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TC202: Mike Gambino, Boston College (part 2)

We are excited to welcome Boston College head coach Mike Gambino back for a second episode! In part 1, Coach Gambino shared a lot about his overall philosophies. This episode we drill down quite a bit to talk about the ACC and changing conference affiliations, travel (as a practical matter), “family dinners”, the work/life balance, “selling” a program vs.

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 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 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

TC163: Mark Smith, Providence Catholic HS (IL)

This former Providence Catholic High School player thought he had a good gig going. Mark Smith was delivering milk in the morning and coaching with the legendary Wayne King at Joliet Junior College. That is, until he found out that the long time baseball coach at Providence was leaving. The opportunity was too good to

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

TC119: Joe Brown, SUNY Cortland

Want to see an impressive resume? Look no further. As I mention in the interview, this could have been a very long intro. Joe Brown and his program at SUNY Cortland has a very full trophy cabinet up there in New York. Visits to the D3 World Series are such a normal event that they

TC115: Bo Durkac, Illinois State (part 1)

After two-time Top Coach guest Mark Kingston moved on to the warmer climate of Tampa, Florida, Bo Durkac had a decision to make: Make the trip south with Coach Kingston or stay behind and throw his cap in the ring for the open head coaching position at Illinois State? For Coach Durkac, it was a tension-filled

Top Coach 108: Mike Zandler, Harvard

“Be where your feet are.” “Do the best job where you’re at.” These are just a couple of the admonitions we’re heard from the wise voices that have appeared on top coach. We might add another on the heels of today’s interview with Harvard University‘s Mike Zandler. That is, learn to be content wherever you

TC96: Jim Chester, Lock Haven University

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.

Top Coach 94: Kevin Woodbridge, U of Sciences

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

Top Coach 93: Jayson King, Franklin Pierce

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

Top Coach 78: Randy Mazey, West Virginia

It’s back to West Virginia for Top Coach. This time we’re visiting with the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers, Randy Mazey. Mazey is another in the coaching family tree of Keith Leclair and Jack Leggett. Mazey’s fledgling Big 12 squad surprised everyone in 2014 with a third place finish in the conference. With

Top Coach 76: Matt Reid, USMA

From one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S., comes today’s interview with the head coach of the United States Military Academy Black Knights, Matt Reid. Coach Reid filled the head coaching position on an interim basis for the 2014 season, but we can now call him the official head coach. Coach Reid

Top Coach 75: Ryan McGinnis, Kimberly (WI) HS

Headed to Packerland today to talk to a coach about baseball. Ryan McGinnis is the head coach of an incredibly successful baseball program at Kimberly High School in Kimberly, Wisconsin. His Papermakers finished second in Wisconsin’s largest class this past spring. Along the way, Coach McGinnis has crossed paths with several of our previous guests,

TC74: Chris Bessey, UMaine-Farmington

Today’s guest is really representative of the vast majority of coaches, in that coaching only makes up a small part of what he does. In addition to his head coaching duties at D3 University of Maine-Farmington, Chris Bessey also runs a graphic design business with his brothers, coaches basketball, and referees football. And, oh yeah,

Top Coach 73: JC Harbison, UC Clermont

We try to cover the entire spectrum of amateur (and some professional) coaching here, with a representative selection of coaches from all types of programs. Today we’re talking to JC Harbison of the University of Cincinnati-Clermont College, a small school not too far from Cincinnati in the southwest section of Ohio. Clermont plays in the

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