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ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse

American Baseball Coaches Association

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ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse
ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse

ABCA Calls from the Clubhouse

American Baseball Coaches Association

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Followers
35
Plays
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The American Baseball Coaches Association "Calls from the Clubhouse" podcast runs the gamut of baseball coaching topics, from pitching, to hitting, to the mental game, practice planning, recruiting and more. The podcast was started in 2016 and is hosted by Jeremy "Sheets" Sheetinger. It is accompanied by #ABCAchat sessions on Twitter. The American Baseball Coaches Association is the primary professional organization for baseball coaches at the amateur level, with over 11,000 members representing all 50 U.S. states and 23 countries. Since 1945, Association membership has broadened to include eight divisions: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School and Youth. Each January, the ABCA hosts the largest baseball convention in the world. Over 6,500 coaches attend the convention, which is held at various locations around the country. The ABCA's official website is http://www.ABCA.org.

Latest Episodes

Episode 143 - The First Line of Defense with Andy Schatzley, Harding University (AR)

This week’s podcast welcomes in Andy Schatzley, assistant coach at Harding University in Arkansas, who has proven to be one of the best teachers and developers of defenders on the small college level. Schatzley delivers countless ideas, language, drills, and mentalities that will make all of us better teachers on the infield. Schatzley always had coaching in his future, as his father was longtime ABCA member, and his true passion for developing his guys is apparent. The results speak for themselves as last year’s team fielded .977 a year ago, good for third in the country in Division II. That has been year after year with his defense. Schatzley not only delivers major value inside our chat but it is also his transparency and humility that will be palpable for our listeners as well.

85 MINJUL 30
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Episode 143 - The First Line of Defense with Andy Schatzley, Harding University (AR)

Episode 142 - Dugout Chatter with Steve Dintaman, Sinclair Community College

We're back in the junior college ranks as Steve Dintaman, head coach at Sinclair Community College in Ohio, joins our show and we get to unpack the special program he has built there. JC baseball is such a special level, providing opportunity and development for so many players from exceptional teachers and coaches who see the bigger picture. With Dintaman behind the mic, we open up the ins and outs of his growth as a leader and communicator and the specifics of how he has built his coaching staff, selects the right kids to join him in the dugout and also how success seems to keep finding his program. Dintaman lays out his thoughts and ideas that guide his interactions with the players, being very transparent on campus and the common theme inside our podcast – the best of the best are not wrapped up in wins and losses. It’s all about relationships, growing up young men and women and molding a better person.

63 MINJUL 23
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Episode 142 - Dugout Chatter with Steve Dintaman, Sinclair Community College

Episode 141 - Into the Swing of College Summer Baseball with Jesse Cole and Tyler Gillum, Savannah Bananas

We dive headfirst into the summer baseball world and connect with Jesse Cole, the man in the yellow tux and owner of the Savannah Bananas and their manager, loyal ABCA member Tyler Gillum. This organization is known thinking outside of the box and the results cannot be denied, with 70+ sold out crowds since 2016, averaging 4,200 fans per game. They have a wealth of information to offer our listeners with a business and development model that works. Both Cole and Gillum give insight into how their operation runs in Savannah with mostly ideas and solutions to challenge coaches, owners and general managers to think differently about their clubs, the experience of the players and the fans, the environment at their ballparks and how we can keep growing this space and opportunity for college baseball players.

87 MINJUL 16
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Episode 141 - Into the Swing of College Summer Baseball with Jesse Cole and Tyler Gillum, Savannah Bananas

Episode 140 - Dugout Chatter with Joe Ferraro, 1% Better Project

This week’s guest is Joe Ferraro, the pride of Brookfield, Connecticut and curator of the 1% Better Project. He is a four-year continuous member of the ABCA, a dedicated lifelong learner and thriving member of our podcast community. Many of our listeners have heard Ferraro referenced many times on this very show or out at the Barnstormers Clinics. A former college and high school coach who has also spent the past 20 years in the classroom, Ferraro brings an extraordinary dynamic to the airwaves this week. Ferraro takes us through his steep learning curve after becoming a college baseball head coach at the tender age of 21, working through the experience of coaching a 41-year-old pitcher and many players his own age which led him back in the high school ranks, maturing along the way and finding perspective of his coaching why. Ferraro now spends his time outside of the classroom interviewing world class leaders and authors on his 1% Better Podcast, exploring the mindset, language and behaviors of daily improvement.

