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TC185: Billy Hayes, Battle Ground HS (WA)

Billy Hayes has one leg firmly planted in high school coaching and one leg in travel baseball. He’s the very successful coach at Battle Ground High School in Washington state, near the Washington/Oregon line. He also founded and runs Showtime Baseball in the same area. Hayes is the son of a coach who spent some

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TC184: Randy Tomlin, Liberty Christian Academy (VA)

Like some recent former guests, Randy Tomlin has not ventured far from Lynchburg, Virginia — and that’s not a problem. Raised nearby and attending Liberty University, Tomlin only strayed away when the Pittsburgh Pirates came calling. Once that tour of duty was over, he returned to the Hill City to work with his alma mater

TC 183: Quincey Noble, McNair HS (CA)

Quincey Noble has seen and worked in much of the country and has worked at many levels during his coaching journey. All of those experiences have brought him to McNair High School in Stockton, California where it’s obvious that he’s found his real mission in life. Unlike some of our guests who grew up on

TC 182: Jon Shehan, Millersville University

Other than a brief foray into minor league baseball, Millersville University baseball coach Jon Shehan has not ventured far from home. He grew up near the campus, had relatives involved with the school, and he attended Millersville. Now he’s guiding the Marauders and, despite coming into a program with no field and no batting cages,

TC 181: Jason Dietrich, Cal State-Fullerton

He admittedly kind of stumbled into coaching, but it has been nothing but head down and learning his craft since he’s stepped into the arena. Jason Dietrich is in his fourth season as pitching coach for the well-respected program at Cal State Fullerton. He’s learned from some of the best along the way, including the

TC 180: Bill Kurich, Webster University

Bill Kurich is in his tenth season at Webster University in St. Louis. What he’s done there is nothing short of amazing. I first became aware of Webster when they were taking on some really solid Mark Kingston-led Illinois State teams in back-to-back seasons. Although they lost both games, this D3 school from St. Louis

TC 179: Chris Domingue, Louisiana-Lafayette

His title is Director of Baseball Operations, but Chris Domingue (pronounced Doh’ mang) is almost singularly focused on one thing at Louisiana-Lafayette — and that’s academics. This is in addition to his full time gig as assistant fire chief. And this guy knows his way around the block academically. A guy who once flunked out of

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Top Coach 178: Butch Thompson, Auburn

Long mentioned among the top assistant coaches in NCAA Division 1 baseball, Butch Thompson finally gets his shot to direct things as he guides Auburn Baseball in his first season as head coach. Coach Thompson has a resume that looks very similar to many others in his position, having stops at many schools and, as the old saying

TC 177: Chris Lemonis, Indiana

Chris Lemonis is a Texas boy who, with each move appears to be getting father and farther from the Lone Star State. After spending time at his alma mater, The Citadel, Coach Lemonis joined his former teammate Dan McDonnell at Louisville for a very successful run. After Tracy Smith left Indiana for Arizona State, Chris moved

TC 176: Lane Burroughs, Northwestern State (part 2)

Long considered a cradle for big time coaches, Northwestern State has another good one in Lane Burroughs. Back in episode 162, Coach Burroughs shared a truck load on knowledge. So much so, that we just had to bring him back for another chat. Some of the topics we cover in this episode are: relationships with outside

TC 175: Monte Brooks, The Master’s College

I refer to these types of schools generically as “specialty schools.” That is, schools that have some kind of unique barrier to entry, other than the varying degrees of academic requirements. We’ve had many of these schools represented in the past on Top Coach — military schools like VMI and other narrow focus schools like Philadelphia’s

TC 174: Butch Chaffin, Cookeville (TN) HS (part 2)

The way he was reeling off the one-liners, bleeding passion, and sharing wisdom, we just had to have Butch Chaffin back for a part 2. Coach Chaffin has had a successful run for two decades at  Cookeville (TN) High School and is known across the nation for his work with USA Baseball. Some of the great insights

TC 173: Butch Chaffin, Cookeville (TN) HS (part 1)

Here’s another local guy with a national impact. Whether it’s because of his work with USA Baseball, his keen and witty insights on Twitter, or his successful run at Cookeville (TN) High School, Butch Chaffin has carved out a nice niche in the amateur baseball coaching community. Coach Chaffin knew at an early age that

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Make time to think

by Jack Warren, Top Coach host and editor One of the questions I ask in my staff development seminars is, “When is the last time you’ve run, walked, or worked out without your headphones or taken a long drive without your radio playing?” The answer is not surprising. Seems that we do most everything while

Serendipity as part of the creative process

by Jack Warren, Top Coach host and editor Serendipity. Sounds like a fanciful word – one that might have been used in the Harry Potter universe. It is, however, a great word and a great idea. I’m afraid, however, that it’s far too underutilized in our modern society. In the past, you quite often heard

The Critical Focus on Organizational Leadership

by Jack Warren, Top Coach host and editor The identification, selection, and development of leaders is critical to the success of your organization. (In fact, I’d go as far as to say it’s more important than having a 6’10” shot-blocking big man or a hard throwing lefty.) Yes, leadership among the group of guys that

Acknowledge!

by Jack Warren This may seem a bit redundant to those who read my column, Be Accessible, a few weeks ago, but this specific angle was brought to mind by a story related to me by an acquaintance recently. During our conversation, he told the story of his young son who had written a letter

Creative Staffing the Cajun Way

Creative Staffing is not plugging a square peg into a round hole. by Jack Warren I recently had the chance to visit with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Director of Baseball Operations, Chris Domingue. Chris’ title is just a bit misleading – at least as we often understand those with similarly titled roles. Chris has

Be accessible

by Jack Warren Believe me – I know just how difficult it can be to manage your email inbox. The average non-public individual receives a ton of email on a daily basis – the vast majority being the electronic equivalent to the stacks of ads that you used to receive in the mailbox on your

Ten Second Impact

by Jack Warren, editor and host of Top Coach Baseball If you’ve heard me at a speaking engagement, chances are that you’ve heard me tell the story about my encounter with Northwest Indiana umpiring legend Wally McCormack during my very first high school varsity at-bat as a scrawny freshman. It’s a moment that’s impacted me

Impacting young lives as a coach

by Jack Warren, editor and host of Top Coach Baseball podcast Well documented in the news this past week was the post-Super Bowl press conference with Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton. Given the hordes of media outlets covering the event, there were, of course, reactions and opinions everywhere you turned. Additionally, social media has made