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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’

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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

TC217: Kevin Schneider, Immaculata University

Kevin Schneider has proven himself as a successful travel organization coach/administrator and high school coach — including a state championship and three consecutive city championships. Now he’s hoping to parlay that success into a run of success at the NCAA D3 level at Immaculata University. In this episode, we talk to Coach Schneider about Catholic

TC216: Ed Flaherty, Southern Maine (encore)

This is the first time we’ve presented an episode a second time. I’m often asked for episode recommendations and this is one that comes up often. Southern Maine’s Ed Flaherty is held in high regard by almost every person that’s ever meet him. One of the things you’ll quickly discover when listening to this interview

TC215: Steve Bieser, Missouri

It’s got to be a dream job when a Missouri boy can land an SEC coaching job without leaving his home state. And that’s exactly what Steve Bieser did. After growing up in Missouri, playing his college ball in the state, and then spending 13 years in professional baseball, Steve Bieser got into coaching via

TC214: Travis Hart, Gatlinburg-Pittman (TN) HS

We’ve got a special episode of Top Coach Baseball today, as we talk to the head coach of Gatlinburg-Pittman (TN) High School. Most of you are aware of the wildfires that devastated the area last week. Coach Travis Hart has been a busy man since then, first offering his indoor baseball facility for a place

TC213: Skip Bertman, LSU

Skip Bertman’s name is nearly synonymous with the rise of college baseball as we know it today. What he crafted at Louisiana State University started a ripple effect through the SEC and across the nation. A fixture at the College World Series, LSU fans got so used to going to Omaha that many still go

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TC212: Jon Groth, Chugiak-Eagle River Chinooks

Jon Groth learned pretty quickly that there are many things in life more important than baseball. After a successful run at Tyler (TX) Junior College, including a national championship, there were some significant changes in the program. Coach Groth took this a a chance for a bit of a respite and to focus on his

TC211: Jeremy Sheetinger, ABCA

Jeremy Sheetinger has listed as his title at the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) website – College Division Liaison. But that doesn’t being to tell the story. If they printed everything he did on his business card, it would have to be in very small type or on a very large card. Jeremy is one

TC210: Michael Schell, Cannonball Foundation

For most of us, we realized almost from the beginning that we’re in the game for more than just baseball. It’s about the impact that we can have on lives while we play the game we so greatly love. Michael Schell determined along the way that many factors were eroding his love of the game.

TC209: Barry Russell, Midland (TX) HS

High school baseball in Texas is a big deal. Almost as big a deal as football. In fact the second largest gathering of baseball coaches in the world is the THSBCA convention each January. Just so happens, we’re talking to the President-elect (or president, depending on when you’re reading this) of the THSBCA, Barry Russell.

TC208: Carlos James, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Now that we’ve got our foot in the door in Arkansas, we plan on returning occasionally. Our trip to Arkansas this time around takes us to Pine Bluff, where we’ll talk to the head coach at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Carlos James. UAPB and the city of Pine Bluff have been known

TC207: Rich Hill, University of San Diego (part 2)

We are thrilled to welcome back for a part two, the head coach at the University of San Diego, Rich Hill. In this episode, Coach Hill talks about the benefits he derived from coaching in the legendary Cape Cod League for many summers. We also talk about the value of high school baseball and summer travel (and showcase) baseball,

TC206: Rich Hill, University of San Diego (part 1)

Much of what the University of San Diego’s head baseball coach does comes from his desire to help influence young lives, much the same as what helped him coming from a divorced home. Rich Hill has been paying it back — and forward — for nearly three decades now in a big way. Hill comes

TC205: Mike Rooney: ESPN, Perfect Game

Oh, it’s a good day whenever we get our good friend, Mike Rooney, back on the line. As usual with Roons, we’re all over the board with the topics. Today’s smorgasbord includes: T.D. Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha College World Series review The state of college baseball (scholarships, roster limits, paid coaching positions) 2016 coaching changes

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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

Jump on the Operations Bandwagon

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host Look around the baseball landscape and you’ll notice how many organizations, teams, and schools are adding an Operations person to their staff. This is not just spreading more responsibility among the existing coaching staff. I’m talking about a distinct Director of Operations position. And I’m not just

Character matters

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host This week a video of Dallas Cowboys’ QB Dak Prescott went viral. The video shows Prescott sitting on the bench drinking some water or Gatorade out of a paper cup. Upon finishing his drink, he tosses the empty cup behind the bench toward the garbage can, only

Staying positive in a negative world

by Jack Warren, Top Coach host and editor A close friend once confided in me that he was concerned about something that an associate had said about him. I pointed out that the time to be concerned was when someone he respected and/or held in high regard offered a criticism or suggestion. In your position

Burdening coaches with good intentions

by Jack Warren, Top Coach host and editor I’ve been pondering this very column for weeks. As regular followers of Top Coach have probably observed, we really do not cross over that line into anything that would be considered controversial – unless you consider “How are today’s players different than when you started?” a touchy

Ferraro on Language: Who Said That?

By Joe Ferraro I’ve never heard a better answer to “what do you do?” than Seth Godin’s “I notice things.” I have a long way to go before I can assert that as my job description, but even someone as impactful as Seth had to start somewhere. I doubt it was amongst the type of

Think/Read/Listen Outside the Box

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host I want you to [cliché alert] think outside the box. More than that, however, I want you to read and listen outside the box. What box? Your box. Specifically, your baseball box. Take a look at your bookshelf the next time you’re in the office. How many

The Meme Train

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host Back in his junior high days, my youngest son decided to give wrestling a shot. He was new to the sport and did surprisingly well. He was also new to the wrestling culture. His stories always served as the fodder for some good laughs, as Alex was