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Host Jonathan Gelnar and an array of guests from differing backgrounds discuss how to develop the complete baseball player. This will be your source for the most up to date coaching strategies for baseball player and coach development.

Ahead Of The Curve with Jonathan Gelnar Jonathan Gelnar

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Host Jonathan Gelnar and an array of guests from differing backgrounds discuss how to develop the complete baseball player. This will be your source for the most up to date coaching strategies for baseball player and coach development.

    Mitch Thompson on culture, practice design and making the big time where you are.

    Mitch Thompson on culture, practice design and making the big time where you are.

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    Bio
    Among the most highly respected coaches and recruiters in college baseball, Mitch Thompson is beginning his 8th year as head coach at McLennan Community College.
    Thompson was named McLennan head coach before the 2014 season and immediately began rebuilding the program to prominence, National Runner Up in 2015. 5th place in 2017.
    Had the top JUCOMLB Draft pick in two of the last three years. They are also one of only 7 Division 1 JC’s to have 40 or more wins in each of the last 5 years.
     
    Before being named McLennan head coach, Thompson spent one season as the South Texas area scouting supervisor for the Kansas City Royals organization after spending nearly two decades on staff at Baylor University (1995-2012) where he was the Bears’ hitting instructor and primary recruiter. 
    Mitch also began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for legendary coach Ron Polk at Mississippi State.
    on the show we discuss building the culture at a JUCO, we talk practice development/design, and how to make the big time where you are.
     
    Time stamps
    3:00- Vision of the program
    5:00- Big time is where you are
    10- Rules and s
    13:30- Building the culture at McLennan
    23:37- Offseason Calendar
    30:00- Developing a team offense.
    34:05- Pre Season- In season Practices
    46:00- Last Things
     
    Resources
    Ron Polks Baseball Handbook
    ABCA Conventions
    The Travelers Gift- Andy Andrews
     
    Contact
    254-299-8148
    mthompson@mclennan.edu
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    • 57 min
    Larry Vucan on holistic championship program building.

    Larry Vucan on holistic championship program building.

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    Bio
    Larry Vucan- Head Baseball Coach, Southlake Carroll (TX)
    Larry took over in 2017 as the head coach at Carroll since he took over, they reached the final four 3 times in his first 4 years and won back to back Texas High School 6A State Baseball Championships in 2018 and 2019 He was Named Dallas/Ft. Worth High School Coach of the Year 2017 and 2019
    A little background on Larry 
    He is a native of El Paso. Played Collegiately at New Mexico Highlands University. and Played professionally in the Italian Baseball League in Trieste, Italy and then Coached and Managed there.
    On the show we discuss how to communicate throughout a large program (they have 5 total HS teams) Larry goes in depth over his player evaluation system and we discuss how to get teams ready for post season play
    Here is Larry Vucan
     
    Timestamps
    0:30- Playing in Italy
    2:30- Vision of the program
    26:35- Developing a player evaluation system
    37:34- Pre-Season
    42:03- In-Season Advice
    55:00- Last Things
     
    Resources
    Lincoln on Leadership
    BF Skinner- Operant Conditioning
    John Wooden
    Augie Garrido
     
    Contact
    Twitter
     
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Wes Carroll on building a culture of family, relationship building, and crucial conversations.

    Wes Carroll on building a culture of family, relationship building, and crucial conversations.

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    Bio
    Wes Carroll heads into his 14th season as head baseball coach at the University of Evansville as the Aces usher in a new era of Evansville Baseball and has taken the program to new heights. Carroll learned the “the Purple Aces’ way” growing up just a few minutes from campus in nearby Newburgh, Indiana. He watched his older brother and former Major League infielder, Jamey Carroll, excel at shortstop, and later got to experience the success the program is capable of first-hand as a four-year starter for the Purple Aces and a member of UE’s 2000 NCAA Tournament team.  
    Following his college career at Evansville, Carroll was drafted in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Carroll spent the next five years playing Minor League Baseball for the Phillies, and later, for the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals organization. As a part of the now-Nationals organization, Carroll played parts of two seasons at the AAA level. He retired from the professional ranks in the spring of 2006, but not before he was able to play alongside his older brother, Jamey, in two spring training games for the Washington Nationals.
    Carroll then returned to his alma mater in the summer of 2006 as an assistant coach with the Purple Aces’ program and was named the 12th head coach in UE baseball history on July 2, 2008. 
    On the show we discuss how to create a family culture, a year of player development, and change he made from when he started as a 28 year old head coach.
    Time stamps

    1:00- Sports Family/Growing up and coming back to Evansville

    9:00- Changes he has made in his career

    22:00- Our culture is family

    28:30- Fall Development

    37:00- Pre Season

    51:00- In Season 

    1:00:00- Resources

    Resources

    Mental Game of Baseball- HA Dorfmann

    Anything Jon Gordon

    Contact

    wc2@evansville.edu

    Twitter

     
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    • 1 hr 15 min
    Matt Parker on how to implement championship culture and standards.

