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The ABCA Podcast runs the gamut of baseball coaching topics, from pitching, to hitting, to the mental game, practice planning, recruiting and more. It's hosted by Ryan Brownlee, longtime coach and current Assistant Executive Director of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). The ABCA is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level, with more than 12,000 members representing all 50 U.S. states and 23 countries. Since 1945, Association membership h ...
 
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Next up on the ABCA Podcast is Illinois Wesleyan head coach Dennis Martel, who is entering his 34th season and has over 836 wins with the Titan program. Illinois Wesleyan won the 2010 Div. III national championship as Martel was named ABCA/Diamond Regional Coach of the Year for the second year in a row as well as 2010 ABCA/Diamond National Coach of…
 
Next up on the ABCA Podcast is Kent State University head coach Jeff Duncan. Kent State has a long history of winning. Since taking the reins in the summer of 2013, Duncan has guided Kent to two MAC Tournament titles (2014, 2018) and back-to-back-to-back regular season conference crowns in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Prior to Kent State, Duncan had a succ…
 
Up on this week's ABCA Podcast are Eric and Gordie Theisen, a father-son coaching duo from Hillsdale College. Eric is the head coach with Gordie as assistant coach of the NCAA Div. II school, which has reached the NCAA Tournament in two of the last three seasons. Eric was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year in 2016 and the Great Midwest Athletic Conf…
 
We put a different spin on the Father and Son episodes of the ABCA Podcast with Jake Boss Jr, head coach at Michigan State, and Jake Boss Sr. From 2008-12, Boss Sr. was Boss Jr.’s assistant coach. Boss Sr. coached baseball and football at Lansing Everett High School for 23 years and coached at Lansing Catholic High School as well. He mixed in colle…
 
Mike Rathwell, CEO of Driveline Baseball, joins the ABCA Podcast this week. Driveline has been at the forefront of pushing data-driven player development and are continuing to push the envelope on cost-effective player development. We discuss Driveline's new initiative of Pitch AI, which uses motion capture on your phone. We also dive into his affi…
 
On this week's ABCA Podcast, we have the Iowa High School state championship coaches joining us for a roundtable on their seasons and how all of them dealt with COVID-19 protocols. This is a great episode for because it deals with the questions around COVID-19 and the answers each of these programs came up with. We hear from 1A coach Joel Shares fr…
 
We catch up with Tom Oldham, owner Dynamic Velocity, in this episode of the ABCA Podcast. He is an Omaha native, pitched collegiately at Creighton University and was an eighth-round draft pick of the Marlins in 2003. In this episode we cover his core beliefs in players development, habit building, building trust with your athletes by asking questio…
 
This episode features Lauren Johnson, the Mental Conditioning Coordinator for the New York Yankees. She also has experience working at the IMG Academy with Justin Su’a and at the collegiate level with Sacramento State baseball and Point Loma Nazarene soccer. Johnson played soccer collegiately for San Francisco and Point Loma. We discuss how to help…
 
We continue with the second half of this special ABCA Podcast series as longtime longtime college coaches Mark Martinez (San Diego State) and Spencer Allen (Northwestern) serve as hosts again, this time interviewing Eastern Kentucky University head coach Edwin Thompson and Presbyterian College head coach Elton Pollock. Both Thompson and Pollock hav…
 
This ABCA Podcast features a new twist, as longtime longtime college coaches Mark Martinez (San Diego State) and Spencer Allen (Northwestern) will be hosts and are interviewing MLB Diversity Pipeline Director Tyrone Brooks and Brewers Outfield and Baserunning Coordinator Quintin Berry. Allen is in his fourth season as the head coach at Northwestern…
 
This episode features University of Iowa pitching coach Robin Lund, who has a doctorate in exercise science and is a certified strength and conditioning coach. He spent 16 years in the classroom and lab teaching at the University of Northern Iowa, where he also helped with the baseball and softball programs. We dive deep into motor learning, the fu…
 
