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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

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

TC143: Mitch Gaspard, Alabama

We’ve got another coach that came from what appears to be the cradle of big time college baseball coaches, Northwestern State. That was just one stop along the way for Mitch Gaspard, who now helms the program at the University of Alabama. Speaking of cradles, Gaspard got his start as a collegiate player at LSU

Top Coach 114: Bobby Pierce, Troy University

He’s had a good long run, but at season’s end Bobby Pierce will be calling it quits at Troy University. Growing up in north central Florida, except for a brief stretch when he was at the University of Alabama-Huntsville, he’s never strayed far from the area in northern florida-southern Alabama. Like most young athletes, Coach Pierce played

Top Coach 2: Wynn Fletcher, Central Alabama CC

From selling asphalt repairs and ad space in Tennessee Titans’ broadcasts (both dirty jobs) to an NJCAA D1 national championship — that’s the road that Central Alabama Community College’s Wynn Fletcher has traveled. He admittedly didn’t know a whole lot about coaching, other than what he picked up from his father, when he took the