    Matt Parker on how to implement championship culture and standards.

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    Bio
    Matt Parker started in 2018 as head coach of Eastern baseball. Year one they were 25-23, last years COVID year was 19-4, nationally ranked and leading league when shutdown and this year they are 26-3, nationally ranked, and were leading the league at the time.
    Before Eastern, Matt over and took the Oklahoma Wesleyan baseball program to new heights, breaking program records and turned the Eagles into an NAIA regional power and national contender. They won four conference championships and two NAIA World Series appearances. He was a three-time conference Coach of the Year and two-time ABCA Region Coach of the Year.
    Prior to Oklahoma Wesleyan, Parker spent three seasons as an assistant at California Baptist University, two seasons as an assistant coach at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, and he also spent the 2005-06 season as an assistant coach at Henderson State University.
    On the show we talk about how he implemented a championship vision to 2 programs on 2 different levels which includes standards on and off the field, consistent self reflection, and building players not only on the field, but off the field and in the classroom.

    Time stamps
    1:30- Vision when you started (at both OKWU and Eastern)
    10:20- Developing Arms
    25:00- Standards 
    30:00- Offseason Calendar 
    53:00- In season Changes
    102:00- Last things
     
    Resources
    Rapsodo
    Synergy 
    Core Velo Belts
    Driveline/J-Bands
    Clean Fuego Balls
    Mind Gym- Gary Mack
     
    Contact
    https://twitter.com/MattParker37
    mparker@eosc.edu
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Freddy Hilliard on defining and teaching core values and having a "no rules" rule.

    Freddy Hilliard on defining and teaching core values and having a "no rules" rule.

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    Bio
    Freddy Hilliard is in his 11th season as Head Baseball Coach at Malvern Preparatory School in Malvern, Pennsylvania.  
    In his time at Malvern Prep, he has amassed a school record for wins with a 282-71 record and has led the Friars to 7 league championships and 6 State titles including the previous 3 in a row to go along with 8 straight seasons of making the state final. Coach Hilliard has been named Coach of the Year 3 separate times during his tenure, and his teams have been nationally recognized both with preseason and postseason national rankings in several publications 7 times.  
    Coach Hilliard has helped mentor over 65 players onto the collegiate baseball ranks including 40 that have gone on to play at the division one level. He has also had a player of his selected by MLB in 3 of the previous 4 drafts. 
    On the show we discuss the meaning behind Malvern having "no rules", defining and teaching core values, and practice organization.
    Time Stamps
    1:00- Vision of the program
    7:00- Making the switch from assistant to head coach
    10:20- "Our rule is we have no rules"
    13:50- Core Values
    20:00- Offseason Calendar
    30:00- Practice Design
    50:00- Lightning Section
     
    Contact
    @coachhilliard16
    fhilliard@malvernprep.org
     
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Matt Hobbs on recruiting, assessments, and a deep dive into pitching development

    Matt Hobbs on recruiting, assessments, and a deep dive into pitching development

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    Bio
    Matt Hobbs is in his third season as the Arkansas pitching coach in 2020, joining the Razorbacks in November 2018.
    Matt helped craft the Razorback pitching staff into one of the top groups in the country in his first year on the Hill in 2019. and In a shortened season, the Hogs put together a 3.68 ERA and an 11-5 record with three saves and one shutout. Arkansas racked up 143 strikeouts in 142.0 innings
    Hobbs has coached eight players that have been drafted in the top-10 rounds, including 2018 first-round pick Griffin Roberts, and has helped develop a total of seven big leaguers.
    Before Arkansas, Hobbs was the Pitching coach at Wake Forest and in each of his first three years in Winston-Salem, the Demon Deacons improved in ERA, strikeouts , walks per nine and opponent batting average 
    Hobbs pitched at Missouri from 1999-2002, where he won 13 games and struck out 125 batters. Hobbs was drafted twice, first by the San Diego Padres in 2001 and then by the Kansas City Royals in 2002.
    On the show we talk all things pitching development, including who they like to recruit, what pitching assessments they use, and how they use tech for offseason development and measuring in season progress.
    Time Stamps
    5:00- Things he has changed from 2020
    14:00- How has player development changed?
    21:30- Recruiting talk
    27- Assessments 
    30:30- Readiness Scores
    36:00- Recovery 
    42:00- In season development
    58:00- Using tech for development
    1:07:00- Last Things
     
    Contact
    Twitter
    mh099@uark.edu 
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    • 1 hr 20 min

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