ABCA official partner Rapsodo recently donated more than $50,000 to Turn Two for Youth, the official charity of the ABCA, to support youth baseball. In this podcast episode, we connect with Rapsodo Marketing Manager Kate Tuttle, Rapsodo Director of Diamond Sports Seth Daniels as well as Eric Smith and Billy Owens from Turn Two for Youth. We discuss…
 
This episode features Steve Goody, the CEO and Co-Founder of Pocket Radar. He is also on the advisory board of On Base U. and has spent over 35 years in the technology industry as a system architect and designer of hardware and software systems and products. Steve is named an inventor/co-inventor on 17 patents and holds a BSEE from the UC-Davis. In…
 
This episode with Creighton University assistant coach Connor Gandossy is a blue print for recruiting and developing at the NCAA Division I level. We deep dive into the 12-month calendar of recruiting and developing players. Is a great listen for anyone interested in the amount of time and preparation it takes to perform the job of recruiting and c…
 
We catch up with Alan Jaeger, CEO of Jaeger Sports in this ABCA Podcast episode. He is one of the Forefathers to the modern day warm up, training and throwing and founded Jaeger Sports on the principle that athletes need to develop both their physical and mental skills in order to be successful in game situations. He is also the author of the Year …
 
We hear great perspectives in this episode with Blake Beemer, recruiting coordinator Ball State, Kenny Fullman, program manager Chicago White Sox ACE Program, and Edwin Thompson, head coach Eastern Kentucky University. Beemer has had previous coaching stints at Penn State and Eastern Illinois University. Fullman is one of the founders of the White …
 
We connect with Kerrick Jackson, head coach at Southern University, and Juahn Clark, Assistant Executive Director at the ABCA, to talk about diversity in this special episode. Jackson is going into his third season as head coach at Southern University. He is also the Chair of the ABCA Diversity Committee. Jackson has worked with the Boras Corporati…
 
Pete Savage, head coach of Reno High School and Reno Legion Baseball in Nevada, joins us as we resume our weekly ABCA Podcast episodes. We discuss his team core covenants of H.U.S.K.I.E.S, using outside resources to help his program, keys to building a successful program, accountabiity for players, great tips on parents in the program, his favorite…
 
In the final episode of the Father-Son Miniseries, ABCA Podcast host Ryan Brownlee sits down with his own dad, Jim. Jim was a 30-year NCAA Div. I head coach at the University of Evansville and Illinois State and is a Lifetime ABCA member. He came out of retirement in 2013 to be the pitching coach at the University of Iowa. He currently works for hi…
 
This Father-Son Miniseries episode features one of the most prolific father and son coaching combos in college baseball history: Mike Martin Senior and Junior. In 25 years together as a player/coach or head/assistant coach duo, they had 17 Super Regional berths, 10 College World Series appearances and averaged over 40 wins per season. Senior retire…
 
We connect with Andy, Michael and David Lopez in this ABCA Father-Son Miniseries episode. Andy is one of only three coaches to lead three different programs to the College World Series along with Larry Cochell and Ron Polk. He and Augie Garrido are the only coaches to win national championships at two different programs (1992 Pepperdine and 2012 Ar…
 
This ABCA Father-Son Miniseries episode features Mike, Ben, Drew and Sam Bianco. Mike has been the head coach at Ole Miss for 19 seasons and is the winningest and longest active coach in the SEC among all baseball, basketball and football coaches. He has 16 NCAA Tournament appearances, six Super Regional berths and one College World Series appearan…
 
We connect with Dr. Joe Eisenmann from Volt Athletics in this episode to discuss dynamic warmup and training recommendations, the Relative Age Effect, why he believes in No Lines, No Laps, No Lectures, why he loves Scott Berry (ABCA Board member and head coach at Mayville State) and his work with Volt Athletics. He also gives podcast and book recom…
 