87 MINJUL 9
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Episode 140 - Dugout Chatter with Joe Ferraro, 1% Better Project

Episode 139 - Life on the High School Level: In the Trenches and Thriving

With some of the USA Development Programs in close-by Cary, N.C., we visited some of our loyal members: Butch Chaffin from Cookeville High School in Tennessee, Wes Brooks from Oxford High School in Alabama and Tanner Vesely from Corona Del Sol High School in Arizona as well as Doug Creek, former MLB pitcher and now owner of The Barn in Southern Maryland. This episode was recorded live with all of us huddled around a table in the living room of their hotel and it was a special treat to talk baseball with these fantastic men. We pull back the curtain on USA Baseball, we get their personal takeaways and experiences and spend the bulk of the show talking the life of high school baseball coaches: the ups and downs, the lessons learned along the way, how to work with parents, how to train. This group has seen it all. It's an unfiltered, unplugged conversation that comes back to this key point: on behalf of the ABCA National Office, thank you to all of the special coaches out there on the high school level who are growing young men and impacting the game, working hard for their guys. Here are four of the very best to connect with this week!

127 MINJUL 2
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Episode 139 - Life on the High School Level: In the Trenches and Thriving

Episode 138 - Dugout Chatter with Rob Friedman, Pitching Ninja

For this week’s episode, we make a call to the bullpen and bring in Twitter sensation and MLB contributing analyst Rob Friedman, "The Pitching Ninja". We unpack Friedman's journey through coaching and his commitment to lifelong learning, questioning his thoughts on the game and bringing an open mind to the ballpark - and to Twitter - which helped lead him into his transformation into the most famous masked GIF warrior on the internet, the Pitching Ninja. Friedman breaks down the ins and outs of his path to social media stardom, connecting and even finding mechanical and pitch design solutions with MLB stars and his new venture, Flatground App. A first-year member of the ABCA, Friedman details his story of how he and Major League Baseball got on the same page about his account, which includes MLB footage and has his handiwork featured around the world.

72 MINJUN 25
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Episode 138 - Dugout Chatter with Rob Friedman, Pitching Ninja

Episode 137 - Constructing a Consistent Winner with Bill Kurich, Webster University

This week we chat with Webster University head coach and 20-year ABCA member Bill Kurich about the building of the championship program he has in St. Louis and within NCAA Division III. Here’s the statline: in 13 years, they have won 13-straight conference championships, made four World Series appearances. We open up the first few months on campus instilling his vision and cultivating his culture within the existing team. We unpack every facet of the program from recruiting, player development and practice, fundraising, academics, strength and conditioning and all of the touch points that he feels has helped elevate his program and give it an opportunity to consistently win championships. It's a ‘take feverish notes’ show that will offer every listener real perspective through the lens of one of the best small college coaches in our game.

108 MINJUN 18
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Episode 137 - Constructing a Consistent Winner with Bill Kurich, Webster University

Episode 136 - Dugout Chatter with Brent Kemnitz, Wichita State University

We make a call to the bullpen to bring in this week’s guest with Brent Kemnitz, former pitching coach at Wichita State University and a lifetime ABCA member of 40 years. Kemnitz, who might be the winningest pitching coach in college baseball, served under another coaching legend in Gene Stephenson and helped build Wichita State into a national powerhouse. In this episode, Kemnitz takes us not only through the height of the Shockers program but also what drove him to keep learning, find new information and keep getting better throughout his coaching career. He is now an Assistant Athletic Director at Wichita State and lives in a space of mentorship, helping guide and teach the other coaches within the department amongst other duties. He was certainly excited to see one of his own pupils - Eric Wedge - recently introduced as the new Shockers skipper. We often talk about timing in our game and this couldn’t have fallen at a better time with us recording this interview on June 10th, which marked the 30 year anniversary of the 1989 Wichita State national championship.

