2018 ABCA Convention Clinic Speakers

The speakers for the World-Renown ABCA Clinics are mostly set, with 2017 NCAA Div. I National Champion head coach Kevin O'Sullivan from the University of Florida leading it off! The lineup also includes five-time national champion Augie Garrido, the NCAA Div. I all-time wins leader, as well as past NCAA Div. II champion coach Tracy Archuleta of the University of Southern Indiana and past NAIA champ coach Denney Crabaugh of Oklahoma City University.

The clinic speaker lineup is being arranged by ABCA Second Vice President John Kolasinski (Siena Heights University) and Third Vice President Stu Fritz (Hope College).
The clinics run the gamut of baseball topics over the course of three days, including pitching, hitting, fielding, strength & conditioning, team building and motivation. The 2018 clinics will kick off the morning of Friday, January 5 at the Indiana Convention Center and conclude on Sunday, January 7.


Friday, January 5, 2018
8:15 a.m. Jeff Messer, ABCA President & Slippery Rock University
8:30 a.m. Kevin O'Sullivan, University of Florida
2017 Florida Gators: The Journey
9:10 a.m. Monte Brooks, The Master's College
Don't Cut Corners: Avoid Neglecting Corner Infield Play
9:50 a.m. Dan Heefner, Dallas Baptist University
Training Hitters to Compete Against the Modern Pitcher
10:30 a.m. Xan Barksdale, Catching-101
A 'New School' Approach to Coaching Catchers
11:10 a.m. Darren Fenster, Boston Red Sox
Embracing Each Athlete's Individuality
11:50 a.m. Lunch Break, Visit the ABCA Trade Show! 
12:20 p.m. Bret Hoyer, John F. Kennedy High School (IA)
Competition Drills for Practice 
1:00 p.m. Augie Garrido, Cal State Fullerton/Texas
Baseball: A Game of Failure?...Or a Game of Opportunity? 
1:40 p.m. Rick Hitt, South Florida State College
Relays and Rundowns Remain the Aggressor
2:20 p.m. Snack Break, Visit the ABCA Trade Show 
2:50 p.m. Nino Giarratano, University of San Francisco
Building Solid BP Process
3:30 p.m. Matt Riser, Southeastern Louisiana University
Fearless & Relentless Baserunning: Stuck on Green
4:10 p.m. Denney Crabaugh, Oklahoma City University
Trust the Backside for Consistent Pitching Mechanics 
4:50 p.m. Nick Mingione, University of Kentucky
The Last Line of Defense -- Outfield Play 

Saturday, January 6, 2018
8:15 a.m. Matt Deggs, Sam Houston State University
The Pack Mentality -- It's Only Impossible Until Someone Does It
8:55 a.m Ethics is Coaching Award Presentation
9:10 a.m. Keith Madison, ABCA Hall of Fame & University of Kentucky
Repetition, Respect, Responsibility and Rewards
9:50 a.m. Coffee Break, Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
10:30 a.m. Tracy Archuleta, University of Southern Indiana
The First Step: USI Infield Drills
11:10 a.m. Ken Ravizza & Tom Hanson, Heads-Up Baseball 2.0
5 Skills for Competing One Pitch at a Time
1:40 p.m. Trent Mongero, Glynn Academy (GA)
Secrets Top Infielders Use to Increase Their Consistency and Range 
2:20 p.m. Erik Bakich, University of Michigan
Creating Team Offense 
3:00 p.m. Greg DiCenzo, College of the Holy Cross
PFP Mechanics -- The 9th Defender 
3:40 p.m. Tim Cossins, Chicago Cubs
Training the Exaggerate and Maximizing the Physical from Behind the Mask
4:20 p.m. Nate Yeskie, Oregon State University
Building a Competitive Pitcher 
5:00 p.m. Michael Boettcher, Milwaukee Brewers
MLB Groundskeeper Session presented by Turface Athletics

Sunday, January 7, 2018
8:30 a.m. Bob Whalen, Dartmouth College
Developing High Percentage Infielders in Practice and Preseason
9:10 a.m. Dana Cavalea, Strength & Conditioning Coach
Train Like a Pro: Reducing Arm Injuries and Increasing Performance for Pitchers
9:50 a.m. Scott Theisen, Saline High School (MI)
Building a Championship Culture
10:30 a.m. Craig Rainey, Adrian College
Building a Complete Hitter