We speak with Bill and Kyle Decker in this Father-Son Miniseries episode. Bill has coached collegiately for 31 years, with a majority of those seasons at Trinity in Connecticut and the past eight seasons as head coach at Harvard. In 2019, Harvard won the Ivy League Championship and competed in the NCAA Regional. In 21 years as head coach at Trinity…
 
This Father-Son Miniseries episode features Eric and Jake Snider. Eric has coached at the University of Louisville for the past six seasons, helping the Cardinals to two CWS appearances, four ACC Atlantic Division Championships, and four NCAA Super Regional Appearances. Prior to Louisville, Eric was the Associate Head Coach at the University of Ill…
 
In this Father-Son Miniseries episode, we speak with Mitch and Derek Hannahs and they also discuss Mitch's youngest son, Kaleb. Mitch has been the head coach at Indiana State for seven seasons, returning to his alma mater in 2013, where he is a member of the school's Hall of Fame. Mitch has been part of six of the program's 10 NCAA Tournament appea…
 
This Father-Son Miniseries episode features ABCA Board member John Casey along with his four sons, Brian, Kevin, Brendan and Chris, who have all gone on to become baseball coaches themselves. John has coached 38 seasons at Tufts, including 36 as head coach, and was inducted to the ABCA Hall of Fame in 2020. The Jumbos have qualified for the NCAA To…
 
Northwestern University head baseball coach Spencer Allen joins us in this episode as we cover he and his staff's experience with On Base U, how they are implementing the assessments with their players, what separates good players, block and random practice, his biggest transition from assistant to head coach, delegating responsibility to assistant…
 
This Father-Son Miniseries episode features Mike and Brian Roberts. Mike coached at the University of North Carolina for 20 seasons as well as multiple stops in the Cape Cod League. He has been the manager of the Cotuit Kettleers since 2004, leading them to three championships, and has coached with the Chicago Cubs for last seven years. Brian playe…
 
We connect with living legend Woody Hunt and his sons, Scott and Ryan in this Father-Son Miniseries episode. Woody has over 1600 wins in four decades of coaching at Cumberland University and was recently honored with the Pat Summit Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, he was inducted to the ABCA Hall of Fame. Cumberland University has 12 World Seri…
 
This Father-Son Miniseries episode features Ed and Mick Mathey. Ed has been a head coach for 27 seasons with 15 at North Central College and 12 at Northern Illinois University. North Central has won a record five-straight CCIW Championships. Mick played for Ed at North Central from 2017-19. The 2017 season ended with a College World Series appearan…
 
Continuing our Father-Son Miniseries, we speak with Scott and Jeff Pickler. Scott is an ABCA and Cape League Hall of Famer who is most well known as head coach at Cypress College and the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Jeff played for Scott at Cypress College in 1996 for one season and then transferred to the University of Tennessee, where he was the 1998…
 
In this episode, we connect with Joe Moroney from Always Grind 365. We discuss his path from high school in California to the University of Kansas and playing for coach Rich Price. We get on the topic of independent baseball and playing for longtime manager Greg Tagert. He gives great info on how to implement journaling and how it helps your mental…
 
We connect with Arizona State skipper Tracy Smith and his son, Casey, in this Father-Son Podcast. Tracy has coached for 30 years, including head coaching stints at Miami (Ohio), Indiana and now Arizona State. Tracy built the program at IU, where Casey played for him from 2010-14. He was a starter for the 2013 College World Series squad. Casey curre…
 
In this Father-Son Podcast, we speak with ABCA Board member and Hall of Famer Ed Blankmeyer along with his son, Ty. Ed was an assistant at Seton Hall for 15 years under legendary coach Mike Sheppard before 25 years as head coach at St. John's, where he is the programs all-time winningest coach. He is now manager of the New York Mets affiliate Brook…
 
