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TC246: Doug Wren, Tyler Junior College

As many coaches will tell you, it is terribly hard to follow a legend. Former guest Jon Groth had built a successful program at Tyler (TX) Junior College and decided a few years back to step aside. One of his former players and then-assistant coach, Doug Wren, was tabbed to fill some big shoes. And

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

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

TC194: Steve Dintaman, Sinclair CC

It’s been an incredible game of Can You Top This for Sinclair Community College and head coach Steve Dintaman the last few years, capping an amazing 53-win 2016 season with a run to the NJCAA D2 World Series in Enid, Oklahoma. In this episode we talk about the sports Coach Dintaman played growing up (he

TC161: Wayne King Joliet JC

We’re making the short drive up old Route 66 today to talk to the long time head coach at Joliet Junior College, Wayne King. The home to the Blues Brothers and Rudy, Joliet also lays claim to being the first two-year college in the country. How many coaches can say they’re going to work every

TC160: Eddie Smith, Lower Columbia College

Here’s a young coach to keep on your radar. For such a young guy, he’s very poised and extremely professional. Add to that, he’s made a career decision that is taking him down a path that many in the highest ranks of college baseball won’t find “normal.”¬†Eddie Smith has decided to take a detour off

TC145: Paul Rozzelle, Catawba Valley CC

The stories are what makes Top Coach an important part of the coaching arsenal, as you can learn so much from what others have done. If you’re a frequent listener to Top Coach, you understand that there is no one way into or through the coaching profession. Paul Rozzelle brings his own twist to that

TC91: Tom Eller, Harford CC

Let’s be clear about one thing here — we’re talking HARFORD baseball. Not HARTFORD. Not HARVARD. And the way things are going for this JUCO in Maryland, perhaps Harford will become a very familiar name outside of Maryland in very short order. In this episode, we’re talking to the head coach of the Harford Community

Top Coach 87: Steve Murry, Neosho County CC

Steve Murry knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an athletic coach. Growing up in Nebraska, Murry found himself attracted to the game of football like most other young guys in the Cornhusker State. He moved into neighboring Kansas when it came time for college, but when Neosho Community College needed

Top Coach 50: Steve Friend, Chabot College

Steve Friend is an alumnus of Chabot College in¬†Heyward, California and has been their head coach since 1989. Chabot is a junior college with an enrollment of over 15,000. As Coach Friend says it, Chabot is “a blue collar program” whose players know how to work hard. Steve has no shortage of alumni that want

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