80 MINJUN 11
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Episode 136 - Dugout Chatter with Brent Kemnitz, Wichita State University

Episode 135 - Consistency in our Programs with Billy Berry, Tennessee Wesleyan

Recorded live from Lewiston, Idaho, we connect with Tennessee Wesleyan University skipper Billy Berry just one day before he and Bulldogs would dogpile just a few feet from where we sit. Boasting 18-straight regular season conference championships, 11-straight bids to the NAIA Tournament, five World Series appearances, an average of over 43 wins in 12 years and now two national championships, it could be said that TWU has cemented themselves at the forefront of NAIA baseball. We focus our time with Berry on the consistency that the team has found as he opens up and pays homage to the coaches who came before him and then details how he and his staffs over the years have held true to the values of the program. We work across all fronts as Berry details his approach to recruiting, practice, development, game strategy and even community involvement which includes adopting Neyland Pickel, who has given this program more perspective than they could have imagined. Join us for a walk through Coach Berry’s growth as a leader, how he molds leadership within his locker room and the principles that he holds true.

56 MINJUN 4
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Episode 135 - Consistency in our Programs with Billy Berry, Tennessee Wesleyan

Episode 134 - Dugout Chatter with Derek Woodley, Defiance College

This week’s show finds us heading back into the Buckeye State to connect with Defiance College head coach and 23-year continuous member Derek Woodley. He has a terrific story in 2019 as Defiance was picked to finish last in the conference which gave Woodley’s squad all of the ammunition they needed finishing third in their conference tournament and reaching their highest win total since 1995. Humility will be present throughout as we navigate this amazing story of maturation that will resonate with our coaches, finding himself in his own words ‘transactional’ early on in his career and over time embracing the true calling of coaches - relationships and enhancing the experiences of his players. Woods is one of those coaches that believes that he hasn’t worked a day in his life since he started coaching and that energy is palpable over the airwaves as his passion is contagious and it’s an honor to shine our light on Coach Woodley inside this episode.

64 MINMAY 28
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Episode 134 - Dugout Chatter with Derek Woodley, Defiance College

Latest Episodes

Episode 143 - The First Line of Defense with Andy Schatzley, Harding University (AR)

This week’s podcast welcomes in Andy Schatzley, assistant coach at Harding University in Arkansas, who has proven to be one of the best teachers and developers of defenders on the small college level. Schatzley delivers countless ideas, language, drills, and mentalities that will make all of us better teachers on the infield. Schatzley always had coaching in his future, as his father was longtime ABCA member, and his true passion for developing his guys is apparent. The results speak for themselves as last year’s team fielded .977 a year ago, good for third in the country in Division II. That has been year after year with his defense. Schatzley not only delivers major value inside our chat but it is also his transparency and humility that will be palpable for our listeners as well.

85 MINJUL 30
Comments
Episode 143 - The First Line of Defense with Andy Schatzley, Harding University (AR)

Episode 142 - Dugout Chatter with Steve Dintaman, Sinclair Community College

We're back in the junior college ranks as Steve Dintaman, head coach at Sinclair Community College in Ohio, joins our show and we get to unpack the special program he has built there. JC baseball is such a special level, providing opportunity and development for so many players from exceptional teachers and coaches who see the bigger picture. With Dintaman behind the mic, we open up the ins and outs of his growth as a leader and communicator and the specifics of how he has built his coaching staff, selects the right kids to join him in the dugout and also how success seems to keep finding his program. Dintaman lays out his thoughts and ideas that guide his interactions with the players, being very transparent on campus and the common theme inside our podcast – the best of the best are not wrapped up in wins and losses. It’s all about relationships, growing up young men and women and molding a better person.

