WCA History

Although the Waterford Coaches Association started as a grass-roots organization in 1975, it was in 1978 that the Association became "Official" & registered with the State of Michigan as a non-profit, charitable corporation.  

Lest we don't forget, we owe a debt of gratitude to Fred Drendall, 1st President of WCA & the other Founding Fathers, Thaddeus Palmer, Kris Bush, Carl Solden (Former Waterford Township Supervisor), Ernie Shegina, Shufer Burns & Gene Downie. The 1st Board of Directors were Jerry Ingram, Ed Gignac, Bob Harris, Larry Bush, Ole Wright, Neil Walton, Harold O'Berry & Ralph Wilson.   

Thaddeus (Ted) Palmer was one of the founders of the WCA in 1975. He served as a member of the executive board & became President of the organization in 1979. He held this office until his death, November 16, 1981.  Ted's personal dedication & total commitment directed toward the development of a solid summer baseball program for the youth of Waterford are traits to be emulated by all who desire to offer our youngsters an opportunity to play baseball.

Former WCA players include: Detroit Tiger Kirk Gibson, Baltimore Oriole Paul Fry and Detroit Red Wing Dylan Larken.

In 2007 we started 2 new traditions. We introduced the WCA Kaer Scholarship Award, which is a $500 scholarship given to deserving High School seniors playing in the WCA.  We also gave away the first Coach of the Year Award.

Past Presidents      

1982 - Ron Liles        

1983 - Dave Culton         

1984- Mike Melkonian          

1985 - Jim McNabb         

1986 - Joe Humbaugh    

1987 - Harold O'Berry   

1988 - Vern Lovse         

1989 - Gerwood Vana     

1990-91 - Jim McNabb

1992-93 - Bob McGregor 

1994 - Len Buero 

1995-96 - Frank Gallagher 

1997 - David Johns 

1998-1999 - Donna Kelley 

2000 - David Johns 

2001-04 - Sheila Kaer 

2005-06 - Mark Chizek 

2007-2010 Sheila Kaer 

2011-2012 - JR Olerich

2013 - Melanie Lizotte

2014-2015 - Sheila Kaer

2015-2017 - Paul Duff

2017-2019 - Craig Sheridan

2019-Current - Aleigha Maten

Past Pony Champions

1984 - Pony District Champs, Pony Division coached by Terry Whiting. 

1990 - Pony District Champs, Palomino Division coached by Garwood Vana. 

1991 - Pony District Champs, Bronco Division coached by Pat McNamara. 

1991 - Pony State Champs, Pony Division coached by Terry Whiting.  

1995 - Pony District Champs, Pony Division coached by Jay Bland and Bill Nolan. 

2001 - Pony District Champs, Mustang Division coached by Mike Knight. 

2008 - InnerCity League - Palomino Division Champions coached by Harry Kwiatkowski 

WCA Thanks everyone that helps baseball stay alive and for giving us the opportunity to watch & support our children.

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