I-70 Baseball Coaches Clinic- Past Speakers
December, 2003 Clinic
Coach Gillespie retired after 59 seasons from competitive coaching in 2011. He finished his career at 1,893-952; the most wins ever by a collegiate baseball coach. He coached numerous sports during his career. In fact, he coached 108 different seasons and his teams had only 10 total losing seasons. Five of those seasons they finished one game under the .500 mark.
His Lewis University and St. Francis teams qualified for the NAIA World Series 18 times, winning four. As the head coach at NCAA Division III Ripon College his teams qualified for the NCAA Tourney 6 of his last 7 years.
In football, his Joliet Catholic squads won 222 games in 27 years. They won 5 IHSA state titles, despite Illinois beginning a state series in his 16th season as the JCA coach. He began the College of St. Francis football program and led them to 6 winning seasons and one NAIA playoff berth.
He was also the men’s basketball coach at Lewis University for 15 years and the women’s basketball coach for one year at St. Francis.
2017 season: Ast. coach Cleveland (TN) HS
Career look: Retired in 2005, ABCA Hall of Fame, Tennessee Baseball Coaches HOF, Lee University HOF & Greenville University HOF. Also was Executive Director of Baseball for FCA.
Career look: Retired in 2005, Amassed a career record of 1,240-752-6 at SIUC & Illinois. ABCA Hall of Fame in 1999. New field at SIU-Carbondale is named after him.
2018 season: HC UAB (12th season)
2017 details: Claimed win #1,000 at La. Tech; Received the Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching award from the FCA
Career look: Previously HC at Birmingham Southern, Won three Big South titles, had an NCAA D-I tourney bid; additionally won the NAIA National title at BSC. Recipient of Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching award from the FCA.
2018 season: Bullpen coach St. Louis Cardinals (1st season)
2017 season: Pitching coach Memphis Redbirds
2017 details: Memphis won the Class AAA PCL title.
Career look: Pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers and Montreal Expos. Has been a pitching coach in the Cardinals organization for Potomac, Peoria, Palm Beach, Quad Cities, and Springfield before working at Memphis. He pitched two seasons at Kaskaskia College.
December, 2004 Clinic
2018 season: Athletic Director at Mississippi State
Career look: 605-399-1 mark in 18 years as a head baseball coach at Mississippi State, Kentucky and Northwestern (La.) State.
2018 season: HC Missouri State (36th season)
2017 details: Won the Fayetteville Regional with wins over Oklahoma St & twice over Arkansas. Lost to TCU in the Super-Regional.
Career look: Has collected 1,219 wins during his tenure at MO State.
Career Look: Riggleman finished his career with over 1,000 wins. He has led many teams to the NAIA World Series. and also to the NCCAA World Series. He is in the ABCA and the NAIA Halls of Fame and earned the 2011 ABCA Ethics Award. Riggleman coached at John Wesley, Mt. Vernon Nazarene, SIU-Carbondale, Bethel, Dallas Baptist, and Spring Arbor.
2017: Warn still works with the ABCA and has aligned the organization with The Wounded Warriors project. He also plays the guitar at various establishments around the Terre Haute, Indiana area. Those proceeds go to the Wounded Warriors project as well.
Career Look: Retired head coach at Indiana State University. ABCA Hall of Fame member.Warn recorded a record of 1,079-745-9 in his career.
2017-18 season: Assistant coach in girls basketball and girls golf at Freeburg (IL) High School.
Career Look: Had a career record of 501-305 in 24 years as a head baseball coach. Enshrined to the IHSBCA Hall of Fame. He can currently be found giving tours of Busch Stadium in St. Louis.
November, 2005 Clinic
2018 season: Manager of New Orleans Class AAA affiliate of Miami Marlins (3rd season)
Career Look: Was first base coach for the Boston Red Sox for 3 seasons including 2013 World Series winners. Has managed in the minors for Pawtucket, Portland, Augusta, Lowell, and Stockton. He coached for Columbus and Norwich. Beyeler has managed in the Venezuelan and Hawaiian Winter Leagues.
2018 season: HC University of Memphis (14th season)
2017 details: 30 wins made it 6 of the last 7 years Memphis has won 30 or more games.
Career Look: Has won 350+ games as the HC of the Tigers. Spent 17 years as an assistant including stops at Mississippi State, Georgia, Kentucky, at Birmingham Southern.
2018 season: HC Creighton (15th season)
2017 details: Won the conference title with an 11-4 loop record despite starting 4 frosh & 2 sophs.
