Harold Northcott’s passion for baseball began at an early age, playing for teams in Clive and throughout Central Alberta. Harold’s playing career was successful as he played on several teams that captured provincial championship titles, however, a Canadian championship always eluded him. The pinnacle of his playing career was playing with Team Canada. In 1985, while participating in the Intercontinental Cup, Harold was named the Most Valuable Player; in 1986 Harold played with Team Canada at the Pacific Rim Cup. A highlight with Team Canada was playing in the 1987 Pam American Games held in Indianapolis, Indiana. In the fall of 1987, Team Canada qualified for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea at the Intercontinental Cup Games in Cuba.
In 1988, Harold embarked on what was to become a very successful coaching career. In 1990, his St. Paul Runnin’ Rebels earned a gold medal at the Midget “AA” Provincial Championships. In 1992 he was selected as the Pitching Coach for the Canadian National Youth Team. This team competed at the World Championships in Monterrey, Mexico. In 1993 and 1994, Harold continued as the Pitching Coach for the National Youth Team, competing at the World Championships, in Windsor, Ontario and Brandon, Manitoba. Future Major League Baseball players, Eric Gagne, Boston Red Sox (2003 National League Cy Young Award) Ryan Dempster, Chicago Cubs (selected to the 2000 All-star Game) and Jordan Zimmerman, Seattle Mariners were on his pitching staff. In 1997, Harold was selected as Pitching Coach for Team Alberta, competing in the Canada Summer Games. The team captured a bronze medal (the first ever medal in baseball for Alberta).
From 1998 through to 2001, Harold was the Pitching Coach for the Canadian National Senior Team. In 1998, Canada tied for first in the World qualifier; in 1999, at the Pam Am Games Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada won a bronze medal (first ever at the Pan Am American Games in baseball).Team members included Stubby Clapp, a future major leaguer with the St. Louis Cardinals; Aaron Guiel - New York Yankees; Chris Mears - Detroit Tigers. In 2000, Canada was the first to qualify for the World Championships in Chinese Taipai; Canadian players included Justin Morneau, Minnesota Twins and 2006 American League MVP Jason Bay - 2005 National League Rookie of the Year; Scott Thorman and Phil Orr, both of the Atlanta Braves.
While coaching at the National level, Harold continued with both local and provincial programs; in 2001, with Harold as Pitching Coach, Team Alberta placed 4th at the Canada Summer Games. In 2002 and 2004, Harold and Zone 4 captured silver medals at the Alberta Summer Games; in 2003 he guided the Rocky “AA” Diamondback Bantam team to both the Provincial title and Western Canadian title. In 2004, as Head Coach for Team Alberta Pee Wee Girls, he led the team to a bronze medal finish at the Western Canada Championship. Also in 2004, he was a Canadian National Gold Medal winner as the pitching coach for the Sherwood Park “AAA” Midget Team. As Head Coach of Alberta at the Canada Cup (16 & 17 year old boys) in 2005, the province took another medal this time bronze. In 2006, Harold was the Pitching Coach for Team Alberta Bantam Girls which won a National Championship - the first ever gold for a Team Alberta team.
Over the years, his proudest accomplishment has been seeing his three children; Dustin, Chad and Heidi all win Canadian Championships, the only three gold medals captured by the province (at Baseball Canada Championships) in the minor divisions, in Alberta baseball history.
In February of 2007, Harold was selected as the Provincial Head Coach, a salaried position with the Alberta Amateur Baseball Council. He continually strives to direct young athletes to fulfill their potential.