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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 13,000 members representing all 50 U.S. states and 23 countries. Since 1945, Association membership has broadened to include: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School, Youth and Travel Ball. Each January, the ABCA hosts the largest baseball convention in the world. Over 7,000 coaches attend the convention, which is held at various locations around the country. The ABCA's official website is http://www.ABCA.org.

ABCA Podcast American Baseball Coaches Association

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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 13,000 members representing all 50 U.S. states and 23 countries. Since 1945, Association membership has broadened to include: NCAA Division I, II and III, NAIA, Junior College, Pacific Association Division, High School, Youth and Travel Ball. Each January, the ABCA hosts the largest baseball convention in the world. Over 7,000 coaches attend the convention, which is held at various locations around the country. The ABCA's official website is http://www.ABCA.org.

    Jeff Lightfoot, Assistant Athletic Director & Head Baseball Coach, Weatherford College

    Jeff Lightfoot, Assistant Athletic Director & Head Baseball Coach, Weatherford College

    On this week’s ABCA Podcast we head on location with Weatherford College assistant athletic director and head baseball coach, Jeff Lightfoot. Lightfoot has spent 22 years as a head baseball coach and the last 18 years at Weatherford College. Lightfoot is closing in on the 700 win plateau with his time at Eastfield and Weatherford. Lightfoot’s 1998 Eastfield team won the Division III Junior College World Series. In 18 years, more than 150 former Coyotes have moved on to play baseball at the next level. 31 former Coyotes have played professional baseball including four major leaguers. In this episode we cover player relationships, his dual role as an administrator & coach, what the ABCA has meant to him, evolving from his days as a young head coach, offensive approach and program building. The ABCA Podcast is presented by Netting Pros. Netting Professionals are improving programs one facility at a time, specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of custom netting for backstops, batting cages, dugouts, bp screens and ball carts. They also design and install digital graphic wall padding windscreen, turf, turf protectors, dugout benches, dugout cubbies and more. This episode is also brought to you by Marc Pro. That is M A R C Pro. Personally I used it as a coach for my ragged out BP arm and legs after a tough workout. We saw huge benefits with our pitchers and position players in decreased soreness and recovery time. It is an amazing machine that speeds up the recovery process by getting blood flow back to areas that need it. It is durable and cost effective. The Marc Pro needs to be a tool in your peak performance tool kit. I can’t recommend it enough. Hit me up if you have any questions. Order now on Marcpro.com and use the promo code ABCA to get 10% off.

    • 31 min
    Terry Gobert, Jasper HS & Nick Gobert, Walters State

    Terry Gobert, Jasper HS & Nick Gobert, Walters State

    Next up on the ABCA Podcast are Terry and Nick Gobert. Terry is a legend in Indiana High School Baseball. In his time at Jasper High School, Gobert has won six Indiana State Championships, including the final two single class titles. He is one of five coaches in the state to reach the 800-win plateau. Jasper High school is a tradition rich program that includes Scott Rolen and Matt Mauck as alums. Nick is entering his first season as an assistant at Walters State. He started on varsity for 4 years for Terry. After high school he attended Dayton University and the University of Southern Indiana. Gobert started his coaching career at USI and was with Indian Hills last season. Coach Gobert has the blueprint for running a successful organization. In this episode we cover how they handled the player coach relationship, developing winning traditions, how experience still has value, keeping things simple, knowing when to pivot your philosophy, practice planning and how to incorporate family into your program. The ABCA Podcast is presented by Netting Pros. Netting Professionals are improving programs one facility at a time, specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of custom netting for backstops, batting cages, dugouts, bp screens and ball carts. They also design and install digital graphic wall padding windscreen, turf, turf protectors, dugout benches, dugout cubbies and more. This episode is also brought to you by Marc Pro. Personally I used it as a coach for my ragged out BP arm and legs after a tough workout. We saw huge benefits with our pitchers and position players in decreased soreness and recovery time. It is an amazing machine that speeds up the recovery process by getting blood flow back to areas that need it. It is durable and cost effective. The Marc Pro needs to be a tool in your peak performance tool kit. I can’t recommend it enough. Hit me up if you have any questions. Order now on Marcpro.com and use the promo code ABCA to get 10% off.

