Skip to main content
Top of the Page

Coaching Workshops

Rookie Coaches Mentorship, Diversity in Baseball & Hot Stove Panels

The Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting, Hot Stove Panel Discussions and Diversity in Baseball Workshops are additional learning opportunities at the ABCA Convention.

The 2025 ABCA Convention Rookie Coaches Mentorship presented by the United States Marine Corps will take place at 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 2 and is open to all attendees, but is specifically a great networking opportunity for new ABCA members, first-time Convention attendees & young coaches. A panel of coaches from all levels of the game will discuss their career paths in addition to sharing tips on continuing education, career growth, balancing coaching & family and more!

The eight Hot Stove Discussions feature panels of member coaches discussing position-specific topics! The 2025 ABCA Convention Hot Stoves will be hosted on Friday, January 3 and Saturday, January 4. These are all interactive discussions where attendees can participate directly in the discussion and get their questions answered by the panel!

The Diversity in Baseball Workshops are split into two workshops focused on professional development and youth baseball education and advancement. The 2025 ABCA Convention Diversity in Baseball Workshops, which are being put together by the ABCA Diversity in Baseball Committee, will be held in the morning on Saturday, January 4. The ABCA Diversity in Baseball Committee works to provide resources to promote diversity within the sport and expand opportunities for minority players and coaches.

Panelists for all of the coaching workshops at the ABCA Convention will be announced in late-Fall!

2024 Coaching Workshop Panelists

The 2025 ABCA Hot Stove & Workshop Panelists will be announced in late-Fall!

Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting

Presented by 
When: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 at 9 p.m.

  • Moderator: Paul Blanchard, Marshall High School (MN)
  • John Casey, Johnson & Wales University
  • Rachel Folden, Chicago Cubs
  • Anthony Gilich, Arizona State University
  • Tom Held, Defiance High School (OH)
  • Scott Laverty, Chapman University
  • Robert Swendra, Saint Cloud State University

Pitching Hot Stove

When: Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 at 9 p.m.

  • Moderator: Pat Pinkman, Pinkman Academy
  • Robert Ambrose, National Pitching Association
  • Parker Bangs, Rice University
  • Sean Buchanan, Houston Astros
  • Travis Ferrick, James Madison University
  • Corey Muscara, Wake Forest University

Outfield Play Hot Stove

When: Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 at 9 p.m.

  • Moderator: Jake Boss, Michigan State University
  • Charles Bolden, Midwest Havoc (WI)
  • Drew Martinez, San Francisco Giants
  • Cam McHarg, ACS Cobham

Diversity in Baseball Workshops

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at 9:30 a.m.

  • 9:30 a.m. - Youth Development
  • 11:00 a.m. - Professional Development

Baserunning Hot Stove

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at 5 p.m.

  • Moderator: Mike Roberts, Cotuit Kettleers
  • Omar Johnson, Jackson State University
  • Kevin Schnall, Coastal Carolina University
  • Austin Wates, Kansas State University
  • Tom Winske, University of Cincinnati

Leadership Hot Stove

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at 5 p.m.

  • Moderator: Craig Gianinno, Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox
  • Austin Byler, Major League University
  • Kellen Lee, Seattle Mariners
  • Danielle Martin, True Mindsets
  • Nate Trosky, Trosky Baseball

Hitting Hot Stove

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at 7 p.m.

  • Moderator: Anthony Ferro, Butte College
  • Donegal Fergus, Loyola Marymount University
  • Rich Gregory, Folsom Lake College
  • Jeff Sherman, Marcus High School (TX)
  • Marc Wannaka, LSU

Strength & Conditioning Hot Stove

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at 7 p.m.

  • Moderator: Jimmy Onate, Ohio State University
  • Jabari Brown, University of Missouri
  • Zach Dechant, TCU
  • Jessica Hylander, TCU
  • Mike Jasperson, Colorado Rockies
  • Al Sandoval, Texas Rangers

Infield Play Hot Stove

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2023 at 9 p.m.

  • Moderator: Clay Cox, Paris Junior College
  • Moderator: Tyler Gillum, Savannah Bananas
  • Ty Blankmeyer, Duke University
  • Brendan Clary, Prosper High School (TX)
  • Kai Correa, Cleveland Guardians
  • Julius Gaines, Ground Up Baseball (GA)
  • Matt Owens, Chestnut Hill College
  • Nate Trosky, Trosky Baseball

Catching Hot Stove

When: Saturday, Jan. 6, 2024 at 9 p.m.

  • Moderator: Ryan Sienko, Detroit Tigers
  • Garrett Kennedy, Texas Rangers
  • Joe Singley, Cincinnati Reds
  • Anthony Torres, Performance Catching Academy
  • Larry Vucan, Southlake Carroll High School (TX)
  • Chase Wullenweber, Georgia Southern University
Back to Top