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 2019 clinics began on the morning of Friday, January 4 and concluded on Sunday, January 6. Speakers were arranged by the ABCA Second Vice President and Third Vice President, which are Stu Fritz of Hope College and Dan McDonnell of the University of Louisville.

The 2019 clinics were led off by 2018 NCAA Div. I champion coach Pat Casey from Oregon State University, a tradition of the annual convention. The speaking lineup also features NCAA Div. II champion head coach Tim Huber of Augustana University as well as four-time NJCAA Div. III national champion coach Doug Wren of Tyler Junior College, who is presenting alongside Patrick Murphy of Alabama Softball and Jeff Petty of the Canes Baseball.

Past national champion coaches Tim Corbin of Vanderbilt and Greg Brown of Nova Southeastern are in the lineup as well as former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. For the first time, the clinics include a technology panel featuring Brian Conger of Tarleton State, Travis Hergert of North Iowa Area Community College, Jason Stein of Duke University and Dillon Lawson of the Houston Astros.

Topics included offense, pitching, practice planning, team development, base running, defense and strategies. It’s the can’t miss clinic of the year!

Speakers for the 2020 ABCA Convention will be released in early September! Clinic topics will included offense & defensive strategies, pitching, practice planning, team development and base running, among many others. The 2020 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 will open on September 1 at Official ABCA Convention Hotels will also open room blocks on September 1.


Friday, Jan. 4, 2019
8:30am Introduction & Leadoff Speaker
Pat Casey, Oregon State University
Building a Championship Program
9:40am Skylar Meade, University of South Carolina
Daily Habits of Successful Pitchers
10:20am Jake McKinley, Milwaukee Brewers
Competition: The Engine Driving Player Development
11:00am David Pierce, University of Texas
Trust, Respect, Communication: The Foundation of Building Your Culture
11:40am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
12:40pm Butch Chaffin, Cookeville High School (TN)
Build a Better Player with a Solid System
1:20pm Bryan Conger, Tarleton State University; Travis Hergert, North Iowa Area Community College; Jason Stein, Duke University; Dillon Lawson, New York Yankees
How to Leverage Technology to Strengthen Your Program
2:20pm Link Jarrett, UNC Greensboro
Building Complete Hitters
3:00pm Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt University
Creating Your Training Environment
3:40pm Shaun Larkin, Los Angeles Dodgers
Developing Skills and Managing Behaviors
4:30pm 75th ABCA Convention Celebration (Exhibit Hall)
6:30pm ABCA Hall of Fame Banquet
Saturday, January 5, 2019
8:30am Kainoa Correa, Cleveland Indians; Tucker Frawley, Yale University
Developing Infielders via Daily Routines, Drills, and Data
9:10am Greg Brown, Nova Southeastern
Empowering the Athletic Catcher
9:50am Coffee Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
10:20am Bill Mosiello, TCU
Playing Offense to Win
11:00am Mike Matheny, Kansas City Royals
Controlling Your Competitive EDGES
11:40am Lunch Break - Visit the ABCA Trade Show!
12:40pm Justin James, Point Loma Nazarene University
Building a Mentally Tough and Competitive Pitching Staff: Plan & Application
1:20pm Donegal Fergus, UC Santa Barbara
Life Along the Chain Link Fence: Recruiting Strategies for All Involved
2:00pm Eric Newman, UC San Diego
Celebrate Good Baseball: Developing Team Mindset for Pitching and Defense
2:40pm Break - Visit the Expo Theater or Youth Coaches Session!
3:00pm Nick White, Coastal Carolina University
Foundation of Fundamentals: Athletic Performance for the Baseball Athlete
3:40pm Patrick Murphy, University of Alabama Softball; Jeff Petty, The Canes Baseball; Doug Wren, Tyler Junior College
Building Championship Culture: Same Rules, Different Game
4:20pm Matt Talarico, Wright State University
Base Stealing: The Link to Developing the Complete Offensive Player
Sunday, January 6, 2019
8:30am Tim Huber, Augustana University
Developing a Program: Culture, Mechanics, Game Play
9:10am Bhrett McCabe, The Mind Side
The Failing Competitive Mind: Today’s Athlete, and How You Can Change That
9:50am Chuck Box, Hartfield Academy (MS)
Sifting For Gold: Finding Treasures From Other Programs
10:30am Scott Laverty, Chapman University
Outfield Play the Practical Way

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