    • 3 hr 2 min
    Jeff Wood, Director of Sports Medicine, University of Tennessee

    Jeff Wood, Director of Sports Medicine, University of Tennessee

    Jumping on the ABCA Podcast this week is University of Tennessee Associate Director of Sports Medicine, Jeff Wood. Wood just finished his 21st season with the UT Baseball program. Wood is a baseball lifer in the athletic training world. His career path mirrors many of our players and coaches. Wood grew up in West Virginia and did his undergraduate work at Marshall. After graduation, Wood started his AT career in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He was named the Southern League Athletic Trainer of the year in 1987. 2001 was Wood’s first season with the Vols Baseball program and that season ended at the College World Series. The 2021 season was Wood’s 3rd trip to Omaha. Wood has a wealth of knowledge in the game. This is a heart felt episode on baseball, career path, trainer & coach relationship, keeping players healthy, lifestyle and family. The ABCA Podcast is presented by Netting Pros. Netting Professionals are improving programs one facility at a time, specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of custom netting for backstops, batting cages, dugouts, bp screens and ball carts. They also design and install digital graphic wall padding windscreen, turf, turf protectors, dugout benches, dugout cubbies and more.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Mark Gjormand, James Madison HS & Sam Gjormand, College of Charleston

    Mark Gjormand, James Madison HS & Sam Gjormand, College of Charleston

    Another great baseball family joins us on the ABCA Podcast with Mark & Sam Gjormand. This is our first Father & Daughter episode. Mark “Pudge” Gjormand is heading into his 27th season at James Madison High School in Northern Virginia and his 35th season overall. Gjormand has led James Madison to three state Championships. The 2021 squad had a phenomenal season finishing second in the nation and winning the class 6 state championship. He was named the Atec/ABCA Region II Coach of the Year this summer. Gjormand is very active on the speaking circuit and is an integral part of the ABCA, National Baseball Coaches Association and MVP International. Sam is blazing her own path in the game. Gjormand helped Pudge with the James Madison High School baseball program while she was in high school. After graduation, Gjormand went to James Madison University and worked with the baseball program. Gjormand had an exciting summer working with the Wareham Gatemen as the assistant to the GM and MLB scout liaison. Gjormand was just named Director of Baseball Operations & Assistant Executive to the Head Coach at the College of Charleston. We head down a lot of different rabbit holes in this episode. This is an impactful conversation on the many ways that you can help the Baseball Community. The ABCA Podcast is presented by Netting Pros. Netting Professionals are improving programs one facility at a time, specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of custom netting for backstops, batting cages, dugouts, bp screens and ball carts. They also design and install digital graphic wall padding windscreen, turf, turf protectors, dugout benches, dugout cubbies and more.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Mike Rathwell, CEO, Driveline

    Mike Rathwell, CEO, Driveline

    Our next guest on the ABCA Podcast is Driveline CEO, Mike Rathwell. Driveline has been on the forefront of testing data driven player development and they are continuing to push the envelope of cost effective player development. Rathwell has a lot of new things to discuss. In this episode we cover Driveline’s rebranding of the Motus Sleeve to Pulse, Traq, their new facility opening up in Arizona, his 3 books that he is re reading right now, Driveline’s hiring process, his views on leadership, their youth academy and starting a new collegiate developmental league in Summer 2022. Quick Reminder on ABCA Renewals, New Membership and Convention Registration. You can do all of that on our website www.abca.org or on the My ABCA app. We are anticipating our largest convention this year. The ABCA Podcast is presented by Netting Pros. Netting Professionals are improving programs one facility at a time, specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of custom netting for backstops, batting cages, dugouts, bp screens and ball carts. They also design and install digital graphic wall padding windscreen, turf, turf protectors, dugout benches, dugout cubbies and more.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Kris Goodman, Minor League Mental Performance Coach, Tampa Rays

    Kris Goodman, Minor League Mental Performance Coach, Tampa Rays

    We dive back into peak performance with Kris Goodman, Tampa Bay Rays minor league mental performance coach. Goodman had a phenomenal career at the University of Iowa and was drafted in the 32nd round of the 2015 draft by the Miami Marlins. After Goodman's playing career was finished he got into college coaching and received his Master of Sports Psychology degree at Minnesota State. This is a deep dive into peak performance and player development. Goodman works with the Rays minor leaguers. He is on the ground floor of trying to help players achieve their goal of playing in the Major Leagues. This is a deep dive into his time growing up as a multi-sport athlete, the role his parents had on his development, the recruiting process, his views on player development and what he is using with his players to help with peak performance in the Rays organization. The ABCA Podcast is presented by Netting Pros. Netting Professionals are improving programs one facility at a time, specializing in the design, fabrication and installation of custom netting for backstops, batting cages, dugouts, bp screens and ball carts. They also design and install digital graphic wall padding windscreen, turf, turf protectors, dugout benches, dugout cubbies and more.

    • 1 hr 17 min

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384 Ratings

JGold94 ,

Review - long overdue

Ryan has an awesome background and is more than qualified to be leading a podcast on baseball. He ties in his experiences and discusses the game of baseball in its entirety with the guests. What’s most enjoyable about this podcast is how Ryan’s personality of being a servant leader and a kind man comes through so clearly. I have had the privilege to get to meet and know Ryan over the year and he’s just a great human being! Show some support and love!

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Lngbrd12 ,

Let em talk!!

The host talks more than the guest. Stop cutting them off.

Basically Baseball ,

Everyone is nice an expert

Like to hear a podcast like i do in other topics that aren’t random interviews. More direct information from one expert

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