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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.

    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

    • 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

     

    • 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 

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Tanner Reklaitis on the systems approach, power laws and the what, why and how of coaching

    Tanner Reklaitis on the systems approach, power laws and the what, why and how of coaching

    On today show we have on Tanner Reklaitis

    Tanner works as the Director of Operations at Tread Athletics. He also writes a weekly email newsletter for coaches called Monday Morning Edge which will have you thinking every Monday morning. His work is focused on helping coaches succeed in the 21st century. Previously, he worked at Driveline Baseball and was a Minor League Pitching Coach for the Los Angeles Angels. 

     
    On the show we discuss the systems approach, power laws and the what, why and how of coaching. 


     
    Time Stamps
    :30- Journey to Tread
    2:00- Systems approach
    1940- The Power Law
    29:00- What, why and how of coaching
    35:20- Studying coaches in other sports 
    40:20- The Importance of communication
    43:50- Getting players to own their career
    55:- Last things
     
    Resources
    https://tanners.blog/mme/
    Jurgen Klopp Biography
    Conscious Coaching- Brett Bartholomew
    Alchemy- Rory Sutherland
    Zero to One- Peter Thiel
    Contact
    https://twitter.com/treklaitis
    https://tanners.blog/

    • 1 hr
    Spencer Allen on high challenge, high support environments and deliberate practice

    Spencer Allen on high challenge, high support environments and deliberate practice

    Bio
    Spencer Allen is the 26th head baseball coach of the Northwestern program and was named to the position on June 14, 2015. 
     
    Allen came to Northwestern after serving as an assistant coach at Illinois in 2015. He helped the Fighting Illini set the school record with 50 wins and win the first NCAA Regional in program history. the Illini ranked near the top of the Big Ten in numerous offensive categories, leading the league in hits, runs, RBIs, total bases, home runs and slugging percentage.Prior to his stint with Illinois, Allen served a two-year stretch as the associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Creighton. Reaching the college world series. From 2010-12, Allen worked as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Washington State University.  Allen was the recruiting coordinator for the Boilermakers during the 2008-09 seasons. He also worked as a scout in the Detroit Tigers organization, and as a volunteer coach at Iowa (2004). Allen's coaching career began at Edmonds Community College in 2002, where he was an assistant coach.
     
    He played three seasons at Iowa State from 1999-2001. He was a team captain during his final season and a 2001 All-Big XII Academic selection.
     
    On the show, we discuss the pillars that Northwestern is built upon which includes a high challenge, high support environment and Deliberate practices
     
    This episode is so good with Spencer Allen! 
    Time Stamps
    1:20- Vision of the program
    5:00- The Underdog Story
    8:00- Compared to what?
    13:00- High Challenge, High Support
    16:45- Consistent Habits and Routines
    20:45- "Everything that happens to you is your fault"
    30:00- Deliberate Practice 
    40:00- Drills for developing infielders
    47:00- Last Things
     
    Resources
    Eat smarter- Shawn Stevenson
    Golfs Sacred Journey- David Cook
    The Gift of Failure- Jessica Lahey
    Contact
    https://twitter.com/CoachAllen_37
    spencer.allen@northwestern.edu

    • 55 min
    John Carter On Culture, Competition And Core Values

    John Carter On Culture, Competition And Core Values

    Bio
    Today we have on John Carter, Head Baseball coach at Round Rock High School. John is a graduate of Round Rock High School and attended Round Rock schools growing up. Upon graduation from high school, Coach Carter attended Texas Tech, where he played both football and baseball. After his playing days ended, he remained at Tech as a graduate assistant from 1992 – 1994. He returned to Round Rock in 1995, coaching multiple sports including softball, soccer, football, and baseball. John became the head coach in (when). John also was the texas HS baseball coach of the year in 2017 a year after graduating 7 D1 players. 
     
    On the show we talk culture, competition and core values so much more! Here is John Carter!
     
    Time Stamps

    3:00- Vision of the program when he started

    6:20 - Core Values
    16:00 - Culture building
    21:20 - Competitions
    227:00 - Parent Involvement
    31:30 - Transition periods from offseason to in season
    36:13- Baserunning
    38:00- Quick Hitters
    Resource
    Culture Code- Daniel Coyle
    Lead for Gods Sake- Todd G. Gongwer
    Contact
    Twitter- https://twitter.com/Rockhardball
    Email- john_carter@roundrockisd.org

    • 44 min

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