Career Look: Has over 600 wins in 22 years as an HC at Creighton, St. Mary’s (MN) and Viterbo. CU has a 51-17 mark in 4 seasons in Big East conference games.
Career Look: Had a 720-211 record in 30 seasons at Harrisburg (IL) High School. His teams won a large school state title and collected trophies 3x in the small school division. They won 20 regionals and 8 sectionals. He is a member of the IHSBCA & the Southern Illinois coaches Hall of Fame.
January, 2006 Seminar
Gordie Gillespie. See above.
2018 season: Director of Baseball Operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks (5th season)
2017 details: Won wild-card game vs. Colorado Rockies; lost NLDS to Los Angeles Dodgers.
Career Look: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 2014. His teams appeared in six World Series and they won three of them. Retired as the 3rd winningest manager in MLB history.
November, 2006 Clinic
2018: Director of SCORE International
Career Look: He was the HC at the University of Kentucky for 25 years with over 700 wins. He directs SCORE International Baseball taking an annual trip to the Dominican Republic to teach baseball. He is in 3 halls of fame including the Kentucky HS Baseball Coaches, the University of Kentucky, and the ABCA.
2017 season: Hitting coach Oklahoma University (5th season).
2017 details: 35-24 Lost NCAA tournament regionals.
Career Look: Was the head coach at the University of Nebraska for 9 seasons. He went 333-187 with 2 Big XII regular season crowns, one Big XII tourney title and 5 NCAA Tourney appearances.
2018 season: HC University of Washington (9th season)
2017 details: Led Pac-12 in defense and finished 3rd in nation defensively.
Career look: In stops at Washington, Indiana State, Chico State, and Long Beach City College has amassed a 660-372-4 record over 18 seasons as an HC. At Chico his teams won two National titles.
2018: Remains with Proactive Coaching, LLC
Career Look: Currently represents Proactive Coaching LLC as a nationwide speaker. Previously he toured the country speaking on behalf of the NAIA Champions of Character initiative. He has spoken four times at the ABCA national clinic, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY and for IBM among others.
2018 season: HC Normal (West) High School (IL) (19th season)
2017 details: Class 4A Regional title, lost to Edwardsville in Sectional final.
Career Look: Has a 464-192 career record at West. IHSBCA Hall of Fame member.
December, 2007 Clinic
2018 season: General Manager of Oakville Tigers Baseball club & Instructor All-Star Camps
Career Look: 17 years of pro baseball experience. Pitched for St. Louis Cardinals and Cinc Reds.
2018 season: HC University of Louisville (12th season)
2017 details: Advanced to 4th CWS under McDonnell and won 3rd straight ACC Atlantic Div title.
Career Look: 509-203 career record, 2x national coach of the year and 3x ACC coach of the year.
2018 season: HC Auburn University (3rd season)
2017 details: Climbed as high at #4 in country and earned NCAA bid.
Career Look: Has coached in the SEC since 2002. Was named 2014 Baseball America Asst. coach of the Year. Has worked at Georgia, Auburn, Mississippi St., Birmingham Southern & Jeff State.
2018 season: Hitting coach at UAB (12th season)
Career Look: Has spent 19 years in Division I including stops at Illinois St., Birmingham Southern, Bradley, and UAB. Began coaching at Greenville College. Was HC at Springfield Calvary High.
2018 season: HC Edwardsville High School (20th season)
2017 details: Finished 2nd in Class 4A at 34-8.
Career Look: 637-18 with 13 regional and 8 sectional titles, qualifying for state 6 times in stints at Edwardsville and St. Jacob (Triad). IHSBCA Hall of Fame coach.
December, 2008 Clinic
2018 season: HC Greenville University (22nd season)
2017 details: Won SLIAC tourney and qualified for NCAA Division III tourney.
Career Look: In January, 2018 accepted the Jerry Kindall Character in Coaching Award from the FCA. Has 452 wins in his GC/GU career. His teams have made 2 of the past 3 NCAA Tourneys.
2018 season: HC Olney Central College (38th season)
2017 details: 41-16 record
Career Look: 1,328-653 mark with OCC. Has a streak of 34 consecutive winning seasons. The Blue Knights have 40 or more games in a season 16 times under Conley.
2018 season: Assistant hitting coach Chicago Cubs (1st season)
2017 details: Minor League hitting coordinator for Chicago Cubs. (2nd season)
Career Look: Spent four seasons as minor league manager at the AAA and A levels for the Miami Marlins. Has also managed for the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League.
2018 season: HC University of South Carolina (1st season)
2017 details: 42-19 mark as HC of University of South Florida; NCAA Tourney.
