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TC234: Jay Johnson, Arizona

Something special is happening in the state of Arizona. Jay Johnson came into Tempe with little on the resume that would give an indication of how things would play out. To say he’s been a pleasant surprise would be an understatement. University of Arizona baseball is on a roll in this, Johnson’s second season, and

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TC233: Stuart Chester, Cartersville (GA) HS

I guess you can just credit dumb luck, but we’re on a roll when it comes to the state of Georgia and successful high school programs. After great interviews with Tony Wolfe and Chan Brown, we’ve found another coach who’s been drinking at the Mysterious Well of Success in the greater Atlanta area. Like our

TC232: Todd Carroll, MIT

Recruiting is a difficult proposition at best. What if I shrink your potential recruit pool exponentially? That’s what I imagine that Todd Carroll is up against at MIT. Coach Carroll, assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at one the nation’s elite academic institutions, would tell you that his task is actually made easier because of what

TC231: Travis Jewett, Tulane

Next up to the plate in a long line of great coaches at Tulane University is Travis Jewett. When Rick Jones retired a few years ago after a wonderful run at Tulane, David Pierce stepped in briefly before he got plucked by Texas to replace Augie Garrido. That left Tulane in a tight spot, opening up

TC230: Steven Mimms, Bergen CC

Often overlooked, the junior college coach provides a pipeline to nearly every major NCAA D1 program in the country. What has always amazed me about what these guys do is the continual recruiting process that they have to manage — both coming and going. This episode’s guest is no stranger to the hard work that

TC229: Matt Parker, Oklahoma Wesleyan

My goodness! For as big a baseball hotbed that is Oklahoma, I just realized that this is only our second visit to the state and the first at the collegiate level. Well, we’ve got a good one for you, that’s for sure! Matt Parker is the head coach at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, one of the

TC228: Jim Penders, UConn

This week we’re back in Connecticut, talking to old friend, UConn head baseball coach, Jim Penders. We had a tremendous visit with Coach Penders back in episode 140, where he shared a lot about coaching your son and being coached by your father. Now he’s back for a long overdue part two and you won’t

TC227: Rusty Stroupe, Gardner-Webb

Click here! Mention TOP COACH and receive 10% off your entire order at Burbank Sport Nets! This week we’re talking to Rusty Stroupe (pronounced Strap) of Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. As we’ll find out, many things in his orbit are not pronounced the way they’re spelled (see Chair’-a-vul). Coach Stroupe is no

TC226: Scott Malone, Texas A&M Corpus Christi (part 2)

Click here! Mention TOP COACH and receive 10% off your entire order! You asked for it, you got it! After our first conversation with Scott Malone, we’ve got an incredible amount of feedback commenting on that episode. The Texas A&M Corpus Christi coach knows how to pack some energy into every answer. This native Texan was more than happy

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TC225: Billy Wagner, The Miller School (VA)

We’ve had coaches on as Top Coach guests that very few people have heard of. What is amazing is that we’ve had hall of fame coaches that aren’t known outside their immediate area. Coaches are used to laboring in obscurity. Most of them are not in this career for the spotlight. Today’s guest had significant

TC224: Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina

There are many factors that going into being a “top coach”, but winning the College World Series in Omaha certainly doesn’t work against you. Gary Gilmore has had one busy schedule since his Coastal Carolina team won it all in Omaha last June. In fact, the weekend I ran into him at the Texas High

TC223: Scott Malone, Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Wow! Need a lift this week? Perhaps you can just recharge your batteries by siphoning off some of the energy of this week’s guest, Scott Malone. If he was a player, we’d perhaps call him a high motor guy. Does that go for coaches as well? Coach Malone has been putting his energy into the

TC222: Kermit Smith, Appalachian State

Since the dawning of the 21st Century, Kermit Smith has plied the coaching trade at NCAA D2 schools, Belmont Abbey and Lander — and, it must be added, was extremely successful, appearing in the D2 World Series on multiple occasions.  That caught the attention of Appalachian State, who would love to see Coach Smith bring

TC221: Johnny Cardenas, Stephen F Austin

Johnny Cardenas is a Texas boy and former professional ballplayer who’s sure that he’s found the right place — coaching college baseball at Stephen F Austin. He knew he could stretch the pro career out just a bit more, given primarily that he was a bilingual catcher, but he was ready to move on. After

TC220: Lindsay Meggs, Washington (part 2)

We had such a great interview with University of Washington head coach Lindsay Meggs the first time around that we’ve invited him back for a part two. Frankly, we could have added a part three. As is the case with the baseball coaching tree, Coach Meggs has a connection to so many others in the profession, including former Top

TC219: Lindsay Meggs, Washington (part 1)

Lindsay Meggs says he learned the most from a football coach. This California guy has learned to pick up and apply lessons learned from many sources, including guys like Joe Maddon. The University of Washington head coach says that “It’s a simple game. People have complicated it.” So from that standpoint, he likes Joe Maddon’s

TC218: Mark Yoshino, Bellevue College

Mark Yoshino is the long time head coach at Bellevue College, the second largest college in Washington State (who knew?). He’s another one of those guys who played multiple sports in high school, but it dawned on him fairly quickly that his future would be in baseball. He had a very successful high school career

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Child-like wonder (it’s a good thing)

by Jack Warren There is exactly one TV show that I make a point to watch every week. Believe it or not, it’s Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey (NBC, Sunday night). Why do I love this show so much? Yes, it’s cute. Yes, it’s entertaining. Yes, Steve Harvey is funny. The thing that compels

The Definition of Insanity

by Jack Warren Three to four times a week, the midpoint of my run is the transportation center in downtown Normal, Illinois, where I stop for a drink of water. The first thing I typically see upon entering the building is the Amtrak departures and arrivals board. And because I run about the same time

TC Resource: Gina Parris on Listening

We’re glad to have old friend Gina Parris back on Top Coach to talk this time about listening. What an important topic for a coach. This is something that we all need. Some of the things that Gina covers in this episode: Listening to understand Silence Eye contact Getting buy-in Leadership is influence Be a

How Operations aids effiency

In part two of our Operations video series, Jack talks about how Operations can help you and your team, program, or organization break through to a new level of efficiency. Jack also talks about putting the operations function into the right and and providing your staff with the right information. Get more information and reserve

What is Operations?

Operations is a vital part of any organization and it has, over the last 5-10 years, become more visible as a part of a dynamic athletic team or organization. Please take a couple of minutes to watch this video as Top Coach host Jack Warren explains just exactly what Operations entails and how it can

The Can-Do attitude!

by Jack Warren A few months ago, I called my cousin, a retired school teacher and coach who lives in southern central Tennessee, to let him know that we’d be passing his way and asked if he’d be around. He told me he’d be in Louisiana that weekend. When I asked what was taking him

Great time in Waco at the THSBCA

by Jack Warren, host and editor of Top Coach Podcast Last weekend marked my first opportunity to attend the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association in Waco. I not only had a good time, the event thoroughly exceeded my expectations. They say that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, that’s certainly true of their coaches’

Top Coach Ops Con ’17 ticket sales set to LAUNCH!

I am so excited about moving into the next phase of Top Coach Ops Con ’17! We’ll be ringing in the new year with the official launch of our ticket sales. And we’re doing it in a big way. Starting at midnight on January 1 and continuing for 15 days only, we’ll be offering admission