at NCAA UCSD in San Diego. He has played Internationally for the NLA’s Zurich Challengers (2018 Swiss Champions) in Switzerland for the past five seasons. Rob also played 2 seasons of winter ball in Australia, suiting up for the Moorabbin panthers in 2012 and 2013. Rob currently serves as an assistant coach for the Swiss National Team.
Swiss National Team
Mother of Keegan Murphy, 2018 North Baseball Alumni
Ryerson University, 2018 North Baseball Alumni
"The 2018 trip to Switzerland, Germany, and Austria was one I will never forget. Playing baseball against talented teams on a different continent was an incredible experience. Playing with The North was an awesome opportunity to bring a group of talented players together. I would recommend the experience to anyone. "
Namur Angels (BE) // Montpellier Barracudas (FR)
“I had a blast playing ball in Europe! I got to visit more than 10 countries during my 2 years playing baseball abroad. It was an enriching experience to be able to learn about and appreciate different cultures. There are some very competitive teams overseas and I would recommend playing baseball in Europe to everyone that enjoys travelling and learning about new cultures."
"We are so thankful our son was able to have the opportunity to spend almost 2 weeks not only doing what he loves – playing baseball – but also taking in some of the most spectacular scenery & sights of Europe! Putting together a team of talented young ball players from different colleges/universities in Canada and organizing both exhibition and tournament play is no easy feat from thousands of miles away…and to also include culinary experiences and stops in 3 different countries of breath-taking scenery and historical sites made for the experience of a lifetime these young men won’t forget! Thanks to all involved for all your efforts in making the trip come to fruition…only wish we’d gone too!.”
Embrach Mustangs (CH) // Valencia Astros (ES)
"I played abroad for over three seasons in Spain, Switzerland, South Africa and Australia. Baseball was always my first love and I quickly found the love of the game to be a common denominator that cut across ages, cultures, and time. In every country I played in, I was humbled by the goodness of the baseball communities who adopted me into their families. I made lifelong friends and will forever cherish the memories.”
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