Career Look: Has recorded 270 wins as an HC in stops at Illinois St., and South Florida. Has been an assistant at Purdue, Miami (FL), Tulane, and Illinois St.
2017 details: HC Vermont Mountaineers New England Collegiate Summer Baseball League
Career Look: Retired 2005 with 1,070 victories at Indiana University, Kent State and The College of Wooster. After retiring he was the HC for the IU club baseball team amassing a 125-25 mark.
January, 2009 Seminar
Tony LaRussa. See above.
2018 season: Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals (7th season)
2017 details: 83-79 3rd N.L. Central
Career Look: 544-428 career mark as manager of the Cardinals with a winning season each year. STL has appeared in 1 World Series, 3 NLCS and 4 playoffs with him as manager.
2018 season: Hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals (6th season)
Career Look: Played for eight MLB clubs over a 14 year career.
January, 2010 Clinic
2018 season: Volunteer assistant UAB (10th season)
Career Look: He is an ABCA Hall of Famer HC stints at Mississippi State, Georgia and Georgia Southern. He finished his HC career with a 1,373-700-2 mark. His teams made eight trips to the CWS.
2018 season: Pitching coach Milwaukee Brewers (3rd season)
Career Look: 3 seasons as minor league pitching coordinator for the Chicago Cubs. Was pitching coach at Vanderbilt for 11 years. Was national pitching coach and asst coach of the year at VU.
2018: Has a new book coming out March 13, 2018 called Organize Your Team Today: The Mental Toughness Needed to Lead Highly Successful Teams.
Career Look: Has served as Director of Mental Training for the St. Louis Cardinals and is a best selling author.
2018 season: HC Highland High School (26th season)
2017 details: Lost regional title game.
Career Look: Has won 2 state titles with HHS & owns a 577-313 career mark. They have won 8 regionals & 3 sectionals. Was an assistant football coach & the HC for club hockey at HHS.
Dr. David Neighbors
2018 season: Assistant coach Trenton (Wesclin) (22nd season)
Career Look:Continues his practice in Sports Medicine at Competitive Edge Sports Medicine in Breese, IL. Has been on 7 missions trips with SCORE International to teach baseball in the Dominican Republic.
January, 2011 Clinic
2018 season: Head groundskeeper St. Louis Cardinals (20th season).
Career Look: ABCA Hall of Fame coach. Served as the HC for Texas A&M and Sam Houston St. and finished with over 1,000 career wins. His teams went to two CWS while he was at the helm.
2018 season: Pitching coach University of Missouri (1st season)
2017 details: Pitching coach University of Georgia
Career Look: Has been a pitching coach previously at Georgia, Memphis, Oklahoma, & Tennessee. Has also been an instructor for the Los Angeles Dodgers & Montreal Expos organizations.
2018 season: Manager Southern Illinois Miners, Frontier League (12th season)
Career Look: His Miners have 7 playoff appearances with, 4 division titles and 1 league title. He owns a 615-439 career record & is only 11 wins away from becoming the FL all-time wins leader.
2018 season: HC Teutopolis High School (18th season)
2017 details: 31-6,Won 3rd Class 2A state title.
Career Look: Has amassed a 459-104-3 career mark. His Wooden Shoes teams have been to the Elite Eight 9 of the last 10 years. He has won Decatur Area coach of the year 7 times. Additionally, his fall record is 334-39. His fall teams have lost twice in the past 4 seasons.
January, 2012 Clinic
Andy Haines. See above.
Career Look: Spent 28 seasons at the University of Missouri including the last 22 as the HC. His teams won 698 games with him in charge. They appeared in 8 NCAA Tournaments.
2018 season: 1st base coach & IF coach Miami Marlins (6th season)
Career Look: This will be his 32nd year in professional baseball & his 23rd as an MLB coach. Has also worked for the Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, & Montreal Expos.
Career Look: Now runs One Pitch Warrior. Former head coach at Martensdale-St. Mary’s (IA). His teams set a national record for consecutive victories by a high school at 88 games. They won state titles in 2010-2011-2012 & amassed a 203-48 record during his tenures. www.1pitchwarrior.com
January, 2013 Clinic
2018 season: Bench & Outfield Coach Cleveland Indians (5th season)
Career Look: 6th season with the Tribe and his 40th in pro baseball and 20th in the majors as a manager or a coach. Managed the Houston Astros for 3 seasons. Has been with the Phillies, Red Sox, Expos, Dodgers, Cubs, and Rockies in his career.
John Cohen. See above.