Dee & Q chop it up with the 2019 YSA Fantasy Football champion and Darien's cousin Camrin Boyd about his run to the title this past season, his experience as a radio host at Eastern Illinois, and his thoughts on the Bears upcoming season. Afterwards Dee & Q talk episodes 7 & 8 of The Last Dance, including their general feelings on Scottie Pippen an…
 
We connect with Mike, Dusty and Dillon Napoleon in this ABCA Father-Son Podcast Miniseries episode. The Napoleon family has been a coaching staple in the Chicagoland-area since Mike was the head coach at Niles Notre Dame and Providence Catholic High Schools before moving on to New Trier High School, where he led the program to Illinois State titles…
 
The fifth episode of our ABCA Father-Son Podcast Miniseries features Rich and Alex Maloney. Rich has been a head coach for 24 seasons and is on his second stint at Ball State University. The ABCA Board member was previously skipper at the University of Michigan and has more than 800 career wins. Alex was a two-way standout at Ball State from 2013-1…
 
We're back to our typical ABCA Podcast with Episode 162 featuring Ron Wolforth from the Texas Baseball Ranch. Wolforth is one of the forefathers of modern day pitching and training. We discuss his pitching bootcamp that he started in 2003, the importance of having after action reviews to help learn and grow, and whether there is more or less trial …
 
We catch up with Jack and Casey Dahm in the fourth episode of the ABCA Father-Son Podcast Miniseries. Jack is the head coach at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and played for Jim Hendry at Creighton, where he was also an assistant coach on the team that went to the College World Series and, in 1993 became the youngest head coach in NCA…
 
This episode of the ABCA Father-Son Podcast Miniseries features Ritch, Ritchie, Ryne and Robbie Price. Ritch has coached more than 2000 games, including the past 18 seasons at the University of Kansas. He had the unique experience of coaching a son for eight-straight years at the collegiate level. Ritchie, Ryne and Robbie had great careers in colle…
 
In the second episode of the ABCA Father-Son Podcast Miniseries, we talk to Lee, Justin and Eric Toole. Justin and Eric played under Lee at Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Both were All-State performers in high school, went on to have All-Big Ten Careers at the University of Iowa, and both played professionally. Justin is current…
 
We kick off the ABCA's Father-Son Podcast Miniseries with Rob and Donnie Walton. This miniseries will run throughout the month of May! Rob has had a very successful coaching career and has been the pitching coach at Oklahoma State since 2012, where Donnie played from 2013-15. Rob was 2016 ABCA/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year, was previ…
 
Brian Cain is a best-selling author and one of the foremost authorities on mental performance. His mental performance training strategies have been used by thousands of elite performers and top athletes worldwide, including industry leading companies like Burton Snowboards, Fuddruckers, UFC World Champions, NCAA champions, and hundreds of athletes …
 
We connect with Mississippi State pitching coach Scott Foxhall in this episode of the ABCA Podcast. We discuss Rod Dedeaux, handling your first year with a new program, the beauty of baseball allowing different styles, the decision on whether to let guys pitch in summer ball, who had the most impact on him as a coach, what he would tell his 25 year…
 
Scott Fox is the Creator of Champion Playbook and the Director of Baseball at Dynamic Sport Performance in Alexandria, Virginia. We go deep here on how to help players on a lot of different levels. We dive into 'tapping' which has shown scientific benefits to help with trauma, PTSD and performance. We touch on kettlebell training. We also talk abou…
 
Dr. Peter Fadde is the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer of Gamesense and Matt Borgschulte is minor league hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins. We discuss the free month of April that Gamesense is offering to coaches, pitch recognition drills that coaches can use to develop their hitters, and protocols for the Gamesense App. Borgschulte goes i…
 
Rachel Balkovec is a minor league hitting coach with the New York Yankees. She was previously a strength and conditioning coach for the St. Louis Cardinals and was the Houston Astros' Latin American strength and conditioning coordinator. Internationally, she has worked with the Dutch National Baseball and Softball Team. In this episode, we cover he…
 
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