2017 Rookie Coaches Mentorship

The annual Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting will be held on two nights for the first time at the 2017 ABCA Convention. The first session of the Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting takes place on Thursday, Jan. 5, and includes a meet and greet as well as words, advice and programming from Paul Blanchard. The second Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting on Saturday, Jan. 7, will feature a panel including collegiate head coaches Rusty Stroupe and Reggie Christiansen as well as assistant coach Donegal Fergus.

2017 ROOKIE COACHES MENTORSHIP PANELISTS 


Paul Blanchard
Paul Blanchard
Head Coach, Southwest Minnesota State
Paul Blanchard, the all-time leader in victories at Southwest Minnesota State University, enters in his 21st season as head coach in 2017. His teams have gone 486-420-2, including 272-221 in conference play, and captured one Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship, three NSIC tournament championships and have made 15 appearances in the NSIC tournament.


Rusty Stroupe
Rusty Stroupe
Head Coach, Gardner-Webb University
Rusty Stroupe (756-593-2) begins his 15th season with the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs in 2017. Stroupe, Gardner-Webb's all-time wins leader, has led his teams to a pair of conference tournament championship game appearances and at least 25 wins in 11 of his 14 seasons at the helm. Stroupe is also speaking during the ABCA Convention clinics.


Reggie Christiansen
Reggie Christiansen
Head Coach, Sacramento State
Reggie Christiansen, the 2012 and 2014 Western Athletic Conference coach of the year and Major League Baseball's Northern California scouts Div. I Coach of the Year, enters his seventh year as head coach at Sacramento State in 2017. He took the reigns of the program after spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons as the associate head coach. Among 24 Division I baseball teams in California, the Hornets have the 7th most wins over the last five seasons.

Donegal Fergus
Donegal Fergus
Assistant Coach, University of Washington
Donegal Fergus's impact has been felt in each of his first three seasons as hitting coach at Washington, but none more than perhaps in 2016. Despite having an inexperienced collective group, Fergus helped the UW hitters develop into one of the Pac-12's top offenses in 2016, a season in which the Huskies earned their second NCAA Regional trip in his three years. The team hit .278 to rank fourth in the Pac-12 and were third in both home runs (36) and walks (239).