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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

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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

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

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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

TC204: Zach Graefser-Tom Gillespie, MLB Int’l

Back in episode 167 we gathered an international panel at the ABCA convention in Nashville to talk about the state of international baseball — outside of the existing hotbeds of the game. We spent a lot of time talking about the game in Europe. Today we bring in two guys who know the European game

TC 203: Adam Rosales, San Diego Padres

We veer just a bit off of our traditional path today to talk to Adam Rosales of the San Diego Padres. Adam will give us some great insight into what he learned from his coaches and other important people in his life that helped to propel him to Major League Baseball. Adam also discusses some

TC202: Mike Gambino, Boston College (part 2)

We are excited to welcome Boston College head coach Mike Gambino back for a second episode! In part 1, Coach Gambino shared a lot about his overall philosophies. This episode we drill down quite a bit to talk about the ACC and changing conference affiliations, travel (as a practical matter), “family dinners”, the work/life balance, “selling” a program vs.

TC201: David Valesente, Wells College

There are just not a lot of brand new programs starting each season, but when they do, it’s fascinating to peek inside and see what all needs to be done to get the program off the ground. Today we’re talking to David Valesente, head coach of the new program at Wells College in New York

TC200: Mike Gambino, Boston College (part 1)

When you think of ACC baseball, you’re not necessarily thinking of a team in the Northeast, but Boston College certainly got some folks to do a geographical readjustment this season. Coming out of a very tough ACC Atlantic division, the Eagles finished just one game shy of Omaha, losing a three game Super Regional to

TC 199: Brian Shoop, Alabama-Birmingham

The number of times that Brian Shoop‘s name has been brought up on Top Coach is hard to remember. Let’s just say that many coaches, including Auburn’s Butch Thompson, have listed Coach Shoop as one of their great influences. When you listen to the head coach of the University of Alabama-Birmingham in this episode, you’ll

TC198: Matt McGuire, Roanoke College

Back to one of our favorite states to visit with Matt McGuire, head coach at Roanoke College in the very strong Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Coach McGuire grew up not far from Roanoke College, so this was like a homecoming. He played his college baseball at William & Mary, recruited to replace our good friend

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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

Read a biography!

by Jack Warren, Top Coach editor and host If you are like most leaders, you tend to read books – whether it be a few books a year or a few books a month. And like a typical reader, those titles may include self-help, history, how-to, fiction, and more. Among coaches, self-help and how-to are