Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting & Hot Stove Sessions

 
The Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting & Hot Stove Sessions are additional learning opportunities during the evenings of the convention. The Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting is open to all convention attendees but is 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, coaching & family balance and more! The Hot Stoves feature coaching panels discussing position-specific topics! These are all interactive discussions where attendees can get their questions answered by the panel!

Rookie Coaches Mentorship will take place from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Thursday, January 6 at the 2022 ABCA Convention. The Hot Stoves will be held on Friday, January 7 and Saturday, January 8. Infield & Outfield Play Hot Stoves will take place from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. on Friday. Leadership will be discussed at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday followed by Hitting and Pitching Hot Stoves from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Saturday with Catching and Base Running to follow from 9:15 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Panelists for these events will be announced later in Fall 2021.

The 2022 ABCA Convention is scheduled to be held in Chicago from January 6-9, 2022. The event will be the 78th annual ABCA Convention and close to 10,000 coaches are expected to join us for the event! Convention registration will open on September 1, 2021. The Convention will feature four days of coaching clinics across the General Session, Youth Coaches Session and Expo Theater, ABCA Trade Show, Hot Stove and Question & Answer Sessions, award celebrations, committee & league meetings, networking events and so much more! Save the date for January 6-9, 2022 and we'll see you in Chicago!

Rookie Coaches Mentorship Meeting

What: New ABCA members, first-time Convention attendees & young coaches are invited to participate in this panel discussion about networking tips, career growth, coaching & family balance and more! This forum is moderated by Paul Blanchard, Head Coach at Southwest Minnesota State University.
When: Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022 at 9 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Paul Blanchard, Head Coach, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Kevin Coe, Director of Baseball, The Pullman Center
  • Rich Price, Head Coach, Kansas University
  • Anthony Pla, Head Coach, Lincoln University
  • Ty Gillum, Head Coach, Savannah Bananas
  • Kyle Peterson, College Baseball Analyst, ESPN

Infield Hot Stove Session

What: This session features a panel of coaches with an expertise in coaching infielders exploring the nuances of infield play through interactive dialogue. Get your questions answered and discuss your thoughts along with the panel & crowd on various infield topics! This forum is moderated by Ty Gillum and Clay Cox. 
When: Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at 9 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Ty Gillum, Assistant Coach, South Mountain & Clay Cox, Head Coach, Paris CC
  • Uby Martinez, Assistant Coach, Cornell College
  • RJ Farrell, Manager, 12u USA Baseball
  • Dai Dai Otaka, Player, Johns Hopkins University
  • Nick Schnabel, Recruiting Coordinator, University of Michigan
  • Tyler Packanik, Assistant Coach, Mizzou
  • Cliff Pennington, Assistant Coach, Dallas Baptist University

Hitting Hot Stove Session

What: This session features a panel of hitting coaches exploring the nuances of hitting through interactive dialogue. Get your questions answered and discuss your thoughts along with the panel & crowd on various hitting topics! This forum is moderated by Chris Pedretti of the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. 
When: Friday, Jan. 7, 2022 at 9 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Chris Pedretti, President, CCCBCA
  • Steve Pearse, Head Coach, Reedley College
  • Drew Saylor, Hitting Coordinator, Kansas City Royals
  • Justin Stone, Director of Hitting, Chicago Cubs & President of Elite Baseball Training

 Leadership/Culture Hot Stove Session

What: This session features a panel of coaches exploring team culture and leadership techniques through interactive dialogue. Get your questions answered and discuss your thoughts along with the panel & crowd on various leadership topics! This forum is moderated by Craig Gianinno of the University of San Francisco. 
When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Craig Gianinno, Director of Player Development, University of San Francisco
  • Lauren Johnson, Mental Performance Coach, Lauren Johnson & Co
  • Barry Davis, Head Coach, Rider University
  • Alan Jaeger, Owner, Jaeger Sports
  • Nate Trosky, Owner, Trosky Baseball


Strength & Conditioning Hot Stove Session

What: Brand New to the ABCA Convention this year!! This session features some of the brightest minds in the strength and conditioning world. This will be a wide open session for attendees to get all of their questions answered on team and individual training. This forum is moderated by Ohio State University Professor, high school coach and Bo Jackson Elite Coach, Jimmy Onate 

When: Saturday, Jan. 9, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Jimmy Onate, Assistant Coach, Olentangy Orange High School
  • Jeremy McMillan, Sports Performance Coach, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Greg Rose, Instructor, On Base U
  • Chris Romano, Minor League S&C Coach, Detroit Tigers
  • John Wagle, Director of Performance Science, Kansas City Royals


Base Running Hot Stove Session

What: This session features a panel of coaches with base running expertise exploring the nuances of the running game through interactive dialogue. Get your questions answered and discuss your thoughts along with the panel & crowd on various base running topics! This forum is moderated by Matt Talarico, Base Running Coordinator for the New York Yankees. 
When: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Matt Talarico, Base Running Coordinator, New York Yankees
  • Jerry Weinstein, Minor League Coach, Colorado Rockies
  • Mike Roberts, Head Coach, Cotuit Ketteleers
  • Chuck Box, Director of Player Development, Texas A&M University

 
Catching Hot Stove Session

What: This session features a panel of coaches with catching expertise exploring the nuances of catching through interactive dialogue. Get your questions answered and discuss your thoughts along with the panel & crowd on various catching topics! This forum is moderated by Ryan Sienko, Field Coordinator, Detroit Tigers. 
When: 
Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR:  Butch Chaffin, Head Coach, Cookeville High School
  • Ryan Sienko, Field Coordinator, Detroit Tigers
  • Butch Chaffin, Head Coach, Cookeville High School
  • Tyler Goodro, Owner, Goodro Catching
  • Todd Coburn, Owner, The Catching Guy
  • Charlie Greene Jr, Field Coordinator, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Tom Griffin, Head Coach, Carson-Newman University

Pitching Hot Stove Session

What: This session features a panel of pitching coaches exploring the nuances of pitching through interactive dialogue. Get your questions answered and discuss your thoughts along with the panel & crowd on various pitching topics! This forum is moderated by Pat Pinkman, Pitching Coach at Seton Hall University. 
When: Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at 9 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Pat Pinkman, Pitching Coach, Seton Hall University (NJ)
  • Eric Wordekemper, Area Scout, Miami Marlins
  • Sean Allen, Pitching Coach, University of Texas
  • Robin Lund, Pitching Coach, University of Iowa
  • Willy Marshall, Director of Pitching, 108 Performance
  • Jordan Tabakman, Pitching Coach, Fairfield University 

Outfield Hot Stove Session

What: This session features a panel of coaches with an expertise in coaching outfielders exploring the nuances of outfield play through interactive dialogue. Get your questions answered and discuss your thoughts along with the panel & crowd on various outfield play topics! This forum is moderated by Fellowship of Christian Athletes Multi-Area Director Pat Bailey.
When:  Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022 at 9 p.m.
Panelists: 

  • MODERATOR: Pat Bailey, Multi-Area Director, FCA
  • Robert "Doc" Swendra, Associate Head Coach, St. Cloud State University
  • Kellen Greer, Head Coach, Oglethorpe University
  • Charles Bolden, Head Coach, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Joey Holcomb, Assistant Coach, Campbell University
  • Collin Woody, MiLB Coach, Baltimore Orioles




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