John Kazakoff knew there was a void in Prince George baseball, and in 1997 he filled it, as the Prince George Grays began their inaugural season in the B.C. Junior Baseball League.
During the past nine seasons, Kazakoff has been a part of the Grays, first as the team’s manager and last season when he stepped down and became the assistant coach.
Kazakoff did not take long to find the ball field in Prince George when he moved here in 1974. He played in the Prince George Senior Men's league for 11 years.
During his coaching career in Prince George, Kazakoff has had many team accomplishments. In 1986 and 1998 he coached the Senior Babe Ruth and Junior Babe Ruth All-stars to provincial championships. In 1989 he was part of the Japan 14- and 15-year-old World Tournament. In 1990 Kazakoff was one of the coaches for the B.C. under-17 team which returned from the Western Canada Summer Games with a Gold medal.
With the Grays, Kazakoff led the team to a league championship in 2000, when Prince
George hosted the B.C. Junior Baseball provincials. The Grays won the tournament and made their way to nationals in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.