63 MINJUL 23
Comments
Episode 142 - Dugout Chatter with Steve Dintaman, Sinclair Community College

Episode 141 - Into the Swing of College Summer Baseball with Jesse Cole and Tyler Gillum, Savannah Bananas

We dive headfirst into the summer baseball world and connect with Jesse Cole, the man in the yellow tux and owner of the Savannah Bananas and their manager, loyal ABCA member Tyler Gillum. This organization is known thinking outside of the box and the results cannot be denied, with 70+ sold out crowds since 2016, averaging 4,200 fans per game. They have a wealth of information to offer our listeners with a business and development model that works. Both Cole and Gillum give insight into how their operation runs in Savannah with mostly ideas and solutions to challenge coaches, owners and general managers to think differently about their clubs, the experience of the players and the fans, the environment at their ballparks and how we can keep growing this space and opportunity for college baseball players.

87 MINJUL 16
Comments
Episode 141 - Into the Swing of College Summer Baseball with Jesse Cole and Tyler Gillum, Savannah Bananas

Episode 140 - Dugout Chatter with Joe Ferraro, 1% Better Project

This week’s guest is Joe Ferraro, the pride of Brookfield, Connecticut and curator of the 1% Better Project. He is a four-year continuous member of the ABCA, a dedicated lifelong learner and thriving member of our podcast community. Many of our listeners have heard Ferraro referenced many times on this very show or out at the Barnstormers Clinics. A former college and high school coach who has also spent the past 20 years in the classroom, Ferraro brings an extraordinary dynamic to the airwaves this week. Ferraro takes us through his steep learning curve after becoming a college baseball head coach at the tender age of 21, working through the experience of coaching a 41-year-old pitcher and many players his own age which led him back in the high school ranks, maturing along the way and finding perspective of his coaching why. Ferraro now spends his time outside of the classroom interviewing world class leaders and authors on his 1% Better Podcast, exploring the mindset, language and behaviors of daily improvement.

87 MINJUL 9
Comments
Episode 140 - Dugout Chatter with Joe Ferraro, 1% Better Project

Episode 139 - Life on the High School Level: In the Trenches and Thriving

With some of the USA Development Programs in close-by Cary, N.C., we visited some of our loyal members: Butch Chaffin from Cookeville High School in Tennessee, Wes Brooks from Oxford High School in Alabama and Tanner Vesely from Corona Del Sol High School in Arizona as well as Doug Creek, former MLB pitcher and now owner of The Barn in Southern Maryland. This episode was recorded live with all of us huddled around a table in the living room of their hotel and it was a special treat to talk baseball with these fantastic men. We pull back the curtain on USA Baseball, we get their personal takeaways and experiences and spend the bulk of the show talking the life of high school baseball coaches: the ups and downs, the lessons learned along the way, how to work with parents, how to train. This group has seen it all. It's an unfiltered, unplugged conversation that comes back to this key point: on behalf of the ABCA National Office, thank you to all of the special coaches out there on the high school level who are growing young men and impacting the game, working hard for their guys. Here are four of the very best to connect with this week!

127 MINJUL 2
Comments
Episode 139 - Life on the High School Level: In the Trenches and Thriving

Episode 138 - Dugout Chatter with Rob Friedman, Pitching Ninja

For this week’s episode, we make a call to the bullpen and bring in Twitter sensation and MLB contributing analyst Rob Friedman, "The Pitching Ninja". We unpack Friedman's journey through coaching and his commitment to lifelong learning, questioning his thoughts on the game and bringing an open mind to the ballpark - and to Twitter - which helped lead him into his transformation into the most famous masked GIF warrior on the internet, the Pitching Ninja. Friedman breaks down the ins and outs of his path to social media stardom, connecting and even finding mechanical and pitch design solutions with MLB stars and his new venture, Flatground App. A first-year member of the ABCA, Friedman details his story of how he and Major League Baseball got on the same page about his account, which includes MLB footage and has his handiwork featured around the world.

