Fresh off an NCAA D2 World Series championship in Texas, West Chester‘s Jad Prachniak was exactly where you’d think he would be when I caught up with him for this interview. That’s right — recruiting. Specifically, he was sitting in his car (sweltering!) under an overpass for I-94 after completing a long day of scouting.
In the talent rich state of Georgia, there’s some awfully good baseball being played. Over the last 20 years there’s maybe no place that’s been winning more consistently than Columbus State University. During that span, head coach Greg Appleton has guided the Cougars to over 700 wins, three trips to the NCAA D2 World Series,
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,
Pennsylvania, as we’ve documented on this podcast, is filled with baseball playing colleges. As best as we can tell, only California has more. That means we have a lot more interviews to go before we cover ’em all! But today, we’re cutting into that task again as we talk to the winningest head coach in
Paul Blanchard has coached at nearly every level of scholastic baseball, from high school to junior college to NCAA D1, D2, and D3. And he’s doing this all while not straying far from his roots in the southern part of Minnesota. Coach Blanchard made his name as a two-sport athlete at the University of Minnesota,
It’s one of the reasons most often cited by our guests about why they’ve gone into coaching — that is, to help in the development of young men. The way Jim Gantt puts it, he’s developing the player from the inside out. And he certainly has spent a lot of time doing it —
This week we’re headed back out to the Golden State to talk to the head coach of Cal State Chico (or Chico State as they’re known locally), Dave Taylor. Being a former catcher, we take a little time to pick Coach Taylor’s brain about the catching position. We’re also happy to talk to Coach Taylor about his experiences at
We heard from many coaches and fans that this was a guy we just had to talk to. Looks like there’s a lot of good buzz about Rick O’Dette from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. By all accounts, Coach O’Dette runs a first rate program in northwest Indiana. He has seen several of his assistants
Here’s a guy who knew early on that he wanted to coach, so at one point while playing college baseball, Brian McGee stopped playing summer ball and started coaching. Coach McGee got his degree in Sports Administration, but knew the only sport he wanted to administer was baseball. After school he beat the bushes to
Typically, it’s part resume, part travelogue, but Dave Barnett has been at Flagler College now for 28 years. That’s quite an accomplishment, especially for a guy who’s early years included barnstorming the country with The King and His Court. With over 800 wins, Barnett has set his name in granite at Flagler and still appears
When a guy comes recommended by someone like Penn State’s Rob Cooper, then that’s an easy addition to the Top Coach lineup. Coach Cooper first crossed paths with Nova Southeastern University‘s Greg Brown in their work with USA Baseball. But that’s only part of Coach Brown’s baseball journey. Along the way he played in the
Continuing our NCAA D2 theme, today we are happy to welcome to Top Coach the head guy at Quincy (IL) University, Josh Rabe. He is a somewhat local guy, having grown up on a farm in Illinois. The only straying he’s done is while playing professional baseball for nine years. After his playing days were
Here’s a great example of actually starting a program from scratch. When Seton Hill University decided to start a baseball program in 2004, Marc Marizzaldi was the guy tabbed to get things rolling. The SHU website describes it accurately when it says that he, “built the foundation for Seton Hill Baseball from the ground
He played his college ball with Ben Zobrist at Olivet Nazarene College in Bourbonnais, Illinois, among other places. He then started his coaching odyssey, which at one point involved living in the basement of the football coach’s house. Ryan Schmalz is now racking up the wins and building a solid program at Trevecca Nazarene University.
In this episode we’re talking to the head coach at Lee University, Mark Brew. Coach Brew has been an active participant in moving the Flames from NAIA to NCAA Division 2 and the Gulf South Conference in recent years. With the move comes increased obligations and expectations. But Coach Brew doesn’t sound like one to
There have been a couple of father-son combos who’ve won 1,000 games each and we’re happy to say we’ve now had one member of each group. First it was Paul Mainieri. Now it’s Ashland University’s John Schaly. One of the great details that came up in our conversation with Coach Schaly was the fact that
Jim Chester has spent his life in Pennsylvania and has coached at many levels. He just finished a long stretch with Penn State Greater Allegheny and now is in his first season as head coach of NCAA D2 Lock Haven University. Coach Chester split his time at Allegheny as atheltic director and head baseball coach.
It’s back to back NCAA D2 coaches on Top Coach Podcast. We’ve had more than a handful of D2 coaches, but none of their schools are quite like this one. The University of the Sciences in Philadelphia specializes in developing apothecaries. Well, that’s what they called it in 1821. We know them better today as
NCAA D2 baseball is often overlooked, but consistently produce a terrific brand of baseball and provide top notch draftees for Major League Baseball. We’ve had several D2 coaches as guests before and it’s always interesting to get their take on just how they fit in the big picture. In this episode we’re talking to the
It may be hard to believe for the casual listener, but I don’t purposely choose coaches that are from or now hail from the Northeast section of our country. Does seem like we get a good deal of ’em though. And today, we get a guy who was born and bred and stills calls the
So much to say, I didn’t let Coach Cal Bailey get away with just one episode. In case you’ve time traveled into this spot from another distant time and place, go here to get episode 67, which is part one of our interview with Coach Bailey. In part two, we start looking at the coaching
You are in for a treat with this episode. Thanks to a suggestion by Robin Green, we were able to get recently retired West Virginia State University coach, Calvin Bailey, to chat with us on the phone. Coach Bailey has been coaching at his alma mater for 36 years and has racked up over 1,000
Matt Magers, head coach at Minnesota State-Mankato, was our guest in episode 7. Today he’s back to talk about the weather. Yes, who doesn’t like talking about the weather? Well, baseball coaches, for one. Coach Magers’ Mavericks had to play their first 31 baseball games on the road this season. And to top it all