2018 season: HC Saint Louis University (11th season)
2017 details: Led SLU to a 35-22 mark & the finals of the A-10 Tourney
Career Look: 817-414 career mark in 22 years as a college head coach. He has stops at Fontbonne, Forest Park, Central Missouri, and SLU. They have earned 11 national tourney berths. SLU has won 5 A-10 titles under his direction. His teams have only experienced 2 losing seasons.
2018 season: Continues as Director of Athletic Performance for University of Missouri
Career Look: He works directly with the football and baseball teams at Mizzou. In 2010 he earned the title of Master Strength and Conditioning coach. He has also worked with Kansas St. baseball & Oklahoma & Ohio St. football.
2018 season: Recruiting coordinator & catching coach Campbell University (1st season)
2017 season: Recruiting coordinator & catching coach University of Alabama
Career Look: Has worked nine years in coaching including stops at Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech, Alabama, and Campbell.
January, 2014 Clinic
2018 season: Bench coach Milwaukee Brewers (3rd season)
Career Look: Former manager of the San Diego Padres. Was a college HC at Arizona St. and Notre Dame with a 947-400-2 record. His teams were in 16 NCAA Tourneys & made 4 CWS appearances.
2018 season: Pitching coach Mississippi State (2nd season)
Career Look: Former HC at Kentucky. His teams had a 258-199 mark and 2 NCAA Tourneys. Coached at 9 schools including D1 Cal State-Fullerton, Oregon St., Florida, & Pepperdine.
2018 season: HC Prosper (TX) High (11th season).
2017 details: Won 800th career game and also won the Texas Class 5A state title.
Career Look: His teams have won 5 state titles and accumulated 815 wins. Carpenter was named NFHS National Coach of the year in 2014.
Itch Jones. See above.
January, 2015 Clinic
2018 season: Minor league coach Texas Rangers
Career Look: Has spent 40+ years coaching baseball. Spent 9 years as the HC at Florida International University. Was a long time assistant at Miami (FL), LSU, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Arizona State. He assisted on 14 teams that went to the CWS.
2018: Continues as the host for the Kevin Wheeler Show on ESPN Radio 101.1 in St. Louis.
Career Look: Has spent time at KMOX in St. Louis and The Sporting News Radio. Has an extensive background in coaching youth baseball. Played collegiately as a catcher at the University of Miami (Fla.).
Gary Henderson & Mike Pinto. See above.
January, 2016 Clinic
2017 season: Special advisor for Pitching Furman University (1st season).
Career Look: Former Pitching Coach of the Atlanta Braves. Mazzone was a professional coach for 32 years including 17 seasons at the MLB level. His pitching staffs anchored 14 division winners in Atlanta over 15 seasons. He is number one in total MLB postseason games as a pitching coach.
2017 season: Was on task force to identify players for the 18-under USA Baseball team
Career Look: Spent 22 seasons as the HC at Clemson University making the NCAA Tourney 21 times & made 6 trips to the CWS. He was also the HC at Western Carolina & Vermont & has 1,332 career wins.
2018 season: Entered the ABCA Hall of Fame last weekend.
2017 details: Currently in his 6th year with the New York Yankees as their International Player Development Coordinator. McMahon is the 2015 Lefty Gomez Award winner from the ABCA. He owns a career head coaching record of 584-317-1 in stints at Mississippi State, Florida and Old Dominion.
2018 season: Minor League Hitting Coordinator Minnesota Twins (2nd season)
Career Look: In the summer of 2016, served as a roving instructor in the Twins organization after spending the spring of 2016 as the hitting coach for the University of Kentucky. In 2014 he was the Player Information coach, assistant hitting coach, and an advanced scout for the Los Angeles Angels. Prior to that he spent five seasons as the hitting coach for the Washington Nationals.
January, 2017 Clinic
Career Look: Was a collegiate baseball coach for 26 years with an 870-330-3 record as an HC. He led LSU to 5 CWS titles, 11 CWS appearances, 16 NCAA Tourneys and 7 SEC titles. He was the HC for the 1996 U.S. Olympic baseball team and is in the ABCA and College Baseball Halls of Fame.
2018 season: Hitting coach Texas Rangers (3rd season)
Career Look: He has 12 years coaching & 11 seasons playing professional baseball. Has coached in the Marlins, Blue Jays and Cubs organizations.
Butch Thompson. See above.
2018 season: HC University of Missouri (2nd season)
Career Look: Finished 36-23 in his first season at the helm of Mizzou. Went 138-97 in 4 seasons as the HC at Southeast Missouri State. Played 13 seasons of pro baseball including time in MLB with the Mets and the Pirates.