ABCA Convention Clinic Speakers

The World-Renown ABCA Clinics are the highlight of the annual ABCA Convention and run the gamut of baseball topics over the course of three days. The 2020 clinics, presented by ATEC, will begin on the morning of Friday, Jan. 3 with 2019 NCAA Div. I national champion & head coach of the Vanderbilt University Commodores Tim Corbin. The 23 clinics will conclude on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 5.

Presenters were arranged by ABCA Second Vice President Dan McDonnell of the University of Louisville with assistance from ABCA Third Vice President Rick Hitt of South Florida State College.

Beyond Corbin, the clinicians are a very diverse group with college coaches from various levels including NCAA Div. I head coaches Rick Heller (Iowa) and Kerrick Jackson (Southern), several professional coaches and instructors, two former Major League players, a pair of high school coaches and two motivational speakers.
Longtime MLB manager Buck Showalter will speak about the role of coaches and the responsibility of the ABCA membership. Former MLB specialists Harold Reynolds (base running) and Brett Butler (bunting/small ball) are preparing their presentations for January. John O’Leary is sure to inspire the crowd and Dr. Kevin Elko will bring practical leadership advice.

In addition to the main-stage clinics, the ABCA Convention also features the Youth Coaches Session as well as the Expo Theater, with 30 more presentations on those stages over the course of four days. Those speakers will be announced at a later date.

All clinics will be available after the convention on the ABCA Videos Website. All convention attendees who check in on-site will receive the complete set of clinic videos for free after the convention!

The 76th annual ABCA Convention will be held from Jan. 2-5, 2020 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Registration for the 2020 ABCA Convention is now open and all details are posted at, including registration, hotel and travel information, schedules and other details.


Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt University
Building a Championship Program

Brandon Belanger, University of Louisiana Monroe
Outfield Play, the Hyper-Focused Way

Brett Butler, Retired Los Angeles Dodgers Player
Bunting: The Advantages of Small Ball to Help Win Games

Dr. Kevin Elko, Author
Winning Baseball Language

Zach Farrel, University of Louisville
The 3 C’s of Louisville Baseball Strength & Conditioning

Rob Fornasiere, University of Minnesota
Career Fulfillment as an Assistant Coach

Aaron Gershenfeld, The Citadel
Developing Today’s Catcher

Chris Heaps, Russellville High School
Uncommon Culture Yields Uncommon Success

Rick Heller, University of Iowa
A System to Develop the Complete Hitter

Matt Hobbs, University of Arkansas
Leveraging Technology for Today’s Pitcher

Kerrick Jackson, Southern University
From Worst to First, Developing a Championship Culture

Derek Johnson, Cincinnati Reds
The Pitcher/Hitter Confrontation

Jack Leggett, USA Baseball
Qualities of a Winning Coach and Athlete in a Winning Program

JT Maguire, Cleveland Indians
Outfield Play: The Development and Evolution of the Forgotten Position

Jason Maxwell, Ensworth High School
Infield Play: Trust Your Abilities and Play to Your Strengths

John O'Leary, President of Rising Above
The Power of One

Harold Reynolds, Retired Seattle Mariners Player
Base Running, The Lost Art

Andy Schatzley, Harding University
Preparing Infielders: Principles and Processes

Jeremy Sheetinger, Georgia Gwinnett College
Tales From Inside the Fraternity: My Journey as a Baseball Evangelist

Buck Showalter, Former Baltimore Orioles Manager
The Game Within the Game, What to Look For Off the Ball and...Would You Want to Play For You?

Ryan Sienko, Los Angeles Dodgers
Creating Elite Receivers: Advanced Techniques to Gain More Strikes

Eric Snider & Adam Vrable, University of Louisville
Louisville Offensive Approach: Hard Consistent Contact

Mike Stawski, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Kickstart your Offense Through the Run Game

Clinic speakers and topics are subject to change. The speaking schedule will be announced later this fall.