72 MINJUN 25
Comments
Episode 138 - Dugout Chatter with Rob Friedman, Pitching Ninja

Episode 137 - Constructing a Consistent Winner with Bill Kurich, Webster University

This week we chat with Webster University head coach and 20-year ABCA member Bill Kurich about the building of the championship program he has in St. Louis and within NCAA Division III. Here’s the statline: in 13 years, they have won 13-straight conference championships, made four World Series appearances. We open up the first few months on campus instilling his vision and cultivating his culture within the existing team. We unpack every facet of the program from recruiting, player development and practice, fundraising, academics, strength and conditioning and all of the touch points that he feels has helped elevate his program and give it an opportunity to consistently win championships. It's a ‘take feverish notes’ show that will offer every listener real perspective through the lens of one of the best small college coaches in our game.

108 MINJUN 18
Comments
Episode 137 - Constructing a Consistent Winner with Bill Kurich, Webster University

Episode 136 - Dugout Chatter with Brent Kemnitz, Wichita State University

We make a call to the bullpen to bring in this week’s guest with Brent Kemnitz, former pitching coach at Wichita State University and a lifetime ABCA member of 40 years. Kemnitz, who might be the winningest pitching coach in college baseball, served under another coaching legend in Gene Stephenson and helped build Wichita State into a national powerhouse. In this episode, Kemnitz takes us not only through the height of the Shockers program but also what drove him to keep learning, find new information and keep getting better throughout his coaching career. He is now an Assistant Athletic Director at Wichita State and lives in a space of mentorship, helping guide and teach the other coaches within the department amongst other duties. He was certainly excited to see one of his own pupils - Eric Wedge - recently introduced as the new Shockers skipper. We often talk about timing in our game and this couldn’t have fallen at a better time with us recording this interview on June 10th, which marked the 30 year anniversary of the 1989 Wichita State national championship.

80 MINJUN 11
Comments
Episode 136 - Dugout Chatter with Brent Kemnitz, Wichita State University

Episode 135 - Consistency in our Programs with Billy Berry, Tennessee Wesleyan

Recorded live from Lewiston, Idaho, we connect with Tennessee Wesleyan University skipper Billy Berry just one day before he and Bulldogs would dogpile just a few feet from where we sit. Boasting 18-straight regular season conference championships, 11-straight bids to the NAIA Tournament, five World Series appearances, an average of over 43 wins in 12 years and now two national championships, it could be said that TWU has cemented themselves at the forefront of NAIA baseball. We focus our time with Berry on the consistency that the team has found as he opens up and pays homage to the coaches who came before him and then details how he and his staffs over the years have held true to the values of the program. We work across all fronts as Berry details his approach to recruiting, practice, development, game strategy and even community involvement which includes adopting Neyland Pickel, who has given this program more perspective than they could have imagined. Join us for a walk through Coach Berry’s growth as a leader, how he molds leadership within his locker room and the principles that he holds true.

56 MINJUN 4
Comments
Episode 135 - Consistency in our Programs with Billy Berry, Tennessee Wesleyan

Episode 134 - Dugout Chatter with Derek Woodley, Defiance College

This week’s show finds us heading back into the Buckeye State to connect with Defiance College head coach and 23-year continuous member Derek Woodley. He has a terrific story in 2019 as Defiance was picked to finish last in the conference which gave Woodley’s squad all of the ammunition they needed finishing third in their conference tournament and reaching their highest win total since 1995. Humility will be present throughout as we navigate this amazing story of maturation that will resonate with our coaches, finding himself in his own words ‘transactional’ early on in his career and over time embracing the true calling of coaches - relationships and enhancing the experiences of his players. Woods is one of those coaches that believes that he hasn’t worked a day in his life since he started coaching and that energy is palpable over the airwaves as his passion is contagious and it’s an honor to shine our light on Coach Woodley inside this episode.

64 MINMAY 28
Comments
Episode 134 - Dugout Chatter with Derek Woodley, Defiance College