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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,

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

TC197: Allen Gum, Central Arkansas

Finally! Yes, we’ve plugged that gaping hole in our Top Coach Guest Map that’s right over Arkansas. And we’ve done it in a big way with the incredibly successful and popular head coach at the University of Central Arkansas, Allen Gum. Coach Gum is Arkansas born and bred and, except for a brief foray right

TC193: Brian Green, New Mexico

I knew there was something I liked about this guy when I started the conversation. Turns out he was taking his wife on a date after the interview. Now there’s a guy who understands what’s important. That man is Brian Green, head coach of the Aggies of New Mexico State University. In just two short years

TC191: Nick Puccio, Nichols College

We’re heading way up into the Northeast this week to talk to the head coach at NCAA D3 Nichols College in Dudley, Massachussets, Nick Puccio. After listening to Coach Puccio for just a few minutes, you’ll see why this young coach is able to rally the troops. He took a program that had been down

TC190: Tom Austin, Methodist University

37 years, over 1100 wins, and 6 NCAA D3 College World Series appearances. That’s a pretty good resume right there,. But there’s so much more to Tom Austin, as you’ll find out in this interview. Coach Austin knew from a young age that he had an interest in coaching, as illustrated (literally) by the plays

TC 189: Chip Baker, Florida State

We’ve been looking forward to this interview for a long time. Chip Baker is a popular man on the Florida State campus. Not only because of what he’s accomplished, but because of an infectious and magnetic personality. I’d almost go as far as to say he’s a cult hero in Tallahassee (almost). He’s was a

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

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

TC172: Rick Heller, Iowa (part 2)

Last May, right before the NCAA tournament got under way, we talked to Iowa coach Rick Heller, whose Hawkeyes had caught a lot of analysts and opponents by surprise and were riding a wave of success — all the way into the top 25. They didn’t make it as far as he and his squad

TC169: Harry Hillson, Mansfield University

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

TC166: Jack Leggett

His name is nearly synonymous with winning in NCAA D1 baseball. The legacy he left behind at Clemson is nearly unparalleled. The numbers speak for themselves. But it’s the lives that have been touched by Jack Leggett and the road that he’s paved for coaches, especially those from the Northeast, that will be a hallmark

TC165: Rick Eckstein, Kentucky

Rick Eckstein had everything going for him as a golfer — a pretty good one by all accounts, he laid his clubs aside after his sophomore season in high school to focus on baseball. Doesn’t sound like he has any regrets. Although his resume is long — including a stint as a bowling coach —

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